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State and Local Regulation of Nanotechnology: Two Opposing Methodologies
Volume 7, Issue 3

Stephen R. Chittenden

The nascent efforts of U.S. municipalities and states entering the nanotechnology regulation arena appear to be funneling them into one of two broad categories: cities and states which are folding nanomaterials into their existing hazardous materials regulations, and cities and states which are forming task groups and committees to study the issues and provide feedback to the state. The first group is coalescing around the state’s interest and responsibility in safeguarding the health of the public, its workers, and the environment. The second group generally has as one of its goals pursuing the potential economic and quality of life benefits that those states acknowledge may come from thoughtful application of nanotechnologies. This article offers a survey of the regulatory efforts pursued to date by cities-—notably Berkeley, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts-—and the several states which are venturing into the fray, and concludes that the second, more holistic approach to local and state-level regulation may yield the widest benefit to the citizen, the governing body, and the nanotechnology practitioner.

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