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EPA to Nanotech : Size Doesn't Matter

By csep - Posted on 25 August 2010

TitleEPA to Nanotech : Size Doesn't Matter
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsFeder, Barnaby J.
Series TitleNew York Times "Bits" Blog
Date PublishedJuly 12, 2007
PublisherNew York Times Company
Type of MediumBlog Entry
Publication Languageeng

The U.S. government is quick in funding nanotechnology research and development, but in no hurry to regulate the growing industry. On July 11, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency released a concept paper for how industry can participate in a "voluntary stewardship program" under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA. At the same time, the agency released a guidance document that explains how it will decide whether to regulate newly invented nanoscale materials under the TSCA. Under this document, nanomaterials would fall under the TSCA if they were a new molecular arrangement for a common material rather then by size. This would exclude common nanoscale materials such as ultrafine particles of titanium dioxide often found in sunscreens.