Issue Date: November 30, 2009
Consumer products that contain nanoscale silver particles are increasingly showing up in the marketplace. Nanosilver, known for its antimicrobial properties, can be added to plastics—such as food containers, water bottles, countertops, shower curtains, and floor coverings—as well as to textiles and building materials—such as paints, caulks, and adhesives.
The job of figuring out how to best regulate this growing class of nanotech products falls on the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency has jurisdiction because antimicrobials . . .
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