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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Novel Materials in the Environment: The Case of Nanotechnology

Novel Materials in the Environment: The Case of Nanotechnology

This study examines issues related to innovation in the materials sector and the challenges and benefits arising from the introduction of novel materials. This was prompted by concerns about potential releases to the environment from industrial applications of metals and minerals that have not been widely used previously and from the use of manufactured nanomaterials in a wide variety of products and applications. In the event, the evidence we received was almost entirely focused on manufactured nanomaterials. We therefore decided to use nanomaterials as an exemplar to investigate the current governance frameworks surrounding innovation and protection of human health and the environment in this sector.


Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

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November 12, 2008

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