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Chemical Right to Know Workshop,
December 16 & 17, 1998

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Technical Issues related to the High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Program
EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)
December 16th and 17th, 1998
Renaissance Hotel Auditorium, 999 9th St., Washington, DC

Download the Workshop Presentation package, (944 kb) PDF format. This package, in a self-extracting compressed format, contains the Workshop Summary document as well as the individual presentations made at the Workshop. Copy the file to a subdirectory and then double-click on the file name to extract the files.


Workshop Goal:

The HPV Challenge Program is a national voluntary program to perform basic health and environmental hazard screening tests on high production volume chemicals and to make test results publicly accessible. The goal of this workshop is to provide stakeholders and potential participants with an opportunity to present their individual views concerning a number of technical issues pertaining to the Challenge. The views presented at the workshop will guide the further evolution of the program.

Workshop format:

The Workshop is divided up into 4 main topics, each to be addressed in sequence plenary-style over two days. Each topic will begin with expert presentations, followed by a public comment session to allow preregistered commenters to make statements, and finishing up with a moderated discussion of EPA and audience questions to allow additional input and participation. In addition, an optional break-out session will be held Wednesday evening to allow interested participants to ask EPA additional questions. It will be followed by an optional session on consortium formation.

Background materials:

Tuesday evening, December 15, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Optional Pre-workshop session: "SIDS 101" primer. This session will provide an orientation and overview for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Screening Information Data Set (SIDS) program.
Place: Meeting Room #3, Renaissance Hotel
Presented by: Oscar Hernandez, Ph.D., Director, Risk Assessment Division, OPPT

Wednesday, December 16

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Arrival/Registration

8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Lynn R.Goldman, M. D., Assistant Administrator,
Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.  Initial Presentation and Charge to Workshop Participants
William H. Sanders, Dr. PH., , Office Director, EPA Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  Overview of the HPV Challenge Program
Charles Auer, Director, Chemical Control Division, OPPT

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Topic #1: Data Adequacy and Test Plan issues

Moderator: Oscar Hernandez, Ph. D., Director, Risk Assessment Division, OPPT


1)  Louis Scarano Ph. D.,  Risk Assessment Division, OPPT
2)  Robert Kuna, Ph. D.,, National Starch and Chemical/Soap and Detergent Association
3)  James Bus, Ph. D.,, Dow Chemical Company

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.  Break

10:15 - Noon  Presentations continued...

4)  Russell White, Ph. D.,, Chevron/American Petroleum Institute
5)  Ellen Silbergeld, Ph. D.,, Environmental Defense Fund
6)  Neal Barnard, M.D., Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
7)  Joanne Zurlo, Ph. D.,, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

Noon - 1 p.m.  Lunch break

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Topic #1 - Data Adequacy and Test Plan issues, continued...

Public comment session

Alix Fano, MA - Author, Presentation

Moderated discussion session

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.  Break

2:45 - 5:00 p.m.Topic #2: Categories

Moderator: Oscar Hernandez, Director, Risk Assessment Division, OPPT


1)  Oscar Hernandez, Ph. D., Risk Assessment Division, OPPT
2)  Pam Kloepper-Sams, Ph. D., Proctor and Gamble/Soap and Detergent Association
3)  Mary Jo Miller, Ph. D. , Exxon Biomedical
4)  Rod Gerwe, Ph. D., Eastman Chemical
5)  Ceinwein Schreiner, Ph. D., Mobil/American Petroleum Institute
6)  Ellen Silbergeld, Ph. D., Environmental Defense Fund

Wednesday Evening, December 16

5:30 - 6:45 p.m. OPTIONAL Break-out Question and Answer session
Moderator: Oscar Hernandez, Ph. D., Director, Risk Assessment Division, OPPT

6:45 - 7:30 p.m. OPTIONAL Session on Consortia Formation issues
Tentative Moderators: Courtney Price, Chemical Manufacturers Association,
and Jack Murray, Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association

Thursday, December 17, 1998

8:00 - 9:45 a.m.Topic #2 - Categories, continued...

Public comment session
Moderated discussion session

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.  Break

10:00 a.m. - NoonTopic #3: Right-to-Know - Information Management

Moderators: Allan Abramson, Director, Information Management Division,
and Susie Hazen, Director, Environmental Assistance Division, OPPT


1)  Andrew Siegel, ICF Consulting Group
2)  John Chelan, Unison Institute

Public comment session
Moderated discussion session

Noon - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch Break

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.Topic #4: Miscellaneous Issues

Moderator: Charlie Auer, Director, Chemical Control Division, OPPT


1)  Charlie Auer, CCD, OPPT, International issues
2)  Fred McEldowney, CMA, International issues
3)  Charlie Auer, CCD, OPPT, Structure-Activity-Relationships (SAR)
4)  Charlie Auer, CCD, OPPT, What to test?
5)  Larry Longanecker, Economics, Exposure, and Technology Division, OPPT, Closed System Intermediates
6)  Ellen Silbergeld, Environmental Defense Fund
7)  Charlie Auer, CCD, OPPT,  Chemicals that are no longer HPV

Moderated discussion session

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Wrap Up/Closing Comments
William H. Sanders, Dr., P.H., Office Director, OPPT

ChemRTK Guidance Documents

Guidance for Assessing Adequacy of Existing Data

Guidance for Development of Chemical Categories in the HPV Challenge Program

SIDS Information Package, (150 kb)

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