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Danish EPA to investigate Challenges Nano poses to the Environment

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a contract for an assessment of ‘the impacts of nanomaterials on Denmark’s environment’. The awarded body will ‘perform detailed risk assessments for ten different nanomaterials’, including nano-titanium dioxide, nano-silver, nano-copper, and carbon nanotubes.

According to a report, a life-cycle assessment will be carried out for the tested materials, examining ‘what substances are released into the environment during various stages’. These findings will be subsequently extrapolated so as to provide ‘an overall assessment’, and it is feasible that the results ‘could be used as a basis for determining the need for new risk-reduction measures’.

The project will not, however, be ‘making recommendations for legislative action’. Furthermore it was revealed that ‘a separate project will examine the risks posed by nanomaterials in consumer products’.

 

Follow this link to read the full press (in Danish) and this to read an English summary.

Source: Nano and Other Emerging Chemical Technologies Blog

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