For Immediate Release
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If Mr. Miller hadn't decided to fly to Washington at his own expense in the nick of time last Thursday, the "public" would have had no voice at a government-sponsored public meeting about nanotechnology.
Nano...what? That's what Larry Miller would have said two years ago, just before he got involved in Madison Area Citizen Consensus Conference in 2005 in Wisconsin – and which eventually led him to Washington DC on January 4, 2007 for the U.S. government's first public meeting on potential environmental and health risks of nanotechnologies 1. There, this former school principal spoke up before a group of academics, manufacturers, and public officials.
"I've heard quite a few comments this afternoon about the public, about your desire to respond to the public, to inform the public and so on. And lo and behold, here I am. I am a citizen--I am not a doctor, I am not a government employee, I am not a corporate head, I'm just a person," he said.
If Mr. Miller hadn't attended, this meeting would have been just one more ritual gathering of scientific and government experts, debating what to do next with little public input.
(Click here for the full press release from Madison's nanocafes.org.)