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Experts To Discuss Legislation and Regulation Concerning The Cutting-Edge Technology

The Environmental, Health and Safety Outlook For Nanotechnology

Washington, DC | Posted on May 5th, 2008

Recently, major nanotechnology funding legislation was introduced in Congress that includes measures to step up risk research, a first of its kind petition was filed by consumer and environmental groups with EPA seeking to force the agency to regulate some nanomaterials under federal pesticide law, and discussions occurred concerning a congressional mandate for a major National Academy of Sciences strategic roadmap on federal research of the environmental, health, and safety implications of nanotechnology.

With all that going on in Washington, D.C., you do not want to miss a panel presentation with four leading experts about what is on the legislative and oversight horizon for nanotech. These topics and more will be discussed at the 7th Annual NanoBusiness Alliance conference in New York City.

"Congress is moving fast to pass legislation that will have a significant impact on federal support for the development of nanotechnologies in all sectors," says Colin Finan, a policy associate with the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. "Without a doubt, the coming weeks and months will be very important in terms of setting federal research and oversight priorities in the coming years."

Who: Colin Finan, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Lynn L. Bergeson, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Blake Biles, Arnold & Porter, LLP
Mark Mansour, Foley & Lardner

What: Nanotechnology Environmental, Health & Safety Issues: A Washington Perspective.

When: Tuesday, May 6, 2008; 3:30 p.m.

Where: New York Marriott Marquis Times Square; New York City

Information about the conference: www.nanobusiness2008.com


About Nanotechnology

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.

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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.

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Contacts:
Colin Finan
Public Affairs & Policy Associate
Phone: (202) 841-5605

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