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 intervention.
"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 or consumers."
Through 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, email@example.com), or Matt Taylor (202-367-1631,
ABOUT ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC.
Altair ("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.