The Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, 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 publicís 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. The Office 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 publicís right to know. The Office of Pesticide Programs regulates the use of all pesticides in the United States and establishes maximum levels for pesticide residues in food, thereby safeguarding the nationís food supply. One non-regulatory effort underway is the Pesticides Environmental Stewardship Program, a voluntary private and public partnership dedicated to reducing pesticide use and risk.
The TAIS stocks a variety of publications, including Federal Register notices, technical reports, Questions & Answers documents, and information booklets. All documents are available free of charge, in both hard copy and electronic format. Titles include information about PCBs, Asbestos, EPA's New Chemical Program, and pollution prevention. The TAIS also carries chemical fact sheets, international chemical laws, and historical TSCA information.
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