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                            Environmental  Protection
                                                    Information Resources
                                                               July/August 1996
      &ERA          The Catalyst
                             Information for Environmental Action
                             An Information Service for EPA HQ Staff from the Headquarters Library

                                    FOCUS ON:  ISO 14000
                The ISO 14000 is a set of International Standards being developed by the ISO for use in
          Environmental Management. The standards are being developed by a consortium of 50 countries
          and resemble the Quality Standards (ISO 9000) already in use in the US. The following is a
          selection of Internet sites that will help users understand the ISO and their impact worldwide.


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EPA Standards Network
       Produced as part of the Enviro$en$e
program, this site offers an insight into the ISO
standards from the US EPA. The site includes basic
information on the ISO standards and their impact in
the US. Also included are contacts for more
information but there are no Knks to sources outside
the EPA from this site.

National Institute of Standards and Technology
       The NIST promotes US economic growth by
working with industry to develop and apply
technology, measurements, and standards.  This site
offers information on the ISO 14000 and its impact
on American buisiness.

International Organization on Standardization
       The official organization for the development
of standards, this is the direct source for information
on ISO 14000 and other international standard
documentation.  This URL points to the  actual
provisions of the ISO 14000 as directed by the
Technical Committee 207, its administering body.

      A lot of information exists from corporate
sources because many companies exist to train
businesses  and employees in the ISO 14000. This
list chose sites that were informative and somewhat
comprehensive. This list in no way endorses a
particular company or its products.
Book excerpt - Tom Tiber's ISO 14000: A Guide to
the New Environmental Management Standards.'
                                                             Excerpted from a 1995 publication by Irwin
                                                      Publishing, this document offers a clear overview of
                                                      the topic and includes detailed information on the
                                                      development of the standards.

                                                      Exploring ISO 14000
                                                             A primer to the ISO 14000, this site is
                                                      produced by Management Alliances Inc. Including
                                                      features like FAQs, full text articles and the popular
                                                      ISO 14001 pizza,  the site covers ISO 14000 in depth
                                                      and touches on ISO 9000 as well.

                                                      Stolter ISO 14000 Information
                                                             A facet of the S.M. Stoller Corporation's Web
                                                      site, this page presents information about ISO 14000
                                                      and their training programs for business and industry.
                                                      The site includes an overview and description, full
                                                      text articles, and a visual roadmap.

                                                      ISO 14000 Infocenter
                                                             This site is produced by the Environmental
                                                      Industry Web Site (www.enviroindustry.com).
                                                      Though under construction at the time of this citation,
                                                      its content seems solid and comprehensive.
                                                            The information provided above was
                                                     correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the
                                                     time of publication. It is important to
                                                     remember, however, the dynamic nature of
                                                     the Internet. Resources that are free and
                                                     publicly available one day may require a fee
                                                     or restrict access the next, and the location
                                                     of items may change as menus and
                                                     homepages are reorganized.    *
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   New Books in HQ Library

Briggs, Shirley A., and the staff of the
Rachel Carson Council.  Basic Guide to
Pesticides. Their Characteristics and
Hazards. Washington, DC: Taylor and
Francis, 1992, 283 pages
RA 1270. P4B75 1992
       The Rachel Carson Council is an
independent information center for chemical
toxins, particularly pesticides.  This book,
according to the introduction, was produced as
a result of years of information gathering and
dispersal. Covering over 700 pesticides and
their contaminants, it contains an easy to use
cross reference of common, trade and chemical
•names as well as CAS numbers.  Charts of
characteristics include the class of chemical, its
use and status, persistence (if known), acute
and long term effects on mammals, and
adverse effects on nontarget species. There is
a chapter describing the various chemical
classes and modes of action,  a complete list of
references for each class of pesticide, and six
complete appendices with additional general
pesticide information. This is  a good source to
gather information about a particular pesticide
or class of chemicals and references for further

Jaffe, Dennis T.  and Cynthia D. Scott. Self
Renewal. High Performance in a
High-Stress World. Menlo Park, California:
Crisp Publications, 1994, 179 pages
 MGMTBF481 J342 1994
       The object of this book is stress
 reduction and relief by way of a three pronged
 approach: "self-awareness, self-renewal and
 self-management."  Each section has written
 exercises to focus on the important aspects as
 well as charts or drawings to further clarify the
 discussion. There are 11  assessment tests in
 the appendix which help to determine one's
 stress promoters and coping  skills. The authors
 suggest completing the assessments first and
 then focusing on the sections of the book
 dealing with one's personal problem areas.
 This workbook is  easy to browse and can help
 to pinpoint stress problems and remedies.
 Tillman, Hope, ed.  Internet Tools of the
Pfofession. A Guide for Special Librarians.
Washington, DC: Special Libraries
Association, 1995, 200 pages
QA 76.55 1681995
       Don't be put off by the name-this is not a
source geared only toward librarians. A font of
information, the book begins with clear
definitions of Internet terms and formats such
as WAIS, ftp, Telnet and a chart defining
various URL's.  The search section covers
listservs, using telnet resources, and searching
gopher space. A larger section is devoted to
searching the web with an evaluation of some
search engines included. (Alta Vista is not
reviewed, however.) The rest of the book
describes informative Internet sites, in various
formats, according to subject. Some of the
subjects include Chemistry (with addresses for
materials safety data sheets and the US Patent
and Trademark database included); Food,
Agriculture and Nutrition (including a gopher
site for the CRIS database);  Nuclear Science;
Pharmaceuticals (which includes descriptions of
sites for ISO and for full text searchable CFR
files); Engineering; Environment & Resource
Management; and Legal Information among
them.  The various EPA web pages are
mentioned in many of these  subject
descriptions. Internet Tools is an invaluable
source to those who want to update their
Bookmark lists.

