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Pesticide Testing Overhaul by EPA

EPA ToxCast to overhaul government tests for toxicity of chemicals used in agriculture, manufacturing and other sectors.

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California water conservation The Environmental Protection Agency is launching Phase One of ToxCast, a new program designed to dramatically overhaul how the government tests the toxicity of chemicals used in agriculture, manufacturing and other sectors.

ToxCast may prove to be a major boon to businesses and industries that use potentially harmful chemicals for daily business. The tests that make up ToxCast are substantially cheaper -- and faster -- than standard tests.

The program will analyze 340 chemicals that are currently used as or in pesticides. ToxCast will look at how each chemical affects a variety of biological processes and compile the information into a huge database. The EPA chose these 340 chemicals because, as pesticides, there is a wealth of data already accumulated on each including a cancer study, a birth defect study, a multi-generation study and a few other toxicity studies.

The EPA expects results from Phase One by early 2008, and will share the data with the public by mid-2008. The EPA is looking for companies to partner with on the program to help identify chemicals and biological processes to study in Phase Two.

REFERENCE:
EPA's National Center for Computational Toxicology
For more information on ToxCast, visit www.epa.gov/ncct/toxcast/



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