Nanoparticles: Regulating a Tiny Problem with Huge Risks

By: Kirill Lebedev

23rd April, 2013

The continuing advancement of nanotechnology represents a tremendous opportunity for society because of the unique traits that nanoscale materials possess.’ Unfortunately, the same physical traits that give nanotechnology its economic and scientific value also make it a potentially dangerous emerging form of pollution that is particularly difficult to regulate under current law. After discussing the properties of nanoparticles and the current, problematic legal framework surrounding their environmental regulation, I will explore an alternative regulatory regime that could prove to be more successful in confronting the environmental risk posed by nanoparticles.

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