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Chemical Management


Priority and toxic chemicals make up a fairly limited volume, yet potentially hazardous portion of the nation’s waste stream. Chemical management seeks to eliminate or reduce priority chemicals and other chemicals of national concern from commercial products, waste streams, and industrial releases through pollution prevention, waste minimization, recycling, and reuse.

Related Organizations

Clean Production Action

Designing and delivering strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally preferable products for a closed loop materials economy. They offer a range of resources related to green chemistry, materials assessment, including reports and case studies on products and industries in transition.

Environmental Working Group

The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.

National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP), US EPA

The EPA seeks to reduce the use and release of priority chemicals. Besides information, technical assistance, and public recognition, partners become part of the National Challenge Commitment. EPA and NPEP offer a range of resources on eliminating or reducing priority chemicals and chemicals of national concern from products, waste streams and industrial releases through pollution prevention, waste minimization, recycling and reuse.


What does Chemical Contamination cost health care?

contaminationView the January, 2010 webinar or download (pdf) the presentation here NEED PDF.

Green Screen for Safer Chemicals

greenscreenforsaferchemicalsThe Green Screen for Safer Chemicals is a chemical screening method to help move society quickly and effectively toward the use of greener and safer chemicals. The Green Screen is the first open source tool to identify substances that are inherently less hazardous for humans and the environment. At the foundation of the Green Screen method are the Principles of Green Chemistry and the work of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Design for Environment (DfE) program. The Green Screen addresses many of the principles of green chemistry through its focus on hazard reduction.

Priority Chemicals List

The National Waste Minimization Program focuses efforts on reducing 31 Priority Chemicals (PCs) found in our nation’s products and wastes by finding ways to eliminate or substantially reduce their use in production. If these chemicals cannot easily be eliminated or reduced at the source, we focus on recovering or recycling them.

Risks to Asthma Posed by Indoor Health Care Environments: A Guide to Identifying and Reducing Problematic Exposures (2006)

asthmaHealth Care Without Harm. 94pp. This rigorously researched information about the occurrence of asthma triggers and asthmagens found in health care settings, and how to reduce problematic exposures.

Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry

A summary of the 12 principles, based upon P. Anastas and J.C Warners 1998 book: “Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice,” Oxford University Press.

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