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Nanotechnology: Industrial Ecology

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As new nanomaterials are discovered and dynamic patterns of commercial and environmental opportunity and risk are observed, there is an important need for EPA to improve its ability to respond to these emerging opportunities and risks as early as possible. Information is needed to engage in efforts to encourage the early redesign of products and services and effectively prevent the impacts of these materials on human health and the environment. A multidisciplinary and coordinated policy approach, including an analysis of product life cycle impacts, along with a materials flow analysis, starting with the conversion of raw materials, manufacture, use, and disposal, is necessary to encourage a culture of stewardship in relationship to the development and application of emerging nanotechnologies and materials.

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