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EPA Puts Chemical Databases Online

By Carlton Purvis

 

Two new databases that will make it easier to find information and research about chemicals went online this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.

Chemical exposure studies and toxicity data from more than 500 tests conducted on more than 300 chemicals will be available via the databases for the public to view online in order to make “better-informed and timelier decisions about chemicals to better protect people’s health,” Dr. Paul Anastas, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development, said in a press release. 

Users now have access to 30 years of toxicity studies that have been digitized and published online. The databases are the latest addition to EPA’s Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACToR), an online collection of data on over 500,000 chemicals. ToxCastDB is a searchable database of the toxicity of more than 300 chemicals based on tests to predict the potential toxicity of chemicals. ExpoCastDB is a collection of human exposure data that includes the amount of chemicals found in food, water, air, and dust, on indoor surfaces, and in urine. Both databases are continually being updated – including information for 700 additional chemicals that will be added in 2012.

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