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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a Web-based tool called ChemView, which is designed to improve access to chemical specific regulatory information developed by the EPA and data submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The ChemView Web tool displays key health and safety data in an online format that allows comparison of chemicals by use and by health or environmental effects. The search tool combines available TSCA information and provides streamlined access to EPA assessments, hazard characterizations, and information on safer chemical ingredients.

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“This online tool will improve access to chemical health and safety information, increase public dialogue and awareness, and help viewers choose safer ingredients used in everyday products,” said James Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “The tool will make chemical information more readily available for chemical decision-makers and consumers.”

In addition, the new Web tool allows searches by chemical name or Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number, use, hazard effect, or regulatory action. It has the flexibility to create tailored views of the information on individual chemicals or compare multiple chemicals sorted by use, hazard effect, or other criteria.

The new portal will also link to information on manufacturing, processing, use, and release data reported under the Chemical Data Reporting Rule, and the Toxics Release Inventory.

In the months ahead, the EPA will be continuously adding additional chemicals, functionality, and links. When fully updated, the Web tool will contain data for thousands of chemicals. EPA has incorporated stakeholder input into the design, and welcomes feedback.