"The reauthorization of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Act -- which now includes language that supports "green nano" -- was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in June and has moved on to the Senate for action. The Senate is scheduled to consider it in September.
The act, which was signed into law in December 2003 by President Bush, authorizes funding for nanotechnology research and development.
Thanks in part to advocacy by chemistry professor Jim Hutchison, the bill now incorporates green nanotechnology language that calls for a proactive research plan to account for environmental, health and safety issues involved in nanotechnology research. In several visits to Capitol Hill over the past two years, Hutchison has urged policymakers to fund research for the development of design rules to guide development of new nanomaterials that are safer for the environment and the public."