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  • The Environmental Regulatory Implications of Nanotechnology

    Manipulating matter at the nanoscale is now a commercial reality. Nanoscale zinc oxides are used in sunscreen lotions and scratch-resistant glass. Digital camera displays, high resolution printer inks, and high-capacity computer hard drives are among the available products of nanoscience and nanoengineering. In this article, the authors offer general observations regarding the environmental ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Environmental research and development in nanotechnology

    Maintaining and improving soil, water, and air quality represent some of the most formidable challenges facing global society in the 21st century. Pollutants from such diverse sources as oil and chemical spills, pesticide and fertiliser runoff, abandoned industrial and mining sites, and airborne gaseous and particulate matter from automobiles exacerbate the situation on a daily basis. Detecting ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • CERCLA Nanotechnology Issues

    The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq., deals with risks to human health and the environment posed by uncontrolled releases of hazardous materials. In the context of a rapidly emerging nanotechnology and nanomaterials sector, existing CERCLA mechanisms would be useful primarily to provide response and liability authority if ...

  • The new business of nanotechnology and risks

    There is an Alice-in-Wonderland awe associated with nanotechnology. While the technology is both exciting and hopeful for many good reasons, for businesses, and the lawyers who counsel them, the lack of certainty in areas involving potential risk is unsettling. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is only now beginning to think through how best to apply the authority it has under the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The Regulatory Implications of Nanotechnology

    Nanotechnology is at the center of a growing debate among scientists, regulators, industry representatives, policy makers, and others over whether existing regulatory controls are adequate to address the potential risks posed by the technology and its byproducts. Some interested parties -- including Clayton Teague, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office -- believe that ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Nanotechnology – what is it? are there hazards?

    This is the first of a series articles on the emerging field of Nanotechnology. What is it? In short – small! Very small! Very, very small! Nanotechnology comes from the prefix Nano which, in English, means 1/billionth, just as micro means 1/millionth. So Nanotechnology involves 2 things: 1) extremely small man-made materials – some even as small as 1 atom thick, ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • Nanotechnology in Industrial Wastewater Treatment

    Nanotechnology in Industrial Wastewater Treatment is a state of the art reference book. The book is particularly useful for wastewater technology development laboratories and organizations. All professional and academic areas connected with environmental engineering, nanotechnology based wastewater treatment and related product design are incorporated and provide an essentialresource. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Safety comes first for nanotechnology

    Online guide provides innovative path to product stewardship. Earlier this year, the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), Houston, launched the GoodNanoGuide, which is available at http://www.goodnanoguide.org. To cater to all audiences, the guide provides basic, intermediate and advanced options to choose from to contribute to or search within the online ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • IEST Focuses on Facilities in Nanotechnology Initiative

    A Journal of the IEST interview with David Ensor As interest grows in the design, construction, and operation of nanofacilities for R&D and manufacturing, IEST addresses the question: What does it take to do nanotech work? Keywords: Nanotechnology, nanofacility design, nanoparticles, standards, ISO, TC ...

  • Green Nanotechnology: Straddling promise and uncertainty

    Nanotechnology has been called the second Industrial Revolution. Its seemingly limitless potential will continue to inspire innovations in a dizzying array of beneficial applications and briskly transform society. Despite the hope and promise nanotechnology brings, engineered nanoparticles, the tiny engines driving this new transformative technology, also generate a palpable apprehension due to ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Nanotechnologies for society. New designs and applications of nanosensors and nanobiosensors in medicine and environmental analysis

    One of the areas rapidly gaining popularity in all parts of scientific research is Nanotechnology. The pioneering mechanical and electrical engineering has been overtaken by life sciences including chemistry and biology as well as biophysics and biomedicine. The attractiveness of nanodimensions increases in combination with possible life saving function. Therefore the opportunity of application ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental impact assessment for nanotechnologies: integrating the ecological and the chemical perspective

    The development and application of products containing engineered nanoparticles (ENP) has dramatically increased over the past decade, whereas the assessment of potential hazards to humans and especially to the environment substantially falls behind. The UFT Centre for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology at the University of Bremen focuses on environmentally benign nanomaterials. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • ABA SEER’S Review of Existing Laws and Nanotechnology

    Earlier this year, the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) offered to brief representatives of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of General Counsel on legal and regulatory issues arising in connection with the application of existing statutory and regulatory authorities to engineered nanoscale materials. SEER prepared briefing ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The Adequacy of FIFRA to Regulate Nanotechnology-Based Pesticides

    As applied to pesticides, the new and developing area of nanotechnology has the potential to bring real benefits, but also regulatory challenges. Reportedly, it has already begun changing the nature of some pesticides. There are consumer products on the market today using engineered nanoparticles of active ingredients such as silver to achieve antimicrobial effects, and many more are likely. Even ...

  • ABA SEER CAA Nanotechnology Briefing Paper

    In reviewing the statute, regulations, guidance, science, engineering, and technology utilized in implementing the Clean Air Act (CAA), the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) CAA Nanotechnology Subcommittee developed this paper outlining possible application of the CAA to engineered nanoparticles (specifically excluding non-engineered ...

  • Applying a precautionary risk management strategy for regulation of nanotechnology

    Nanotechnology promises a multiplicity of benefits to society. At the same time it has become a focus of debate regarding potential health and other associated risks. Rejection of new nanotechnology innovations could result in loss of trust in regulators, a phenomenon observed previously with nuclear and genetically altered food crop technologies. Due to this uncertainty a precautionary approach ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Governance of new technologies: recommendations for responsible innovation in nanotechnology

    Effective risk governance is important when developing new technologies. This study assessed the approaches to governance of nanotechnology in Europe, based on a comprehensive review of literature and practices, complemented by discussions with key stakeholders. The study provides a new analytical framework for exploring the strengths and weaknesses of governance strategies and makes ...

  • Nanotechnology Trend Draws Attention of Federal Regulators

    Untitled Document Whether nanotechnology is the next big thing or merely the logical consequence of a natural trend to manage matter at smaller and smaller levels is unclear. What is clear is that ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Nanotechnology Briefing Paper Clean Water Act

    The purpose of this briefing paper is to evaluate the existing statutory authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA or Act) to regulate nanotechnology and nanoparticles.2 One of the stated national goals of the CWA is the elimination of the discharge of pollutants into the navigable waters. Accordingly, the CWA generally provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with authority to ...

  • USDA NOP Releases New Policy Memo on Nanotechnology

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) issued on March 24, 2015, a policy memorandum clarifying the status of nanotechnology in organic production and handling under the USDA organic regulations. The memorandum states that NOP has received questions about the use of ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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