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Nanomaterial Case Study: Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray (Final Report)
U.S. EPA. Nanomaterial Case Study: Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray (Final Report). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-10/081F, 2012.
The information presented in the case study and the questions raised in this document are a foundation for a process to determine priorities among various research topics and directions. After that process has been completed, a final chapter will be added to this document to summarize highlights from preceding chapters and the major research issues that have emerged.
EPA announced the release of the final report, Nanomaterial Case Study: Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray. This report represents a case study of engineered nanoscale silver (nano-Ag), focusing on the specific example of nano-Ag as possibly used in disinfectant sprays. This case study is organized around the comprehensive environmental assessment (CEA) framework, which structures available information pertaining to the product life cycle, environmental transport and fate, exposure-dose in receptors (i.e., humans, ecological populations, and the environment), and potential impacts in these receptors. The document does not draw conclusions about potential risks. Instead, it is intended to be used as part of a process to identify what is known and unknown about nano-Ag in a selected application. In turn, the external review draft of the document provided a starting point to identify and prioritize possible research directions to support future assessments of nanomaterials.
URLs/Downloads:Comprehensive Environmental Assessment: A Meta-Assessment Approach to Increase Effectiveness of Risk Management and Research Planning (PDF,2 pp, 233 KB, about PDF)
Nanomaterial Case Study: Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray (PDF,423 pp, 3453 KB, about PDF)
EPA ORD Nanotechnology Research