Other Recent Additions
March 23, 2015EPA released the final risk assessment for n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), a chemical commonly used to remove paint and other coatings. The assessment identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who have high exposure to NMP through paint or other coating removal. Read the press release.
January 15, 2015
To ensure that perfluorinated chemicals that have been phased out do not re-enter the marketplace, without review EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule under TSCA for Long-Chain Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate (LCPFAC). Learn more about LCPFAC. Read the press release.
In a related action, EPA released companies’ progress reports for 2013 and 2104 to meet phase-out goals of the 2010/2015 PFOA Stewardship Program. Read the 2014 report and summary tables, and the 2013 report and summary tables.
January 8, 2015EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act to protect consumers from new uses and imports of the harmful chemicals Toluene Diisocyanates (TDI). Read additional information and the press release.
December 17, 2014EPA issued Significant New Use Rules for certain benzidine-based dyes, a phthalate and a chlorinated paraffin chemical, requiring the Agency to review these chemicals before any new uses can be started or resumed. Read the press release.
December 10, 2014
EPA issued a final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under TSCA to protect the public from seven ethylene glycol ethers or glymes chemicals, which can cause health effects including birth defects and blood toxicity. The rule requires manufacturers and importers to notify EPA at least 90 days before starting or resuming new uses of these chemicals in consumer products. Read more. Read the press release.
November 25, 2014
EPA extended the public comment period for the proposed Nonylphenols / Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Significant New Use by 45 days. Comments on the proposal, originally due December 1, 2014, will now be due January 15, 2015. Read the proposed NP/NPE SNUR
November 6, 2014
EPA announced the call for nominations for the 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Awards which will be announced in July 2015. Nominations are due by Dec. 31, 2014. Read the press release. Get the nomination package.
October 23, 2014
EPA announced the updates to its list of chemicals for assessment to reflect new industry data on chemical releases and potential exposures. Read the TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments: 2014 Update (36 pp, 673 kb,About PDF).
October 16, 2014
October 7, 2014
EPA has updated and improved ChemView, its one-stop database of chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). We have added more chemical information and improved usability, as well as introducing an easy way for you tell us additional improvements you would like to see. Read about the changes.
September 25, 2014
EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule to require Agency review before a manufacturer starts or resumes use of 15 nonylphenols (NPs) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), which are not currently in use.
September 9, 2014;
EPA is redesigning its Design for the Environment Safer Product Label to better convey that products bearing the DfE label meet the program’s rigorous standard to be safer for people and the environment. Today the agency asked a wide range of stakeholders for input on alternative designs for the label. Read the press release.
August 28, 2014
EPA released its final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessments for Dichloromethane (DCM), Antimony Trioxide (ATO), and 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta[?]-2-benzopyran (HHCB). The DCM assessment identified health risks to workers and consumers who use these products, and to bystanders in workplaces and residences where DCM is used. Read the press release.
June 25, 2014
EPA released its final TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for Trichloroethylene (TCE) (PDF) (212 pp, 3.0 mb, About PDF), identifying health risks from exposure when used as a degreasing agent, a spot removal agent in dry-cleaning and as a spray arts fixative. Read the press release. Read the blog.
May 28, 2014
May 28, 2014 -- EPA announced that it is seeking public comment on a tailored approach to identifying and evaluating potential hazards created by renovations of public and commercial buildings. Read more.
May 9, 2014
EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on the types of chemical information that could be reported and disclosed under TSCA and on approaches to obtaining this information for chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing activities (25 pp, 243 kb, About PDF). Read the press release.
April 17, 2014
Lowe’s has agreed to a implement a compliance program at its more than 1,700 stores to ensure that contractors it hires to perform work will minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, to protect the public. Lowes also agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty. Read the press release.
April 8, 2014
EPA announced it is extending the public comment period for 30 days and is hosting a public meeting to get additional input on its June 2013 formaldehyde proposal as it pertains to laminated products. Read more.
December 11, 2013
November 20, 2013
EPA is seeking comments on its proposed Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement. The guidelines would help federal purchasers select greener products and meet sustainability purchasing goals. Get more information and read the press release.
October 17, 2013
Toxic Substances Control Act Section 5 New Chemical and Significant New Use Notifications: Delay in Processing Due to Lack of Authorized Funding; Extension of Review Periods
Due to a lapse of appropriations and the Agency shutdown, EPA is extending (pursuant to TSCA sections 5(c) and 26(c) and 40 CFR 720.75(c)) the review periods for all TSCA section 5 Premanufacture Notices (PMNs), Significant New Use Notices (SNUNs), Microbial Commercial Activity Notices (MCANs), and exemption notices that were submitted to the Agency under section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA; 15 U.S.C. section 2604) before October 1, 2013, and for which the review period has not expired as of October 1, 2013.
