Nanotechnology Deskbook

Nanotechnology Deskbook
Lynn Bergeson and Tracy Hester
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Nanotechnology promises to have far reaching impacts on the economy, including offering technological advances in pollution control. While over 200 products that use nanomaterials are already in the marketplace, minimal data exist on the health and environmental effects of nanomaterials. This poses significant questions for companies, regulators, consumers, and lawyers.

The Nanotechnology Deskbook guides the reader through the application of existing law and regulations to nanomaterials by exploring domestic laws and regulations and considering developments in the international context. It includes a focus on special business considerations when this technology is involved and concludes by discussing the development of an effective environmental governance structure for nanotechnologies that protects human health and the environment without stifling the development of this new field.

About the Author

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-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 and the Toxic Substances Control Act, 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 Catholic University Law Review.

Tracy Hester heads the environmental law section of the Houston office of Bracewell & Giuliani L.L.P. 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. He has represented clients from diverse industrial sectors, including petrochemical manufacturers, petroleum and natural gas pipelines, petroleum refineries, utilities, wind energy, nanomaterials fabrication, hazardous waste disposal operations, and financial institutions. 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.

Book Reviews

“...This is not a scientist's book. Those who can't tell a quantum dot from a fullerene need not be intimidated. Instead, this timely book looks carefully at the key statutes that govern aspects of nanomaterials throughout their lifecycles...There is simply no other single source that provides such a comprehensive overview of the governance structure and hot issues in nanotechnology.”
- Mark Duvall, Managing Counsel, The Dow Chemical Company

“This is a ‘must have’ guidebook through the legal maze of the nanotechnology revolution... No lawyer, businessperson, policymaker or government official can afford to be without this Deskbook.”
- Julia A. Moore, Deputy Director, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

“Bergeson and Hester have compiled an excellent summary of the key U.S. laws that potentially regulate the manufacture, use, distribution and disposal of nanoscale materials. They have provided sufficient information so that practitioners can be productive quickly and also provided sufficient references allowing users to delve into the details of a topic as deeply as needed.”
- Shaun F. Clancy, Ph.D, Director, Product Regulatory Services, Degussa Corporation

“It addresses nanotechnologies benefits, potential concerns, details current and potential applications—all with an international focus.  It not only examines and recommends effective governance structures but it also outlines research priorities to support those structures. This book lives up to its title Nanotechnology Deskbook: it will definitely stay on your desk and not on the bookshelf.”
- Terry L. Medley, Global Director, Corporate Regulatory Affairs, DuPont