As many readers of this blog are by now aware, the Supreme Court today issued its much anticipated opinion in National Federation of Business et al v. Sebelius, regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PL 111-148), more commonly refered to as "Obamacare". Because of the importance of this decision, we’re attaching a link to another blog site maintained by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, "Employee Benefits Law Report", and to an entry , "Health Care Reform Survives Supreme Court Scrutiny – But Not Entirely Intact", authored by Rich McHugh, a partner in the Porter Wright DC office. Rich’s practice focuses on employee benefits. A link to the decision is embedded within the article.…
The January 23, 2012 issue of Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Environment Report carried an article (Repoduced with permission from Daily Environment Report, 13 DEN A-11, 1/23/2012. Copyright -2012 by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc (800-372-1033 http://www/bna.com) "Government, Industry, advocacy Groups Work on Carbon Nanotube Release Measures" that focused on the work of the NanoRelease Project. As noted on its website, the NanoRelease Project’s purpose is to "foster the safe development of nanomaterials by supporting development of methods to understand the release of nanomaterials used in products."
- Provide focus to broad policy debates by working through scenarios under which specific engineered nanomaterials might be released from products;
- Examine the full life cycle of products that might act to release nanomaterials;
- Catalogue and disseminate published and unpublished data and methods (that meet minimum criteria) used to evaluate release scenarios;
- Develop “state of the science” reports about release measurement for the specific material types chosen that describe what is known and what research gaps exist; and
- Enable improvements, standardization, and widespread use of methods by carrying out tests using reference nanomaterial-matrix and positive controls in a “round robin” or similar approach.
The NanoRelease Project is overseen by a Steering Committee composed of "Government officials, chemical manufacturers, and representives of labor and consumer advocacy groups." Among the members of the Steering Committee is John Monica, Jr, a partner in the DC office of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP.
As the article notes, Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) are currently incorporated into a …