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Pollution Prevention through Nanotechnology Conference - Charge to Participants

Print version of the charge to participants (PDF) (2 pp, 21K, About PDF)

Background

To better understand the benefits that nanotechnology can offer by preventing pollution, and to encourage development of nanotechnology that offers such benefits, EPA convened a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee to plan a Pollution Prevention through Nanotechnology Conference. The Steering Committee helped refine goals and set the content for the conference.

To emphasize the importance of the responsible development of nanotechnology, conference speakers and attendees are encouraged to apply “life-cycle thinking” as they make presentations or participate in conference sessions. Life-cycle thinking involves consideration of environmental and human health endpoints such as toxicity and exposure that occur over the material's life cycle. Design, production, use, and disposal are all relevant to life-cycle thinking. While these aspects may not be specifically identified in each conference session, they will be considered throughout.

Questions:

The questions below are intended to focus presentations and discussions at the conference. Answers to these questions could help guide subsequent work in P2 through nanotechnology.

1. Which nanotechnologies show the greatest promise for preventing pollution?

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2. What are the most promising areas of research on pollution prevention applications of nanotechnologies?

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3. What recommendations do conference participants have for promoting and encouraging pollution prevention in the development and application of nanotechnology?

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