I’ve just found out that the EPA is going to have a 4-day “consultation meeting” of the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel, on the topic of regulating nanosilver, starting November 3 and running through November 6.
The specific purpose of the meeting, according to the EPA press release that was just brought to my attention, is to “review a set of scientific issues related to the assessment of hazard and exposure associated with nanosilver and other nanometal pesticide products.”
In other words, the EPA appears to be moving forward on the formulation of plans to regulate the use of products containing nanosilver for “pesticidal” purposes.
How FIFRA Regs Could Cover Colloidal Silver Products
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you no doubt know that the EPA has essentially ruled that bacteria, fungi and other microbes are now classified as “pests” under their newly revised FIFRA (i.e., Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act) regulations.
And you likely also know that “nanosilver” (i.e., extremely tiny particles of silver), when used for anti-microbial purposes, has now been classified under the FIFRA regulations as a “pesticidal” product.
These revisions to the FIFRA regulations, of course, were specifically designed to give EPA authority to regulate all products containing nanosilver.
Many observers sounded the alarm last year after EPA first ruled that nanosilver had been classified under FIFRA as a “pesticidal” product, warning that this new classification could have extremely detrimental consequences for the colloidal silver community.
But it wasn’t until January of this year that the colloidal silver community finally sat up and took notice. This, after a consortium of extremist environmental groups including the Center for Technology Assessment and Friends of the Earth filed a legal petition to force the EPA to stringently enforce FIFRA regulations against all products containing nanosilver, including colloidal silver products, if those products made “pesticidal” claims.
Does Your Favorite Brand of Colloidal Silver Contain Nanosilver and Make “Pesticidal” Claims?
In other words, if your favorite brand of colloidal silver contains tiny nano-sized silver particles (most brands do), and if it is used chiefly for its powerful antimicrobial qualities (most brands are), then according to the environmental groups, your favorite brand of colloidal silver should be interpreted to be a “perticidal” product under FIFRA, and would have to meet the EPA’s stringent regulations for pesticidal products.
What’s more, these extremist environmental groups apparently want the EPA to force nanosilver product manufacturers to remove their products from the market and prove to the EPA that these products cannot “harm the environment” before they can once again be sold to the public.
This of course means colloidal silver manufacturers along with the manufacturers of other products containing nano-sized particles of silver would have to file expensive environmental impact reports with the EPA, costing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.
Backdoor Method of Banning Colloidal Silver
Ever since the environmental groups first filed their legal petition with the EPA in late 2008, many thousands of colloidal silver users have protested to the EPA that the entire scheme smacked of a backdoor method of regulating colloidal silver into oblivion.
After all, few if any colloidal silver manufacturers could afford to comply with the added regulatory burden of having to prove to the EPA that their products won’t “harm the environment.” If the environmentalists had their way, and these types of regulations were instituted, most colloidal silver manufacturers would simply have to quit manufacturing their products.
Of course, forcing colloidal silver manufacturers to prove that their products won’t harm the environment is ludicrous at face value. Why? Because silver comes from the environment in the first place. And secondly, because there is no evidence whatsoever that commercial colloidal silver products have ever caused even a scintilla of harm to the environment.
For these reasons, and many more (including questionable “charitable contributions” to the environmental groups from foundations linked to Big Pharma) colloidal silver manufacturers, vendors and users have been extremely suspicious of EPA’s intentions in classifying nanosilver as a “pesticidal” product under their FIFRA regulations, and of the role of the environmental groups such as Center for Technology Assessment and Friends of the Earth in acting in attempting to force EPA to more stringently regulate products containing nanosilver.
(As an aside, you may remember that only this past June, the environmental group Friends of the Earth issued a white paper calling on the EPA to ban all colloidal silver products.)
Emergency Action Needed Immediately!
The bottom line is that the upcoming November 3-6 meeting of the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel represents both crisis and opportunity for colloidal silver manufacturers, vendors and users.
Crisis, in that you can rest assured representatives of the major anti-nanosilver environmental groups will be in attendance, and will be pressing the EPA to adopt their radical anti-silver regulatory agenda.
And a very slim window of opportunity, in that the EPA has once again requested public comments on this critical issue, both in the form of written comments from the public at large, and well as oral comments from those who might be able to attend the FIFRA meeting in Arlington VA.
Written Public Comments Need to Be Submitted Quickly
Let’s deal with the written comments first:
Unfortunately, the EPA has requested that all written comments on this issue be submitted by October 20, 2009. This date has already passed. We were not made aware of it until it was already too late.
However, here’s what the EPA stated regarding written comments in their undated press release announcing the meeting:
“The agency encourages that written comments be submitted by October 20, 2009…”
In other words, it is apparently not a hard-and-fast deadline. Obviously, comments need to get to the EPA well before the FIFRA meeting which starts on November 3 and runs through Nov. 6. So the quicker you act, the more likely your comments will make an impact at the November 3-6 FIFRA meeting.
With that in mind, I strongly urge all colloidal silver users to immediately post a brief comment on the EPA Federal eRulemaking Portal at this web address: http://www.regulations.gov
Simply click on the above link, or type it into your web site address bar. Once the page comes up type the following docket # (i.e., EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0683) into the bar that says “Enter Keyword or ID”, and then click on “Submit a Comment.”
Once that page comes up, scroll to the bottom right side and look for the “Actions” column. In that column click on the link titled “Submit a Comment.” That should bring up the public comments page, in which you can write and submit your comment.
