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Environmental regulation of nanotechnology and the TSCA

Wardak, Ahson and Gorman, Michael E. and Swami, Nathan and Rejeski, Dave (2007) Environmental regulation of nanotechnology and the TSCA. IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, 26 (2). pp. 48-56.

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Particular focus of this article will be managing the environmental risks and benefits of nanotechnology. Currently, U.S. federal agencies do not actively regulate nanotechnology, but they have begun to assess its implications. This article attempts to assess the challenges that nanomaterials pose to the existing regulatory framework, and make recommendations for revisions, using a detailed case-study of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Nanomaterials are anticipated to have cross-market implications, and TSCA is the broadest piece of legislation that deals with chemical regulation. For the purposes of this article, nanotechnology is defined as the science and engineering of manipulating matter at the nanoscale (<100 nm) in at least one dimension. Nanomaterials are materials with at least one dimension in the nanoscale (e.g., nanopaiticles, nanocoatings, nanowires

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Policy developments with respect to nanotechnology
NanoSafety > Environment, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:870
Deposited On:05 Dec 2008 13:43
Last Modified:05 Jan 2009 16:44

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