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EPA Voluntary Programs

The EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics is responsible for implementing the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) and overseeing chemicals policy efforts at the federal level. EPA has initiated numerous voluntary efforts for chemical testing, assessment and pollution prevention. These initiatives fall into two broad categories: 1) programs on enhanced chemical testing, assessment, and characterization; and 2) programs on safer product design.

Programs on Enhanced Chemical Testing, Assessment and Characterization

  • HPV Challenge: A partnership with the American Chemistry Council and the Environmental Defense Fund to provide basic screening level data on chemicals used in high volumes.
  • Chemicals Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP): A program fulfilling US commitments under the Security Prosperity Partnership between the US, Canada, and Mexico completing screening level hazard and risk characterizations to prioritize action on high and moderate production volume chemicals.
  • Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program: Producers of chemicals found in human tissues are asked to evaluate their products with regard to children's health.
  • PBT Chemical Reporting: Publicly available database of annual toxic chemical releases includes reporting thresholds for PBTs.

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Programs on Safer Product Design

  • Pollution Prevention Partnerships: Sector- and use-based initiatives examining alternatives to problematic substances or processes.
  • Sustainable Futures Initiative: Pilot project to make new chemicals that are safer, available faster, and with less cost.
  • Design for Environment: A partnership with environmental organizations and industry to protect human health and promote sustainable chemistry.
  • Green Chemistry Initiatives: A series of initiatives designed to promote the use of green chemistry.
  • Product Labeling Initiatives: Project to allow consumers greater environmental health information on product labels by encouraging stakeholders to determine the information necessary to protect consumers.
  • Green Engineering Program: Incorporates the concept of risk prevention into chemical processes and products developed by academia and industry.
  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: Facilitates Executive Office procurement policies to increase demand for products with a preferable environmental profile.

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