EPA/160/B-99/002
" States
nmental Protection
Office of International Activities July 1999
Mail Code 2670R      160-B-99-002
http://www.epa.gov/oia
            Environmental
            Information On-Line
            A Guide for International Users
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                        road-based awareness of pollution's effects on human health and

                        the environment can be a powerful force for change. In the
                       I
                        United States, increased access to environmental information

           through the Internet has been a key factor in fostering environmental

           awareness. EPA's highly-popular web site, with more than 200,000pages of

           searchable information, has been a leader in making quality information

           available to the public.


           As Internet access increases worldwide, many of our international partners

           have expressed an interest in the EPA site, both as a model for distributing

           environmental information to the public and for the technical resources which

           it contains. This publication, ivrittenfor an international audience, highlights

           EPA  ireb pages which have generated a strong interest outside of the United
Jt
 i          States. 1 hope that you will find this information useful as you ivork toward

           improving the quality of life in our common home.
                                                       Carol M. Browner, Administrator
                                                  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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                        Environmental Information On-
                        A Guide for International Users
                        CONTENTS:
                        Laws and Regulations	3

                        International Cleaner Production Cooperative	4

                        Technical Information Packages (TIPs)	5

                        National Service Center for Environmental Publications	6

                        Technology Transfer and Support Division	7

                        INFOTERRA	8

                        Public Access to Environmental Information:
                        ENVIROFACTS, Center for Environmental Information
                        and Statistics, Index of Watershed Indicators, BEACH Watch	9-12

                        Partners for the Environment EPA's Voluntary Programs	13

                        Compliance Assistance Centers	14

                        Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)	15

                        Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program	16

                        Software for Environmental Awareness	17

                        Environmental Training Modules	18

                        Green Communities and the Green Communities Assistance Kit	  19

                        Other Helpful Information:
                        Search the U.S. EPA Internet Site, Adobe and PDF	20
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Laws  and  Regulations:
www.epa.gov/epahome/rules.html

    This searchable site allows users to obtain a current listing of U.S. environmental
    legislation, proposals, rules, and notices published in the Federal Register. Users
can also link to the Code of Federal Regulations site, which contains summaries and
ovemews of major environmental legislation such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water
Act, and the Pollution Prevention Act.

NOTE: The Code of Federal Regulations, an annual guide of all rules and notices
published by U.S. federal agencies in the previous year, is divided into 50 titles, with
environmental regulations generally found in Title 40.
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                          International  Cleaner Production
                          Cooperative:
                          es.epa.gov/cooperative/international

                              The International Cleaner Production Cooperative provides a single point of access
                              to cleaner production information from around the world. The Cooperative
                          retrieves data on cleaner production from diverse Web sites maintained by
                          international organizations, industry associations, non-governmental organizations,
                          research organizations, and local and national governments across the globe

                          This site allows users to retrieve technical and policy data through a sophisticated
                          search engine that supports both simple and complex queries. Recent headlines, news
                          conferences, and events related to member sites are highlighted and updated regularly
                          on the Cooperative's home page The Cooperative also offers pre-packaged queries for
                          specific industries and popular topics. Users can perform searches through each
                          individual database, by a specific region of the world, or through all member sites. The
                          Cooperative also invites users to recommend or submit information such as
                          documents and other Web sites related to cleaner production.
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Technical Information Packages (TIPs):
www.epa.gov/oia/tips

    The Technical Information Packages (TIPs) are a series of on-line information
    collections prepared by the U.S. EPA with international audiences in mind The
packages focus on key environmental and public health issues being investigated by
EPA and attempt to summarize the EPA's pertinent technical publications, databases,
models, web sites, and software programs related to these issues.

Each TIP consists of an introductory text which provides an overview of a specific
topic. Embedded within this introductory text are abstracts of related EPA materials. In
most cases, users may link from these abstracts to full-text versions of documents or to
databases, models, etc Each TIP also provides information on how to order hard-copy
versions of EPA materials

There are currently 10 TIPs available on-line.
Technical Information Packages (TIPs)
Air Quality Management
Ensuring Safe Drinking Water
EPA Information Resources
Hazardous Waste Management
Lead Phase-Out
Pesticide Use & Disposal
Risk Assessment
Small Community Wastewater Systems
Solid Waste Management
Water Quality
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                       National Service Center for
                       Environmental Publications (NSCEP):
                       www.epa.gov/ncepihom

                          The National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) is EPA's
                          central repository and distribution center for all Agency publications. Over 5,000
                       hard copy and multimedia publications may be ordered through NSCEP's on-line
                       catalogue This site also provides information on ordering publications via e-mail, fax,
                       or telephone.

                       By using the "What's New" button on the site, users may stay informed about EPA's
                       most recently published documents. "Understanding EPA Speak," another highlight on
                       the NSCEP site, is designed to explain acronyms and terminology used in EPA
                       documents.

