FOEA Emerging tech Project

Legal action prompts US regulator to regulate nano-silver while Australian regulators fail to

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to regulate nano-silver in consumer products as a result of a lawsuit filed by Center for Food Safety (CFS) in December last year. Meanwhile in Australia nano-silver products remain unregulated. Jeremy Tager, campaigner with Friends of The Earth’s Emerging Tech Project said “it is good news that nano-silver products will now require EPA review and approval before they are allowed to be...

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US groups sue the EPA for failing to regulate nano-silver

While exasperation grows in Australia with regulators who don’t regulate, unfortunately it appears that regulatory paralysis is not a problem confined to Australia. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared silver a pesticide. In 2008 the International Center for Technology Assessment issued the EPA with a legal petition requesting that they also declare nano-silver a pesticide and begin to register and regulate the...

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The health impacts of nanomaterials

While the nanotechnology industry is growing exponentially, research into the human health impacts of nanomaterials is still in its infancy. As the industry expands so does our exposure to nanomaterials – in food, cosmetics, water, plants, and a host of consumer products that remain unlabelled.

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The environmental impacts of nanomaterials

Scientists are only just beginning to understand the potential risks associated with releasing nanomaterials into the environment. Despite growing evidence of potential harm, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of nanomaterials are already being released into our soils, water and atmosphere.

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