05 Feb '12, 8pm

NRDC files lawsuit blocking untested nanosilver pesticide from clothing from @NRDC's blog:

Today we filed a federal lawsuit to block nanosilver, a potent antimicrobial pesticide, from market access. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has conditionally registered nanosilver for use in textiles including such things as clothing, baby blankets, and pillow cases. The "conditional" part of the registration means that EPA does not have all the legally required toxicity data, but is letting the pesticide on the market anyway, on the "condition" that the manufacturer, HeiQ, provide it sometime over the next four years. Four years! (More on the registration process from my colleague Mae Wu here ) Ironically, a report of the National Academies just yesterday found that, "Despite extensive investment in nanotechnology and increasing commercialization over the last decade, insufficient understanding remains about the environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanom...

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