|Federal agencies that contribute to EPA's environmental goals, and how they make a difference.|
|Programs by EPA Strategic Goal
1. Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
2. Protecting America's Waters
3. Cleaning Up and Sustainable Development
4. Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution
Programs by Agency
AID, ARC, CNCS, CPSC, CSB, DHS, DOC, DOD, DOE, DOI, DOJ, DOL, DOS, DOT, ED, FHFA, GSA, HHS, HUD, NASA, NRC, NSF, OSTP, SBA, TVA, USDA, USPS, USTR, VA
Department of Health and Human Services
EPA Goal 3: Cleaning Up Communities and
Advancing Sustainable Development
More than 80,000 chemicals are registered for use in the United States. Each year, an estimated 2,000 new ones are introduced for use in such everyday items as foods, personal care products, prescription drugs, household cleaners, and lawn care products. We do not know the effects of many of these chemicals on our health, yet we may be exposed to them while manufacturing, distributing, using, and disposing of them or when they become pollutants in our air, water, or soil. Relatively few chemicals are thought to pose a significant risk to human health. However, safeguarding public health depends on identifying both what the effects of these chemicals are and at what levels of exposure they may become hazardous to humans—that is, understanding their toxicology.
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) within HHS is an interagency program whose mission is to evaluate agents of public health concern by developing and applying tools of modern toxicology and molecular biology. The program maintains an objective, science-based approach in dealing with critical issues in toxicology and is committed to using the best science available to prioritize, design, conduct, and interpret its studies. To that end, the NTP is continually evolving to remain at the cutting edge of scientific research and to develop and apply new technologies.
Source(s) of Information
1. NIH: National Toxicology Program
Related EPA Program(s)
Research: Safer Products for a Sustainable World:
In FY12, EPA research will look at problems from a systems perspective. The integrated research approach will help develop sustainable solutions by adding a transformative component to EPA’s existing air research portfolio. CSS will, develop and conduct research leveraging the diverse capabilities of in-house scientists and engineers, and bridge traditional scientific disciplines. Research plans will incorporate input from external stakeholders such as federal, state and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and communities affected by environmental problems.
The CSS Program will achieve scientifically based outcomes through three research areas:
1. Developing the Scientific Knowledge, Tools, and Models for Integrated Evaluation Strategies
2. Improving Assessment Approaches and Informing Management for Chemical Safety and Sustainability
3. Targeting High Priority Research Needs for Immediate and Focused Attention
In FY 2012, EPA will integrate Computational Toxicology, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), and Nanotechnology research, as well as portions of Human Health, Human Health Risk Assessment, Pesticides and Toxics, and Sustainability research, into the Chemical Safety and Sustainability Research Program.
The CSS research program will develop sustainability metrics to measure how changes in parameters that affect hazard and exposure impact the degree to which a chemical is more or less environmentally sustainable throughout its life cycle and evaluate the impact of chemicals on life stages and other susceptibility factors such as genetics and co‐existing diseases. Tools produced through the CSS research program will use systems approaches to understand the links between exposure and toxicity pathways involved in disease.
• CAA, Sec. 103, 104 & 154
• CCA, 40 U.S.C 11318
• Children’s Health Act
• 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, 15 U.S.C. 750
• CWA, Sec. 101 - 121
• Economy Act, 31 U.S.C 1535
• ERDDAA, 42 U.S.C. 4361-4370
• FFDCA, 21 U.S.C. Sec. 346;
• Intergovernmental Cooperation Act, 31 U.S.C. 6502
• National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 102
• PPA, 42 U.S.C. 1310
• SDWA, 42 U.S.C.
• TSCA, Section 10, 15, 26 U.S.C