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Transparency: Finding Public Information on Chemicals

EPA and other federal and international agencies maintain a variety of sites where you can find information on:

In September 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson committed to strengthen EPA's current chemical management program. And a major part of that commitment was to increase access to and transparency in TSCA-related chemical information held by EPA and companies. Read about the series of actions EPA has been taking to fulfill that commitment:

Chemical Information Sources:

ChemView -- brings together information EPA has received or developed about chemicals regulated under the TSCA. Its purpose is to improve information access and utility and inform choices on safer chemical ingredients by creating one-stop access to health and safety data on chemicals. Read more about ChemView.

CDR - This database includes non-confidential information on the manufacture (including import), process and use of chemicals reported under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule.

Chemical Data Access Tool to find health and safety data that has been submitted to the Agency, under authorities in sections 4, 5, and 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as well as declassified informatoin. The tool is also available on Data.gov.

TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory to get a list of each chemical substance that is manufactured or processed in the United States.

EPA’s Substance Registry Services (SRS) to learn whether and how EPA regulates a specific chemical under TSCA or under any of the other laws administered by the Agency. Please note that SRS is an information resource only, and may not provide complete information on applicable regulations.

EPA’s Envirofacts Data Warehouse to get information on chemicals present in your community.

EPA’s High Production Volume Information System (HPVIS) to learn about the hazards of high production volume chemicals. HPVIS includes data submitted by companies and hazard characterizations prepared by EPA

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exit EPA to learn what the U.S. government knows about health effects from exposures to chemicals in the environment.

ATSDR’s Toxic Substances Portal to get links to all of its studies and reports on specific chemicals exit EPA to see health information prepared for health professionals and citizens by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – on chemicals known to be toxic to humans.

eChemPortal, a search engine maintained by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which provides access to government databases of chemical information from around the world, exit EPA to see information on chemical properties from other governments as well as from the United States.

National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET exit EPA to search databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and related areas.

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