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1 Jim Jones Acting Assistant Administrator Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention 1

2 Part of Healthy Communities & Ecosystems area of the CEC Strategic Plan Ministers provided direction for SMOC core work: – Establish compatible approaches to identify & track chemicals in commerce – Implement risk reduction strategies – Environmental monitoring & assessment to support risk reduction strategies 2 Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention

3 Identify & track chemicals in commerce – Support compilation of national chemical inventory in Mexico – Compare three countries’ inventories to identify potential substances of interest to all three Implement risk reduction strategies – Analyze country regulations for specific chemicals – Training workshops to improve risk assessment approaches Environmental monitoring & assessment – Training to increase effectiveness of monitoring & assessment – Support creation of monitoring sites in Mexico 3 Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention

4 A key priority of Administrator Jackson is assuring the safety of chemicals Support reform the Toxic Substances Control Act Use existing tools to ensure a workable, consistent, comprehensive approach for existing chemicals 4 Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention

5 Multi-pronged Approach for Existing Chemicals Program Strategy: – Risk assessment and risk management – Data collection and screening – Public access to chemical data and information 5 Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention

6 2009 –2011: Developed ten chemical action plans which outlined potential risks and associated risk management actions or alternative assessment efforts. March 2012: Following stakeholder engagement on criteria, EPA released a work plan of 83 chemicals for review and assessment. EPA will identify more candidates for assessment. 6 Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention

7 Developing an approach to screen compounds to determine need for: – risk assessment – additional data This year, EPA will engage stakeholders on: – Accessing existing data sources – Utilizing Chemical Data Reporting information – Future screening and data collection approaches Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention 7

8 EPA has greatly increased transparency – Launched Chemical Data Access Tool – Increased chemical information in Data.Gov and Envirofacts – Challenged companies and trade associations to decrease new CBI claims and declassify old claims – Issued new policies for review of CBI claims for health & safety studies – Stakeholder process on presenting data to the public 8 Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention

9 Green Chemistry & Green Engineering Programs – Recognize greener chemicals and technologies – Encourage design of safer chemicals from the outset Design for the Environment Program – Promote design of safer consumer, industrial and institutional chemical-based products 9 Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention

10 Sustained progress in ensuring chemical safety requires active participation & collaboration from all of us Understanding chemicals in commerce, monitoring and developing risk reduction strategies important to North American sound management of chemicals 10 Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention


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