There is a possibility that the chemical substances submitted for review in these TSCA section 5 notifications may need to be regulated by EPA under TSCA. The Agency requires an extension of the review periods to complete its risk assessments, to examine its regulatory options, and to prepare the necessary documents, should regulatory action be required. Therefore, EPA has determined that good cause exists to extend, under TSCA section 5(c), the review period for each such TSCA section 5 notification.
The duration of this extension period is equivalent to the duration of the shutdown, i.e., equivalent to the number of days accruing from October 1, 2013, and the date on which this shutdown terminated on October 16, 2013, and EPA operations resumed on October 17, 2013, or a total of 16 days.
Also, during the shutdown, new notifications submitted on or after October 1, 2013, through E-PMN/CDX or other methods were not processed. Consequently, the review period for any TSCA section 5 notice submitted during the shutdown did not begin until operations resumed on October 17, 2013. Information on the duration of the furlough can be found on www.opm.gov.
September 9, 2013
EPA launched ChemView, a Web search tool, opening the way to much improved one-stop access to chemical information developed by or submitted to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Read more and visit ChemView.
July 24, 2013
EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program added more than 130 chemicals to its Safer Chemical Ingredients List. For the first time, 119 fragrance chemicals for commercial and consumer cleaning products have been added to the list. See the list and read the press release.
May 13, 2013
EPA published a notice of a public meeting that will be held June 26, 2013, on renovation, repair and painting activities in public and commercial buildings. A December 31, 2012, advance notice announced the meeting and opened a comment period to allow data and other information to be submitted by the public and interested stakeholders. This current notice provides additional details related to the public meeting, including a discussion guide summarizing data and information received, and reopens the public comment period to the public and interested stakeholders. Read the notice.
April 1, 2013
EPA is interpreting its polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act to generally allow for recycling of plastic separated from automobile and other shredder residue. The Agency believes this interpretation responds to stakeholder interest in the use and distribution of recycled plastics from shredder residue recovered from metals recycling facilities. Further, it is the Agency's position that recycling material that would otherwise become waste can generate a host of environmental and economic benefits while protecting people's health. To learn more visit Regulations.gov.
March 27, 2013
EPA announced the chemicals identified for assessment in 2013 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). These include 20 flame retardant chemicals and three other non-flame retardant chemicals identified in the TSCA Work Plan. EPA also made public its Plans for 2013 Assessments, which outlines the agency’s process for identifying these chemicals and the approach for assessment. Read more. Read the press release.
February 11, 2013
EPA released the non-confidential 2012 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Information on chemical production in the United States. Read more. Download the public version of the CDR database in Microsoft Access.
January 23, 2013
Send in your nominations for the prestigious Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for 2013. Nominations are due April 30, 2013. Read about how to enter the award competition and download the Nomination Package for 2013 Awards PDF) (16 pp., 361 KB, About PDF).
January 4, 2013
EPA released for public comment draft risk assessments, for particular uses, on five chemicals found in common household products. The draft risk assessments were developed as part of the agency’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identified common chemicals for review over the coming years to assess impacts on people’s health and the environment. Read more.
December 31, 2012
EPA announced a public comment period and requested (1) data and other information on whether renovation, repair, and painting activities on and in public and commercial buildings might create lead-based paint hazards, and (2) on appropriate certification, training, and work practice requirements. Get more information.
December 28, 2012
EPA has updated the lead hazard information document "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home." Federal law requires that this pamphlet be given to people prior to buying or renting a home or apartment to alert them to potential lead dangers and their legal rights in connection with potential lead contamination on the property. EPA will not require users, such as real estate agents, to discard older versions of the document; therefore existing stocks may be used until exhausted. Download the new document (PDF) (19 pp, 1.6MB, About PDF). For print files of the document, contact your EPA regional office or the National Lead Information Center.
November 29, 2012
EPA is proposing an interpretation of the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act that would generally allow for recycling of plastic separated from automobile and other shredder residue. The Agency believes this is a commonsense response to stakeholder interest in the use and distribution of recycled plastics from shredder residue recovered from metals recycling facilities. Further, it is the Agency's position that recycling material that would otherwise become waste can generate a host of environmental and economic benefits while protecting people's health. To learn more visit Regulations.gov.
August 8, 2012
EPA signed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) (PDF) (47 p., 266 kb.) About PDF) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require companies to report in advance of all new uses of long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylic (LCPFAC) chemicals as part of carpets or to treat carpets, including the import of new carpet containing LCPFACs.
EPA also required adding seven perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS) chemicals to the existing PFAS SNUR (40 CFR 721.9582), and amended that SNUR to include "processing" in the definition of significant new use for PFAS chemicals. Read more.
