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Letters to Manufacturers/Importers, 10/31/00

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October 31, 2000

Contact Name
Company Name

Dear Contact Name:

We would like to begin by saying that the Environmental Protection Agency appreciates your commitment to the Voluntary High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Program. With more than 440 companies, either individually or as part of a consortia, committing to fill the gaps in existing hazard data on more than 2000 chemicals, we can all take pride in the success that we have achieved during the sign-up phase of the Challenge program.

As we enter the next phase of the program and sponsors begin to publicly post their test plans for review and comment, we would like to reiterate the Agency's commitment to the principles outlined in the enclosed letter that Susan Wayland, the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, sent to Challenge participants on October 14, 1999. EPA requests that all participants adhere to the principles outlined in this letter, including the deferral of animal testing on individual chemicals until November 2001.

We look forward to your continued cooperation as we move together toward achieving the goals for this very important program.


Charles Auer, Director
Chemical Control Division

Oscar Hernandez, Director
Risk Assessment Division


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