Following is a very exhaustive list of links to various resources that are available online. These links are categorized topic-wise and also organization-wise. The topics include the ones listed in the "Steps to Cleanup" in this web site. The organizations are sub-divided as federal, state, regional, international, educational, professional, etc. Also, listed below are environmental search engines. If you think that a web site is not listed below, please send an email to reserves the right to list a web site in this page.


Hazardous Substance Research Centers (HSRC) outreach home page

By Topic

Community Participation :: Environmental Assessment :: Pollutants :: Health :: Risks :: Regulations :: Finances :: Remediation :: Redevelopment :: General

Community Participation

Environmental Justice

  • EcoJustice Network - provides on-line services, informational resources and training for activists and organizations involved in the environmental justice movement.
  • The Environmental Law Institute - useful information concerning environmental law, policy, and management

Environmental Assessment

  • American Society for Testing and Materials - This group writes the standards for several environmental site assessment surveys.
  • Center for Environmental Information and Statistics - The CEIS website links environmental facts from all EPA's databases into a one-stop information source where users apply interactive search tools to pursue national, state, and country-level environmental data.
  • Envirofacts Warehouse - Users may retrieve environmental information from EPA databases on Superfund sites, drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste, water discharge permits and grants information. Maps of environmental information may also be generated using several interactive mapping applications.
  • Maps on Demand - Interactive EPA Geographic Information System that can be used to produce personalized maps of areas in the conterminous United States according to user specifications.
  • Toxic Release Inventory(TRI) - Site allows user to locate emitters of toxic releases using a variety of search methods.


Health Effects

  • - This is a web site of the chemical industry's rebuttal of the PBS program "Trade Secrets" hosted by Bill Moyers.
  • Center for Children's Health and the Environment - This is the web site of the academic research and policy center that examines the links between exposure to toxic pollutants and childhood illness. They have many factsheets on environmental hazards effects on children.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people. Part of their mission is to provide information on environmental health.
  • Environmental Health - Fact sheets from the NCEH on on asthma, lead, and others.
  • Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) - The IRIS website allows users to access a database of human health effects that may result from exposure to various substances and chemicals found in the environment.
  • National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) - Government agency under CDC working to prevent illness, disability, and death from interactions between people and the environment.
  • Trade Secrets - This web site describes the PBS program of the same name that provides transcripts, relative web links and background material on the show. The show sought to show how the chemical industry hid documents about adverse effects of chemicals on people's health. Contains excellent list of resources.

Risk Assessment

  • Risk Communication by Peter Sandman - This site contains many useful ideas for communicating about environmental risk with communities. Sandman's motto is that Risk = hazard + outrage.
  • The Reporter's Environmental Handbook, edited by Bernadette West, Peter M. Sandman, Michael R. Greenberg. Rutger's University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey. 1995. - This book's well written introduction describes what is meant by risk.
  • US EPA Superfund Risk Assessment


  • Brownfields - EPA web site describing the laws and regulations governing brownfields sites.
  • Brownfields: A comprehensive guide to redeveloping contaminated property. (1997). Todd S. Davis and Kevin D. Margolis. American Bar Association, . ISBN 1-57073-439-9.
  • EPA's Superfund TimeLine - This informative, interactive timeline showing the history of the Superfund program. If you click on an event, additional information appears in a small, unobtrusive window.
  • Federal Laws Overview - This straightforward EPA web page provides links to factsheets about federal regulations concerning diposal, fate and cleanup of environmental pollutants.
  • RCRA Laws and General Information - U.S. EPA web site listing links for more information on RCRA.
  • RCRA Online Database - U.S. EPA web site with an online database designed to enable users to locate documents that cover a wide range of RCRA issues and topics.
  • RCRA Orientation Manual - This manual provides introductory information on solid and hazardous waste management programs under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Also addressed is the basic framework of the RCRA regulatory program for new EPA and state employees, those new to RCRA, and others interested in the Act in seven sections.



  • Biodegradative Strain Database - Searchable online database of microbes that can degrade various compounds.
  • Bioremediation Glossary - Glossary of terms about bioremediation from Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research. (NABIR).
  • Clu In - The Hazardous Waste Clean-up Information Web Site provides information about innovative treatment technologies to the hazardous waste remediation community. It describes programs, organizations, publications and other tools for federal and state personnel, consulting engineers, technology developers and vendors, remediation contractors, researchers, community groups, and individual citizens. The site is managed by EPA's Technology Innovation Office and is intended as a forum for all waste remediation stakeholders.
  • Clu In's Fact Sheets - (EPA's Hazardous Waste Cleanup Information)(>150)
  • EPA REACH IT - (Remediation and Characterization Innovative Technologies) - Internet database to search, view, download and print information about innovative remediation and characterization technologies. Sponsored by EPA's Technology Innovation Office.
  • Dredging Operations and Environmental Research - The Dredging Operations and Environmental Research (DOER) Program supports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Operation and Maintenance Navigation Program. This site has a collection of educational materials including small educational movies on dredging operations.


  • Superfund redevelopment - This EPS web site provides information on returning superfund sites to productive use.
  • Urban Land Institute - The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment.


