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A diverse group of nanotechnology stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, large and small companies and research organizations, applaud the inclusion in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 of a measure that will aid in the development and implementation of a comprehensive federal nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research strategy.
Environmental Studies and Toxicology within 90 days of enactment" (by March 21, 2008) to develop and monitor implementation of the research strategy.
The diverse group that urged the Congressional measure is mindful of the significant efforts of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, but strongly believes that a comprehensive, independently developed research roadmap is urgently needed to identify the federal resources required to address the EHS implications of nanotechnology.
BEST's groundbreaking work in devising and overseeing EPA's research on the health effects of airborne particulate matter serves as a useful model for the work BEST is expected to undertake for nanotechnology EHS research. We anticipate that BEST will build upon its experience while taking into account ongoing related efforts, to develop and oversee execution of an integrated strategy to guide federal EHS research needed to support the safe development and use of engineered nanoscale materials and technologies.
Group members include:
Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.
Lux Research, Inc.
American Chemistry Council
Natural Resources Defense Council
PPG Industries, Inc.
Sasol North America
Elementis Specialties, Inc.
The Dow Chemical Company
Unidym (formerly Carbon Nanotechnologies, Inc.)
Evonik (formerly Degussa)
Union of Concerned Scientists
Foresight Nanotech Institute
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