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Special Committee on Nanotechnology

Chair: Sen. Sheila Harsdorf
Vice Chair: Sen. Mark Miller
Legislative Council Staff:  Mary Matthias, Pam Shannon, and Larry Konopacki
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The Special Committee is directed to examine the human health and environmental concerns related to the manufacture, use, and disposal of nanomaterials and develop legislation to address these concerns. In particular, the Special Committee shall consider the establishment of methods to monitor nanomaterials by use of a nanotechnology registry system or the imposition of other disclosure requirements. The Special Committee shall also develop strategies to facilitate the development of nanotechnology to create and retain jobs in Wisconsin, including ways in which government can help nanotechnology researchers, small firms, and start-ups address potential risks and meet regulatory requirements.

Report to the Legislature
Other Materials Submitted to the Committee
  • Letters, from Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, to Senator Mark Miller (March 12, 2012), and from David Michaels, PhD, MPH, U.S. Department of Labor, to Senator Mark Miller (March 14, 2012).
  • Letter, from John Howard, M.D., Director, Department of Health and Human Services, to Senator Mark Miller (February 23, 2012).
  • Letter, submitted by Maria Powell, Ph.D., Lead Community-Based Participatory Researcher, NanoCEO, Midwest Environmental Justice Organization (February 28, 2011).
  • Document, submitted by Maria C. Powell, Ph.D., Community-Based Participatory Researcher, Midwest Environmental Justice Organization, Nanotechnology Citizen Engagement Organization, responding to documents submitted to the Special Committee on November 30, 2010 (December 2010).
  • Document, submitted by Maria C. Powell, Ph.D., Community-Based Participatory Researcher, Midwest Environmental Justice Organization, Nanotechnology Citizen Engagement Organization, to Members of the Special Committee on Nanotechnology, responding to a letter submitted by Dr. Dietram Scheufele on September 25, 2010 (November 2010).
Results of the January 18, 2012 Joint Legislative Council Meeting
Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council (May 18, 2011)
  • Proposed Report to the Legislature, No. 2011-10, Special Committee on Nanotechnology (May 10, 2011).
  • WLC: 0037/3, relating to establishing a nanotechnology information hub and a nanotechnology council.
  • WLC: 0101/2, relating to a Wisconsin interagency nanotechnology council.
April 25, 2011 Mail Ballot
  • WLC: 0037/3, relating to establishing a nanotechnology information hub and a nanotechnology council.
  • WLC: 0101/2, relating to a Wisconsin interagency nanotechnology council.
  • Letter to the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation and the federal agency heads regarding nanotechnology programs.
March 2, 2011 Meeting (Madison, WI) Audio Minutes
  • WLC: 0037/2, relating to establishing a nanotechnology information hub and a nanotechnology council.
  • WLC: 0101/1, relating to a Wisconsin interagency nanotechnology council.
  • Draft letter to the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation and the federal agency heads regarding nanotechnology programs.
January 26, 2011 Meeting (Madison, WI) (Cancelled)    
 
December 7, 2010 Meeting (Madison, WI)
  • Memo No. 3, Options for Legislation--Interagency Collaboration on Nanotechnology (November 30, 2010).
  • WLC: 0037/1, relating to establishing a nanotechnology information hub and a nanotechnology council.
October 26, 2010 Meeting (Madison, WI)
  • Memo No. 2, Recommendations for Legislation (October 19, 2010).
  • PowerPoint presentation, Be Bold Wisconsin, Making Wisconsin More Competitive, submitted by Brian Doudna, President, Wisconsin Economic Development Association.
  • PowerPoint presentation, submitted by Maliyakal John, WiSys Technology Foundation (October 26, 2010).
  • PowerPoint presentation, A Brief Introduction to the Office of Corporate Relations, submitted by Charles Hoslet, Managing Director, Office of Corporate Relations, University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison (October 26, 2010).
  • Information from Public Member George Lisensky.
  • Suggestions from Charles Hoslet, Managing Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Office of Corporate Relations.
September 30, 2010 Meeting
  • Letter, to Representative Chuck Benedict and Senator Mark Miller, Special Committee on Nanotechnology, from Dietram A. Scheufele, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (September 25, 2010).
  • PowerPoint presentation, submitted by Jennifer Wolf Horejsch, The Rewards and Risks of Nanotechnology for Businesses (September 30, 2010).
  • PowerPoint presentation, submitted by Bill Clare, Planning Section Supervisor, and Randi Wind Milsap, General Counsel, Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs.
  • Document, The Future of Research in Wisconsin, prepared by Tom Still, President, Wisconsin Technology Council.
  • Testimony of Al Shea, Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (September 30, 2010).
  • PowerPoint presentation, Nanotechnology in Public Health, submitted by Lynda Knobeloch, Ph.D., Environmental and Occupational Health, and Carrie Kahn, Department Legislative Liaison.
  • 2010 Inventory Fee Statement, Wisconsin Emergency Management, submitted by Randi Wind Milsap, General Counsel, Department of Military Affairs.
  • Booklet, An Information Guide, EMERGENCY PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACT, Wisconsin Statute 323.60, submitted by Randi Wind Milsap, General Counsel, Department of Military Affairs.>
  • Pamphlet, Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace; an Introduction for Employers, Managers, and Safety and Health Professionals, submitted by Terry Moen, WisCon Program Manager, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
  • Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology; Managing the Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Engineered Nanomaterials, submitted by Terry Moen, WisCon Program Manager, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
  • CDC Current Intelligence Bulletin 60, submitted by Terry Moen, WisCon Program Manager, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
  • Tables, Part 1 - Comparative Performance, submitted by Terry Moen, WisCon Program Manager, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
  • Safety and Health Program Assessment Worksheet, submitted by Terry Moen, WisCon Program Manager, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
  • ACGIH Nanotechnology Health and Safety:  Case Studies in the Occupational Setting, submitted by Terry Moen, WisCon Program Manager, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
  • PowerPoint presentation, Nanotechnology, submitted by Terry Moen, WisCon Program Manager, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
  • Brochure, WisCon, Onsite Safety & Health Consultation in Wisconsin, submitted by Terry Moen, WisCon Program Manager, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, submitted by Terry Moen, WisCon Program Manager, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
  • Presentation, submitted by Tom Still, President, Wisconsin Technology Council.
September 16, 2010 Meeting
  • GAO Report to the Chairman, Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Senate, Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials Are Widely Used in Commerce, but EPA Faces Challenges in Regulating Risk (May 2010).
  • Memo No. 1, Regulation of Nanotechnology in California and Cambridge, Massachusetts (September 9, 2010):
    • Enclosure 1, Letter, from Jeffrey Wong, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, DTSC, regarding chemical information call-in carbon nanotubes (January 22, 2009).
    • Enclosure 2, California Health and Safety Code Sections 57000-57020, DTSC.
    • Enclosure 3, Berkeley, California Municipal Code, Chapter 15.12, Hazardous Materials and Wastes Management.
    • Enclosure 4, Recommendations for a Municipal Health & Safety Policy for Nanomaterials, A Report to the Cambridge City Manager, submitted by Cambridge Nanomaterials Advisory Committee, Cambridge Public Health Department (July 2008).
  • PowerPoint Presentation, by Todd Kuiken, Ph.D., Research Associate, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C
  • PowerPoint Presentation, by Jim Alwood, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.
  • PowerPoint Presentation, by Bradley R. Grams, Environmental Scientist, Chemicals Management Branch, Land and Chemicals Division, EPA Region 5.
  • PowerPoint Presentation, by Paul A. Schulte, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.