United States
                      Environmental Protection
Information Resources
November/December 1996
&EPA         The  Catalyst
                      Information for Environmental Action
                      A Service for EPA HQ Staff from the Headquarters Information Resource Center
                            EPA Rolls Out a New Look!
           : i On October;jt 5,1996Tithe Agency roiled out a new front page for the EPA's
      home page on the World Wide Web. This new look included several categories  "
      developed by staff in the Information Resource Center to help the public identify
      information; specifically geared to their needs.             ,,  ,*   |   :;
            Now, with a click of one button, a citizen can find information about what they
      can do to help the environment or how the EPA is working in their community. This
      effort was |ust the first step in several projects currently on tap for the internet  ,   ~
      Librarians at the IRC. Internet Librarians continue to consult with Agency staff on
      "their content on the Web; f rain and assist in development of new Web reslqurces;;;:  :,
      "and: identifying existing resources for inclusion on the Agency's Web structure.
       ,  "I  Shortly after the ;new look premiered, the Environmental  News Network (ENN)
     ;:: chose the EPA home page as "Site of the Week" for November 11-17, The new home
      page has received accolades from the public as well.     :*   j  ;    ";: j  "\    Z
            IRC Services Expand
                  in New Ways

            With the addition of Internet
      Librarians, the Information Resource Center
      has expanded our services to assist Agency
      data owners when making their information
      available on the World Wide Web. In
      coordination with the Internet Services
      Center (ISC) and the Public Access Via the
      Internet (PAVI) group, Internet Librarians
      are offering a suite of services to current
      and future data owners on the Agency Web
            The Internet Librarians offer an
      evaluation and consultation service that
      assists data owners in organizing document
      collections, available services, and
      constituent information before the
      information is made available.  This process
      can occur in concert with design
      professionals in the Internet Services Center
      so a consistent look and feel is created
 between the information and presentation.
 The Internet Librarians can evaluate the
 flow of information and provide suggestions
 to reduce the "clicks" involved in getting
 content to the public.  The format of
 information and the methods of retrieval can
 also be evaluated in order to optimize a site
 and its value.
       For more information, contact the
 Headquarters Information Resource Center
 at 202-260-5921.   *
        CD-ROM  OWER
       The CD-ROM tower has been
 unavailable for several weeks due to
 hardware problems.  The Information  ',-/-'''
 Resource Center computer support staff are
 working to resolve the problem!? The CDs  '
 have been pulled from the tower and are
 available for use rathe IRC.  Don't forget, we
 are now open from 8 am to 5pm, Monday
 through Friday.  We apologize for any      '
                EPA Information Resource Center (3404) WSM2904 202-260-5922

                              Navigating the 'Net!  V-_ ^\'''-..^i^^^Sl
       The U.S. EPA Headquarters Information Resource Center announces "Navigating thes
 'Net," a training session designed to help environmental professionals throughout the     ;V
 Agency become familiar with Internet terminology, searching techniques, and environmental
 web sites. This class is specifically geared to understanding the EPA web site, and getting ''
 familiar with regulatory and legislative sites.  Classes are scheduled for January 21,       I'
 February and sometime in the spring.  Call 202-260-6278 fbr more details]         I    ,,',
              Book Bites
Cobum, Christopher, ed.  Partnerships: A
Compendium of State and Federal Cooperative
Technology Programs. Columbus, OH, Batelle
Press, 1995.  Partnerships describes the
numerous government sponsored programs that
work with other branches of government,  and
private groups, to promote technological
development. The first section contains a state
by state listing and analysis of government
sponsored technology programs, how they are
funded, and how they interact with other
agencies.  The second section  looks at several
federal agencies that work with state and local
governments, and other federal agencies to
promote technological development.

      John, DeWitt. Civic Environmentalism:
Alternatives to Regulation in States and
Communities. Washington, DC, Congressional
Quarterly Press, 1994. This book examines
some of the alternatives to environmental
legislation in the area of environmental reform.
Legislation can and has worked in dealing with
some problems, but, as explained in John's
book, it hasn't solved all of them. An overview
of what has and hasn't worked  in environmental
legislation is given, along with three case
studies of civic actions that brought about
environmental reform.  The specific examples
deal with the reduction of agricultural chemicals
in Iowa, the restoration of the Everglades, and
conserving electricity in Colorado.

