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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances. ATSDR is directed by congressional mandate to perform specific functions concerning the effect on public health of hazardous substances in the environment. These functions include public health assessments of waste sites, health consultations concerning specific hazardous substances, health surveillance and registries, response to emergency releases of hazardous substances, applied research in support of public health assessments, information development and dissemination, and education and training concerning hazardous substances.

Review Date: June 22, 2011

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American Indian Environmental Office, EPA

Within EPA, the American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) coordinates the Agency-wide effort to strengthen public health and environmental protection in Indian country, with a special emphasis on helping tribes administer their own environmental programs. AIEO manages the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP). The GAP provides grant funding to federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia through a negotiated process administered by each EPA Region. The grant funds may be used by tribes to plan and carry out a number of environmental capacity-building activities.

Review Date: September 07, 2011

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. CDC's Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. CDC is composed of the Office of the Director, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Global Health, and five Offices, including Public Health Preparedness and Response; State and Local Support; Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services; Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health; and Infectious Diseases. CDC employs more than 15,000 employees in more than 50 countries and in 168 occupational categories.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

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Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works to reduce risk, strengthen support systems and help people and their communities prepare for and cope with disasters regardless of the cause. FEMA is an independent federal agency with more than 2,600 full time employees. FEMA also has nearly 4,000 standby disaster assistance employees who are available to help out after disasters. Often FEMA works in partnership with other organizations that are part of the nation's emergency management system. These partners include state and local emergency management agencies, 27 federal agencies and the American Red Cross. FEMA's role include advising on building codes and flood plain management; teaching people how to get through a disaster; helping to equip local and state emergency preparedness; coordinating the federal response to a disaster; making disaster assistance available to states, communities, businesses and individuals; training emergency managers; supporting the nation's fire service; and administering the national flood and crime insurance programs.

Review Date: August 26, 2008

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National Center for Environmental Health - NCEH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) plans, directs, and coordinates a national program to maintain and improve the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing premature death and avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors. NCEH is committed to safeguarding the health of populations that are particularly vulnerable to certain environmental hazards - children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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National Climatic Data Center, U.S. Department of Commerce

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the collection center and custodian of all United States weather records. It is the central source of historical weather information, some of which it publishes as serial or periodic publications. The Center responds to inquiries for statistical weather data, such as temperature, precipitation, and wind. It can provide daily and hourly weather observations along with monthly and annual summaries, 30-year normals for various meteorological elements, solar radiation data, and various weather maps and charts. Requests for services should define type of data required, stations or geographic limits involved, desired medium (magnetic tape, diskette, hard copy, or microform), and other pertinent information, such as a description of what the data will be used for. SERVICE LIMITATIONS: Work is performed on a reimbursable basis. Unit costs have been established for some services; the requestor can be provided with a cost estimate before work begins. Prepayment is required.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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National Lead Information Center

The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention. NLIC operates under a contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with funding from EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The public may contact the Center Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST

Review Date: April 18, 2014

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it. NOAA's mission of science, service and stewardship is to: understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

Review Date: March 30, 2012

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National Pesticide Information Center, Oregon State University

NPIC provides objective, science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related topics, including: pesticide product information, information on the recognition and management of pesticide poisonings, toxicology and environmental chemistry. Highly trained specialists also provide referrals for the following: investigation of pesticide incidents, emergency treatment information, safety information, health and environmental effects, and clean-up and disposal procedures. NPIC has a toll-free telephone service available to anyone in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands including the general public, the hearing impaired, and medical, veterinary, and other health care professionals. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 3:30 p.m. PST. Voicemail and email are available for after hour inquiries. We have Spanish speaking specialists to assist with pesticide questions and provide service in over 170 different languagesincluding Mandarin, French and German. Pesticide information is also available by visiting our new, user-friendly website at http://npic.orst.edu. Both our full-color English and Spanish brochures are available online. Other outreach materials are available upon request. NPIC is a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Review Date: June 15, 2011

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National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

The National Technical Information Service serves as a a permanent clearinghouse and largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. For more than 60 years NTIS has assured businesses, universities, and the public timely access to approximately 3 million publications covering over 350 subject areas. NTIS annually receives tens of thousands of new publications, technical reports, and other products from hundreds of government agencies and other organizations. NTIS supports the Department of Commerce mission to promote the nation's economic growth by providing access to information that stimulates innovation and discovery.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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Navy Environmental Health Center

