Wednesday, December 13, 2006

It's official: City of Berkeley regulates nano

The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously yesterday to amend the Berkeley Municipal Code and add a disclosure requirement on nanoparticles:
15.12.040 Filing of disclosure information. I. All facilities that manufacture or use manufactured nanoparticles shall submit a separate written disclosure of the current toxicology of the materials reported, to the extent known, and how the facility will safely handle, monitor, contain, dispose, track inventory, prevent releases and mitigate such materials.
The new code forces researchers and manufacturers to report what nanotechnology materials they are working with and how they are handling them (see for more information).