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Dave Palmer
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Lack of information
Dave Palmer   1/24/2012 11:41:08 AM
The Inspector General's report points to the lack of good information about the health effects of nanomaterials.  Some recent studies have found possible heath risks associated with carbon nanotubes.  This is an area which needs further study.  We are only just beginning to learn how materials behave on this scale, never mind how they interact with complex biological organisms such as ourselves.

Rob Spiegel
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Europe and Japan will likely go first
Rob Spiegel   1/24/2012 11:33:59 AM
Nice article, Ann. As with a lot of environmental legislation, the EPA may wait to see what Japan and Europe do before offering any significant regulation. Even then they may hang back. We still don't have a a U.S. RoHS. We don't really need one, since the electronics industry complied to Europe's regulation.

Beth Stackpole
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Double-edged sword
Beth Stackpole   1/24/2012 10:48:54 AM
I would imagine that potential legislation governing nanoscale materials has to be a good thing in terms of promoting a healthy and safe environment not only for workers using the new materials, but also end users of products that leverage the new technologies. That said, one can only imagine that legislation might curtail usage and further evolution of these important technologies. Is that the case, Ann? How widespread is nanomaterials so far?

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