All Highlights List
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 30, 2010
EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Program has published its draft Alternatives Assessment Criteria for Hazard Evaluation (PDF) (35 pp, 453KB, About PDF). The criteria will be applied in DfE Alternatives Assessments for Action Plan Chemicals. Read more.
November 29, 2010
Call for 2011 Green Chemistry Nominations Issued - EPA is accepting nominations for the 16th annual Green Chemistry Challenge Awards by December 31, 2010. The awards recognize innovative technologies that incorporate green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use and help advance the protection of human health and the environment.
November 16, 2010
Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program - EPA has identified a list of 134 chemicals to be screened for their potential to disrupt the endocrine system. The list includes chemicals that have been identified as priorities under the Safe Drinking Water Act and may be found in sources of drinking water where a substantial number of people may be exposed. Additionally, the list includes pesticide active ingredients that are being evaluated under EPA’s registration review program to ensure they meet current scientific and regulatory standards.
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 pp, 409KB About PDF).
October 21, 2010
EPA announced that it signed a September 25, 2010, memorandum of understanding (PDF) (5 pp, 1.6M, 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.
October 6, 2010
Protecting Children's Health - A new report captures EPA's efforts to protect children from pesticide risk.
September 20, 2010
Pollution Prevention Week is September 19-25 - This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson is urging the public to recommit to the goal of pollution prevention in their everyday lives.
September 9, 2010
Enable the Label Discussion Forum - EPA has launched a new online discussion forum for pesticide labeling to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas related to the labeling of pesticides by EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs and for anyone interested in this topic.
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 17, 2010
Agreement to Terminate All Uses of Aldicarb - EPA’s July 2010 risk assessment indicates that aldicarb no longer meets the Agency’s rigorous food safety standards and may pose unacceptable dietary risks, especially to infants and young children. EPA and Bayer CropScience, the manufacturer, have reached an agreement to end the use of aldicarb in the United States.
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.
August 3, 2010
Endolsulfan Phase-out - Through an agreement with the registrants, EPA will phase out and cancel all uses of endosulfan, addressing unacceptable risks to farmworkers and wildlife.
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.
June 9, 2010
EPA Moves to Terminate All Uses of Insecticide Endosulfan To Protect Health of Farmworkers and Wildlife. Endosulfan, which is used on vegetables, fruits, and cotton, can pose unacceptable neurological and reproductive risks to farmworkers and wildlife and can persist in the environment. New data generated in response to the agency’s 2002 decision have shown that risks faced by workers are greater than previously known. EPA is currently working out the details of the decision that will eliminate all endosulfan uses, while incorporating consideration of the needs for growers to timely move to lower-risk pest control practices.
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 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
More than 125,000 renovation and remodeling contractors are expected to be trained in lead-safe work practices by April 22, the effective date to implement the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which requires the training to protect millions of children from lead poisoning. For additional details, please read our fact sheet and EPA's press release.
April 7, 2010
EPA Announces New Restrictions on Pesticide Phosphine Fumigants to Reduce Risks to Children. The new restrictions prohibit all uses of the products around residential areas, increase buffer zones for treatment around non-residential buildings that could be occupied by people or animals, and create more protective product labeling.
March 29, 2010
EPA to Scrutinize 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 24, 2010
EPA Takes Action to Establish New Bug Bomb Labeling Requirements to Improve Safety and Reduce Risk. The Agency is calling for significant changes to labeling for bug bombs, or total release foggers (TRFs), to address the most common causes of exposure incidents associated with TRFs.
March 18, 2010
EPA to increase restrictions on flea and tick products, cautions consumers to use products with extra care. Immediately, EPA will begin reviewing labels and determining which ones need stronger and clearer labeling statements. EPA will also develop more stringent testing and evaluation requirements for both existing and new products. EPA expects these steps will help prevent adverse reactions from pet spot-on products.
March 15, 2010
New Steps 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.
March 11, 2010
"Children Act Fast... So Do Poisons" is the message from EPA to keep poisonous substances out of the hands of children. In observance of National Poison Prevention Week (March 14-20), EPA recommends that locking household cleaners, disinfectants, solvents and other chemicals is the best way to reduce accidental poisoning among inquisitive children. If you suspect a poisoning, call the National Poison Center hotline at 1-800-222-1222. En español: Prevenga el envenenamiento en su hogar.
February 26, 2010
Pestwise Web site launched - PestWise: Partnerships for Environmental Innovation in Pest Management, has information for industry professionals, growers, school teachers, and anyone interested in learning more about responsible pest management to reduce pesticide risk. The site also features information on the Strategic Agricultural Initiative, IPM in Schools Program, Biopesticide Demonstration Grant Program, and other grant programs.
January 21, 2010
Increased Transparency on Chemical Risk Information - Furthering Administrator Jackson's commitment to strengthen and reform chemical management, EPA announced a new policy to publically release the names of chemicals in studies showing a substantial risk to people's health and the environment under Section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act.
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.