REGULATION OF NANOTECHNOLOGY – Where Innovation and Environmental, Health, and Safety Concerns Intersect

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The program is being presented at RJ Lee Group, Inc. as part of the Nanotechnology Innovation Executive Briefing Series and will examine two major points of interest dealing with nanotechnology: regulatory and environmental. Mary Beth Deemer of the law firm Jones Day will begin by discussing the existing and proposed regulation of products containing nanoscale materials, along with issues relevant to such regulation. Gary Casuccio of RJ Lee Group, will then discuss the state of the art with respect to sampling, analysis, and risk assessment, including evaluation of nanoparticles from a work exposure and environmental release perspective.

Gary Casuccio (RJ Lee Group) has more than 30 years of experience in the characterization of particulate matter using electron microscopy techniques for environmental, industrial hygiene, powder metals, pharmaceutical, and metallurgical applications. He serves as an advisor and consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding individual particle analysis. Gary has also been active in the development of analytical methodologies based on microscopy techniques and served as the group leader in the development of ASTM standards related to the sampling and analysis protocols of single-crystal ceramic whiskers. With respect to nanoparticles, Gary is working with industry, several national laboratories, and government agencies (DOE, EPA, NIST, and NIOSH) in the evaluation of nanoparticles from an industrial hygiene and environmental perspective.

Mary Beth Deemer (Jones Day) has more than 25 years of experience defending clients in environmental disputes; negotiating the environmental aspects of acquisitions, dispositions, and financing transactions; and counseling clients concerning environmental compliance issues. Her practice focuses on high-profile civil and criminal environmental enforcement actions and investigations. She speaks and writes frequently on environmental issues and initiatives that may affect the development of the Marcellus Shale natural-gas play, along with sustainability, corporate disclosure, and shareholder activism in the area of climate change, as well as the regulation of products containing nanoscale materials. Mary Beth is a two-time BTI Client Service All-Star.