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NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS

The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. To have the greatestimpact on preventing disease and improving human health, the NIEHS focuses on basic science, disease-oriented research, global environmental health, and multidisciplinary training for researchers. The NIEHS achieves its mission through: Extramural research and training, funded by grants and contracts, to scientists, environmental health professionals, and other groups worldwide, Intramural research conducted by scientists at the NIEHS facility and in partnership with scientists at universities and hospitals, Toxicological testing and test validation by the National Toxicology Program, and Outreach and communications programs that provide reliable health information to the public and scientific resources to researchers.

Review Date: July 12, 2011

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Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Office of Water (OW) is responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, and portions of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments Act of 1990, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Ocean Dumping Ban Act, Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, Shore Protection Act, marine Plastics Pollution Research and Control Act, London Dumping Convention, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and several other statutes. OW's activities are targeted to prevent pollution wherever possible and to reduce risk for people and ecosystems in the most cost-effective ways possible. The job is much too big to accomplish alone, OW staff depend on many others, including ten EPA Regions, other federal agencies, state and local governments, Indian tribes, the regulated community, organized professional and interest groups, land owners and managers, and the public-at-large. OW often provides guidance, specifies scientific methods and data collection requirements, performs oversight and facilitates communication among those involved.

Review Date: August 27, 2008

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Safe Drinking Water Hotline

The EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline provides the general public, regulators, medical and water professionals, academia, and media, with information about drinking water and ground water programs authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act.Call toll free and speak with an Information Specialist Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm eastern time at 1-800-426-4791. Local calls or International calls at (703) 412-3330. The Hotline is closed on Federal holidays, except Veteran’s Day. The Hotline is open on Veteran’s Day but closed the day after Thanksgiving.

Review Date: September 07, 2011

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National Environmental Service Center

The National Drinking Water Clearinghouse (NDWC) at West Virginia University is a public service organization that collects, develops, and distributes timely drinking water-related information. Sponsored through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), the NDWC serves as an extension of RUS’s commitment to providing technical assistance to America’s small and rural drinking water treatment plants.

Review Date: August 19, 2010

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National Service Center for Environmental Publications

The EPA offers a wide range of publications in English and in many foreign languages. Search for and order publications from this Web site.

Review Date: July 27, 2012

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Water Quality Association

The Water Quality Association (WQA), an association for the point-of-use water treatment industry, promotes the advancement of the industry. The WQA holds meetings to facilitate the exchange of information, offers training programs, develops voluntary product standards, administers product and dealer certification programs, conducts research, publishes water treatment information, provides technical assistance to government and other organizations, and conducts symposia and seminars. Other services include conventions, trade shows, public relations, promotional aids, government relations, an information center, and a charge card servicing package.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

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