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Lynn L. Bergeson and Joseph E. Plamondon, "TSCA and Engineered Nanoscale Substances," Nanotechnology Law & Business, March 2007.

The federal law that regulates new and existing chemical substances, including engineered nanoscale chemical substances, is the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). While there is much debate over how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should deploy its significant TSCA authority to address potential risks to human health and the environment posed by engineered nanoscale materials, there is no doubt that EPA is already doing so. This article provides a general overview of TSCA as it relates to new and existing chemical substances, and discusses how EPA may go about discharging its significant TSCA authority with respect to engineered nanoscale substances. 

Lynn L. Bergeson, panel expert, "Emerging Environmental Risk: A Global View," Risk Talk: Environmental Risk, Vol. 1, Issue 2.

This edition of Risk Talk focuses on emerging environmental risks from a global perspective. From local pollution problems to global warming, companies face a wide variety of environmental risks. The increasingly global economy requires that companies adopt a comprehensive environmental risk management strategy. Properly executed, such a strategy can give a company a competitive advantage. 

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. 

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