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Born in the wake of elevated concern about environmental pollution, the US Environmental Protection Agency opened its doors in downtown Washington, DC, on December 2, 1970. EPA was established to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection.

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment -- air, water and land -- upon which life depends.

EPA's purpose is to ensure that:

  • all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work;
  • national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;
  • federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;
  • environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
  • all parts of society -- communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments -- have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
  • environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and
  • the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

While Congress passes the laws that govern the United States, Congress has also authorized EPA and other government agencies to create and enforce regulations in order to put those laws into effect. EPA regulations cover a range of environmental and public health protection issues, from setting standards for clean water to specifying cleanup levels for toxic waste sites to controlling air pollution from industry and other sources.

We invite stakeholders to share in the development of EPA regulations. We want our rules to be practical and fair for the American people. This online brochure provides an in-depth overview of how EPA writes regulations, and how your voice can influence the policies that shape our environmental future.
(Source: US EPA)

To learn more about the EPA and to visit the EPA Web site click here.

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EPA's Registered Sterilizers, Tuberculocides, and Antimicrobial Products Against Certain Human Public Health Bacteria and Viruses

There are listings of EPA's registered antimicrobial products effective against certain blood borne/body fluid pathogens, Mycobacteria tuberculosis (tubercle bacteria), human HIV-1 virus, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C viruses, as well as products classified as sterilizers. The use of EPA registered products effective against human blood borne pathogens listed are in compliance with OSHA's (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Occupational Exposure to blood borne Pathogens (29 CFR 1910).

Listings also include EPA registered products effective against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus faecalis or faecium (VRE), human Norovirus (Norwalk like Virus), as well as products used for medical waste. The lists are organized alphabetically by product names and by numerical order of their EPA Registration numbers (EPA Reg#).
(Source: US EPA)

For more information about EPA registered disinfectant products
click here.

Other topics of interest on the EPA web site include:



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