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U.S. EPA Chief Travels to Los Angeles to Tour UCLA Lab where more than $24 Million of Federal Funding will Finance Futuristic Innovations in Nanotechnology

Release Date: 02/17/2012
Contact Information: Media Contact: Mary Simms, simms.mary@epa.gov

Federal funding at work to finance technology innovation and more than 100 green jobs

SAN FRANCISCO
On Friday February 17th, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will join scientists, faculty, technology innovators and students at the University of California, Los Angeles to tour its Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology. The center has been awarded a $24 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation, and is working to train the next generation of nano-scale scientists and engineers. The facility is one of the nation’s only centers researching predictive toxicology of nanomaterials, and is developing a new approach to identify impacts and environmental hazards of nanomaterials before they become widely used in the environment.

To follow up on President Obama’s State of the Union address, Administrator Jackson will discuss Obama administration efforts that benefit both public health and the economy. The visit continues Administrator Jackson’s ongoing efforts to speak with Americans across the country, especially students, about EPA’s work to protect people’s health and the environment and support job growth.

While visiting Southern California, Administrator Jackson will also participate in a roundtable at the University of Southern California with community leaders, students and faculty to discuss the Agency’s environmental justice priorities.

Friday, February 17

2:45 PM Tour of UCLA Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

      For specific directions and a map please RSVP

Members of the press: Administrator Jackson will be available for questions following the tour.

Media must RSVP to Mary Simms via email at simms.mary@epa.gov in advance to participate.

For those located outside of the Southern California area who would like to receive information in order to cover the story virtually, a link to photos and information will be posted to http://www.epa.gov/region9/newsevents/ following the tour.