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August 24, 2010

EPA And CDTSC Drafting MOU To Share Data

Lynn L. Bergeson

According to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (CDTSC) website, it is drafting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to facilitate information exchange, collaboration, and outline a working partnership on emerging chemicals, green chemistry, and materials management. Under the new MOU, EPA and CDTSC will:

1.  Establish chemical specific teams for priority chemicals of mutual interest;

     a.  Teams will develop specific goals, points of coordination, and focus areas.

2.  Share information on analytical methods, fate and transport, bioconcentration, toxicity, exposure, risk assessment, and similar topics relative to emerging chemicals;

3.  Share literature reviews, databases;

4.  Collaborate on identifying and prioritizing information and data gaps;

5.  Keep each other informed on workshops, symposia, web events, etc.;

6.  Share value-chain information (to the extent allowed by law):

     a.  Producers, importers;

     b.  Production volumes; and

     c.  Applications/intermediates/products.

7.  Explore ways to exchange information while protecting CBI; and

8.  Collaborate on research needs and funding.