RENO, Nev., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Altairnano)
said today that an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) draft white paper on
nanotechnology does not go far enough in calling for federal funding of studies
on the environmental, health and safety impacts of nanotechnology. The EPA solicited
public comment on the paper from Dec. 21, 2005, to Jan. 31, 2006.
"An otherwise excellent report, this draft falls short
of our expectations in one area: providing a compendium
of federal funding programs that could support private-sector
and public/private-sector collaborations to fill current
research gaps," said Alan J. Gotcher, Altair Nanotechnologies
CEO. "Since nanomaterial innovators and nano-commercializers
are the ones 'on the ground,' it's critical to have
them collaborating with government and academic research
groups in these R&D programs."
A partnership between Altairnano, the National Institute on Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH) and the University of Nevada to study the environmental
and occupational impact of nanoparticles in Altairnano's facilities is just
one example of how voluntary collaborations are already under way without government
"In the fall of 2005 we began collecting and analyzing nanoparticles and air
samples at Altairnano's Reno facility," said Tabitha Maher, a researcher with
the University of Nevada. "We will have quantitative data on our study in about
a month. However, preliminary results show that Altairnano's particulate aggregates
are of a size that would not likely harm either the environment, employees
its partnership with NIOSH and the U. of Nevada,
and its "green" initiatives
and products (e.g., Lithium-ion nano-battery technology), Altairnano is already
meeting the white paper's recommendations related to environmental stewardship.
In its response to the EPA white paper, Altairnano called on other members
of the industry to do the same, and for the federal government to help them.
For a copy of Altairnano's comments, or an interview, please contact Sanda
Pecina (202-367-1622, firstname.lastname@example.org ),
or Matt Taylor (202-367-1631, email@example.com .)
ABOUT ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC.
("Altairnano") is a leading supplier and innovator
of advanced ceramic nanomaterial technology. Based
in Reno, Nevada, Altairnano has assembled a unique
team of materials scientists who, coupled in collaborative
ventures with industry partners and leading academic
centers, have pioneered an array of intellectual
property and products. Altairnano's robust proprietary
technology platforms produce a variety of crystalline
and non- crystalline nanomaterials of unique structure,
performance, quality and cost. The company has
scalable manufacturing capability to meet emerging
nanomaterials demands. Altairnano's two divisions,
Life Sciences and Performance Materials, are focused
on applications where its nanotechnology may enable
new high growth markets. For additional information
on Altairnano and its nanomaterials, visit http://www.altairnano.com .
Source: Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.