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August 23, 2007

CDTSC Will Hold Symposium on Potential Hazards of Nanomaterials in the Environment

Lynn L. Bergeson

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) will hold a symposium entitled “Nanotechnology Symposium II:  Potential Hazards of Nanomaterials in the Environment” on October 3, 2007. The draft agenda includes the following topics: 

  • Chemical Properties and Commercial/Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology;
  • Physico-Chemical Characterization of Nanoparticles and Its Relation to Their Bio-Interactions;
  • Potential Ecotoxicity of Nanoparticles Released to the Environment;
  • Nanomaterial Human Health Risks and Risk Assessment; and
  • One Proactive Approach to Responsible Nanotechnology Development:  The DuPont — Environmental Defense NanoRisk Framework.