Volume 87 Issue 48 | pp. 25-26
Issue Date: November 30, 2009

Nanosilver Pesticides

EPA addresses data gaps, prepares to register more products
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Nanosilver, Nanotechnology, EPA

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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