EPA Needs to Manage Nanomaterial Risks More Effectively

Publication Date : 2011
156 Visited Entry Date : 2013/04/09

International

English
Document type Report
Subject Regulatory & Legal Aspect ; Risk Assessment and Management
Summary
This is a report on the subject evaluation conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This report contains findings that describe the problems the OIG has identified and corrective actions the OIG recommends. This report represents the opinion of the OIG and does not necessarily represent the final EPA position. Final determinations on matters in this report will be made by EPA managers in accordance with established audit resolution procedures.
The purpose of this review was to determine how effectively the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is managing the human health and environmental risks of nanomaterials.
Content
1. Introduction
     Purpose    
     Background    
     Prior Reports    
     Noteworthy Achievements    
     Scope and Methodology    

2. EPA Does Not Have Sufficient Information and Processes to Effectively Manage Nanomaterial Risks
     Formal Coordination Process Needed to Prioritize Work and Assess Nanomaterial Risks    
     EPA Should Improve Communicating Nanomaterial Information to the Limitations in Detection and Assessment Inhibit    
     General Public
     Existing TSCA Limitations Challenge Nanomaterial Management Effective Management    
     Conclusions    
     Recommendation    
     Agency Comments and OIG Evaluation    

3. Status of Recommendations and Potential Monetary Benefits

Appendices
     A: Agency Response and OIG Comment    
     B: Distribution    

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