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CU comments to EPA regarding risks from engineered nano-materials

September 10, 2007
Document Control Office (7407M)
Office of Pollution
Prevention and Toxics (OPPT),
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001
RE: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2004-0122

Consumers Union Comments on EPA’s Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
and Inventory Status of Nanoscale Substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act

Consumers Union appreciates the opportunity to comment on EPA’s plans concerning risks from engineered nano-materials. We feel strongly that EPA must fulfill its mission under TSCA to assure that all nano-materials are safe for humans and the environment before they enter commerce, something EPA’s current proposals will not do.
Consumers Union has long advocated for stronger pre-market safety standards to prevent hazardous exposures to chemicals in consumer products. In fact, the very first issue of Consumers Reports, back in 1936, warned about the toxic effects of lead in consumer products, a chemical that continues to harm consumers some 75 years later, as we continue to find high levels in foods, children’s jewelry and even painted products. The serious ongoing problem of lead poisoning exemplifies why if s so important to understand and prevent risks from nano-materials before they enter commerce.
For the full comments, click here (PDF format).