Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Data Center Description
The EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) was formed in 1977 with the primary responsibility for administering the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This Law covers the production and distribution of commercial and industrial chemicals in the United States. OPPT has the responsibility for assuring that chemicals made available for sale and use in the United States, do not pose any adverse risks to human health or to the environment. OPPT's responsibility was expanded Still further with the passing of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. This act established pollution prevention as the National policy for controlling industrial pollution at its source. In addition, OPPT manages the new Chemical Right-To-Know Initiative, the Design for the Environment (DFE), Green Chemistry programs and the Lead, Asbestos and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) programs.
We support EPA's mission and in addition our office goals include:
-Promoting pollution prevention as the guiding principle for controlling industrial pollution;
-Promoting safer chemicals through a combination of regulatory and voluntary efforts;
-Promoting risk reduction so as to minimize exposure to existing substances such as lead, asbestos, dioxin, and polychlorinated biphenyls; and
-Promoting public understanding of risks by providing understandable, accessible and complete information on chemical risks to the broadest audience possible.