WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) has announced new criteria to help companies and other groups, such as states and environmental organizations, identify safer chemicals, according to a press release
As part of the agency''s Design for the Environment
(DfE) program, EPA unveiled the new criteria, which are an important tool under its DfE Alternatives Assessments for identifying safer alternatives to chemicals that pose a concern to human health and the environment, the release stated.
"This new approach for evaluating and identifying safer chemicals is an important step toward ensuring that that the chemicals used in this country are safe," said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA''s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
"Making this information available will not only lead to the manufacture of safer products, it will increase the public''s access to critical chemical information," Owens added.