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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2009. Review of the Federal Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12559.
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Appendix B Statement of Task The National Research Council shall conduct a scientific and technical review of the draft document entitled “Federal Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials,” expected to be publicly released by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative in September 2007. An ad hoc committee will plan a workshop and evaluate the scientific and technical aspects of the draft strategy and comment in general terms on how this strategy will develop information needed to support the EHS risk assessment and risk management needs with respect to nanomaterials. In its evaluation the committee will take into consideration the report, Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials (NEHI 2006) and other governmental and non-governmental reviews identifying EHS research priorities. 104

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This new book from the National Research Council finds serious weaknesses in the government's plan for research on the potential health and environmental risks posed by nanomaterials, which are increasingly being used in consumer goods and industry. An effective national plan for identifying and managing potential risks is essential to the successful development and public acceptance of nanotechnology-enabled products.

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