U.S. House of Representatives Fails to Develop Nanotech Safety Research Plan

A subcommittee chaired by Representative Brian Baird has failed to develop a detailed plan for assessing the environmental and health impact posed by nanotechnology. “I am generally puzzled why more progress has not been made to develop this research strategy… necessary for successful development of nanotechnology.”  click to read more of this article

At the hearing, the project’s chief science adviser Dr. Andrew Manard stated, “the federal government’s current approach to ensuring the development of responsible and successful nanotechnologies falls short of the mark.”

Activist groups are calling for more research to be funded and propose a 10% increase in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) budget. Clayton Teague, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office says, “I am highly confident that the forthcoming NNI EHA Research Strategies will provide the needed framework for the development and support of research programs that provide new knowledge as needed for risk assessment and risk management regarding the use of nanomaterials.”
Source: www.theRoseSheet.com