31 Jan '12, 7pm

NRDC Files Lawsuit Against EPA To Block Nanosilver Pesticide in Clothing

NRDC Files Lawsuit Against EPA To Block Nanosilver Pesticide in Clothing

to bacteria-resistant appliances, silver nanoparticles are on the cutting edge of antimicrobial technology. But although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has “conditionally registered” the disinfectant as a preservative for textiles such as clothing, baby blankets, and pillow cases, the Natural Resources Defense Council wants to ban the product entirely. The “conditional” clause means that the EPA requires further toxicity data but is allowing the pesticide on the market anyway, explains Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist at the NRDC, on her blog . HeiQ , the Swiss manufacturer behind several nanosilver products, has four years to prove that the substance will not cause “unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment,” she adds. “Four years!”

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/nrdc-files-lawsuit-against-epa-t...

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