                       Links to other environmental documents and related Web sites are also available
                       through NSCEP.
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Technology Transfer Highlights:
www.epa.gov/ttbnrmrl

    The Technology Transfer Highlights page is an on-line source for the retrieval of EPA
    technical documents and publications, primarily from EPA's Office of Research and
Development (ORD). Documents are indexed by type, publication number and title.
Available publications include brochures, handbooks, manuals and software This site
links to seminar and conference information, names of EPA staff who can offer
professional expertise, and to other environmental resources on the Internet.
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                        INFOTERRA:
                        www.epa.gov/INFOTERRA
                          INFOTERRA is an international environmental referral and research network
                          comprised of more than 175 countries and coordinated by the United Nations
                        Environment Programme. The United States focal point of INFOTERRA resides in the
                        EPA Headquarters Library and is administered by the EPA's Office of Information.

                        INFOTERRA/USA helps the international community receive environmental
                        information through database searches, expert referral, bibliographic compilations, and
                        document retrieval.
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PUBLIC ACCESS TO ENVIRONMENTAL
INFORMATION

The U.S. EPA is committed to providing timely, high-quality environmental
information to I !.S. citizens. The site on this page and the sites on the next three
pages provide examples of how the EPA has used the Internet to deliver such
information at the local, regional, and national leivls
Center for Environmental Information
and Statistics  (CEIS):
www.epa.gov/ceis

    The Center for Environmental Information and Statistics (CITS) is a user-friendly,
    interactive database which provides information on a variety of environmental
conditions throughout the United States CEIS offers a one-stop, plain-English source
of reliable information on the environmental health of U.S communities Illustrative
charts and graphs complement the site's written data. Although the focus of CEIS is
primarily local.it also provides some information on national and regional
environmental conditions

There are three primary features of CEIS:

Environmental Profile: provides community-
specific information on air quality, water quality
and local waste management

Environmental Atlas: a resource containing
detailed maps which show the sources, types
and amounts of pollutants that have been
released into a community. This feature allows
for key-word and topical searches.

Digital Library of Environmental Quality: allows
users to search for reports topically or by
entering a key-word.

Certain information on the CEIS page is
available only in Portable Document Format
(PDF), which must be viewed through the Adobe Acrobat Reader
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                        Envirofacts Warehouse:
                        www.epa.gov/enviro/indexjava.html

                            The Envirofacts Warehouse allows its users to retrieve environmental information
                            from eight EPA databases on Superfund sites, drinking water, toxic and air releases,
                        hazardous waste, Biennial Reporting System, water discharge permits, and grants
                        information. Query forms allow users to retrieve site-specific information from the
                        various databases. Envirofacts can also display query results through a sophisticated
                        mapping-on-demand feature.
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Index off Watershed Indicators:
www.epa.gov/surf2/iwi/h1.html

    The Index of Watershed Indicators is a compilation of information on the "health "of
    aquatic resources in the United States. The Index looks at a variety of indicators
that assess the vitality of rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands and coastal areas. It also
determines whether activities on the lands surrounding watersheds place these
bordering watersheds at risk.

The Index evaluates a set of environmental indicators for each of 2,111  watersheds, or
"cataloguing units", in 48 states.
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                        BEACH Watch:
                        www.epa.gov/osVbeaches
                           EPA's BEACH Watch Web site offers information about water quality and monitoring
                           activities at over 1,000 beaches in the United States. The Agency created this
                        director)- to better inform the public about beach water quality, as well as to strengthen
                        beach monitoring and standards programs.

                        Certain information on the BEACH Watch page is available only in Portable Document
                        Format (PDF), which must be viewed through the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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Partners for the  Environment:
www.epa.gov/partners

    Through its "Partners for the Environment" program, EPA collaborates with over
    7,000 organizations by using voluntary goals and commitments to achieve
measurable environmental results in a timely and cost-effective way. EPA's partners
include small and large U.S. businesses, citizens groups, state and local governments,
universities and trade associations

The Agency's national voluntary programs address a broad range of environmental
issues, including: agriculture, air quality, energy efficiency and global climate change,
pollution prevention, regulatory innovation, water conservation, and waste manage-
ment  In addition to these national programs, EPA's 10 regional offices have established
voluntary programs aimed at addressing specific regional environmental priorities

The "Partners for the Environment"Web site provides access to detailed information
about each program, and also provides contact information and on-line ordering forms
for anyone wishing to receive additional information on the programs.
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                         Compliance Assistance Centers:
                         es.epa.gov/oeca/mfcac.html

                             The Compliance Assistance Centers are EPA's innovative approach to helping U.S.
                             businesses comply with federal environmental regulations. There are nine
                         centers, each offering one-stop shopping for sector-specific information.

                         Sector Compliance Assistance Centers
                         Agriculture                            Paints and Coatings*
                         Auto Service & Repair*                   Printing*
                         Chemical Industry*                      Printed Wiring Boards*
                         Local Governments                     Transportation*
                         Metal Finishing*

                         Please note that those centers marked with an asterisk C) are non-EPA Web Sites.

