U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


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Published in Environmental Quality Management (Summer 2004) 37-50.


U.S. EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) has developed computerized methods for predicting the risk of industrial chemical toxicity based on an analysis of chemical structure. Under the Sustainable Futures Pilot Project, industry is beginning to realize tangible business and pollution prevention benefits from the use of these methods.

This article discusses the development of the Sustainable Futures program and highlights some of the benefits to business, regulators, and the environment.