RFF Scholar Considers EPA Oversight for Nanotechnology
May 23, 2007
EPA should launch its proposed voluntary program to collect nanotechnology risk information and should begin immediately to revise the Toxic Substances Control Act to better deal with nanotechnology.
EPA and industry should create a joint research institute to conduct scientific research on nanotechnology effects.
EPA should set up and lead an interagency regulatory coordinating group for nanotechnology oversight.
Congress should establish a temporary committee in each house to consider options for a nanotechnology oversight mechanism.
Congress should provide an additional $50 million each year for research on the health and environmental effects of nanotechnology products and processes.
Congress should remove constraints that limit EPA's ability to require that companies collect and share necessary data and other information the agency needs to oversee nanotechnology.
Davies is a senior fellow at RFF and senior advisor to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. Davies also wrote the report, Managing the Effects of Nanotechnology, released in January 2006 by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. More information, including the report, can be found at http://www.nanotechproject.org/124.
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