Holding Our Breath for a Test Rule for Carbon Nanotubes
Researchers recently reported new findings regarding potential occupational hazards associated with carbon nanotubes. These nano-scale cylinders have a variety of forms (single-walled and multi-walled, coated and uncoated, and so on.) They are widely available and used in a variety of manufacturing, medical and electronic applications. Previously, much attention was focused on whether when inhaled, nanotubes could produce damage similar to that caused by asbestos. A new study highlights an additional inhalation hazard: immune system suppression. This comes on the heels of a notice from EPA that a test rule for carbon nanotubes under the federal Toxic substances Control Act may be proposed in the indefinite future.
Timothy Malloy teaches Environmental Aspects of Business Transactions, Regulatory Lawyering, Regulation of the Business Firm, Environmental Policy and Politics, and Contr…READ more