Nanotechnology Project


Application of the Toxics Release Inventory to Nanomaterials

PEN Brief No. 2

Linda K. Breggin and Read D. Porter


This research brief examines whether the legal authorities that establish the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) in the Emergency Planning and Community-Right to-Know Act (EPCRA) could be applied to nanomaterials. Although several organizations have published analyses of whether specific environmental laws could be used to regulate nanomaterials, none of these reviews has examined EPCRA or TRI in any detail.