Risk, Environmental, Health and Safety
Also see our Inventory of Environment, Health and Safety Research.
- news/archive September 13, 2007 Federal Research Plan to Determine Nanotech Risks Fails to Deliver Almost a year in the making, a federal plan to prioritize research on the potential environmental, health, and safety (EHS) impacts of nanoscale materials has so many failings that its begs the question as to whether the government’s 13-agency nanotechnology research effort is able to deliver an effective risk research strategy, according to David Rejeski, head of the Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies.
- news/archive August 2, 2007 Does EPA Have an Adequate Strategy to Oversee Nanotechnologies? Can it get needed information through a proposed program where companies voluntarily submit details about the nature of the nanomaterials they are using to manufacture products and about their steps to ensure safety? What incentives, if any, exist for firms to take part in this new EPA program? And how appropriate is the agency’s approach for classifying nanoscale substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)?
- events/archive July 26, 2007 Where Does the Nano Go? New Report on End-of-Life Regulation of Nanotechnologies Please join us on July 26, 2007, for the release of this report featuring the authors, along with Leslie Carothers, President of the Environmental Law Institute, and David Rejeski, Director, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. The discussion will focus on the end-of-life regulation of nanotechnologies. video
- news/archive July 26, 2007 Where Does the Nano Go? New Report on End-of-Life Regulation of Nanotechnologies All materials and products eventually come to the end of their useful life, and those made with nanotechnology are no different.This means that engineered nanomaterials will ultimately enter the waste stream and find their way into landfills or incinerators—and eventually into the air, soil and water. A new report authored by legal experts from the Environmental Law Institute addresses these issues. video
- news/archive July 2, 2007 Nanotechnology, Medicine and Bioethics Dr. Andrew Maynard, chief science advisor for the Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, and Dr. Mauro Ferrari, chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, were invited to discuss nanotechnology and nanomedicine before a meeting of the President’s Council on Bioethics.
- publications/archive July 1, 2007 Where Does the Nano Go? End-of-Life Regulation of Nanotechnologies
- events/archive June 21, 2007 Environmental Defense and DuPont to Jointly Launch Risk Framework Environmental Defense and DuPont invite you to the launch of the Nano Risk Framework, a tool for evaluating and addressing the potential risks of nanoscale materials. video
- events/archive June 11, 2007 Perspectives on Nanotechnology: Business, Government and Public Health Scientists have hailed nanotechnology as the next great scientific revolution, poised to create revolutionary changes in the daily lives of people worldwide. At an event hosted by the Project at the Dirksen Senate Office building, a panel of experts offered different perspectives on the budding potential of nanotechnology, but also cautioned that exploiting the unpredictable properties materials exhibit at the nanoscale may have as much potential to harm as to help. video
- events/archive May 23, 2007 EPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st Century As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently stated, nanotechnology has evolved from a futuristic idea to watch to a current issue to address. And for this new technology’s enormous potential to improve everyone’s life to be realized, nanotechnology must be subject to an adequate oversight system—a system designed to identify and minimize any adverse effects of nano materials and products on health or the environment. video
- news/archive May 17, 2007 Nanotechnology Now Used in Nearly 500 Everyday Products
- news/archive April 24, 2007 Nanotechnology Offers Hope for Treating Spinal Cord Injuries, Diabetes, Heart and Parkinson’s Disease Imagine a world where damaged organs in your body—kidneys, liver, heart—can be stimulated to heal themselves. Envision people tragically paralyzed whose injured spinal cords can be repaired. Think about individuals suffering from the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s relieved of their symptoms – completely and permanently. video
- news/archive April 17, 2007 New Methods & Tools Needed to Measure Exposure to Airborne Nanomaterials
- news/archive March 27, 2007 International Risk Research Strategy & Funding Needed for Nanotech Safety
- news/archive March 20, 2007 Life Cycle Assessment Essential to Nanotech Commercial Development
- publications/archive March 1, 2007 Nanotechnology Risk Perceptions: The Influence of Affect and Values