THE NANOTECHNOLOGY DESKBOOK
by Lynn Bergeson, Linda Breggin, and Tracy Hester
Nanotechnology has great potential to help the environment, but also
poses some environmental risks due to the significant unknowns about its
human health and ecological effects. The Environmental Law Institute has
called for the responsible development of this technology, both to
protect the environment and to protect nanotechnology's potential to
protect the environment.
The Nanotechnology Deskbook is part of ELI's effort to ensure that
nanotechnology is commercialized in an environmentally safe manner.
Although environmental regulation of nanotechnology is still in its
developing stages, we believe there is sufficient information available
to those who work with nano-sized materials to offer this Deskbook as a
guide to the environmental laws, regulations, and policies currently
applicable to nano-scale materials.
The Nanotechnology Deskbook is part of Environmental Law Institute's
Deskbook series, which combines the invaluable experience of the top
practitioners in the field with the encyclopedic coverage and keen
insight provided by the staff of the Environmental Law Reporter.
Deskbooks provide practicing attorneys, students, environmental
professionals, and government officials an "at-the-fingertips"
resource for accessing and understanding environmental law. The series
covers endangered species, wetlands, NEPA, TSCA, FIFRA, and many other
topics by combining in-depth analysis of the topic with necessary
reference materials, such as regulations, guidance documents, and forms.
The Deskbooks are natural partners to ELI's flagship resource, the
Environmental Law Reporter. ELR is an attorney-edited gateway to
researching and understanding environmental law and policy, with
coverage since 1971 available on-line in an easily searchable format.
ELR couples thousands of insightful articles on environmental law and
policy with the most important updates, decisions, statutes,
regulations, and agency documents and a cumulative index and
bibliography to help you navigate this highly complex area of law. More
information about both the Deskbooks and ELR is available at www.eli.org
August 2007. ISBN: 978-1-58576-123-4. Order #3827. Retail price:
Member price $93.46.
About the Authors:
Lynn L. Bergeson is Managing Director of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. a
Washington, D.C. law firm and President of The Acta Group, L.L.C. and
The Acta Group EU, Ltd, Bergeson & Campbell's consulting affiliates.
Ms. Bergeson concentrates on conventional and engineered nanoscale
chemical, pesticide, and other specialty chemical product regulation and
approval matters, domestic and foreign chemical classification, chemical
product litigation, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated product
approval, and associated business issues. Ms. Bergeson counsels clients
on health, safety, science policy, and related legal and regulatory
aspects of traditional domestic chemical regulatory programs under the
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as well as on issues pertinent to
nanotechnology and other emerging transformative technologies.
Ms. Bergeson is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A., magna cum
laude), and the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America,
where she was a member of the Law Review.
Tracy Hester heads the environmental law section of the Houston office
of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. Mr. Hester assists clients in regulatory
counseling with an emphasis on enforcement defense, environmental
permitting and cost recovery litigation. He also provides advice on the
application of environmental law to emerging technologies, including
nanotechnology and alternative energy sources. Mr. Hester has
represented companies and local governments in litigation or compliance
negotiations on ozone regulatory policy and total maximum daily load
water quality projects. He also assists companies with emergency
response planning and security assurance legal requirements. Mr. Hester
received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and his B.A.
from the University of Texas at Austin.
Bethami Auerbach is Of Counsel at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Ms. Auerbach
concentrates on air litigation and business, intellectual property, and
transactions matters. Ms. Auerbach counsels consortia, trade
associations, and corporate clients on a wide range of compliance issues
under the CAA, FIFRA, and RCRA. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law
School and her B.A. from Pomona College (magna cum laude), and a M.F.A.
from the University of Iowa.
Linda Breggin is a Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute,
where she works on a wide range of environmental law and policy issues.
She currently directs the Institute's Nanotechnology Initiative,
which seeks to develop an effective environmental, health and safety
governance structure for nanotechnologies. Her work also includes
research and convenings on programs under several of the major federal
environmental laws, including the Comprehensive Environmental, Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act and the Clean Water Act.
Leslie Carothers has been President of the Environmental Law Institute
since 2003. Before coming to ELI, she served in legal and executive
positions at the U.S. EPA, the State of Connecticut, and two major
manufacturing companies. At United Technologies, she was Vice President,
Environment, Health and Safety for eleven years, with worldwide
responsibility for company EHS policy and implementation.
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through improving law and governance worldwide. ELI delivers timely,
insightful, impartial analysis to opinion makers, including government
officials, environmental and business leaders and journalists. ELI is a
clearinghouse and a town hall, providing common ground for debate on
important environmental issues.
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