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Is the Toxic Substances Control Act Sufficient to Monitor the Sustainable Use of Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron for Groundwater Detoxification?

Editors' Summary

Proponents of nanoscale zero-valent iron maintain that this cutting-edge technology shows promise for removing 90% of groundwater toxins. Its detractors point to short-sighted profit interests that do not take...

Consumer Labeling of Nanomaterials in the European Union and United States

Nanotechnologies have opened the way to a wide range of innovative products in food, cosmetics, healthcare, computing, energy storage, and other areas. The result of the deliberate manipulation of matter at the molecular level (...

Quiet So Far: A Muted Response to Allegations of the First Human Fatalities Linked to Nanoparticles

Like the apocryphal dog that didn't bark, sometimes the most telling reaction is the one that doesn't happen at all.

In late August 2009, the European Respiratory Journal quietly circulated an embargoed study with potentially...

FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Considers Nanosilver

On November 3-5, 2009, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) met "to consider and review a set of scientific issues related to the assessment of hazard and exposure...

OECD Conference on Fostering Safe Innovation-Led Growth in Nanotechnology

There is little doubt that nanotechnology is delivering on its promise to revolutionize many sectors of the global economy. As nanoenabled products populate the commercial landscape at an accelerated pace, there is growing interest in...

Size Matters: Regulating Nanotechnology

Nanomaterials and products containing nanomaterials are quickly being integrated into a wide range of commercial and noncommercial applications. As nanomaterials grow more commonplace, we are coming in contact with these substances on...

A Framework Convention for Nanotechnology?

Editors' Summary: Profs. Kenneth Abbott, Gary Marchant, and Douglas Sylvester argue that regulation of nanotechnology should be flexible and adaptive; innovative; international; and official. In order to meet these requirements, the...

Regulation, Governance, and Nanotechnology: Is a Framework Convention for Nanotechnology the Way to Go? Comment on A Framework Convention for Nanotechnology?

An international framework convention protocol approach for nanotechnology is an intriguing notion and one that would appear to make good sense. This Comment on Profs. Kenneth Abbott, Gary Marchant, and Douglas Sylvester's proposal, as...

Comment One on A Framework Convention for Nanotechnology?

In June 2004, representatives from 25 countries and the European Union (EU) met in Alexandria, Virginia, for an international dialogue on the responsible research and development of nanotechnology. The participants called for the...

Comment Two on A Framework Convention for Nanotechnology?

Given the fact that nano particles are in more than 600 consumer products and that most recently, nano particles are being put in food, food packaging, and agricultural chemicals, Friends of the Earth believes it essential that a...