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EPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st Century


By csep - Posted on 26 April 2010

TitleEPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st Century
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsDavies, Clarence J.
Corporate AuthorsWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Document NumberPEN 9
Pagination76 p.
Date Published05/2007
PublisherWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Place PublishedWashington, D.C.
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

Report examining the role the United State’s Environmental Protection Agency in nanotechnology oversight. Following Davies’ past report “Managing the Effects of Nanotechnology” which argues for better and more aggressive oversight for nanotechnology development, this report looks at the current weaknesses in the EPA’s system and proposes a number of regulatory and non-regulatory solutions. The report first reviews the EPA’s early experiences regulating nanoparticle –containing substances and products, and then considers a number of oversight tools that can be combined to build an effective oversight system – including information tools, voluntary efforts initiated by industry and government entities, economic tools such as subsidies, and public engagement and participation. Finally, he proposes 25 steps and a proposed agenda for government, industry, and other stakeholders to take in cooperation with one another to help minimize adverse environmental affects of nanotechnologies.

URLhttp://www.nanotechproject.org/process/files/2698/197_nanoepa_pen9.pdf
Source Web Site

http://www.nanotechproject.org/