July 31, 2012
Through its DfE program, EPA has released for comment the draft alternatives assessment "Bisphenol A (BPA) Alternatives in Thermal Paper" (PDF) (492 pp., 6.1 mb.) About PDF). Read more about the BPA Alternatives in Thermal Paper Partnership.
July 30, 2012
Through its DfE program, EPA has released for comment the draft report “An Alternatives Assessment for the Flame-Retardant Decabromodiphenyl Ether (DecaBDE)" (PDF) (812 pp., 10.2 mb.) About PDF). Read more about the Flame-Retardant Alternatives for DecaBDE Partnership.
June 28, 2012
EPA has developed the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Comprehensive Management Plan providing strategic guidance to agency personnel and outlining the program's critical activities over the next five years.
June 1, 2012
EPA has identified the 18 Work Plan Chemicals on which risk assessments will be done in 2013 and 2014. Read more.
May 21, 2012
EPA and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help green the sport. Read more.
May 9, 2012
Through its DFE program, EPA released a final alternatives assessment (PDF) (27pp, 397K) identifying eight safer alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE), surfactants widely used in industry and commonly found in consumer products, such as laundry detergents. When released into the environment, NPEs can be persistent and highly toxic to aquatic organisms. Read more about NPE. Read the press release.
March 20, 2012
EPA proposed Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act to require companies to report all new uses of five groups of chemicals, including in domestic and imported products, to give EPA the opportunity to review and take action, if warranted, to prohibit or limit the activity. Read the press release.
February 8, 2012
Eight companies participating in the 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program are on track to meet their commitment to phase out use of long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (LCPFCs) by the end of 2015. View the fifth annual progress reports from the eight companies. Read the press release.
February 7, 2012
Dover Chemical Corporation has agreed to pay $1.4 million in civil penalties for the unauthorized manufacture of chemical substances at two facilities. Read more. Read the press release.
November 28, 2011
EPA reported its progress reviewing and declassifying the identities of chemicals claimed as confidential under TSCA. This two-year effort is part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's commitment to increase public access to chemical information. Read the press release.
September 20, 2011
EPA has launched its first ever Greener Products Portal designed to help you navigate the increasingly important and complex world of greener products.
September 19, 2011
Celebrate P2 Week, September 19-25, 2011. This year's theme is "Pollution Prevention a Cornerstone of Sustainability".
August 2, 2011
EPA issued the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule, previously referred to as the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) Modifications Rule. The rule requires new and updated exposure information and increases public access to a wide range of information on every day chemicals and limits confidentiality claims by chemical manufacturers. Read the press release.
July 11, 2011
Concerned about potential reproductive and/or developmental toxicity of the additional uses of glymes, EPA has issued a proposal to ensure that it reviews new uses of 14 glymes used in a wide array of consumer products. Read more and read the press release.
July 6, 2011
EPA proposed a new Definition of Solid Waste Rule (http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/dsw/rulemaking.htm), which includes the Remanufacturing Exclusion, also known as the Green Engineering Exclusion. Read more and read the press release.
June 20, 2011
For the 16th year, EPA recognized pioneering green technologies that are preventing pollution and helping the United States move toward sustainability. Read more.
June 8, 2011
To increase public access to chemical information, EPA has declassified the identities of more than 150 chemicals contained in 104 health and safety studies that were previously claimed confidential. Read more, and read the press release.
June 1, 2011
EPA's National Tribal Toxics Committee (NTTC) will hold its first meeting in Washington, D.C., June 1-2, 2011. The committee was established to engage tribes and provide an opportunity for greater input on issues related to chemical safety and pollution prevention. Read more and read the press release.
April 14, 2011
As part of the Earth Day 2011 celebrations, EPA is announcing that more than 2,500 products now carry the DfE label. EPA is also announcing the new requirement that manufacturers with products that bear the DfE logo must disclose their ingredients to consumers. Read more about DfE updated Standard for Safer Products.
April 13, 2011
EPA released action plans to address potential health risks from the chemicals methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and related compounds and toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and related compounds, which are widely used in sealants, adhesives and coatings. Read more.
February 10, 2011
EPA notified five companies that the identities of chemicals in health and safety studies submitted as confidential are not eligible for confidential treatment, an action that is part of the Agency's continuing efforts to increase transparency related to TSCA and provide greater access to chemical information. Read the press release.
December 21, 2010
EPA is forming a new tribal committee to provide tribes with an opportunity for greater input on issues related to toxic chemicals and pollution prevention.
November 4, 2010
EPA has denied a petition calling for a ban on the manufacture, use and processing of lead in fishing gear. Read more information about the petition, and EPA's response (PDF) (1 p, 409 KB, About PDF).
