NanoDynamics CEO Keith Blakely Provides Testimony on Nanotechnology Environmental, Health and Safety Before U.S. House Committee
November 16, 2005 08:01 AM US Eastern Timezone
In his testimony, Mr. Blakely pointed to four major initiatives the US government should take in order to address nanotechnology EHS.BUFFALO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 16, 2005--The emergence of nanotechnology as a significant industrial force has inspired a deep look at the technology's environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues. NanoDynamics, a leading diversified technology and manufacturing company utilizing nanoscale engineering, has taken a prominent position in engaging the potential risk factors of nanotechnology. Keith Blakely, CEO of NanoDynamics, today submitted testimony to the US House of Representatives Science Committee on the EHS impact of nanotechnology.
In his testimony, Mr. Blakely pointed to four major initiatives the US government should take in order to address nanotechnology EHS:
1) Increase overall federal support for EHS focused research in nanotech
2) Support EHS compliance efforts in emerging businesses
3) Coordinate individual agencies to develop EHS policies for nanotech
4) Promote public education around EHS and nanotech
"The federal government, as the largest single investor in nanotechnology research, must take the lead in identifying the appropriate gaps in EHS information and organize appropriate, objective, and economically sound studies to assess the risks and rewards of nanomaterials processes and applications," said Mr. Blakely. "At present, less than four percent of the National Nanotechnology Initiative budget is devoted to researching health and environmental implications. Given what's at stake, that figure is inadequate. For a technology as new, untested and potentially pervasive as this, we should consider spending as much as 10 percent of our research budget, or $100 million annually, during the first several years to learn about the potential impact of these materials."
Mr. Blakely is available for interviews on nanotechnology EHS, and the full text of his testimony is available upon request.
NanoDynamics is a diversified technology and manufacturing company utilizing nanoscale engineering to address some of the world's biggest challenges. With nano-enabled solutions in the fields of energy, water processing, life sciences, electronics, advanced materials and consumer products, NanoDynamics is committed to delivering the power of nanotechnology to the global marketplace. For more information, visit the company's website at www.nanodynamics.com.