Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 07:33:09 -0500
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Subject: US Nanotechnology Environmental,
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US Nanotechnology Environmental, Health & Safety Research Strategy open for comment

The US National Nanotechnology Initiative=92s latest iteration of its Environmental, Health and Safety Research Strategy has just been posted on-line for public comment.  Between now and January 6, anyone who is interested is encouraged to read the draft and comment on the on-line portal - hopefully sparking a dialogue which will strengthen the final document.

You may remember that the previous strategy was given a bit of a hard time by the National Academies of Science - less for its substance than for the way it was - or wasn=92t - brought together in a research strategy.  It=92ll be interesting to see how things have evolved over the past couple of years or so.

I haven=92t read the draft strategy yet, but I=92m hopeful that this will be a stronger document.  For one thing, it builds on input from a wide range of non-government experts.  For another, the feds have taken the bold but extremely welcome step of initiating a public review period.  This makes a lot of sense - it provides another chance to iron out those niggling mistakes that everyone makes while writing documents, and it helps a broader community to be a part of the process, rather than just passive recipients.

I=92ll be posting comments on the draft over the next few weeks - within the constraint that I am currently also working on the National Academies panel developing a complementary strategy.  But in the meantime, I would encourage anyone with the slightest interest in the potential health and environmental impacts of engineered nanomaterials to read the report, and join the conversation.

The on-line portal can be accessed here:

Read more: http://20 earch-strategy-open-for-comment/#ixzz17QdCoaJj

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