- About Us
- Nano-Social Network
- Nano Consulting
- My Account
Slow Federal Action to Oversee Nanotechnology Leaves 'Room At The Bottom'
State and local governments often have adopted trailblazing initiatives to address environmental, health and safety concerns in advance or in lieu of federal action. With nanotechnology, an emerging field of science with unknown risks, this practice is continuing, a landmark study has found.
"In the absence of action at the federal level, local and state governments may begin to explore their options for oversight of nanotechnology," says Suellen Keiner, author of the new Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) report, "Room at the Bottom? Potential State and Local Strategies for Managing the Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology." Keiner is the Chief Operating Officer of State of the USA, Inc., a new non-profit organization that is building a system of key indicators to measure economic, environmental and social conditions across the nation.
In regard to oversight of nanotechnology, Berkeley, CA, has taken the lead by adopting an ordinance that requires handlers of nanomaterials to submit toxicology reports on the materials to the city. Elected officials in Cambridge, MA, and Madison, WI, have also begun to look at similar reporting mechanisms. However, the prospect of a patchwork of state and local regulations is cause for concern among policy experts.
"The scenario of having a number of different local regulations is not ideal, but it could serve as a catalyst to force the federal government or Congress - whether through administrative regulation or legislation - to address the potential negative impacts of engineered nanomaterials," says David Rejeski, the director of PEN.
The report discusses possible options for state and local governments to follow that would allow for oversight of the potential negative impacts of nanotechnology - including local air, waste and water regulations, as well as labeling and worker safety requirements.
The report is available at:
Nanotechnology is the ability to measure, see, manipulate and manufacture things usually between 1 and 100 nanometers. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter; a human hair is roughly 100,000 nanometers wide. By 2014, Lux Research projects that $2.6 trillion in global manufactured goods will incorporate nanotechnology, or about 15 percent of total global output.
About The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies is an initiative launched by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and The Pew Charitable Trusts in 2005. It is dedicated to helping business, government and the public anticipate and manage possible health and environmental implications of nanotechnology.
For more information, please click here
Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Copyright © Project on Emerging NanotechnologiesIf you have a comment, please Contact us.
Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
|Related News Press|
News and information
Nanomechanics, Inc. Unveils New Product at ICMCTF Show April 25th: Nanoindentation experts will launch the new Gemini that measures the interaction of two objects that are sliding across each other – not merely making contact April 21st, 2017
Better living through pressure: Functional nanomaterials made easy April 19th, 2017
Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts/Journals/White papers
Nanoparticle exposure can awaken dormant viruses in the lungs January 17th, 2017
Investigating the impact of natural and manmade nanomaterials on living things: Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology develops tools to assess current and future risk January 9th, 2017