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United States Government Accountability Office report on nanotechnology: nanomaterials are widely used in commerce, but EPA faces challenges in regulating risk.


By csep - Posted on 18 January 2011

TitleUnited States Government Accountability Office report on nanotechnology: nanomaterials are widely used in commerce, but EPA faces challenges in regulating risk.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
Corporate AuthorsUnited States Government Accountability Office
JournalInternational journal of occupational and environmental health
Volume16
Issue4
Pagination525-39
Date Published2010 Oct-Dec
ISSN Number1077-3525
Abstract

Nanotechnology involves the ability to control matter at the scale of a nanometer--one billionth of a meter. The world market for products that contain nanomaterials is expected to reach $2.6 trillion by 2015. In this context, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO): (1) identified examples of current and potential uses of nanomaterials, (2) determined what is known about the potential human health and environmental risks from nanomaterials, (3) assessed actions the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken to better understand and regulate the risks posed by nanomaterials as well as its authorities to do so, and (4) identified approaches that other selected national authorities and U.S. states have taken to address the potential risks associated with nanomaterials. The GAO analyzed selected laws and regulations, reviewed information on the EPA's Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program, and consulted with EPA officials and legal experts to obtain their perspectives on the EPA's authorities to regulate nanomaterials.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21222394?dopt=Abstract

Alternate JournalInt J Occup Environ Health