                         Each center offers pollution prevention information, on-line access to printed material,
                         and a contact point for personalized mail and telephone responses for specific
                         compliance questions and concerns
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Integrated  Risk Information System
(IRIS):
www.epa.gov/iris

    The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is an electronic database containing
    information on the human health effects of more than 500 chemicals For each
chemical, information is arranged according to reference dose for chronic oral
exposure, reference concentration for chronic inhalation exposure, and carcinogcnicity
assessment for lifetime exposure.

Certain information on the IRIS page is available only in Portable Document Format
(PDF),which must be viewed through the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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                         Environmental Technology Verification
                         Program:
                         www.epa.gov/etv

                            EPA's Environmental Technology- Verification Program (ETV) is a voluntary program
                            that verifies the performance characteristics of private-sector, commercial-ready
                         environmental technologies through the evaluation of objective, quality-assured data.
                         ETV provides permit holders and potential purchasers with credible and independent
                         information on environmental technologies The ETV Web site explains this
                         verification process, providing users with an overview of each of the twelve
                         verification pilot programs now in place. Also available on this site are ETV's testing
                         protocols, quality assurance plan, and full verification statements for each technology
                         that has completed the program.

                         Certain information on the ETV page is available only in Portable Document Format
                         (PDF), which must be viewed through the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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Software for Environmental Awareness:
www.epa.gov/seahome/

    The Software for Environmental Awareness Web site allows users to download
    interactive software on environmental issues. This software, which is produced
through the joint efforts of EPA and Purdue I ,'niversity, provides on-line technical
information on a variety of topics, including air, conservation, and pollution prevention.
Several programs are also available in Spanish. Though on-line programs may be
downloaded free of charge, there is a fee for ordering the CD-ROM version of the
programs.

The EPA/Purdue Partnership looks to identify new partners for software development
and implementation. Promoting continued translation of the software programs into
other languages is another shared goal.
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                        Environmental Training  Modules:
                        International Catalogue
                        www.epa.gov/oia/modules.htm

                            The Environmental Training Modules are a collection of separate training courses
                            designed to teach the fundamentals of a specific environmental management
                        procedure. The standard module uses a three-step teaching process and a combination
                        of case studies, exercises and other interactive methods in explaining an environmental
                        issue.  Each course is led by an EPA iModule Manager.

                        The international catalogue for the training modules is now on-line. This catalogue
                        contains in-depth information on each of twenty-four courses. For each course, the
                        catalogue provides the following information: overview, objectives, methods, duration,
                        participation, recommended class size, facilities required, audio-visual needs, translation
                        options, and post-course follow up information. Names and contact information for
                        Module Managers are also included.
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Green Communities and the Green
Communities Assistance  Kit:
www.epa.gov/region03/greenkit/index.html

    Green Communities are sustainable communities communities that integrate a
    healthy environment, a vibrant economy, and a high quality of life. EPA's Green
Communities Assistance Kit Web site offers a step-by-step on-line guide for
implementing environmental issues into community planning. The Grecnkit asks
practical questions, helping to guide communities through the planning process:

Where Are We Now? -a community self-assessment and profile

Where Are We Going? -an analysis of a community's social and environmental trends

Where Do We Want To Be? -a community visioning process

How Do We Get There? -a community plan of action

Let's Go' -community implementation tools         ____________
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                       EPA Web Site Search Engine:
                       www.epa.gov/webmast1/searchfaq.html
                                             The EPA Web site maintains a powerful search engine.
                                             This function allows any user to search all of the
                                          Agency's thousands of pages of on-line information for
                                          words, phrases, titles, citations, etc. The search function
                                          supports both simple and complex queries.
                       Portable Document Formats and Adobe
                                      Acrobat  Reader:
                                      www.adobe.com

                                            any EPA documents are stored in Portable Document
                                            Format (PDF), a system which maintains the look and
                                       presentation of the original document In order to view PDF
                                       documents you must first download the Adobe Acrobat Reader
                                       software. \\ hich is available irec-of-charge on Adobe's web site
                                       (www.adobe.com). Downloading instructions for the Adobe
                                       Acrobat Reader are available in a variety of languages

                                       Additional information on the Portable Document Format can
                                       be found on EPA's web site at:
                                       www.epa.gov/epahome/pdf.html

                                       NOTE' Adobe Systems Incoq^orated is a for-profit, private-sector
                                       firm The 11 S EPA is not affiliated with Adobe Systems
                                       Incorporated Questions regarding the Adobe Acrobat Reader
                                       and other Adobe products should be directed to Adobe Systems
                                       Incorporated

                                       Adobe, Acrobat, and Adobe Type Manager are trademarks of
                                      Adobe Systems Incorporated and may be registered in certain
                                      jurisdictions (c)Copyright 1994 Adobe Systems Incorporated
                                      All rights reserved
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