October 21, 2010
EPA announced that it signed a September 25, 2010, memorandum of understanding (PDF) (5pp, 1.63M, About PDF) with four other federal agencies formally establishing the Economy, Energy and Environment Initiative (E3) to help communities become more efficient, competitive and sustainable. Read the press release.
August 27, 2010
EPA has denied a petition calling for a ban on the manufacture, use and processing of lead in ammunition. Read more information on the petition, and EPA's response (PDF) (1 p, 234 KB, About PDF).
August 18, 2010
Action on Chemicals - EPA has released action plans to address the potential health risks of benzidine dyes, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and nonylphenol (NP)/nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). The chemicals are widely used in both consumer and industrial applications, including dyes, flame retardants, and industrial laundry detergents.
August 11, 2010
EPA is proposing its IUR Modifications Rule that would require electronic reporting and expanded manufacturing, processing, and use information. The 60-day comment period will begin upon publication in the Federal Register. Read the pre-publication version (PDF) (113 pp. 262 kb, about PDF), the press release and more about the proposal.
August 3, 2010
The American Bird Conservancy, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and a number of other groups submitted a petition to EPA under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) asking EPA to "prohibit the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of lead for shot, bullets, and fishing sinkers." Read more.
July 6, 2010
A rule (PDF) (18 pp., 121 KB, about PDF) takes effect today that will increase protections against lead-paint poisoning by eliminating the ability of owner-occupants of older housing to "opt-out" of having their contractors follow lead-safe work practices. Read the press release.
June 21, 2010
EPA Honors Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Recipients. For the 15th year, EPA is recognizing chemical technologies developed by leading researchers and industrial innovators making significant contributions to pollution prevention in the United States.
May 27, 2010
In another action to increase the public's access to chemical information, EPA plans to generally deny claims of confidentiality for the identity of chemicals in health and safety studies filed under the TSCA, except in specified circumstances.
May 17, 2010
As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's commitment to increase public access to information on chemicals, EPA has added more than 6,300 chemicals and 3,800 chemical facilities regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to EPA's public database called Envirofacts. Read the press release.
April 23, 2010
Three new actions to prevent lead paint poisoning were announced: (1) a final rule to apply lead-safe work practices to all pre-1978 homes, effectively closing an exemption that was created in 2008. (2) A notice of proposed rulemaking to require dust-wipe testing after most renovations and provide the results of the testing to the owners and occupants of the building. (3) An advance notice of proposed rulemaking to announce EPA's intention to apply lead-safe work practices to renovations on public and commercial buildings. Read more about these actions.
April 20, 2010
EPA joined with the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Ad Council to sponsor a public service announcement advertising campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of lead poisoning to children. The ads, in English and Spanish, urge viewers to visit the campaign Website or call the hotline: 1-800-424-LEAD to learn more. Read the press release.
April 8, 2010
Expecting more than 125,000 renovators to be trained in lead-safe practices by the April 22 deadline, EPA announced it is on target to implement a major lead poison-prevention rule aimed at protecting millions of children. Read our fact sheet and press release.
April 4, 2010
Green electronic buying and practices achieved major greenhouse gas emissions reductions in FY 2009. The Federal Electronics Challenge Partners, including EPA and 17 other federal agencies and facilities, purchased greener electronics, improved operation and maintenance of office electronics, and reused or recycled equipment. This reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 46,259 metric tons of carbon, the equivalent to removing 31,000 passenger cars from the road for one year. Read the FEC 2009 Program Accomplishments Report.
March 29, 2010
EPA will scrutinize the environmental impact of Bisphenol A. The BPA action plan focuses on the environmental impacts of BPA and will look to add BPA to EPA's list of chemicals of concern and require testing related to environmental effects. These actions are part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's comprehensive effort to strengthen the agency's chemical management program and assure the safety of chemicals.
March 15, 2010
To increase public access to chemical information, for the first time, EPA is providing free access to the Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Substance Inventory. This inventory contains a consolidated EPA list of thousands of industrial chemicals, and is part of a series of ongoing steps the Agency is taking to empower the public with important information.
January 21, 2010
A new confidential business information (CBI) policy to increase the public's access to information on the potential risks posed by chemicals was issued by EPA. Read more about the new policy. See the press release.
January 5, 2010
Design for the Environment Partnership Program Web site Redesign Launched - EPA allows safer products to carry the DfE label. This mark enables consumers to quickly identify and choose products that can help protect the environment and are safer for families.The updated Web site has been designed to better serve consumers, manufacturers, and purchasers of these products.
December 30, 2009
EPA Announces Actions to Address Chemicals of Concern - As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's commitment to strengthen and reform chemical management, EPA has announced a series of actions on four chemicals raising serious health or environmental concerns - phthalates, short-chain chlorinated paraffins, PBDEs, and perfluorinated chemicals including PFOA. For the first time, EPA intends to establish a "Chemicals of Concern" list and is beginning a process that may lead to regulations requiring significant risk reduction measures to protect human health and the environment.
