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These links point to websites that are good starting points for general research. Included in this section are catalog sites (organized by topic), all-in-one search sites, directories, and basic reference tools.
The EPA homepage is a great place to start. There are links to current events, newsletters, speeches, regulatory updates. Links are also organized by intended audience: kids, teachers, business, citizens and scientists. A much improved site!
EPA Library Network
EPA Libraries are an invaluable source of information and direction. Most of the EPA libraries provide limited reference assistance through a variety of mechanisms including electronic mail, telephone, facsimile and mail messages, and face-to-face interaction. The libraries also provide referrals to EPA information resource centers such as clearinghouses, dockets, hotlines, and public information centers. New Jersey is served by the Region II Library (http://www.epa.gov/libraries/region2.html, 212-637-3185). Pennsylvania is served by the Region III Library (http://www.epa.gov/libraries/region3.html, 215-814-5254).
This page lists the many EPA 1-800 hotlines that are available. Includes links to hotlines dealing with asbestos, hazardous waste, pesticides, acid rain, small business help and more.
Dictionary of Environmental Terms, Acronyms and Abbreviations
A good dictionary of environmental terms, provided by the EPA. The portion to devoted to acronyms and abbreviations is particularly helpful.
State Environmental Agencies
This Directory contains links to state environmental and natural resource regulatory agencies.
Here are links to the most requested environmental data. Often, more than one site provides links to the same data. In such cases, I have linked to the sites that have the easiest interfaces. There are a number of websites that let you search for hazardous sites, then generate a map that shows poverty levels, minority populations, schools, etc. in the surrounding area.
A single point of access to select US EPA environmental data. Data coverage includes Superfund data, Safe Drinking Water Info, Hazardous Waste Data, Toxics Release Inventory, Water Discharge Permits, Air Releases and Grants Information.
CERCLIS (Superfund) Hazardous Waste Sites
Locate Superfund hazardous waste sites by state, county or city.
AIRData (EPA) Air Pollution Data
AIRData gives you access to air pollution data for the entire United States. Want to know the highest ozone level measured in your state last year? Ever wonder where air pollution monitoring sites are located? Are there sources of air pollution in your town? This is the place to find out! AIRData creates custom reports using criteria that you specify, displays standard maps of the United States, and provides names of people to contact.
Maps on Demand
These web-based mapping applications generate maps that display environmental information for the entire United States. MOD accesses data available through the Envirofacts Warehouse.
Superfund Query Form
The Superfund Query Form allows you to retrieve data from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System (CERCLIS) database in Envirofacts. Specify a facility by using any combination of facility name and geographic location. You may also select an output option.
National Priorities List (NPL) Site Reports (Superfund Site Info)
This great Superfund Page offers 2-Page descriptions of every site on the NPL. Good information, including the date of addition to NPL.
Zip Code Search
One of the simpler EPA databases. Allows you to search for information by zip code. User chooses 1 of 4 databases. Data offered includes hazardous waste, environmental conditions/trends, maps, and watershed conditions.
Chemical Score Card
Another simple database that allows you to search by zip code. Created by the Environmental Defense Fund, this site neatly ties together EPA data, makes it easy to search, and presents it in a user-friendly, yet detailed and powerful format. A MUST SEE.
National Environmental Scorecard
The League of Conservation Voters has compiled this scorecard since 1970 and now it is available to you via the Internet. The Scorecard provides a score for all members of Congress based on their voting record on environmental legislation. You can search for legislators who represent you or those who represent your state, or view all Senators and Representatives. The Scorecard also allows you to search by various criteria such as gender, party affiliation and region or state a Congressman comes from.
RTK NET was started in 1989 in support of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), which mandated public access to the Toxic Release Inventory. It is operated by two nonprofit organizations--OMB Watch and The Unison Institute--and funded by various government agencies and foundations. Good general links, as well as excellent links to data sources.
These links are to web pages that deal with broad but specific environmental topics such as solid waste, pollution prevention and air quality. They are good places to start if you know are researching a particular subject.
Acid Rain (EPA) Homepage
The Acid Rain Program is a part of the Office of Air and Radiation. This page has links to current programs, emissions data, and conservation and renewable energy incentives.
Air and Radiation (EPA) Homepage
Homepage for the EPA office of Air and Radiation. Information on indoor and outdoor air quality issues, news and regulations. Link to the Office of Mobile Sources which provides good information on Automobile pollution.
BrownFields (EPA) Homepage
Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. This website is maintained by the EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency response, and has many useful links to Brownfields information.
Environmental Justice (EPA)Homepage
Excellent page that serves as a pointer to environmental justice activities at EPA and other federal agencies.
Lead Programs (EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics)
These pages are designed to give you access to information on all aspects of the Federal lead poisoning prevention program, with a special focus on the efforts within EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT).
Pesticides (EPA) Homepage
The Office of Pesticide Programs regulates the use of all pesticides in the United States and establishes maximum levels for pesticide residues in food, thereby safeguarding the nation's food supply.
Pesticide profiles provided by Extoxnet, a cooperative effort of University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, Cornell University, and the University of Idaho.
