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Recast EU Directive on WEEE to assess need for specific Nanomaterial Treatments
The European Parliament has issued a recast of its WEEE directive; this new directive states that 'to control possible risks to human and health and the environment from the treatment of WEEE that contains nanomaterials, it is appropriate for the Commission to assess whether specific treatment may be necessary'
Roundtable Discussion on Nanotech espouses Benefits to Industry and Agriculture
A recent discussion between nanotechnology stakeholders in Bangladesh has concluded that 'application of nanotechnology would enhance industrial and agricultural production at low-cost' for the future development of the country. It was also noted that it can also help bring about many other benefits
Swiss Publication on disposal of Textile Waste containing Nanosilver
The Swiss Institute for Environmental and Process Technology (Institut für Umwelt- und Verfahrenstechnik (UMTEC)) have published a report entitled Disposal of Waste containing Nanosilver in the Textile Industry: Mass Flows and Treatment Methods
US EPA requests Information from Manufacturers of Nanosilver
The US EPA released in the US Federal Register of 26 October 2011 the final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan as required by the US Clean Water Act. The effluent guidelines are regulations that improve water quality by controlling discharges from industrial sources. The plan includes a request for comment and information for its 2011 annual...
'In harm's way'? - NIA highlights wrong Assumptions & right scientific Evidence
On Sunday 31 July 2011 a nanotechnology-related article, entitled In harm's way, was published by the UK's The Sunday Times. The article focuses on the amount of contaminants and other chemicals in our environment
Looking for Nanosilver in British Rivers
A final report entitled Exposure assessment for engineered silver nanoparticles throughout the rivers of England and Wales (CB0433) was published by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology UK (CEH). The report is the result of a year-long study of the concentration of nano-silver particles in English and Welsh rivers and sewer systems
Is your nanosilver T-shirt bad for the environment?
Nano-silver applications in antimicrobial or 'non-smelly' fabric applications focused most of the attention of the media and bloggers for years. It comes as no surprise that a detailed evaluation of the environmental impact has finally been reported on a particular case of T-shirt enhanced with nano-silver
US NIOSH seeks Comments on Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Nanofibers
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requests comments on the draft Current Intelligence Bulletin: Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers (NIOSH Docket Number: NIOSH 161-A)
Six top Nanotechnology Applications to save our Planet
With a growing concerns about the climate change and the reduction in natural reserves of fossil fuels, how would our efforts in nanotech innovation help the matter? Lux Research is reporting that by implementing just six top nanotechnology applications, leading industrialised countries like US, Germany and Japan could save up to 12% of their...
Nanomaterials display novel 'Insurance' Properties
Due to rapidly growing commercial activity and the amount of business generated in the nanotechnology sector, more and more companies are choosing to extend their insurance policy specifically to nanomaterials. Why would nanomaterial in a nano-enabled application be different from other types of materials for insurance purposes?
Crystal Ball Vision for US Nanotechnology Developments
For many years the US has led the way in developing nanotechnology sector. Back in 1999 the 'Nano1' report entitled Nanotechnology Research Directions: Vision for nanotechnology in the next Decade outlined the direction of North American development of nanotechnology
US PTO extends its green Fingers to Nanotechnology
The US Patent and Trademark Office (US PTO) announced on 20 October 2010 that they were looking for some feedback regarding the Green Technology Pilot Program (75 Fed. Reg. 64692). US PTO implemented this scheme on the 8 December 2009
Green shoots of Nanotechnology in red?
In the midst of discussions on nanotechnology innovation and novel applications across the whole spectrum of products and services, a report came out from The Friends of the Earth (FoE) accusing the nanotechnology community and innovations of not doing enough to reduce our impact on the environment
US Massachusetts Guidance on Nanomaterials Workplace Safety
The Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (MOTA) has published a Technology Guidance document, entitled Nanotechnology -Considerations for Safe Development, which – according to the introduction of the guidance document - is aimed at assisting the development of nanotechnologies
US GAO urges EPA to take regulatory Action on Nanomaterials
The US GAO (Government Accountability Office) has published a report, in which it identifies severe challenges to the EPA regarding the regulation of potential risks associated with nanotechnology
Nano-silver is readily eliminated in Wastewater Plants
The Swiss Ministry for Environment and the Swiss Institute for Waste, Water, Energy and Air have published a report entitled Characterisation and Evaluation of Nanosilver in Wastewater Treatment Plants
European Parliament approaches Nanomaterials in Electrical and Electronic Equipment with strong Language and a heavy Hand
The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has voted on the adoption of suggested amendments to the current regulation on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (recast) (ROHS/WEEE)
Age and Gender influence public Attitude towards Nanotechnologies
A study commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) as part of the 2008 British Social Attitudes survey found that ‘a range of factors...shape public opinion on nanotechnologies, including trust, experience of previous technological innovations, a sense of control, cultural outlook/worldview and the source from which they receive...
Nanotech 2010: Mandatory Reporting, Nano-Regulation & -Legislation, 'applied' Risk Assessment
A continuing focus on carbon nanotubes, nano-Silver, and TiO2
Stanford University submits comprehensive Response to DTSC Data Call-in
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC/Department) has received a comprehensive response to its mandatory data-call in on carbon nanotubes: on the 18 December 2009 Stanford University sent a letter to the DTSC disclosing its research activities with carbon nanotubes (CNTs)