The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council are seeking public comments on the draft National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research. The document outlines the federal government’s strategy for conducting research to ensure the responsible development of nanotechnology.

With respect to evaluating the potential environmental impacts of nanotechnology, the strategy outlines several research needs: understanding environmental exposure sources and routes, determining the factors affecting environmental transportation of nanomaterials, understanding the transformation of nanomaterials in the environment, understanding the effects of nanomaterials on organisms, and evaluating the effects of nanomaterials at the population, community, and ecosystem levels.

Public comments are being accepted through 21 January. For more information or to download the draft strategy, visit


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