Environment & Natural Resources

Toxic Chemical Management


Abt Associates is the premier provider of economic and policy analysis for national toxic chemical management, offering regulatory support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others since 1987. 

Our integrated approach uses toxic chemical risk identification and risk assessment to help formulate policy solutions. We promote greener chemical design and support environmentally preferable products through design for the environment and life-cycle assessments.
Abt also builds multipurpose toxic chemical management analytic tools to help our clients and the public better understand and manage toxic chemical risk. When chemical risk management requires regulation, Abt uses strong economic modeling and analysis skills to develop objective analyses that meet our clients’ needs.


UNITED STATES: Is it possible to get environmental groups and chemical manufacturers to cooperate with each other?

In January of 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency released two reports evaluating safer alternatives to the flame retardants DecaBDE and BPA—two chemicals found in a variety of products consumers come in contact with daily. The reports were the result of extraordinary multi-year collaborations between chemical and product manufacturers, environmental groups, retailers, academics, recycling companies, government agencies, and a team of innovators from Abt Associates. Providing technical support and extensive stakeholder outreach, Abt developed the reports, which mark an important advance in chemical transparency. U.S. manufacturers interested in making safer products now have comprehensive data on the human health and environmental impacts of these commonly used chemicals and their potential alternatives.
CLIENT: EPA / PROJECT: Design for the Environment (DfE) Program

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