EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) works to ensure that chemicals manufactured, imported or used in the United States do not pose unreasonable risks to health or the environment. It also strives to promote the prevention of pollution before it occurs and to improve environmental stewardship practices in business and government operations. This report describes OPPT's progress in accomplishing these goals, which are key components of EPA's overall Strategic Plan. Indeed, every accomplishment is a part of a larger effort to meet one of the Agency's specific strategic objectives.
Introduction - Read how OPPT's mission and legislative authorities provide a framework for success.
Reviewing New Chemicals - Learn about the New Chemicals Program, one of the Agency's premier risk assessment and management programs. Find out about new biotechnology products, new chemical nanoscale materials, international efforts, and more.
Managing Existing Chemicals - Investigate how the Existing Chemicals Program regulates chemicals in commerce. Find out more about inventory update reporting, chemicals work on nanoscale materials, global chemical safety, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, and the recently announced ChAMP.
Reducing Risks from Specific Existing Chemicals - See how OPPT protects against specific priority chemicals - lead, asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and mercury. OPPT develops regulations and policies designed to reduce risks to human health and the environment from these specific chemicals.
Working to Prevent Pollution - Read how OPPT's innovative, environmental stewardship programs encourage pollution prevention as both a critical environmental strategy and a sustainable business practice. The programs include Green Suppliers Network, Design for the Environment, and Green Chemistry, to name a few.
Cross-Cutting Programs - Use tools and models developed by OPPT to support and enhance multiple program areas. OPPT's cross-cutting accomplishments encompass a range of activities -- assisting with IT support, program assessment, community-based partnerships, and risk assessment tools.View the PDF version of this report (PDF). (61 pgs, 20 KB, About PDF)