Accession Number:

ADA523346

Title:

Nanotechnology: Nanomaterials are Widely Used in Commerce, but EPA Faces Challenges in Regulating Risk

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2010-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

65.0

Abstract:

Nanotechnology involves the ability to control matter at the scale of a nanometer -- one billionth of a meter. The world market for products that contain nanomaterials is expected to reach 2.6 trillion by 2015. In this context, GAO did the following 1 identified examples of current and potential uses of nanomaterials, 2 determined what is known about the potential human health and environmental risks from nanomaterials, 3 assessed actions EPA has taken to better understand and regulate the risks posed by nanomaterials as well as its authorities to do so, and 4 identified approaches that other selected national authorities and actions U.S. state and local governments have taken to address the potential risks associated with nanomaterials. GAO analyzed selected laws and regulations, reviewed information on EPAs Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program, and consulted with EPA officials and legal experts to obtain their perspectives on EPAs authorities to regulate nanomaterials. GAO recommends that EPA complete its plans to modify its regulatory framework for nanomaterials as needed. EPA concurred with GAOs recommendations and provided technical comments, which GAO incorporated as appropriate.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE