Unique nanotechnology products and processes are entering large-scale use in the environment without regulatory oversight. Materials and processes approved at conventional scales (macro or micro) do not require re-examination when used at the nanoscale even though the impact on the ecosystem – including on biodiversity – could be radically different. A recent event on First Nations’ land in New Mexico using what appears to be a nanotech self-assembly process should be a warning to government and industry.
Mulch ado about nothing?...Or the "Sand Witch?"
Submitted on 01 October 2003
Environmental use of “nanotechnology” highlights regulatory inadequacies and lack of clarity in the nanotech industry