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.