             Bigger Bites
Johnston, Barbara Rose,  ed. Who Pays the
Price? The Sociocultural  Context of
Environmental Crisis. Washington,  DC, Island
Press, 1994.  ISBN  1-55963-302-6
A compilation of papers by environmental and
human rights professionals, this book covers
various aspects of human rights denied in the
context of environmental issues.  International
in coverage, it catalogs abuses of citizens by
their governments in the name of national
development and national security, as they
relate to environmental issues. Among those
who suffer most severely are the indigenous
populations of underdeveloped countries. The
U.S., however,  is not spared scrutiny as the
reports on human guinea pig testing of atomic
weaponry and mining abuses on Native
American lands attest.
      The editor begins with a comparison of
the normal early morning routine of her day and
shifts back and forth with the resulting  price
paid in other areas for her ordinary
conveniences.  Crops grown internationally that
contribute to her breakfast foods come from
areas that represent 20% of the world's
pesticide use but 90% of the reported pesticide-
induced deaths, due to lack of governmental
concern for its poorer workers. The editor
states, "My ability to survive and thrive depends
upon the restriction of other peoples' rights to a
healthy life. The book's purpose is to explore
this differential experience of paying the price."
      Each chapter is an individual paper,
complete with postscripts, notes and
references. The contributors and their
affiliations are listed in the back of the book.
The alphabetical index allows for the use of the
book as a reference tool. Many of the  reports
are compelling, particularly those describing the
terrible plights suffered by some populations in
South America  and Africa.  This book will
contribute greatly to one's knowledge of world
environmental issues and the dangers  they
pose to human rights.
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Szasz, Andrew. Ecopopulism: Toxic Waste and
the Movement for Environmental Justice.
University of Minnesota Press, 1994.
ISBN 0-8166-2177744-6
Volume 1 of a four volume series entitled
"Social Movement, Protest and Contention," this
book is authored by a professor of sociology
whose particular interest is environmental
sociology. He catalogs a list of the most
pressing environmental problems and suggests
that a new age of environmental politics will
provide the sorely needed answers.
       An example of an environmental
success story illustrating the new environmental
politics is the toxic waste story. The  remainder
of the book chronicles the evolution of a
movement involving the regulation of toxic
waste. Beginning with the Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of
1976, he delineates the social and political
aspects of legislation and discusses why this
particular Act "exacerbated ail the negative
possibilities inherent in a flawed regulatory
design" (p.37). After Love Canal and the
explosion of media coverage, toxic waste
became the public buzz word and political
changes began.
       The book is organized in three sections:
"Policy; Icon; Social Movement",  "Reaction",
and "Results".  In the course of these sections
the author discusses the toxic waste movement
from its origin through to present day, sums up
the impacts of fifteen years of legislation and
defines "environmental populism." AH chapters
have a "Notes" section in the back that names
the sources cited. The Reference section then
provides the full citation to the quoted author.
An  alphabetical subject/name Index provides
easy access to pertinent areas. The book
provides an alternative view of regulatory issues
of interest to those who would like a glimpse of
the societal perspective.
       These items are available through
the Information Resource Center by calling
202-260-5922 or sending an email message
to LJbrary-HQ.    *
             A to W of Web Sites
            The staff of the Information Resource
     Center often rely on the Internet when
     answering reference questions from EPA
     staff, contractors, and the general public.
     The following are some World Wide Web
     sites that we've found particularly helpful

     Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
     Registry "ToxFAQs" http://
     The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
     Registry (ASTDR) has assembled chemical fact
     sheets on 60 toxic substances which include
     information on the substances' chemical properties,
     means of exposure, and health effects. The site also
     gives a phone number which can be called for more

     EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and
     Standards, Technology Transfer Network
     Proposed New Smog (Ozone) and
     Particulate Matter Standards Page  http://
     ttnwww.rtpnc.epa.gov/naaqspro/ This site
     contains helpful information about EPA's proposed,
     new air standards for Ozone and Particulate Matter
     including the November 27 press release,  health and
     environmental effects fact sheets, maps showing
     areas likely to be affected, regulatory information,
     and timelines for implementation.

     Island Press http://www.islandpress.com/
     Island Press, the leading publisher of environmental
     books, provides a complete list of its publications
     and activities on this site.  Users can browse a
     catalog of publications, find out how to order books,
     get information on environmental  conferences and
     read Eco-Compass, the Island Press newsletter.

     Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
     mmwr.html  The site contains a searchable index
     of the Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and
     Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from 1993 to the
     present and the full text of the publication  in PDF
     format. The site also includes information on how to
     subscribe to the MMWR electronic mailing list, which
     enables users to receive the full text of the journal in
     PDF or ASCI I format, or just the table of contents of
     the journal.


A tO W Of Web Sites (continued)
Recycler's World
Recycier's World is an international trading site
which provides information on recycling industry
sectors, including automotive, computer, metals, tire
and rubber, and chemicals recycling, among others.
The site contains company listings, a publications
directory, news, and a discussion forum in which
users can post queries related to the recycling

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered
Species Program http://www.fws.gov/
~r9endspp/endspp.htmI#SPECIES This
site contains information on the Fish and Wildlife's
Endangered Species Program, including lists and
profiles of endangered and threatened species, the
text of the Endangered Species Act, state and
foreign lists, and frequently asked questions.    J*
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