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Existing Chemicals Management

Data submitted to the HPV Challenge Program are being reviewed and incorporated into the Agency's enhanced existing chemicals management activities.

Under the High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Program, companies were "challenged" to make health and environmental effects data publicly available on chemicals produced or imported in the United States in the greatest quantities. HPV chemicals are classified as those chemicals produced or imported in the United States in quantities of 1 million pounds or more per year. As of June 2007, companies sponsored more than 2,200 HPV chemicals, with approximately 1,400 chemicals sponsored directly through the HPV Challenge Program and over 860 chemicals sponsored indirectly through international efforts.

Access to HPV chemical information enables the public to participate in environmental decision-making at all levels – federal, state, and local. With the scheduled submission of data under the HPV Challenge Program now complete, the focus has shifted to data use, both by the public and by EPA in its mission to protect human health and the environment.

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