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Pesticide News Story: EPA Requests Comment on Pesticide Nanoscale Silver Petition

For Release: November 19, 2008

EPA has published in the Federal Register a notice requesting public comment on a petition filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) et al. The petition requests that the Agency classify nanoscale silver as a pesticide, require formal pesticide registration, analyze the potential human health and environmental risks of nanoscale silver, and develop appropriate regulatory oversights for nanoscale silver products. The Agency has determined that the petition raises issues that potentially affect private and public sector stakeholders. Through this notice, EPA is asking for public comment, which may be submitted through January 20, 2009.

Information about other EPA Pesticide Program activities related to nanotechnology is available on the Web site.

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