The US Government has awarded grants worth $9 million (£5.4m) for research to help predict the implications of chemicals on the environment and human health.
Arizona State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, the two recipients of the funding, will look at the impacts of chemicals throughout their life cycle – from design to manufacture, use and disposal.
The research will include developing an online tool to help industry, academia and other decision makers make more informed decisions about chemical and product design.
Lek Kadeli, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development said: “EPA is committed to understanding how chemicals and materials can affect human health and the environment. This research will advance the science of chemical life cycle assessments and provide tools to design safer chemicals, while enabling a healthy economy and safer society.”