White House Blocking EPA Efforts to Issue Rules on Nanomaterials, Advocates Say

I’m good with the idea of nanotech oversight. EPA, not so much. Environmental and other assorted “advocates,” not at all under any circumstance.

The White House appears to be blocking Environmental Protection Agency efforts to tighten oversight of engineered nanoscale pesticides and other chemicals, according to environmental and safety advocates.

Richard Denison, a senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund, told BNA May 23 that he has spoken with EPA officials who have told him they do not expect any regulations for engineered nanoscale pesticides or chemicals to be approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

“My understanding is that there is a view in some circles in the White House that they do not want to stigmatize nanomaterials nor stifle the technology even by requiring the reporting of information that EPA needs to make judgments as to whether there are risks,” Denison said.

Jaydee Hanson, senior policy analyst at the Center for Food Safety, said he believes OMB will not approve the agency’s preferred approach to collect data on nanoscale pesticide ingredients under Section 6(a)(2) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

“I am of the opinion that OMB has basically told the EPA, ‘Don’t bother’ ” with a final rule, Hanson said.

Lynn Bergeson, an attorney with Bergeson and Campbell PC, told BNA she has heard that EPA’s progress on an information collection policy for nanoscale pesticides has stalled. “That whole approach has died on the vine,” she said.

BNA

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2 responses to “White House Blocking EPA Efforts to Issue Rules on Nanomaterials, Advocates Say

  1. Eric Baumholer

    The White House blocking EPA efforts to regulate nearly suggests there is a silver lining in Obama policies. Unfortunately, this is more likely because nanotech interests donate to his political campaign and he’s returning the favor.

  2. It’s got to happen. Government evolves from micromanagement to nanomanagement.

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