In December 2004, EPA’s Science Policy Council (SPC) formed a cross-Agency Nanotechnology Workgroup to develop a white paper examining potential environmental applications and implications of nanotechnology. This document describes the issues that EPA should consider to ensure that society benefits from advances in environmental protection that nanotechnology may offer, and to understand and address any potential risks from environmental exposure to nanomaterials. Nanotechnology will have an impact across EPA. Agency managers and staff are working together to develop an approach to nanotechnology that is forward thinking and informs the risk assessment and risk management activities in our program and regional offices. This document is intended to support that cross-Agency effort.
U.S. EPA Nanotechnology White Paper (February 2007) Prepared for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by members of the Nanotechnology Workgroup, a group of EPA’s Science Policy Council