Schecter, Arnold, ed.  Dioxins and Health.
New York: Plenum Press,  1994, 710 pages
RA 1242 .055 D58 1994
       The editor of this volume is a physician-
researcher involved in both clinical and
laboratory research. Each of the 20 chapters of
the book is authored by scientists of
international expertise in dioxin research.  The
subjects covered include a summary of the
current dioxin debate, risk assessments,
environmental sources, dioxin contamination of
foods, toxicology and pharmacokinetics,
carcinogenesis, human health effects and
reproductive epidemiology.  Three accidental
dioxin poisonings, Seveso, Italy; Yusho Rice Oil
and Yu-cheng Rice Oil, are covered in depth.
 Each chapter ends with an extensive list of
 references. This is a strong reference source for
 dioxin information.   <•
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More  Books!
Environment Goes to Market: The
Implications of Economic
Incentives for Pollution Control.
Washington, DC (National
Academy of Public Administration).
July 1994. HC79.P55E571994
       This panel discussion looks at various
economic incentive programs for their benefits,
shortcomings, and effectiveness.  Several case
studies, such as recycling programs and
corporate pollution charge programs, are
provided  as examples.  A glossary of acronyms,
a bibliography, and several charts and figures
are provided as supplementary materials.

Horner, Richard R. and Joseph J. Shupien.
Fundamentals of Urban Runoff
Management: Technical and Institutional
Issues. Washington,  DC (Terrene Institute,
Environmental Protection Agency).
August 1994.  TD 657.F86 1994
       This book provides an overall view of the
various issues related to urban runoff, and how
to deal with them.  Technical issues addressed
include the general hydraulic impact of
changing land use, how urban environments
affect ground and standing water, and the types
of sediments and contaminants that can arrive
via urban runoff. Institutional issues, such as
government regulations, site planning, and
watershed management, are examined for their
potential solutions and control practices. Two
case studies, both  located in the Delaware
area, are  provided  as examples.

Regional Implications of Future Climate
Change : Proceedings of an International
Workshop. Weizmann Institute of
Science,  Rehovot Israel, April 28 - May 2,
1991.  Edited by Michael Graber, Ariel
Cohen, and Mordechai Magaritz.
Jerusalem (Dorot Press). September 1993.
INTL QC 981.8.C5 R38 1993

       This series of lectures and presentations
looks at a variety of ecological issues and how
current ecological conditions may affect the

       U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
       Region 5, Library (PL-42J)
       77 West Jackson Boulevard, 12th Floor
              IL  60604-3510
future. A variety of scientific resources are
consulted, and historical evidence is cited,
explaining how the environment could be
affected if allowed to continue on its current
course.  Specific examples are centered around
Israel and the surrounding areas of the

Setting Priorities, Getting Results: A New
Direction for the Environmental Protection
Agency.  Washington, DC  (National
Academy of Public Administration).
April 1995. TD171.N36 1995
      This panel discussion  looks at the
current activities of the Environmental
Protection Agency, and evaluates their
applicability for the future. Specific issues
include making and enforcing regulatory
decisions, setting priorities and improving
management strategies, and more efficient
allocation of resources. A summary  report of
this discussion is also available in  the
Headquarters Library collection.     *

    Government  Information

          Locator  Service


      As part of the U.S. National Information
Infrastructure and through the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal
government has established the Government
Information Locator Service (GILS).  Congress
and the Office of Management and Budget
directed the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), in addition to all Federal agencies, to
create GILS records describing their major
public information resources.  Each GILS
record is presented in a standardized electronic
format accessible to the public via the Internet.
The GILS records identify public information
resources, describe the information available
from these resources, and give assistance in
obtaining the information. Currently, EPA's
GILS provides pointers to over 200 of the
Agency's valuable public information
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      These records are accessible at the
following uniform resource locator address:
http://www.epa.gov/gils. For more information
about the GILS initiative contact Steve Hufford,
co-chair of EPA's GILS Workgroup, at
202-260-9732 or e-mail
      To find out more information about
procedure for adding new records to GILS
contact the GILS Metadata Center at
202-260-8670.    *
Putting Pollution Prevention into Action.
September 10-11, 1996, Washington, DC.
Sponsored by the Hampshire Research
Institute in partnership with the 33/50 program
US EPA.  For more information contact Lee
DePont of the 33/50 Program staff at
202-260-9499 or The Hampshire Research
Institute at 707-683-6695, fax 703-684-7704,
email cpruett@hampshire.org or access the
World Wide Web at http://www.hampshire.org.
Conferences, Meetings,

    Symposiums, Workshops

      This is a list of selected meetings and
conferences chosen for their potential interest
to EPA staff.  If EPA staff wish to have an
EPA-sponsored event listed here, please
forward the information to The Catalyst, HQ
Library, 401 M St., SW-3404,  Washington, DC
20460 or email Library-HQ.
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