Currently, the EPA is evaluating 300 chemicals via the new methods whose initial phase should be finished by this year according to Robert Kavlok, Director of the National Center for Computational Toxicology. That's like time warp speed! According to the NIH, it took thirty years for the EPA to rigorously test 2500 potentially toxic compounds.
The New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance, from whom I received this report, was quick to point out that this new direction wasn't born from moral reasons but from what anti-vivisection activists have been saying all along---animal experimentation is costly, prolongs medication and procedures from human use, and it does not accurately predict human reaction to the tested drugs.
Let's hope for the best, for the animals.
Here's PETA's campaign against Columbia University's animal cruelty practices: http://www.columbiacruelty.com/default.aspx