Environmental NANOTECHNOLOGY

The promise of nanotechnology lies in the ability to produce materials and products with unique and beneficial physical properties that generally cannot be obtained by macroscale manufacturing techniques. Those unique properties, coupled with an ever-widening range of potential and commercialized applications, gives special urgency to the environmental safety and health questions faced by nanotechnology innovators developing new products and bringing them to market. These questions are made even more complex by the fact that the conventional classification schemes, on which the existing regulatory structure depends, do not adequately address nanomaterials. Our environmental lawyers understand this complexity and the importance of these issues in relation to the regulatory, consumer and investor acceptance necessary to commercial success.

We are experienced in bringing new manufacturing and research facilities online and new products to market in regulated industries both in the United States and internationally. We closely monitor emerging regulatory frameworks for nanomaterials, best practices used by industry leaders to manage nanomaterials in the United States and European Union, and research developments relevant to the environmental, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology and are ready to advise industry on the implications of those developments.

Our environmental lawyers are known for their judgment, strategic insight, and expertise. Our lawyers offer unique, practical insights and strategies to address clients’ needs in litigation, regulatory, transactional and other adversarial proceedings, risk management and planning, and public policy formation. In all of these contexts, we can assist clients in effectively communicating complex information to a wide variety of regulatory, investor, and customer audiences as their needs may require.

Especially in the context of a new project or product development and commercialization, we seek to team early in the process with client management, technical experts, and financial advisors to anticipate and effectively address both the novel and the ordinary environmental safety and health regulatory issues that may arise—including permitting and licensing; manufacturing, packaging and transportation process control standards; waste characterization, management and disposal; required premanufacture product safety reviews and risk assessment; worker exposures and safety; hazard communication to employees and customers; health effects monitoring; chemical use tracking and reporting; and commercial and regulatory product content restrictions and disclosure requirements. Twenty-five years assisting clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, semiconductor, synthetic textile, metal finishing, and electronics manufacturing industries, and advising both commercial and academic R&D facilities, gives us broad experience, expertise and strategic insight in sectors highly relevant to a large segment of the emerging and interdisciplinary nanotechnology industry.

With environmental lawyers in Washington, Boston, Berlin, Brussels and London, we are ready to assist clients domestically and abroad to identify and comply with applicable existing requirements in key regional markets, and to anticipate and to devise strategies to address and/or shape evolving policies and law, such as European Union directives (and implementing member state regulations), that may affect global marketing plans.

The promise of nanotechnology lies in the ability to produce materials and products with unique and beneficial physical properties that generally cannot be obtained by macroscale manufacturing techniques. Those unique properties, coupled with an ever-widening range of potential and commercialized applications, gives special urgency to the environmental safety and health questions faced by nanotechnology innovators developing new products and bringing them to market. These questions are made even more complex by the fact that the conventional classification schemes, on which the existing regulatory structure depends, do not adequately address nanomaterials. Our environmental lawyers understand this complexity and the importance of these issues in relation to the regulatory, consumer and investor acceptance necessary to commercial success.

We are experienced in bringing new manufacturing and research facilities online and new products to market in regulated industries both in the United States and internationally. We closely monitor emerging regulatory frameworks for nanomaterials, best practices used by industry leaders to manage nanomaterials in the United States and European Union, and research developments relevant to the environmental, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology and are ready to advise industry on the implications of those developments.

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