Controversy over the legislation for the regulation of nanotechnology proposed in the US
A new report on nanoparticle safety issues from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is generating mild controversy. Clarence Davies, a former administrator of the EPA (environmental protection agency), defends new federal legislation, while others see the situation differently.
According to Davies, "since nanoparticles behave differently from traditional materials, they pose a regulatory dilemma that would be better resolved through new federal legislation." Although enacting a law to regulate nanotechnology would be complicated, Davies believes that it should be tried.
"The political obstacles to passing new legislation are very great," Davies says in his report, "but not impossible, and the downsides of trying to regulate nanotechnology with existing laws make the attempt worthwhile."
"That conclusion is 'reactionary' and constitutes a 'crude oversimplification,' says Alan J. Gotcher, CEO of Altair Nanotechnologies, a Reno company that makes nano-products to improve oven air filters and extend battery life. of Ion-Lithium. "The Davies report treats all nanomaterials as if they were the same, but in reality they are not."
The debate is served.
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