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Brief Overview of Current Developments in Nanotechnology EHS Regulation in the U.S.
Volume 11, Issue 1

Theodore Voorhees, Jr.

In the United States many nanoscale substances have been working their way through the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory review process. At the same time, a parallel effort by domestic and international standard-setting bodies has been underway to develop a system of uniform, consensus-based standards and methods for addressing environment and human health and safety (EHS) questions. The two systems — standard-setting and regulatory review — are currently moving forward slowly and in tandem. In the meantime, U.S. courts have not yet spoken on important legal questions determinative of how nanoscale materials and product applications will fare when confronted with EHS liability claims. In this article, attorney Theodore Voorhees, Jr. provides a brief summary of some of the more important recent nanotechnology-related developments in the U.S. regarding standards-setting, regulatory approvals, and court rulings.

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