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NRDC Challenges EPA Nanopesticide Approval

10:45 AM MST | January 31, 2012 | Kara Sissell

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC; Washington) has filed suit to block the U.S. EPA’s conditional approval of nanosilver, an antimicrobial used in textiles, medical treatments and other products. EPA last December approved the petition by Swiss textile firm HeiQ (Bad Zurzach) for four years while the company generates the required health and safety data. Silver is a well recognized antimicrobial and HeiQ’s AGS-20 uses tiny particles of silver to treat fabrics, resulting in fewer washings and enables washing at lower temperatures, HeiQ says...

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