TOXIC CHEMISTRY, POLLUTION, AND RECYCLING
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Toxic Chemistry
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (Centers for Disease Control)
    Site with information on toxic health effects of various chemicals, including current Toxicological Profiles of various chemicals, ToxFAQs, and the Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance System.
    http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/
  • The HERO Database (Environmental Protection Agency)
    HERO contains the key studies EPA uses to develop environmental risk assessments for the public. EPA uses risk assessments to characterize the nature and magnitude of health risks to humans and the ecosystem from pollutants and chemicals in the environment.
    http://www.epa.gov/hero/
  • Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) (Environmental Protection Agency)
    The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is a human health assessment program that evaluates quantitative and qualitative risk information on effects that may result from exposure to environmental contaminants. IRIS was initially developed for EPA staff in response to a growing demand for consistent information on substances for use in risk assessments, decision-making, and regulatory activities. The information in IRIS is intended for those without extensive training in toxicology, but with some knowledge of health sciences.
    http://www.epa.gov/iris/
  • ToxNET (National Library of Medicine)
    A guide to many different databases with information on toxic chemicals and their effects.
    http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/

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Pollution
  • Chemical Scorecard (Environmental Defense Fund)
    This site allows one to access the 1997 Toxic Release Inventory by the EPA with an easy interface. Reps. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) and Jim Gibbons (R-NV) have called it extremist, even though it uses data collected by the federal government.
    http://www.scorecard.org/
  • Right to Know Network (OMB Watch)
    The Right-to-Know Network provides free access to numerous databases, text files, and conferences on the environment, housing, and sustainable development. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects; analyze reinvestment by banks in their communities; and assess people and communities affected.
    http://www.rtknet.org/
  • Toxic Release Inventory Search Page (Minnesota Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act Program)
    This site gives specific information on hazardous chemicals in facilities in Minnesota from the Federal Toxic Release Inventory. Look up by city, and year.
    http://www.epcra.state.mn.us/epcraquery/tri.aspx
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    http://www.pca.state.mn.us/
  • Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (Centers for Disease Control)
    The Report is the second in a series of publications that provide an ongoing assessment of the exposure of the U.S. population to environmental chemicals using biomonitoring.
    http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/
  • Federal Environmental Links (WSU Library)
    Links are to sites from agencies such as the EPA and the USDA.
    http://www.winona.edu/library/gov/fedenvir.html

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Recycling

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