January 8, 2015

NGOs sue US EPA over regulation of nanosilver

Editor’s Note: Although regulating regulators is not is a great way to make friends, it is “essential to presidents being able to achieve their goals;” the NGO lawsuit is a badge of honor for OIRA’s career civil servants. 

From: ChemicalWatch

Agency asked to remove unregulated products from shelves 

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit, pressuring the US EPA to regulate nanosilver as a new antimicrobial pesticide under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (Fifra).


Although the EPA “gave good indications early on” that they intended to respond to the petition, progress was held up by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), says CFS policy director, Jaydee Hanson. The lawsuit is really meant to pressure the OMB into allowing the agency to respond. Mr Hanson says: “We began work on this lawsuit because it became clear that the OMB was not going to allow the EPA to proceed. We want the office to get its heavy boot off the EPA’s neck.”

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