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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

EPA Seeks Comment on Nano Petition
On November 19, 2008, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published notice that the Agency is seeking public comment on a petition for rulemaking and collateral relief filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment and others. EPA summarizes the petition as follows:

“In general, the petition requests that the Agency classify nanoscale silver as a pesticide, require formal pesticide registration of all products containing nanoscale silver, analyze the potential human health and environmental risks of nanoscale silver, take regulatory actions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) against existing products that contain nanoscale silver, and take other regulatory actions under FIFRA as appropriate for nanoscale silver products. The Agency has determined that the petition raises issues that potentially affect private and public sector stakeholders. Through this notice, EPA is asking for public comment on the petition.”

EPA requests comments on the petition no later than January 20, 2008.

  • Click here to read EPA’s Federal Register notice seeking comments on the petition