Nanotechnology: a brave new world requires bold new research approaches.

Position::EH Update - Brief article

Nanotechnology opens new worlds of possibilities for important computer, medical, and environmental applications. To ensure nanotechnology is developed in a responsible manner, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) awarded $38 million to establish two Centers for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINs). U.S. EPA contributed $5 million to the overall award, which is the largest award for nanotechnology research in the agency's history. The new centers will conduct research on the possible environmental, health, and safety impacts of nanomaterials, using very different approaches than previous studies.

"Nanotechnology is an exciting field, with the promise of dramatic benefits for the environment," said U.S. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "Working together, EPA and NSF can improve our scientific understanding of nanoscale materials, develop the appropriate risk-assessment...

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