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Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances
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The Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) plays an important role in protecting public health and the environment from potential risk from toxic chemicals for now and for generations to come. We promote pollution prevention and the public's right to know about chemical risks. We evaluate pesticides and chemicals to safeguard all Americans, including children and other vulnerable members of the population, as well as our most threatened species and ecosystems from environmental harm. Dealing with emerging issues like endocrine disruptors and lead poisoning prevention are top priorities.

Office of Pesticide ProgramsThe Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) regulates the use of all pesticides in the United States and establishes maximum levels for pesticide residues in food, thereby safeguarding the nation's food supply. EPA is expanding access to information on risk assessment and risk management actions to help increase transparency of decisionmaking and facilitate consultation with the public and affected stakeholders. In addition to its regulatory functions, OPP's programs include providing information and coordination on issues ranging from worker protection to prevention of misuse of pesticides. OPP participates in a variety of partnerships related to pesticide use, including the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, a voluntary private and public partnership dedicated to reducing pesticide use and risk, the Consumer Labeling Initiative, and IPM in Schools.

Office of Pollution Prevention and ToxicsOffice of Pollution Prevention and Toxics The Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) promotes the use of safer chemicals, processes, and technologies; promotes life-cycle management of environmental  problems such as asbestos; advances pollution prevention through voluntary action by industry; and promotes the public's right to know. Through the Chemical Right-to-Know program, for example, OPPT is working voluntarily with industry and others to make basic hazard data available to the public on over 2,000 chemicals used in high volume in the United States, and  to  identify and evaluate chemicals of particular concern to children's health.

Office of Science Coordination and Policy The Office of Science Coordination and Policy (OSCP) provides coordination, leadership, peer review, and   synthesis of science and science policy within OPPTS. Program areas under OSCP include biotechnology,   endocrine disruptors and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP).



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