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.
A new report by J. Clarence (Terry) Davies, EPA and Nanotechnology:
Oversight for the 21st Century, examines the EPA role in nanotechnology
oversight. The report considers various oversight tools for dealing with
nanotechnology and proposes a number of action steps for government,
industry, and other stakeholders.
According to Davies, the nanotechnology revolution provides an
opportunity to institute new kinds of regulation, to create an oversight
system for nanotechnology that will be more effective but less intrusive
than existing forms of regulation and that will require fewer resources
from both the public and private sectors. Nanotechnology can also be a
catalyst for the revitalization of EPA.
Please join us for the release of this forward-thinking report with
author Davies, senior fellow at Resources for the Future, and senior
advisor to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. Dr. Davies also wrote
the report, Managing the Effects of Nanotechnology, released in January
2006 by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies.
*** Webcast LIVE at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/nano ***
Who: J. Clarence (Terry) Davies, Senior Fellow, Resources for the
Future and Senior Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
David Rejeski, Director, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies,
What: A new report, EPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th Floor Flom
Auditorium, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center,
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
This event is being organized by the Project on Emerging
Nanotechnologies. The Project was launched in 2005 by the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars and The Pew Charitable Trusts. It is
dedicated to helping business, governments, and the public anticipate and
manage the possible health and environmental implications of