December 17, 2009
Principal manufacturers of decaBDE, Albemarle Corp. and Chemtura Corp., and the principal importer, ICL Industrial Products, Inc., announced their commitment to a three-year phase-out of decaBDE.
December 9, 2009
EPA released the results of a limited field monitoring study of artificial-turf playing fields and playgrounds, which will be used to help determine possible next steps to address questions regarding the safety of tire crumb infill in recreational fields. Read the report.
November 19, 2009
Nominate your green chemistry innovation by the December 31 deadline, and get the recognition you deserve! The awards recognize innovative chemical technologies that incorporate green chemistry into the design, manufacture and use of chemicals, and that have broad applications in industry. Read the 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Nomination Package (PDF) (11 pp., 381 KB, about PDF)
October 22, 2009
Responding to a stakeholder petition on lead, EPA agreed to revisit the current lead dust hazards standard and to work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to modify the definition of lead-based paint in its regulations. EPA is also proposing to expand coverage of its 2008 Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule as part of its ongoing commitment to eliminate lead poisoning. The proposed rule would eliminate an exemption from the RRP rule.
October 19, 2009
EPA sent a report to Congress on mercury compounds that identifies sources of mercury compounds in the United States and reports quantities in imports, exports, and uses of these compounds in products and processes. Required by Congress under Section 4 of the Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008 (MEBA, the report also assesses the potential for key mercury compounds to be exported for reprocessing into elemental mercury.
September 29, 2009
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson released a set of essential principles for reform of chemical management legislation to help inform efforts underway in Congress to reauthorize and significantly strengthen the effectiveness of TSCA, and announced a comprehensive approach to enhancing chemical management under existing laws. The Agency posted information on hazards posed by 100 additional high production volume (HPV) chemicals. Looking for information on existing chemicals? Check out EPA's updated existing chemicals Web site .
September 25, 2009
PCBs in Caulk - EPA has announced a series of steps building owners and school administrators should take to reduce exposure to PCBs that may be found in caulk in many buildings constructed or renovated between 1950 and 1978. The Agency is also conducting research to better understand the risks posed by caulk containing PCBs.
September 21, 2009
Pollution Prevention Week is September 21-27 Next year is the 20th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act, which made P2 the option of first choice for reducing air emissions, water discharges, preventing health and environmental exposures to harmful substances, and the generation of wastes. Celebrate P2 Week with Us! -- Respond to EPA's Question of the Week, "What are you doing to reduce pollution?"
September 11, 2009
EPA is requesting comment on its proposal to require 90 days notice prior to U.S. manufacture, import or processing of elemental mercury for use in flow meters, natural gas manometers, and pyrometers. Read about the proposal.
August 26, 2009
EPA has announced a series of steps to increase protections against and raise awareness of lead-based products in our environment and communities, particularly to prevent lead poisoning in children. The steps are: additional proposed requirements to protect children from lead-based paint, a new effort to ban the manufacture of lead in tire weights, and, a lead poisoning prevention video contest, asking people to submit videos demonstrating steps that can be taken to prevent childhood lead poisoning. Create a video to help prevent lead poisoning .
June 22, 2009
2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Winners Announced -- EPA honored five leading researchers and industrial innovators for making significant contributions to pollution prevention that promote less hazardous alternatives to existing technologies. Over the past 14 years, collectively, award-winning technologies have led to the elimination of more than 1.3 billion pounds of hazardous chemicals and solvents, nearly 43 billion gallons of water, and about 450 million pounds of carbon dioxide releases to the air. Listen to podcasts about this year's winners. Watch the Green Scene video on Green Chemistry.
February 2, 2009
OPPT Accomplishments Report January 2007 through January 2009 Released -- This Web-based report updates the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics' previous Accomplishment Report to include recent efforts such as the accelerated posting of risk-based and hazard-based prioritizations under the Chemical Assessment and Management Program, or ChAMP; the launching of an investigation into the potential health risks of formaldehyde's use in pressed wood products and the issuance of an interim report on the status of the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP).
January 30, 2009
EPA announced it is extending the public comment period for 45 days on its advance notice of proposed rulemaking on formaldehyde emissions from pressed wood products, and that it will hold one additional public meeting in New Orleans on March 4, 2009, to enable more complete public participation.
January 12, 2009
Interim Report on Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) Available - EPA received a significant amount of data which has strengthened its understanding of the issues and commercial status of nanoscale materials. However, a number of environmental health and safety data gaps the Agency had hoped to fill through the NMSP still exist. EPA will continue the NMSP and is also considering how to best use its regulatory authorities to help address those data gaps.
