US Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Nanoparticle Research


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The US Environmental Protection Agency has recently released its fiscal year 2019 budget proposal and a part of their strategic plan is to organize a nanoparticle research that will run for the next five years.

As the agency was created for the purpose of protecting the environment and human health, EPA suggests in its Strategic Plan FY 2018- 2022 that they will use life-cycle analysis and evaluate the impact on the health of the ecosystem through its nanoparticle research.

EPA also proposes the Back-to-Back agenda that reflects the core philosophies of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. These philosophies include refocusing the agency back to its main mission, to lead the group through improved processes, adhere to the law, and to restore state power via cooperative federalism.

According to the Strategic Plan, the federal agency will “prioritize robust science” by refocusing the scientific research so that they can also inform policymakers. A part of which is to predict and evaluate effects from chemical disposal and use and to provide tribes and states with data, methods, and tools to help them make more informed and timely decisions for about thousand of chemicals within the US.

EPA is said to also provide innovative tools that will accelerate evaluations that are data-driven so they can protect human health. They will also support the creation of safer nanomaterials in the private sector.