Pollution Prevention (EPA)Homepage
Links to current current awareness sources, programs, grants, publications, and other Pollution Prevention sites and sources. Excellent Page.
Superfund (EPA) Homepage
The Superfund Program is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in cooperation with individual states and tribal governments. Superfund locates, investigates and cleans up hazardous waste sites throughout the United States.
Underground Storage Tanks (EPA) Homepage
This is The Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) site on the web. Their goal in establishing this site is to provide current information relevant to the Federal underground storage tank program. There are useful links to past and current UST regulations and other relevant sites.
Water (EPA) Homepage
The EPA Office of Water Homepage. Links to various information services including newsletters and listservs. Also has links to laws and regulations, water quality data, policy guidance, and available trainings and conferences. One of the better EPA pages.
Forums are a great way to stay current and have discussions with others who are interested in similar topics. They are invaluable for gathering information and networking with peers and experts.
List of many EPA listservs on various topics with instructions on how to subscribe.
The EPA generates an amazing amount of publicly available data and information. Many documents and reports are available from from NCEPI. Others are available free from EPA offices. In addition, EPA libraries all across the country will interlibrary loan materials to you. Use OLS (the EPA's online catalog) to search for materials.
Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Publications and Information. Provides over 5000 EPA publications available in hardcopy and multimedia product, free of charge. You can browse the National EPA Publications Catalog and order documents online.
National Service Center for Environmental Publications: Search and order EPA documents.
Pollution Prevention Clearinghouse
The Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse (PPIC) is a free, nonregulatory service of the US. EPA dedicated to reducing or eliminating industrial pollutants through technology transfer, education, and public awareness
US EPA Online Library System (OLS)
OLS is a web-based library catalog for the libraries of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You can search OLS for materials held in EPA Libraries. Once you have identified a document, you should search the NSCEP site to see if it is available free of charge. If NSCEP can't provide it, you can request the item through interlibrary loan.
Environmental organizations can also be a great source of information. These links don't always point to the best web pages, per se. But these organizations are at the forefront of environmental science and public policy.
Environmental Defense Fund
EDF is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air, clean water, healthy, nourishing food, and a flourishing ecosystem. Website is good for current articles and information.
Environmental Hazards Management Institute
EHMI is a global organization of environmental, health and safety experts with more than 110 locations in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. Together they total 2,400 professionally qualified staff. They have built their international team using a set of common principals: technical excellence, professional integrity and a commitment to providing quality service. They work with clients to create sound environmental, health and safety programs.
Environmental Working Group
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a leading content provider for public interest groups and concerned citizens who are campaigning to protect the environment. Good links, with focus on law and policy.
Homepages for the Greenpeace organization. Good for current awareness, policy updates, current environmental campaigns.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Very slick site, with lots of good information.
The Nature Conservancy
The mission of Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Nature Conservancy operates the largest private system of nature sanctuaries in the world--more than 1,500 preserves in the United States alone.
The Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is a non-profit, member-supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions: legislative, administrative, legal and electoral. Links to general news and an online version of Sierra Magazine.
World Resources Institute
The World Resources Institute's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Because people are inspired by ideas, empowered by knowledge, and moved to change by greater understanding, WRI provides - and helps other institutions provide - objective information and practical proposals for policy and institutional change that will foster environmentally sound, socially equitable development.
Links to government statutes and regulations, both current and proposed. There are also links to Environmental Appeals Board decisions, and the EPA docket which contains the records of all civil cases and EPA administrative actions. Records of Decision (RODS) are documents that summarize the condition of Superfund sites, and specify what the polluters need to do to clean the site up.
Current and Proposed Environmental Laws and Regulations
EPA page that offers links to current and proposed environmental laws and regulations. Also has a good introduction to how laws and regulations come to be, what they are, and where to find them.
Summaries of Major Environmental Laws
Links to summaries and full-text of major environmental laws, provided by the EPA.
Selected Environmental Laws from the U.S. Code
Hosted by Cornell University, this site provides links to the full-text of Environmental Statutes in the U.S. Code, along with links to other key internet resources.
Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) Decisions
Full text of EAB decisions issued since 1992. Decisions are grouped by subject area, with options for an alphabetical listing or a reverse chronological listing. Decisions are in PDF format and can be viewed with the Adobe Acrobat reader.
DOCKET -- EPA Civil Court Cases and Administrative Actions
Sponsored by RTK net. EPA's Civil Docket database (DOCKET) contains records about all civil cases filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of EPA. It contains records about all cases starting from the beginning of EPA until now. However, it doesn't contain records of criminal cases (which are more serious than civil cases) or records of EPA administrative actions and penalties (which are less serious).
Records of Decisions (RODS) Abstracts
The ROD is a public document signed by the appropriate Regional Administrator which details cleanup, cost estimates, and EPA's responsiveness to the public comment summary. The purpose of an EPA Record of Decision is to evaluate a Superfund Site with the goal of protecting human health and the environment while ensuring consistency of evaluations in contamination and clean-up of all Superfund sites.
State of New Jersey: Department of Environmental Protection
There is a good link to the NJ DEP Bureau of Air Monitoring, and one to the Division of Water Quality.