December 17, 2008
Nearly $3 million in environmental community grants to be awarded - CARE grants are for projects to reduce pollution at the local level. Apply for a grant; deadline, March 16, 2009. Eighteen U.S. communities received $2.5 million in cooperative agreement CARE grants in 2008.
December 15, 2008
Submit innovative designs to the Lifecycle Green Building Challenge that minimize waste, reuse materials, and cut greenhouse gases Entries are due in August 2009.
December 8, 2008
EPA is encouraging the phase-out of mercury in glass non-fever thermometers used in industrial and laboratory settings by promoting alternatives to mercury in glass thermometers, eliminating mercury in EPA labs, reviewing industrial standards, and reviewing EPA regulations and test methods.
November 25, 2008
A broad effort has been launched to gain a greater scientific understanding of the potential health risks of formaldehyde's use in pressed wood products. EPA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) describing the Agency's efforts to investigate regulatory or other actions that might be appropriate to protect against risks posed by formaldehyde emitted from pressed wood products. A series of public meetings will solicit public input on the effort.
November 19, 2008
For outstanding achievements in manufacturing, using and encouraging the use of safer surfactants, 40 companies and organizations were named the first Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative Champions by EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson. Learn about EPA's Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative and the new award program.
November 6, 2008
Use alternative products that do not contain mercury to prevent exposure to this toxic material, including exposure due to breakage of a product. Search EPA's new database to identify consumer and commercial products that contain mercury and also to identify non-mercury alternatives.
October 30, 2008
Nominations for 2009 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards - EPA is accepting nominations for the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Self-nominations are expected and must be received by December 31. Read more information on how to enter the award competition.
October 20, 2008
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 19-25. This year EPA is highlighting its new rule to protect families from the dangers of lead dust resulting from renovations and everyday painting and repairs, the "Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule." Learn about lead poisoning prevention activities across the country.
October 16, 2008
The document Wire and Cable Insulation and Jacketing: Life-Cycle Assessments for Selected Applications - Summary is now available on the Design for the Environment Program web site, which summarizes the results of an evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of resin systems with alternative heat stabilizer formulations used in several wire and cable applications.
September 24, 2008
Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP) - EPA has outlined enhancements to ChAMP, including a reset of the TSCA Inventory and collecting health and safety information on inorganic high-production volume chemicals. Read the speech (PDF) (5 pp., 2.4MB, about PDF) and press release.
September 8, 2008
National Pollution Prevention Week - One of the most important ways to protect the environment is by reducing pollution before it ever gets to the environment. National Pollution Prevention Week is September 15-21, and this year's theme "Pollution Prevention - Where Sustainable Practices Begins" reminds us that preventing pollution is at the heart of sustainability.
September 2, 2008
Lead Test Kit Evaluation - EPA is evaluating the effectiveness of lead test kits by asking vendors to submit test kits for review to ensure fewer false negatives.
August 19, 2008
The new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Import-Export Web site pulls together into one site a comprehensive presentation of information on TSCA import and export requirements that may apply to various chemicals and circumstances under, among others, TSCA Sections 4, 5, 6, 8, 12 and 13.
July 14, 2008
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) January 2007 – June 2008 Accomplishments Report Released – This web-based report highlights OPPT's expanded efforts to ensure the safety of existing chemicals through the newly created program "ChAMP," and OPPT’s promotion of pollution prevention and environmental stewardship. Other accomplishments include initiating the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program, issuing a new lead rule to reduce risks of lead poisoning in children, and reaching a milestone in the PFOA Stewardship Program with member companies' first annual progress reports received and made publicly available.
June 24, 2008
2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Winners Announced - Five leading researchers have received awards for chemical technology innovations that promote cleaner, cheaper, and smarter chemistry. Developing safer, environmentally friendly chemicals and processes results in reduced waste, safer products, and reduced use of energy and resources. Over the past 13 years, collectively, award-winning technologies have eliminated more than 1.1 billion pounds of hazardous chemicals and solvents, saved over 21 billion gallons of water, and eliminated nearly 400 million pounds of carbon dioxide releases to air.
June 23, 2008
Following review of a TSCA Section 21 petition, EPA is launching a broad effort to gain a greater scientific understanding of the potential health risks of the use of formaldehyde in pressed wood products. Through this process, EPA will develop risk assessments on the potential adverse health effects, evaluate the costs and benefits of possible control technologies and approaches, and determine whether EPA action is needed to address any identified risks.
May 13, 2008
Participate in the Lifecycle Building Challenge 2 (LBC2), a national competition to develop strategies supporting building deconstruction and material reuse. Everyone is encouraged to enter including students and professionals interested in policy, recycling, design, architecture, engineering, education, and more.
