July 2006 Symposium on Nanotechnology and the Environment: Session 6: Review of Regulations, Positions, Policies, Guidance, and Actions for Nanomaterials
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July 13, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Responding to Public Concerns about Nanotechnology
Mr. Mark Greenwood, Ropes and Gray, Washington, DC
AbstractMuch of the current discussion about how government should address the potential risks of nanotechnology focuses on regulatory oversight for new products containing nanoscale materials. As the public awareness of nanotechnology grows, it can be expected that the citizens will ask regulatory agencies responsible for air, water, and waste management to address their questions and concerns. Are these agencies really prepared to address such questions? This presentation identifies the key environmental protection policy issues related to nanotechnology from the perspective of managers of air, water, and waste programs. It will suggest areas where these program managers must develop greater understanding of the nanotechnology issues as well as potential actions to consider in anticipation of public concerns.
Applying RCRA and CERCLA Requirements to Nanoscale Materials and Wastes
Mr. Tracy D. Hester, Bracewell and Giuliani, LLP, Houston, Texas