Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology Former EPA Official Calls for New Regulatory Agency

Abstract:
When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was founded, automobiles ran on leaded gasoline without catalytic converters, DDT (Dichloro-Diphenol-Trichloroethane) was one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, and Ohio's Cuyahoga River sporadically caught fire in Cleveland when passing trains ignited oil slicks on the surface.

Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology Former EPA Official Calls for New Regulatory Agency

Washington, DC | Posted on April 14th, 2009

Today regulators face the challenge of advancing nanotechnologies, with designer molecules and smart materials. However, government officials are hindered by a regulatory system more appropriate for a 1970 Chevy truck than a 2005 nanocar - the world's first single-molecule "car" and a major step toward molecular manufacturing.

A landmark report by J. Clarence (Terry) Davies, Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology, describes how existing health and safety agencies are unable to cope with the risk assessment, standard setting and oversight challenges of 21st century technology. Davies offers bold new ideas, laws and an organizational structure to deal with the effects of emerging technologies. He proposes mold-breaking ways to incorporate the lessons learned in the nearly four decades since EPA's founding, including more integrated approaches for oversight and monitoring.

The changes discussed in the report will not happen overnight. But the report marks an important step in opening the debate about creating a new regulatory system capable of coping with the rapid pace of technological innovation and making the changes needed to revitalize government environment, health and safety functions.

Davies, a former EPA official, is one of the nation's foremost authorities on environmental regulation and policy. His new report includes a preface by William D. Ruckelshaus, the first EPA administrator.

*** Webcast LIVE at www.wilsoncenter.org ***

What: Release of a new report, Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

(Light lunch available at 12:00 noon)

Who: J. Clarence (Terry) Davies, Senior Advisor, Project on Emerging

Nanotechnologies, and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

David Rejeski, Moderator, Director, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 5th Floor Conference

Room. The Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300

Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC; see:

www.wilsoncenter.org/directions

To attend this event, RSVP to . No RSVP is required to view the Webcast.

####

About Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies was launched in 2005 by the Wilson Center and The Pew Charitable Trusts. It is a partnership dedicated to helping business, governments, and the public anticipate and manage the possible health and environmental implications of nanotechnology.

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. In 2007, the global market for goods incorporating nanotechnology totaled $147 billion. Lux Research projects that figure will grow to $3.1 trillion by 2015.



Dr. Davies' report was made possible by a grant from the European Commission to support projects on "Transatlantic methods for handling global challenges." His report is based on independent research and does not represent the views of the European Commission or the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. For more information, go to: www.lse.ac.uk/nanoregulation.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Colin Finan
(202) 691-4321

Copyright © Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

If 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.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

MRI, on a molecular scale: Researchers develop system that could one day peer into the atomic structure of individual molecules April 20th, 2014

Iranian Researchers Present New Model to Strengthen Superconductivity at Higher Temperatures April 19th, 2014

Iranian Researchers Produce New Anti-Cancer Drug from Turmeric April 19th, 2014

Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair April 18th, 2014

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin April 18th, 2014

Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair April 18th, 2014

Novel stapled peptide nanoparticle combination prevents RSV infection, study finds April 17th, 2014

INSCX™ exchange to present Exchange trade reporting mechanism for engineered nanomaterials (NMs) to UK regulation agencies, insurers and upstream/downstream users April 17th, 2014

Announcements

MRI, on a molecular scale: Researchers develop system that could one day peer into the atomic structure of individual molecules April 20th, 2014

Iranian Researchers Present New Model to Strengthen Superconductivity at Higher Temperatures April 19th, 2014

Iranian Researchers Produce New Anti-Cancer Drug from Turmeric April 19th, 2014

Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair April 18th, 2014

Safety-Nanoparticles/Risk management

INSCX™ exchange to present Exchange trade reporting mechanism for engineered nanomaterials (NMs) to UK regulation agencies, insurers and upstream/downstream users April 17th, 2014

ECHA Planning Workshop on Regulatory Challenges in the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials April 16th, 2014

Effects of Carbon Nanotubes Studied on Pregnant Mothers April 12th, 2014

Local girl does good March 22nd, 2014

Events/Classes

INSCX™ exchange to present Exchange trade reporting mechanism for engineered nanomaterials (NMs) to UK regulation agencies, insurers and upstream/downstream users April 17th, 2014

'Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology' Lecture at Brookhaven Lab on Wednesday, April 30: Biomedical Engineer James Collins to Speak for BSA Distinguished Lecture Series April 16th, 2014

ECHA Planning Workshop on Regulatory Challenges in the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials April 16th, 2014

Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storage April 15th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE







  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE