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EPA Chemical Risk Review and Reduction

EPA's Chemical Risk Review and Reduction (CRRR) program is authorized under the Toxic Substances Control Act to identify and manage "unreasonable risks" to human health and the environment associated with the production, importation, processing, distribution, use and disposal of chemicals in U.S. commerce.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey is completed every 2 years (possibly every year in the future) by the Center for Disease Control which takes direct measurements of some of the chemicals that are managed by this program however this data is not utilized to determine performance.
  • Performance information should be collected regularly for 3 measures which are related to the reduction of human health risk from environmental releases of chemicals. Performance data is not available for these outcome measures for 2004-2006, although the program does utilize a Risk Screening Environmental Indicator Model which provides annual release and screening-level risk information.
  • Overall, the program is making important progress in assessing risks of existing chemicals, particularly High Production Volume Chemicals and perflourinated compounds such as PFOA, while effectively managing the introduction of new chemical into US commerce to prevent introduction of new unreasonable risks.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Program will develop a biomonitoring performance measure with NHANES data from the Center for Disease Control or other biomonitoring data (NATA) for chemicals of concern.
  • RSEI model will be updated annuallly to reflect updated TRI data to ensure performance measures are updated within 2 years that rely on TRI data.
  • Develop long-term and annual performance measures to reflect risk-based recommendations for HPV Chemicals

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