April 21, 2008
New Green Building Approach - EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson announced a new Agency approach to help facilitate the mainstream adoption of green building practices to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of buildings and building-related products.
March 31, 2008
New requirements to protect children from lead-based paint hazards | Comunicado de prensa - Under the new regulations, workers must follow lead-safe work practices during renovation and repair of structures built before 1978.
March 18, 2008
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson gave the keynote address at the Global Chemical Regulation Conference, attended by more than 300 chemical industry regulatory, environmental and health officials, in Baltimore, Md. The Administrator outlined the Agency's commitments to assess and initiate needed action on existing chemicals produced above 25,000 pounds per year made under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) and discussed several enhancements to EPA's Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP), a program created to implement SPP commitments.
March 18, 2008
Apply for EPA recognition through the Design for the Environment (DfE) Program's Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). Through this initiative, DfE will recognize environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to using only safer surfactants. Applications must be submitted no later than May 30, 2008. Awards will be presented in late 2008 in Washington, DC.
January 30, 2008
Need help interpreting Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) release data? Try the newly released update of EPA's popular computer-based screening tool, the Risk-Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI). This tool uses risk factors to put TRI release data into a chronic health context. Use it to examine trends, identify important emissions situations for follow-up, support community-based projects and more.
January 28, 2008
Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) Launched - The NMSP will encourage submission and development of key scientific information and use of risk management practices for chemical nanoscale materials. Submit your contact information if you are interested in participating in the NMSP.
December 19, 2007
Visit EPA's new Sustainable Futures Web site. The goal of the Sustainable Futures Initiative (SF) is to make new chemicals safer, available faster, and at lower cost. It works by giving chemical developers the same risk-screening models that EPA uses to evaluate new chemicals before they enter the market. The new Web site gives easy access to these models, as well as information on training and graduation, publications and more.
December 18, 2007
CARE Grants and Request for Proposals Announced - Eighteen communities have received cooperative agreement grants to continue improving health and the environment at the local level through the CARE program. EPA also announced the availability of approximately $3 million in cooperative agreement funding through 2008 CARE request for proposals.
December 5, 2007
Accepting nominations - EPA is accepting nominations for the 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Self-nominations are expected and must be received by December 31. Read more information on how to enter the Award Competition.
November 19, 2007
EPA has selected three 2007 awardees under the P2 Recognition Project that honors companies for developing innovative chemistry and technologies that further pollution prevention and other environmental goals. The 2007 awardees are BASF Corp., Chisso America, Inc. and Clariant Corp.
November 5, 2007
Federal purchasers, visit EPA's newly-redesigned Web site for Environmentally Preferable Purchasing. Get clear and easy access to federal procurement policies and guidance; information on specific products and services; on-line tools; calculators; publications, case studies, and related Web links. This site can help green vendors, businesses large and small -- and consumers, too.
October 21-27, 2007
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week - This year's theme, "Protect Our Most Valuable Resource -- Our Children," highlights the importance of educating parents and children about the dangers of lead exposure, especially lead-paint hazards in housing. Lead poisoning prevention activities across the country.
October 5, 2007
EPA Requires Notification Prior to Use of Certain Motor Vehicle Switches - EPA issued a final Significant New Use Rule to require notification to EPA 90 days prior to U.S. manufacture, import, or processing of elemental mercury for use in convenience light switches, anti-lock brake system switches, and active ride control system switches in certain motor vehicles. This will provide EPA the opportunity to evaluate the potential risks of resuming the use of elemental mercury in such switches.
September 17-23, 2007
National Pollution Prevention Week - Reducing pollution before it ever gets to the environment is one of the most important ways to protect the environment. National Pollution Prevention Week is September 17-23, and this year's theme urges us to "Take the Next Step" toward sustainability.
September 10, 2007
EPA released High Production Volume Chemical (HPV) Hazard Characterizations summarizing basic hazards (toxicity) of 101 chemicals based on HPV Challenge Program data submitted by U.S. chemical companies. EPA will combine hazard and exposure information to develop risk characterizations and determine if additional action is needed to ensure the safe manufacture and use of HPV chemicals.
August 21, 2007
The United States, Canada, and Mexico will work together to ensure the safe manufacture and use of industrial chemicals. The partnership will be built on EPA's ongoing efforts to study and characterize the risks of chemicals that are produced in high volumes. The United States is committing to complete, by 2012, risk characterizations and initiate needed actions on more than 9,000 chemicals produced above 25,000 pounds per year in the country. Read more about the US-Canada-Mexico partnership. General information about chemical risks.
July 18, 2007
EPA and CDC Join Forces to Support Communities - EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have joined forces to support community environmental and health goals. The first four pilot project communities have been announced.
