Mary Ellen Ternes, an environmental attorney with McAfee & Taft, has organized and will moderate a panel discussion entitled “The Clean Air Act and Nanotechnology” on January 16, 2007, one of several national teleconferences on nanotechnology and environmental law in a series produced by the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) as part of its Nanotechnology Project.
Ternes is the primary author of SEER’s Clean Air Act Nanotechnology Position Paper and is a board member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum. In this discussion, Ternes is joined by distinguished panelists including Jim D. Mason, executive director of the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative and vice president of technology initiatives for the Oklahoma Technology Council and nationally recognized environmental attorneys including Ann Klee, former EPA general counsel; Patrice Simms with the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Robert Martineau, co-editor of the ABA’s Clean Air Handbook.
The teleconference will review the science, technology, law, policy and commercial implications of engineered nanoscale materials when viewed as promising materials in air contaminant detection and monitoring, as regulated emissions subject to engineering controls, potential air contaminants, and as fuel additives.
Ternes, whose legal practice is devoted to all facets of environmental law including the Clean Air Act, is an active member and frequent presenter at seminars sponsored by the Environmental Federation of Oklahoma, Air and Waste Management Association, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and American, Arkansas and Oklahoma bar associations' environmental asections. Her achievements in the area of environmental law have earned her inclusion in the International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.