Philadelphia Inquirer

As publicly-accessible databases go, the U.E. Environmental Protection Agency's chemicals reporting area is a tad mind-boggling.

The 2012 "Chemical Date Reporting" set released today lists 7,674 chemicals that were manufactured, imported or used in quantities over a particular threshold. It related to 4,753 sites and 1,515 companies.

I expect that academics, officials and activists will find plenty to plumb in that database.

One thing that's important is that companies are now required to provide information on chemicals used in children’s and other consumer products.

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