For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving free access to the Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Substance Inventory. Until March 15, the information had to be purchased.
“The American people are entitled to easily accessible information on chemicals, and today’s action is part of a series of ongoing steps that the EPA is taking to empower the public with this important information,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances in a news release. While more than 84,000 chemicals are listed, 17,000 are not. The EPA intends to reduce the amount of chemicals claimed as confidential.
The head of the EPA, Lisa P. Jackson, considers transparency one of her top priorities, according to the news release.