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EPA nanotechnology voluntary program risks becoming a "black hole" : leading environmental group decries lack of transparency in Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program


By csep - Posted on 25 August 2010

TitleEPA nanotechnology voluntary program risks becoming a "black hole" : leading environmental group decries lack of transparency in Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2008
Corporate AuthorsEnvironmental Defense Fund
Access Date15 September 2010
Date PublishedJuly 28, 2008
PublisherEnvironmental Defense Fund
Type of MediumPress release
Publication Languageeng
Abstract

This press release by the Environmental Defense Fund, critiques the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) voluntary reporting scheme, the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program, as providing very little information to the public about types of nanomaterials currently being produced, how they are being utilized, and what the producers know about these materials. This program, begun by the EPA in January of 2008, has so far gathered around nine submissions from companies about the types of nanomaterials they produce. The press release criticizes the EPA for only providing a list of companies who have submitting or who have promised to submit information. A spokesman for the environmental group stated that because of flaws in the program, neither the EPA or the general public know if the information submitted by companies represents all, or just a small portion of the data a company has about the types of nanoparticles they manufacture or use.

URLhttp://www.edf.org/pressrelease.cfm?contentID=8162