July 12, 2007
Public Asked To Comment on Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program Concept and ICR, TSCA Inventory Approach - To ensure stakeholder involvement in the development of the program, the agency is seeking public comment on approaches for the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program and ICR and TSCA Inventory paper. A public meeting on the proposed approaches and materials will be held on August 2, 2007, in Arlington, Virginia.
June 26, 2007
2007 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Winners Announced - Leading researchers received awards for chemical technology innovations that promote cleaner, cheaper, and smarter chemistry. Developing safer, environmentally friendly chemicals and processes results in reduced waste, safer products, and reduced use of energy and resources. Over the past 12 years, Challenge winners have made nearly a billion pounds of progress including 193 million pounds of hazardous chemicals and solvents eliminated each year - enough to fill almost 900 railroad tank cars or a freight train 11 miles long.
June 5, 2007
Proposal Increases Protections for Children During Renovations - EPA has proposed requiring lead-safe work practices and worker training and certification for contractors and construction professionals renovating child-occupied facilities. More information on this proposal which supplements an earlier one.
May 16, 2007
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics 2005-2006 Accomplishments Report Released - EPA is releasing the first web-based report that highlights various efforts in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics to ensure chemical safety under the Toxic Substances Control Act, and to promote pollution prevention and environmental stewardship. Accomplishments include making High Production Volume (HPV) chemical data publicly available through the newly-created web-based HPV Information System, initiating the PFOA Stewardship Program, and coordinating the development of the Mercury Roadmap.
May 2, 2007
EPA Gives Green Meaning to Its Meetings - The Agency has changed its acquisition rules to give preference to facilities that manage their resources in environmentally positive ways. When considering meeting space, EPA will ask facilities if they have a recycling program, a linen/towel reuse option, and many other "green" options.
April 26, 2007
Celebrating Earth Day, EPA Assistant Administrator Jim Gulliford visited Rochester, New York, which is an EPA CARE community. Among his stops was an older home that had been renovated as a show place for toxics education. He also toured Strong Memorial Hospital to learn how they eliminated mercury and hospital waste and visited a company that successfully reduced thousands of pounds of ink through the Green Supplier's Network.
April 21, 2007
EPA Wins Award on Design for the Environment (DfE) Program - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. has awarded EPA its 2007 Design for Recycling Award. The DfE program was chosen for its overall leadership in creating innovative design partnerships, and its dedication to empowering businesses and industry sectors to incorporate environmental considerations into decision-making processes. The award was accepted by Assistant Administrator Jim Gulliford on April 21, 2007 in New Orleans.
April 16, 2007
Lead in Toy Jewelry - EPA and the Sierra Club reached a settlement on April 13 under which the Agency will take targeted actions to complement numerous other measures EPA has taken, along with its federal and state partners, to protect children from lead exposure. EPA will continue to work with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to address lead in children's products, and the EPA actions are in support of CPSC's ongoing program.
April 2, 2007
The brochure entitled, Current Best Practices for Preventing Asbestos Exposure Among Brake and Clutch Repair Workers was released by EPA. The brochure is intended to provide information for automotive professionals and home mechanics on preventing exposure to brake and clutch dust that may contain asbestos fibers. En español.
March 29, 2007
Mercury Stakeholder Panel Process - EPA and its federal partners are establishing a stakeholder panel process to provide the U.S. government with a range of options for better managing non-federal mercury supplies. The process is part of a commitment made in EPA's Roadmap for Mercury to assess options for managing domestic elemental, commodity-grade mercury. The first public meeting will be held in Washington, DC on May 8.
March 28, 2007
The first report establishing a baseline for future progress to reduce PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) emissions and product content levels of PFOA by companies voluntarily participating in the PFOA Stewardship Program was released by EPA. Progress made toward meeting the program's goals will be measured against this baseline.
March 16, 2007
In light of two new lead dust studies, EPA is seeking public comment on the proposed work practice standards to reduce exposures to lead hazards. Once the agency reviews the public comments, it will determine if any changes to the proposed rule are warranted. The studies include one conducted by EPA, "Characterization of Dust Lead Levels after Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities," and a second study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, "Lead-Safe Work Practices Survey Project."
Chemical Management Resource Guide for School Administrators - released by EPA, can help your school reduce the use of dangerous chemicals and install safer chemical management practices. The guide is aimed especially at helping school administrators to set policies that protect against dangerous chemical exposures. It also is meant to be a resource to help parents and concerned citizens determine if their children's schools are minimizing potential exposure to dangerous chemicals.
October 18, 2006
EPA Launches Collaborative Effort to Design, Develop New Stewardship Program -- Today EPA sent letters to more than 500 organizations and individuals inviting participation in the design and development of a stewardship program. Through open dialogue, public engagement and sound science, EPA can establish the appropriate oversight for nanoscale materials and ensure public confidence in its safety.