The mission of this branch of the armed services is to ensure Navy and Marine Corps readiness through leadership in prevention of disease and promotion of health. To achieve this goal, NEHC's vision is: to be dynamic, responsive, and innovative; to be global partners in public health: to have senior specialists and specialty leaders compete for assignment to this command; encourage a work environment that fosters team building and empowers each individual to be a leader; to develop and reinforce the definitive expertise as well as the skills necessary for individuals to participate fully as respected members of a team; to use state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that enhance teamwork and information exchange; and to provide proactive and responsive service.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

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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 Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Some of EPA's top priorities are to improve air quality, take action on climate change, and clean up our communities. EPA's work on these priorities falls under the Clean Air Act and includes developing national programs, technical policies and regulations for controlling air pollution and radiation exposure. These efforts help protect the health of all Americans by preventing pollution and increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, reducing industrial air pollution and pollution from vehicles and engines, protecting the stratospheric ozone layer, reducing acid rain, and addressing climate change.

Review Date: April 28, 2011

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Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, plays an important role in protecting public health and the environment from potential risk from toxic chemicals for now and for generations to come. We promote pollution prevention and the public’s right to know about chemical risks. We evaluate pesticides and chemicals to safeguard all Americans, including children and other vulnerable members of the population, as well as our most threatened species and ecosystems from environmental harm. Dealing with emerging issues like endocrine disruptors and lead poisoning prevention are top priorities. The Office promotes the use of safer chemicals, processes, and technologies; promotes life-cycle management of environmental problems such as asbestos; advances pollution prevention through voluntary action by industry; and promotes the public’s right to know. The Office of Pesticide Programs regulates the use of all pesticides in the United States and establishes maximum levels for pesticide residues in food, thereby safeguarding the nation’s food supply. One non-regulatory effort underway is the Pesticides Environmental Stewardship Program, a voluntary private and public partnership dedicated to reducing pesticide use and risk.

Review Date: April 04, 2011

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Office of Children’s Health Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of this office is to make the protection of children’s environmental health a fundamental goal of public health and environmental protection in the United States. The OCHP will support and facilitate Agency efforts to protect children’s health from environmental threats. The office maintains a web site that includes tips and advice for parents and the general public about ways to protect children from environmental health threats.

Review Date: June 09, 2011

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Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, U.S. Department of Energy

The mission of this division of the Department of Energy is to provide for the timely disposal of the Nation's nuclear waste in a geologic repository, in a manner that protects the health and safety of the public and workers, and maintains the quality of the environment.

Review Date: October 12, 2011

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Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA's goal is to provide an environment where all people enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work. EPA's environmental justice mandate extends to all of the Agency's work, including setting standards, permitting facilities, awarding grants, issuing licenses and regulations and reviewing proposed actions by the federal agencies. EPA works with all stakeholders to constructively and collaboratively address environmental and public health issues and concerns. The Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) coordinates the Agency's efforts to integrate environmental justice into all policies, programs, and activities. The Office also provides information, technical and financial resources to assist and enable the Agency to meet its environmental justice goals and objectives.

Review Date: December 15, 2011

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Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

The Office of the Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response provides Agency-wide policy, guidance and direction for the Agency's solid waste and emergency response programs. The Office develops guidelines and standards for the land disposal of hazardous wastes and for underground storage tanks. The Office furnishes technical assistance in the development, management and operation of solid waste activities and analyzes the recovery of useful energy from solid waste. The Office has also undertaken the development and implementation of a program to respond to abandoned and active hazardous waste sites and accidental release (including some oil spills) as well as the encouragement of innovative technologies for contaminated soil and groundwater.

Review Date: March 16, 2009

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Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has the following responsibility to: respond to spills of oil and other hazardous materials; help emergency planners prepare for potential accidents; create software and other products to help people respond to hazardous materials accidents; work to find remedies for the environmental damage caused by hazardous waste sites in coastal areas; assess injury to coastal resources from releases of oil and other hazardous materials, and pursue restoration from those responsible for the harm.

Review Date: December 10, 2008

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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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Rural Information Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Rural Information Center (RIC) assists local communities by providing information and referral services to local, tribal, state, and federal government officials; community organizations; libraries; businesses; and citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas. RIC staff provide customized information products to specific inquiries including assistance in economic revitalization issues; local government planning projects; funding sources; technical assistance programs; research studies; and other related issues.

Review Date: August 30, 2012

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U.S. Chemical Safety Board

This Board's mandate is improve worker and community safety through: conducting investigations and reporting on findings regarding causes of chemical accidents at fixed facilities;" evaluating and advising Congress on the effectiveness of and any duplication of effort among 14 other federal agencies in preventing industrial chemical accidents; conducting special studies; and developing and communicating recommended actions (based on research and investigative findings) to improve the safety of operations involved in the production, transportation, and industrial handling, use and disposal of chemicals.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

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U.S. Department of Energy

The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The DOE aims to catalyze the timely, material, and efficient transformation of the nation’s energy system and secure U.S. leadership in clean energy technologies. Other goals are: 1) to maintain a vibrant U.S. effort in science and engineering as a cornerstone of our economic prosperity with clear leadership in strategic areas, and 2) to enhance nuclear security through defense, nonproliferation, and environmental efforts.

