Name Change in Store for EPA Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS)


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: US Environmental Protection Agency

EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) is being renamed as the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in an effort to better reflect Administrator Lisa Jackson's priority of ensuring the safety of chemicals, according to the agency's top toxics official.

OPPTS head Steve Owens announced the name change during March 1 remarks at the Chemical Producers & Distributors Association spring meeting in Arlington, VA. Owens said the change would go into effect April 22, pointing out that the day also happens to be Earth Day.

The change is being made to reflect the agency's redoubled commitment to ensuring the safety of industrial chemicals and pesticides, Owens said.

It is unclear how this could affect the names of the other offices. To view an organizational chart of EPA’s OPPTS click here.

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