Study Advises Tweaking Toxicity Rules For Nanotech

Law360, New York (February 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may need to amend its regulations on toxicity reporting to address the unique characteristics of nanomaterials, a new study says.

Current thresholds for the EPA's toxicity databases for chemicals may be inappropriately high given the minuscule quantities involved in the emerging technology, according to the study.

Nanotechnology – which refers to objects 100 times smaller than a human hair – has raised alarms among some consumer groups and activists, who argue that not enough is known about the technology to adequately...
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