2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2007 - 10th Annual

Advancing Environmental Stewardship with Nanotechnology Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

W. Gibson
ICF International, US

public-private partnerships, environmental, health, safety, impacts, management systems, improvement goals, voluntary performance standards, prescriptive commitments, process-based commitments

Now is the time to develop pubic private partnerships (P3) focused on nanotechnology (NT) enterprises and environmental and occupational health and safety (EHS) risks. The purpose of P3s would be better understanding of risks involved, and better and more rapid adoption of risk management practices. Timing is urgent because of a current need to: accelerate early learning amidst a climate of public and private cooperation; positively influence eventual regulatory approaches that could inhibit knowledge transfer and commercial development; and better understand the risk and experiment with management practices that that could be used in the developing a responsible stewardship for the environment. Where P3s fit within a range of policy choices and ICF P3 Design Principles are described. The P3 value proposition is described both in terms of the public sector and private sector gains. The results of a case study, involving an NT company in Ohio, on the EHS impacts of NT and how a management systems framework can be tailored to reduce risk are presented. This work, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the US EPA is part of making a material and proactive federal contribution to addressing the EHS implications of emerging nanotechnologies.

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