Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a wealth of information about EPA activities, products, recommendations, and requirements on its extensive website. The site leads to information about community participation, resources for environmental education, grant information, chemical fact sheets, pesticides, software and database resources, hotlines, EPA libraries, regional and state contacts, and more. EPA Office of Children's Health Protection serves as a clearinghouse for EPA's initiatives and information on children's health. Contains links to fact sheets on a range of exposures, provides information on current research, where you can get additional information.
EPA Homepage: http://www.epa.gov/
Office of Children's Health Protection:
- Community data and mapping are available through Envirofacts, a database that integrates data obtained to support EPA's oversight activities and the public's right-to-know. Other branches lead to a section for Concerned Citizens and a Community-Based Environmental Homepage.
- National Pesticide Information Service
NPIC is a cooperative effort of Oregon State University and the U.S. EPA
Questions on pesticides to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Research Foundation provides information to grass-roots community activists, environmentalists, journalists, librarians, and others to further environmental justice at the local level. It specializes in information on hazardous substances and technologies, including landfills, incinerators, pesticides, organochlorine compounds, risk assessments, and their effects on human and environmental health. A newsletter, Rachel's Environment & Health News is available by e-mail.
EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics provides Chemical Fact Sheets and technical summary documents. Some of these fact sheets are available through the Internet.
EXTOXNET is a cooperative effort of the University of California, Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, and Cornell University. Together, they maintain Pesticide Information Profiles, a databank of profiles on over 160 pesticides. Each profile covers acute and chronic toxicity, environmental effects, manufacturing information, and references. These profiles are not based on an exhaustive literature search; nevertheless, they are highly informative and supplement the information found on pesticide product labeling and other sources.
Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) is a comprehensive, scientifically reviewed, factual database containing records for over 4500 toxic or potentially toxic chemicals. It contains extensive information in such areas as toxicity, environmental fate, human exposure, chemical safety, waste disposal, emergency handling, and regulatory requirements.
Healthfinder® is a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human service information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthfinder can lead you to select online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.
Healthy Schools Network (HSN) is a nationally recognized, state-based advocate for the protection of children's environmental health in schools. HSN strives to build awareness of children's environmental health needs and assure every child and school employee an environmentally healthy school, through research, information and referral, advocacy, and coalition building.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management offers Simple Steps for Families (to make the environment a better place) available to download from their website. Included is a series of posters and brochures that are very well illustrated to demonstrate household hazards.
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) is a Minnesota-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology and advocacy. IATP raises awareness about pollutants in food and from food production, their sources, and their demonstrated or possible impacts on human health. IATP helps consumers make safe food choices by providing tools like the Eat Well Guide and the Smart Fish Guide. IATP advocates for health protective public policies and pollution prevention and provides information for the public and providers on the following issues: use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, public health impacts of factory farming, pesticides, toxins in sludge and fertilizers, children's environmental health and persistent toxic pollutants, such as mercury, brominated flame retardants and dioxins. IATP provides key leadership in the following initiatives: Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), Keep Antibiotics Working, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment and Mercury Free Minnesota.
Institute for Children's Environmental Health (ICEH) is a non-profit educational organization working to ensure a healthy, just, and sustainable future for children. The primary mission of ICEH is to foster collaborative initiatives to mitigate environmental exposures that can undermine the health of current and future generations. Their site includes a primer on Environmental Health Basics that lists multi-media resources and hotlinks. ICEH hosts a Partnership for Children's Health and the Environment that organizations can join.
Partnership for Children's Health & the Environment: http://www.partnersforchildren.org/