EPA Science Inventory

On the Likelihood of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Causing Adverse Marine Ecological Effects

Citation:

Parks, A., Robert M. Burgess, Kay T. Ho, AND P. Ferguson. On the Likelihood of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Causing Adverse Marine Ecological Effects. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. Allen Press, Inc., Lawrence, KS, 10(3):472-474, (2014).

Description:

This brief article discusses the ecological effects of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)in the marine environment. Based on new research and a review of the scientific literature, the paper concludes that SWNTs are unlikely to cause adverse ecological effects in the marine environment because of their very limited bioavailability. As a result of this limited bioavailability, SWNTs do not appear to bioaccumulate, cause acute toxicity, or undergo trophic transfer.

Purpose/Objective:

This brief article discusses the likelihood that, based on the available scientific literature and research, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) cause adverse marine ecological effects. Results of this research suggest SWNTs do not represent a substantial risk to the marine environment. The impact of this work is to inform the appropriate environmental management and regulation of SWNTs.

URLs/Downloads:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ieam.1540/abstract   Exit

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 06/30/2014
Completion Date: 06/30/2014
Record Last Revised: 06/19/2015
Record Created: 06/30/2014
Record Released: 06/30/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 279773

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

ATLANTIC ECOLOGY DIVISION

POPULATION ECOLOGY BRANCH