Mega-scare over nanotech?

It’s a good thing the EPA wasn’t around when man discovered fire.

The Chicago Tribune reports,

Studying the potential health hazards of nanotechnology will require an additional $24 million a year to close the knowledge gap about the tiny particles used in a fast-growing array of consumer products, the National Research Council (NRC) said on Wednesday.

A new federal oversight agency is also required to integrate research by private business, universities and international, the non-profit research council said in a study sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Nanotechnology involves designing and manufacturing materials on the scale of one-billionth of a meter. It is used in areas ranging from stain-resistant clothing and cosmetics to food additives.

Bottomline: EPA pays the National Research Council to say that nanotech is scary and that EPA should be more involved.

Click for the NRC media release.


  1. FDA OK’d a nanotch version of a conventional biocide over 20 years ago. Didn’t need 24 Mil a year to determine it was safe. What’s scary – the NRC and EPA!

    FDA retiree

  2. They need 24 Mil for more jobs.

    Remember, it ain’t safe unless the goverment says it’s safe.

    But they accept no liability if they are wrong.

  3. Not long ago, the gang-greens promised that nanotech would get the agricultural biotech treatment.


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