Review Date: December 07, 2011

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment--air, water, and land--upon which life depends. Through the work of its many projects and programs the EPA's purpose is to ensure that: all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work; national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information; federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively; environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy; all parts of society--communities, individuals, business, state and local governments, tribal governments--have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks; environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

Review Date: December 28, 2010

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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The mission of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is to ensure adequate protection of the public health and safety, the common defense and security, and the environment in the use of nuclear materials in the United States. The NRC's scope of responsibility includes regulation of commercial nuclear power reactors; nonpower research, test, and training reactors; fuel cycle facilities; medical, academic, and industrial uses of nuclear materials; and the transport, storage, and disposal of nuclear materials and waste. Hours of operation for the Reading Room: 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Monday-Friday (Except Federal Holidays); telephone hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Monday-Friday (Except Federal Holidays).

Review Date: March 17, 2011

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Action on Smoking and Health

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a national nonprofit legal action and educational organization fighting for the rights of nonsmokers against the many problems of smoking. ASH uses the tremendous power of the law to represent nonsmokers in courts and legislative bodies, and before regulatory agencies. For more than 40 years, ASH has been one of the most effective antismoking and nonsmokers' rights organizations in the world. ASH is active with regard to all aspects of the problems of smoking and nonsmokers' rights, and has a truly national focus. One of ASH's major roles in the U.S. is to serve as a think tank and incubator for new strategies and tactics, and as a vehicle for propagating these new ideas to other antismoking organizations, legislators and regulators, and the general public. ASH receives no money from the government or from the tobacco settlement.

Review Date: May 03, 2011

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Air & Waste Management Association

The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), formerly The Air Pollution Control Association, founded in 1907, seeks to advance the art and science of air pollution control and waste management and works toward the adoption of reasonable performance standards. Through its publications, meetings, seminars, courses, and committees, the A&WMA offers members the opportunity to increase their knowledge of air pollution control and waste management technology, legislation, effects, methods, costs, and administration.

Review Date: January 23, 2009

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Alaska Native Science Commission

The mission of the Alaska Native Science Commission is to endorse and support scientific research that enhances and perpetuates Alaska Native cultures and ensures the protection of indigenous cultures and intellectual property.

Review Date: November 20, 2008

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American Academy of Environmental Medicine

About AAEM The American Academy of Environmental Medicine was founded in 1965, and is an international association of physicians and other professionals interested in the clinical aspects of humans and their environment. The Academy is interested in expanding the knowledge of interactions between human individuals and their environment, as these may be demonstrated to be reflected in their total health. The AAEM provides research and education in the recognition, treatment and prevention of illnesses induced by exposures to biological and chemical agents encountered in air, food and water.

Review Date: August 13, 2010

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American College of Medical Toxicology

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is a professional, nonprofit association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. Medical Toxicology is a medical subspecialty focusing on the diagnosis, management and prevention of poisoning/toxicity and other adverse health effects due to medications, chemicals, occupational and environmental toxins, and biological hazards. Medical Toxicology is officially recognized as a medical subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ACMT is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of medical toxicology.

Review Date: May 04, 2009

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American Industrial Hygiene Association

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is an international professional organization of industrial hygienists and allied specialists devoted to promoting the study and control of environmental factors affecting the health of workers. The AIHA coordinates the industrial hygiene activities of diverse groups and agencies, issues a variety of technical publications for both employers and employees, conducts industrial hygiene training courses and workshops, publishes a bi-monthly journal, a monthly news magazine, sponsors annual conferences, and offers four grades of membership to individuals and institutions. The AIHA strives to further the science and art devoted to the recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental factors and stresses in the workplace, and to prevent sickness, impaired health, loss of well-being, significant discomfort, and loss of efficiency among workers and citizens in the nearby community.

