California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment are collaborating with EPA ORD on the following projects: 1) using EPA ORD’s new technologies and computational modeling approaches to evaluate the potential health effects of chemicals; 2) improving and using EPA ORD science for evaluating the risk of chemical exposure to threatened and endangered species; and 3) a collaboration which includes EPA Region 9 and EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention to advance sustainable chemistry practices and activities.
EPA researchers have provided California staff training on the use and interpretation of the high-throughput chemical testing data contained in the iCSS ToxCast dashboard (http://actor.epa.gov/dashboard/); planned and participated in a workshop to discuss an endangered species case study in the Sacramento River Basin; and shared database architecture to help the state develop chemical information databases. This collaboration is helping California use scientific advances to make more informed decisions about the potential health effects of chemicals as well as determine safer, more sustainable uses of chemicals found in products consumers buy and use.
“California benefits significantly from our partnership with EPA ORD. We use ToxCast data to provide valuable insight into how chemicals may cause toxicity, we use their lifecycle analytic and exposure modeling and monitoring for various state efforts including our work on safer consumer products. EPA ORD resources are helping us to make more informed decisions about the potential health effects of chemicals,” said CalEPA Secretary Matthew Rodriquez.