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Welcome to EnviroTools, your personal guide to involve your community in the cleanup of a polluted site. To help answer the question: "How do we clean up this mess?" we have assembled a collection of educational materials on Superfund and Brownfields sites, along with sites cleaned up under state programs. EnviroTools contains presentation visuals, fact sheets, web links, a glossary and an annotated bibliography of other outreach resources, all designed to help you cut through the confusion and jargon of site cleanup projects.

Who is this site for?

The EnviroTools materials are aimed at community assistance leaders, outreach assistance providers and citizen leaders. Through the Internet, we provide easy access to the materials in a form that can be distributed to communities. Many of the materials are written for folks who have little or no background in site cleanup, and all of the materials have been "pilot tested" through community assistance carried out under the EPA-funded TOSC and TAB programs.

Who we are?

The developers and the affiliated scientists of this site do not have a vested interest in the outcome of any particular site needing cleanup. Because of this, the information here contains less bias that might exist in stakeholders of a particular community.

EnviroTools is being produced at Michigan State University. This is a collaborative effort between the outreach arms of the Hazardous Substances Research Center (HSRC) and the Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP).

The Hazardous Substance Research Centers (HSRC) program provides free technical assistance to communities with environmental contamination programs. Their web pages provides links to the five centers throughout the United States.

The Hazardous Substances Research Center (HSRC) at Michigan State University is one of five HSRCs established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide free technical assistance to communities with environmental contamination. The HSRC at Michigan State University is one of the universities of the Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center (MHSRC). This center focuses on basic and applied research, technology transfer, and outreach related to site contamination. The outreach programs of the HSRC include: Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) program and Technical Assistance for Brownfield communities (TAB). Both provide local educational assistance to citizens and communities with contamination and redevelopment concerns. The TOSC effort focuses on helping communities with Superfund problems whereas TAB focuses on communities with brownfields redevelopment issues. The Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center is a consortium involving the Purdue University, Michigan State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Kansas State University. The information in these pages was written by scientists and outreach specialists at Michigan State and others at the 27 HSRC centers around the United States.

The Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP) provides funding to 17 programs at 69 universities and institutions around the United States. The goal of the SBRP is to study the human health effects of hazardous substances in the environment, especially those found at uncontrolled, leaking waste disposal sites. The SBRP is funded under the National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS).

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