[If you’re really lucky, you might be able to bypass the above rigamarole and go straight to the public comments page by clicking this link. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The EPA doesn’t make it easy to figure out how to post public comments on their web site. I’m doing the best I can to get you there! -- Spencer]
Once you’ve reached the comments page, in your own words, simply say something to the effect of this:
In regards to docket ID #EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0683, I respectfully request that you do NOT lump colloidal silver products containing nanosilver in with other commercial nanosilver products you may be considering regulating under FIFRA.
Colloidal silver is an oral nutritional supplement product, and as such is already regulated under the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.
Despite assertions to the contrary by environmental groups such as Center for Technology Assessment and Friends of the Earth, oral colloidal silver nutritional supplements containing nanosilver have never been demonstrated to pose any threat to the environment whatsoever.
Additional regulation by the EPA of a product already amply regulated by the FDA would be redundant at best. It is also an affront to taxpayers, particularly considering the fact that there is no evidence whatsoever of environmental harm from these nutritional supplement products.
What’s more, regulating colloidal silver products under FIFRA further unnecessarily stretches thin the EPA’s already overburdened regulatory mechanisms.
Please say “No” to regulating colloidal silver nutritional supplement products under FIFRA, and in fact, please take steps to fully exempt colloidal silver nutritional supplement products from FIFRA regulation.
If you don’t want to take the time to write it in your own words, simply highlight and copy the above comment and paste it into the comments section on the EPA web site as directed above.
But I strongly suggest you write the letter in your own words. Your comment doesn’t have to be a long one. Just let the EPA know in no uncertain terms that you don’t want the EPA to regulate colloidal silver products under their FIFRA “pesticide” regulations.
[If by the time you get this notice the EPA public comments page for this particular issue is no longer working, simply print out and mail your comment to the following address as quickly as possible: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.]
Attending the Meeting and Delivering Oral Comments
If you’re a colloidal silver manufacturer or vendor, or just an articulate advocate of colloidal silver, you might want to consider attending the upcoming November 3-6 meeting of the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel to be held in Arlington, VA, and delivering oral comments to the panel.
But be aware: You must request in writing to deliver oral comments at the meeting. And the deadline for requesting to deliver oral comments at the meeting is October 27th.
That gives you less than a week from the date of this blog post to get your request to the EPA.
If you’re interested in doing so, I suggest drafting your request to deliver oral comments immediately, and then post it to the EPA public comments page. Or better still, Federal Express your request to the following EPA address: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
You can always follow up with the EPA representative whose contact information appears directly below in the reproduction of the EPA press release we just received.
The Original EPA Press Release
Directly below I have reproduced the press release from the EPA regarding this meeting. It gives the address to send your written comments to, as well as to send a request to deliver oral comments at the meeting if you can attend in person.
Here it is:
There will be a 4-day consultation meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues related to the assessment of hazard and exposure associated with nanosilver and other nanometal pesticide products.
DATES: The consultation meeting will be held on November 3 - 6, 2009, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The consultation meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.
Comments: The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted by October 20, 2009 and requests for oral comments be submitted by October 27, 2009.
Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0683, by one of the following methods:
• Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
• Mail to: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph E. Bailey, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-2045; fax number: (202) 564-8382; e-mail address: email@example.com.
EPA source: http://www.FederalRegister.com
The fact that the EPA is apparently moving forward on their agenda to regulate nanosilver products simply heightens my long-time recommendation that every family should own the means of colloidal silver production.
By that, I mean you should own a high-quality colloidal silver generator, such as the new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from our good friends at The Silver Edge.
Once you own the means of colloidal silver production, no one can take away your right to use colloidal silver whenever you want to.
What’s more, by owning a high-quality Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, you’ll be able to make all of the high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver you could ever want, for the extraordinarily low cost of about 36 cents a quart.
Yes, I said 36 cents a quart!
Compare that with the $20 to $30 price tag on a tiny 4 ounce bottle of colloidal silver at most health food stores, and you’ll see that with a high-quality Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, you can literally afford to bathe in colloidal silver if you want.
In fact, many Micro-Particle Generator owners report to us that they do just that. Once a week or so, they pour a quart jar of colloidal silver directly into their bathwater, and enjoy the soothing, healing effect colloidal silver has on the skin. After all, when you are only paying 36 cents a quart to make high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver, your uses for this phenomenal healing product are virtually unlimited.
What’s more, the set of pure .999 fine silver wire that comes with your new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator will allow you to make over $24,000 worth of high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver in the comfort and privacy of your own home!
And you can purchase additional sets of the pure silver wire for only about $25 apiece (each set lasts about a year under normal usage). And yes, each set allows you to make another $24,000 worth of high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver.
I know this all sounds astonishing, to say the least. But every word of it is absolutely true.
Perhaps the best part is that your very first one-quart batch of high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver literally pays for the entire cost of your new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator, when compared to the price you would have paid for the same amount of colloidal silver in a health food store. Just do the math…it’s absolutely amazing!
So I urge you to pay a visit to The Silver Edge at http://www.thesilveredge.com/ and click through on the links, paying particular attention to the link titled “How to Make High-quality Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver for Less Than 36 Cents a Quart!” and the link titled “Make $24,000 Worth of Colloidal Silver from a $20 Set of Silver Wire.”
See for yourself that what I’m telling you is true.
Then, order a high-quality Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, before the environmental groups and the EPA finally have their way, and begin regulating commercial colloidal silver products into oblivion.
Once you own the means of colloidal silver production, you’ll be able to make all of the colloidal silver you could ever want, any time you want, in the comfort and privacy of your own home. And the good news is, as long as you act before they institute new regulations, there’s not a thing the environmentalists or the bureaucrats can do about it.
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The Colloidal Silver Secrets blog:
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