In the July 2, 2007, Federal Register, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice regarding its conference entitled “Pollution Prevention through Nanotechnology,” which will be held on September 25-26, 2007, in Arlington, Virginia. EPA intends the conference to provide a forum to exchange ideas and information on using nanotechnology to develop new ways to prevent pollution. Lynn L. Bergeson is on the Steering Committee for the conference. Representatives from industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, and government are invited to focus on current practices and potential research areas in nanotechnology that incorporate the concept of pollution prevention in three major areas:

  • Products: Less toxic, less polluting, and wear-resistant.
  • Processes: More efficient and waste-reducing.
  • Energy and Resource Efficiency: Processes and products that use less energy and fewer raw materials because of greater efficiency.

Registration is open until September 14, 2007, but is not required to attend the conference.
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