EPA Expands Public Access to Information on Chemicals
On May 17, EPA issued a press release, announcing that it had added more than 6,300 chemicals and 3,800 facilities, regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), to the public database known as Envirofacts. The Agency said its action further demonstrated Administrator Lisa Jackson’s commitment to increasing public access to information on chemicals.
The Envirofacts database is available on EPA’s website. The database is designed to provide information on facility activities that may affect air, water, and land in the United States. Included in the database is information such as facility name and address, aerial imagery, maps, and links to other records such as those available on the Agency’s Enforcement Compliance History Online (ECHO) database, which provides inspection and compliance reports.
In the press release, EPA stated that it has conducted a series of efforts to increase public access to chemical information including reducing confidentiality claims by industry and making the public portion of the TSCA inventory available for free on its website. EPA supposedly intends to take additional actions in the months ahead to further increase the amount of information available to the public. Additional details regarding EPA’s plans are available here.
I plan to continue following and reporting on EPA’s public-access initiative, as well as the confidential business information (CBI) provisions in the Congressional bills proposing to modify TSCA. Stay tuned for future postings here at The Green Chemistry Law Report!