The following links catalogue some of the information developed
by the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics for communities.
Each site includes data, information and contacts for common chemicals
and potential environmental hazards. Additional chemical information
can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/ebtpages/pollutants.html
- Community Air Screening How-to Manual
OPPT's Community Community Air Screening How-to Manual makes air
quality assessment tools more accessible to communities. The How-to
Manual presents and explains a step-by-step process that a community
can follow to form partnerships to access technical expertise,
identify and inventory local sources of air pollutants, review
pollutant sources to identify known hazards that may present a
potential health risk to the community and set priorities and
develop plans for improvement.
- EPA Asbestos Home Page
Asbestos is a mineral fiber regulated under a special area of the
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It has been determined that breathing
high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of lung
This web site provides information about the endocrine system and
why certain chemicals can affect it, how the EPA Endocrine Disruptor
Screening Program was developed, and the current status of EPA's implementation
- High Production Volume
(HPV) Challenge Program
This voluntary program was designed to ensure that the American public
has access to basic health and environmental effects data for those
chemicals which are produced in the highest volumes in the United
States. The HPV Program Chemical List contains about 2,800 chemicals
that have been manufactured in or imported into the United States
in amounts equal to or greater than one million pounds per year.
- Lead Programs
These pages are designed to give you access to information on all
aspects of the Federal lead poisoning prevention program, with a special
focus on the efforts within EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and
- OPPT Chemical
Fact Sheets and Support Documents
Each fact sheet provides a brief summary of information on a chemical,
including its identity, production and use, environmental fate, health
and environmental effects, regulatory information, and places to contact
for more information.
- Persistent, bioaccumulative,
and toxic pollutants (PBTs)
PBTs are toxic, long-lasting substances that can build up in the food
chain to levels that are harmful to human and ecosystem health. The
PBT Initiative seeks to develop and implement national action plans
to reduce priority PBT pollutants, utilizing the full range of EPA
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
PCBs are mixtures of synthetic organic chemicals with the same basic
chemical structure and similar physical properties ranging from oily
liquids to waxy solids. PCBs have been demonstrated to cause a variety
of adverse health effects. This site includes regulations, guidance,
PCB waste handlers information, health effects of PCBs and general
- 8(e) TRIAGE Information
This is a searchable, PC-based database of scientific studies on the
health and environmental effects of toxic chemicals related to Section
8(e) of TSCA, which states that manufacturers, importers, and distributors
of chemical substances and mixtures are required to inform EPA of
studies that reasonably support the conclusion that the chemicals
present a "substantial risk of injury" to human health or the environment.
It provides users with information about these studies and serves
as a pointer system to the complete studies.
- Email the Toxic Substances Control
Act (TSCA) hotline
TSCA Assistance Information Service (202-554-1404) provides technical
assistance and information about programs to chemical manufacturers,
processors, users, storers, disposers, importers, exporters, and individuals
concerning regulations under TSCA.
Children's Chemical Evaluation Program
Voluntary Childrens's Chemical Evaluation Program(VCCEP) is a voluntary
testing program for chemicals with identified children's health concerns.
EPA is asking companies which manufacture and/or import 23 chemicals
which have been found in human tissues and the environment in various
monitoring programs to volunteer to sponsor their evaluation in Tier
1 of a pilot of the VCCEP.