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Lynn L. Bergeson, "EPA Advances Voluntary Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program," ABA Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee Newsletter, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2007.

Over the past several months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made significant progress advancing its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). 

Lynn L. Bergeson, "ABA SEER’S Review of Existing Laws and Nanotechnology," Gradient Corporation EH&S Nano News, October 2006.

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) offered to brief representatives of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of General Counsel on legal and regulatory issues arising in connection with the application of existing statutory and regulatory authorities to engineered nanoscale materials. SEER prepared briefing documents on each statute, and a separate briefing document on innovative governance mechanisms. Each document identifies the legal and regulatory issues EPA will likely encounter as it considers how best to address issues arising in connection with nanotechnology. All seven briefing documents, which are solely the product of SEER and do not purport to represent the opinions of EPA, are available online

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Environmental Accountability: Keeping Pace with the Evolving Role of Responsible Environmental Corporate Stewardship," Environmental Quality Management, Autumn 2006.

This "Washington Watch" column outlines the concept of environmental accountability, provides a summary overview of the many mechanisms that are included within this broad topic, and discusses the role that environmental accountability plays in influencing corporate business standards pertinent to environmental performance. As government resources earmarked for more traditional environmental enforcement and compliance-assistance initiatives continue to dwindle, environmental accountability will increasingly serve as a key driving force to compel higher standards of corporate environmental accountability.

Lynn L. Bergeson and Michael F. Cole, "NanoBioConvergence—Emerging Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications," Bioprocessing & Biopartnering 2006: Featuring NanoBiotechnology, 2006.

Many people regard nanotechnology as a "stand-alone" technology. While the technology itself is of great interest, the most intriguing aspect of nanotechnology is that it is increasingly being utilised as an integral part of a more complicated convergence matrix. The intersection of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science, otherwise referred to as ‘NBIC convergence’, is leading to the development of nanobiotechnology products that promise to change radically the provision of healthcare in the decades ahead. 

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Small Sensors Promise Big Impact," Chemical Processing, July 2006.

. In the past year, there has been an appreciable upswing in new products developed and commercialized pertinent to "intelligent" water monitoring tools and devices involving nanotechnology. Because many environmental applications of nanotechnology will almost certainly revolutionize the science, law, and regulation of water pollution, readers are urged to keep abreast of this fast-changing area.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Nanotechnologies and FIFRA," ChemADVISORY, July 2006.

This column explores applications of nanotechnologies in the agricultural sector, and a few of the issues the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is now considering regarding nanotechnologies and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). 

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Views from the Chair: The Section’s Contributions to Nanotechnology," Trends: ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Newsletter, July/August 2006.
Lynn L. Bergeson, "Key Environmental Issues: Views from Inside the Beltway and Beyond," Environmental Quality Management, Summer 2006.

With the mid-term elections fast approaching, the Bush Administration is probably feeling a bit unsettled about its ability to defend its record on environmental accomplishments. The Bush Administration’s record on environmental accomplishments is, according to most environmental groups, weak if not downright bad. This column identifies several key environmental issues that may elicit potential voter response. 

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Nanotechnologies and FIFRA," Gradient Corporation EH&S Nano News, April 2006.

This column explores applications of nanotechnologies in the agricultural sector, and a few of the issues the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is now considering regarding nanotechnologies and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Lynn L. Bergeson and Michael F. Cole, "FDA Regulation of Food Packaging Produced Using Nanotechnology," Food Safety Magazine, April/May 2006.

Food packaging materials must comply with the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Nanopackaging for the most part involves the use of materials that are not intended to have any effect on the food in the package, but may contact the food if the material migrates from the packaging. Such materials are regulated as indirect food additives or food contact substances. There are precedents that permit the marketing of indirect food additives without the need for clearance, and there is a regulatory process in place to review additives that require approval. The critical question in the food packaging area, as in every regulated industry, is whether existing precedents and process will be sufficient to address any issues that arise as the application of nanotechnology matures.

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