403 Companies to Test 2011 Chemicals
As part of EPA's commitment to increase the public's right to know about chemicals in their community, the Agency is announcing that 403 chemical companies have voluntarily agreed to provide health and environmental data for 2011 chemicals. This initiative, the High Production Volume (HPV) Chemical Challenge Program, is part of the White House's commitment to inform the public about toxic chemicals in the environment. This voluntary effort will make basic screening-level toxicity information available to the public on the chemicals manufactured or imported into the United States in amounts over one million pounds a year. The companies, either individually or as part of 148 consortia, will, if needed, use the same tests, testing protocols and information summary formats used by international cooperative efforts to secure basic toxicity information on HPV chemicals world wide. This initiative is in response to an EPA study that found there is little toxicity information publicly available on these HPV chemicals. This information will help the public better understand how these chemicals could pose potential risks to their health or their environment. Additional information on the sponsorship of HPV chemicals and the other aspects of this program can be found at http://www.epa.gov/chemrtk.