SAP Minutes Recommend that EPA not Use Tier 1 AMA Test

EPA’s Science Advisory Panel met on May 21-23, 2013, to review EPA’s Tier 1 EDSP tests.  The SAP minutes for this meeting are now available online. They include the SAP’s recommendation at pages 39-44 that EPA not use the Amphibian Metamorphosis Assay to screen any additional chemicals until and unless EPA solves several problems with the AMA.

Click here to read SAP minutes.


CRE Comments on EDSP Tier 2 ICR

CRE filed comments on EPA’s Information collection request for EPA’s Tier 2 EDSP tests. CRE commented that  EPA should not submit, and OMB/OIRA should not approve, this ICR because EPA has not demonstrated that the EDSP Tier 2 tests meet Information Quality Act (“IQA”) Guidelines and Paperwork Reduction Act (“PRA”) requirements. For example, EPA has not demonstrated that the EDSP Tier 2 tests are reliable, reproducible, and useful. EPA has also not demonstrated that the EDSP Tier 2 tests are the least burdensome necessary, and that they are necessary for the proper performance of EPA’s functions.

Click here to read CRE’s comments.


EPA Explains EDSP Central Data Exchange

EPA has explained to companies how they can submit EDSP data to EPA via EPA’s Central Data Exchange.  The CDX enables companies to electronically submit data; provides secure exchange of confidential business information or trade secret data; and improves security using digital encryption. All data is encrypted in transit to federal standards (with the exception of voluntary submissions). Sensitive data is encrypted to federal standards. All sensitive data remains encrypted until it is behind at least 2-3 firewalls.  Click here to access EPA’s Central Data Exchange website.