Review Date: January 16, 2009

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American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA), formerly the National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association, was founded in 1904 to combat tuberculosis. Since 1907, ALA has promoted Christmas Seals to raise public funds to fight lung disease, the third leading cause of death in America. ALA is primarily a health education agency, emphasizing anti-smoking and clean air activities to prevent and control lung hazards. Its self-management programs teach those suffering from lung disease, such as asthma, how to live with their condition. ALA also creates educational programs to teach lifelong good health habits, and it provides professional education to health care providers to help them deliver effective lung health care to their patients. ALA also awards grants for medical research and sponsors fellowships for young medical professionals to encourage them to specialize in pulmonary care. There are 110 State and local Lung Associations throughout the country. The American Thoracic Society is the medical arm of ALA.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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American Public Health Association

The American Public Health Association (APHA), formed in 1872, serves the interests of professionals in the public health field. APHA services include publications, annual meetings, programs for each of 25 special interest fields, low-cost group insurance, awards, and career opportunity listings. APHA activities include setting standards for solving health problems, research, health improvement programs, public awareness campaigns, and legislative action.

Review Date: May 04, 2011

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American Society of Safety Engineers

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the world's oldest and largest professional safety organization. ASSE's mission is to foster the technical, scientific, managerial and ethical knowledge, skills and competency of safety, health and environmental professionals for the protection of people, property and the environment, and to advance the status and promote the advancement of the safety profession.

Review Date: August 27, 2008

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Army Corps of Engineers

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is made up of approximately 34,600 civilian engineers, scientists and other specialists and 650 military members who work hand in hand as leaders in engineering and environmental matters. A vital part of United States Army, USACE responds to natural disasters and other emergencies such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, bombings, and hazardous material spills. The Corps uses its engineering expertise for inspecting and assessing damage, cleaning up debris, making repairs, and returning power and water supplies to disaster areas.

Review Date: May 04, 2009

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California Department of Boating and Waterways

The mission of the California Department of Boating and Waterways is to provide safe and convenient public access to California's waterways and leadership in promoting the public's right to safe, enjoyable, and environmentally sound recreational boating. Since the 1950's,acquatic recreational trends have become topics of interest, from water-skiing to fishing to windsurfing to personal watercraft operation.The Department of Boating and Waterways (or "DBW" for short) was created to help develop convenient public access to the waterways and promote on-the-water safety. Funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars, and boating facility construction loan payments, DBW's programs include: officer training, financial aid and equipment grants for the more than 100 local and state agencies that provide boating law enforcement; voluntary education for boaters in kindergarten through college and non-students; loans for the construction of marina and grants to build boat launching ramps; aquatic pest control in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; coastal beach erosion control; vessel sewage pumpout stations grants; and helping local agencies pay for abandoned vessel removal.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

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Center for Health, Environment and Justice

Founded in June 1981, this nonprofit organization serves citizens' groups, individuals and small municipalities working to solve hazardous and solid waste problems. CCHW supplies information needed to understand, prevent, reduce or eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals through customized assistance, both in-house and on referral, a research library and service, publications and newsletters. All of the organization's support comes from private foundations, donations and membership fees.

Review Date: February 05, 2009

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Children's Environmental Health Network

The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary project whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment. We focus on research, education, and policy. Our goals are to: promote the development of a sound public health and child-focused national policy; stimulate prevention-oriented research; educate health professionals, policy makers, and community members in preventive strategies; and elevate public awareness of environmental hazards to children.

Review Date: February 12, 2009

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Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal

The Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal was established in Houston in 2002 to assume a nationwide role in promoting the safe disposal of used sharps which includes, needles, lancets and syringes. This site provides a direct link to all states which describes the recommended needle disposal options for each state and links to any community disposal programs offered in the state. The site also provides an update of any new statistics and includes a discussion of and links to other disposal solutions.

Review Date: March 17, 2010

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Council on Environmental Quality

The Council on Environmental Quality coordinates federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. CEQ reports annually to the President on the state of the environment; oversees federal agency implementation of the environmental impact assessment process; and acts as a referee when agencies disagree over the adequacy of such assessments. The council focuses on making our air, water, and land cleaner and encourages innovation and the development of new, cleaner technologies.

Review Date: November 04, 2009

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Environmental Defense

Environmental Defense (ED), formerly known as the Environmental Defense Fund, was established in 1967 and consists of teams of scientists, economists, and lawyers working together to search for and promote economically and environmentally sound alternatives to destructive practices with respect to energy, toxic substances, wildlife, and water resources. These goals are pursued through scientific and technical analyses, political and legal action, intervention in administrative procedures and hearings, and public education programs. The Toxic Chemicals Program of ED focuses on integrated waste management, hazardous waste site cleanups, drinking water safety, dioxin, lead, PCBS (polychlorinated biphenyls), consumer product safety, pesticides, and regulation of toxic substances. Public education efforts include press, radio, and television interviews and publication of informational brochures.

