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Posted: August 1, 2007
Environmental Defense to critique EPA's proposal for a scaled-back Voluntary Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
A public meeting to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's (EPA) proposed development of a voluntary Nanoscale
Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) under the Toxic Substances
Control Act (TSCA). Docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-
Richard A. Denison, Ph.D., Senior Scientist for Environmental
Defense, a member of the federal advisory committee that
originally counseled EPA on nanotechnology two years ago.
Denison is the only member of that committee who will testify at
the public meeting.
For an advance copy of his testimony, please email
Nanomaterials -- measuring in billionths of a meter -- are
already showing up in hundreds of consumer products, ranging from
paints to cosmetics to stain-resistant treatments for clothing.
Initial studies show that some of them may be able to enter the
body and even individual cells and, once there, can cause damage.
The EPA must act aggressively to protect the public and the
environment from the potential risks of engineered nanoscale
materials. Instead of the proposed voluntary program,
Environmental Defense is urging EPA to rapidly develop and
implement mandatory reporting rules to level the playing field
for the nanotechnology industry and ensure that relevant
information is communicated.
Thursday, August 2, 2007, 9:00 am EDT
Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge
1900 Fort Myer Dr.
Arlington, VA 22209
Contact: Julie Huddleston, Environmental Defense, (202) 572-3369,