Review Date: January 06, 2012

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Farm Animal Rights Movement, Vegetarian Information Service

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization working to end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism. FARM believes in the inherent self-worth of animals, as well as environmental protection and enhanced public health.

Review Date: June 02, 2011

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Healthy Child Healthy World

A non-profit organization whose mission is to inform parents and all those concerned with the welfare of children about preventable health and development problems caused by exposure to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities and to encourage the public to take action to protect children against these toxic threats. CHEC's Web site resources include the "Health e House," an interactive Virtual House Quiz which identifies environmental health hazards and suggests safer alternatives. "Health e House" Quiz gives parents guidance on what they're doing right in their homes, what they can change and how. First Steps, a monthly e-mail program, to enable parents to sign up and receive information throughout their baby's first year of life.

Review Date: July 14, 2009

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Since its inception in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has accomplished many great scientific and technological feats in air and space. NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.

Review Date: September 06, 2010

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National Environmental Education Foundation

The Health & Environment Program focuses on advancing environmental knowledge among health professionals to improve the public’s health with a special emphasis on children and underserved populations. Through the development of national agendas, trainings, curriculum integration, and strategic partnerships, they facilitate the integration of environmental health into health care provider education and practice. Their initiatives include: Children’s Environmental Health Faculty Champions Initiative, Pediatric Asthma Initiative, Children and Nature Initiative, and Pediatric Environmental History Initiative. They also have a wide range of tools and resources on a variety of environmental health topics, including pesticides, climate change and others.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) is a federal advisory committee that was established by charter on September 30, 1993, to provide independent advice, consultation, and recommendations to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on matters related to environmental justice. The NEJAC is made up of 25 members, and one Designated Federal Official (DFO), who serve on a parent council that has six subcommittees. Along with the NEJAC members who fill subcommittee posts, an additional 39 individuals serve on the various subcommittees.

Review Date: December 08, 2008

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National Safety Council

The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy. From OSHA compliance and workplace safety, to motor vehicle safety and first aid, NSC offers products and training to educate your employees, their families and your community on preventing and responding to emergency situations.

Review Date: December 27, 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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Population Connection

Population Connection (Formerly Zero Population Growth), formed in 1968, advocates achieving a sustainable balance between the Earth's people and its resources through population stabilization. Major activities include raising the population issue in the mass media; publishing educational materials; promoting legislative recognition of the consequences of population trends; recruiting and training population activists; helping develop public policy to reduce population growth; and working with teachers and the public school systems in the States to build factual population studies into curricula at all grade levels.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

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Rachel Carson Council, Inc.

The Rachel Carson Council, Inc., founded in 1965, is an independent, nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to protecting the environment against toxic and chemical threats, particularly those of pesticides. It maintains a library and extensive subject files as a basis for evaluating issues and responding to requests for information. It acts as a resource base for many other groups' programs, and provides detailed data for lay and professional audiences. The Council also provides information on Rachel Carson.

Review Date: February 11, 2009

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White Lung Association

The White Lung Association, formed in 1979, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the education of the public to the hazards of asbestos exposure. The Association developed programs of public education and consults with victims of asbestos exposure, school boards, building owners, government agencies, and others interested in identifying asbestos hazards and developing control programs. The Association maintains a collection of print and audiovisual materials on asbestos. The Association is funded by donations and by fees for its services. The Association's over 45,000 members throughout the world are primarily victims of asbestos. The Association represents the needs and stories of asbestos victims from the public, the legislature and the courts.

Review Date: February 05, 2009

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World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) came into being on April 7, 1948 when the 26th United Nations member ratified its Constitution. The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. In support of its main objective, the WHO has a wide range of functions including the following: to act as the directing and coordinating authority on international health work; to promote technical cooperation; to assist Governments, upon request, in strengthening health services; to furnish appropriate technical assistance, and in emergencies, necessary aid; to stimulate and advance work on the prevention and control of epidemic, endemic and other diseases; to promote, in cooperation with other specialized agencies where necessary, the improvement of nutrition, housing, sanitation, recreation, economic or working conditions and other aspects of environmental hygiene; to promote and coordinate biomedical and health services research; to promote improved standards of teaching and training in the health, medical and related professions; to establish and stimulate the establishment of international standards for biological, pharmaceutical and similar products, and to standardize diagnostic procedures; and to foster activities in the field of mental health, especially those activities affecting the harmony of human relations. WHO also proposes conventions, agreements, regulations and makes recommendations about international nomenclature of diseases, causes of death and public health practices. It develops, establishes and promotes international standards concerning foods and biological, pharmaceutical and similar substances.

Review Date: January 05, 2009

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