  • An Integrated Approach for Brownfield Redevelopment: A Priority Setting Tool - A thorough analysis of brownfield issues. Part of the Smartgrowth program with EPA.
  • Brownfields 2001 Conference - This annual meeting will be held September 24 - 26, 2001 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illionois.
  • Brownfields - An EPA website that offers definitions, publications, programs, contacts, laws and regulations.
  • Brownfields - US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) site includes a nice FAQ page, conferences, links to other web sites and a chat room.
  • Brownfields: Redeveloping Environmetally Distressed Properties. (1999). Harold J. Rafson and Robert N. Rafson. McGraw-Hill, . ISBN 0-07-052768-7.
  • Brownfields Center - The Brownfields Center (TBC) is a joint venture of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburg founded on the recognized need to integrate multiple disciplines to realize potential benefits from revitalizing idle industrial sites.
  • Brownfields Center (Carnegie Mellon University) - Provides brownfield case studies, projects and links.
  • Brownfields Development Initiative - Reviews and identifies underutilized federal properties.
  • Brownfield News - Brownfield News is a national magazine with each issue focusing on a city or region to report on their brownfield programs.
  • Brownfields Non-Profit Network - A network of non-profit organizations helping to promote the redevelopment of Brownfield properties throughout the United States. Helps community groups and other organizations to find out more about what they can do with abandoned contaminated sites and where they can get help in their efforts.
  • Brownfields Redevelopment Initiative - A General Services Administration site that reviews and identifies underutilized federal properties.
  • Brownfields Resource Guide - Washington state's effort with links to other useful sites.
  • Building Environmental Education Solutions (BEES) Brownfields - Building Environmental Education Solutions (BEES) offers a variety of brownfield links.
  • EPA Brownfields Program - Provides a variety of links to information about brownfields, other EPA brownfields programs, EPA brownfields projects and initiatives, tools and contacts, and other brownfields related sites and resources.
  • EPA Brownfields Technical Support Center - An EPA site that helps brownfields decision makers become aware of the full range of technologies available for their sites.
  • Great Lakes Regional Online Brownfields Information Network (ROBIN)- ROBIN provides cleanup programs, case studies, technical assistance and finance programs for the great lakes region.
  • Institute for Responsible Management - Their goal is charting and facilitating the Brownfields transformation. This organization supports, works with, and tracks the significance of EPA's Brownfields pilots.
  • Michigan Brownfields - From Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality, the latest on policy, rules, and opportunities.
  • National Brownfields Association - A nonprofit educational organization that provides information to businesses, professionals, and nonprofits about the benefits of developing environmentally impaired properties.
  • Pennsylvania's Land Recycling Program - One state's efforts to return contaminated land to productive land.
  • Phoenix Awards
  • Portland Brownfields Initiative - A site loaded with leads to lots of information on brownfields. Includes " Brownfields for Global Learners," a site that gives a good background on brownfields.
  • Real Estate Development: Principles and Process. (2000). Mike E. Miles, Gayle Berens and Marc A. Weiss. Urban Land Institute. ISBN 0-87420-825-4.
  • Recycling America's Land - U.S. Conference of Mayors web site.
  • Redeveloping Brownfields: Landscape Architects, Site Planners, Developers.(2000). Thomas H. Russ. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-135311-9.
  • Road Map to Understanding Innovative Technology Options for Brownfields Investigation and Cleanup
  • The Brownfields Technology Support Center - Provides technical resources and assistance for Brownfield decision makers.
  • Turning Brownfields Into Greenbacks (1998) Robert A. Simons. Urban Land Institute. ISBN: 0-87420-851-3 A pragmatic guide to redeveloping brownfields, this book offers realistic methods and techniques you can use to turn contaminated land into a profit opportunity. Both developers and public officials will learn which brownfields are good candidates for redevelopment, and what subsidies and other inducements are needed to encourage it.

Land Use and Sustainability


  • Center for Environmental Information and Statistics - The CEIS website links environmental facts from all EPA's databases into a one-stop information source where users apply interactive search tools to pursue national, state, and country-level environmental data.
  • Electronic Green Journal
  • Envirofacts - EPA Web site
  • Maps on Demand - Maps on Demand is an interactive EPA Geographic Information System that can be used to produce personalized maps of areas in the conterminous United States according to user specifications.
  • U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Education - Their mission is to: "advance and support education efforts that develop an environmentally conscious and responsible public and inspire personal responsibility in caring for the environment."
  • U.S. Department of Energy - Because of toxic wastes manufactured during miltray purposes, the U.S. DOE generates a lot of toxic wastes. Because these wastes needed cleaning up, the DOE is responsible for the world's largest environmental cleanup program.


  • EPA's Superfund TimeLine - This detailed, interactive timeline shows the history of the Superfund program. If you click on an event, additional information appears in a small, unobstrusive window.
  • Superfund Innovation Network - A web site designed for state and community policy-makers and administrators involved in Superfund cleanups.

Resources arranged by Organization

Hazardous Substance Research Center Links :: Federal Agencies :: National Organizations :: International Organizations :: Professional Organizations :: Educational Sites :: Search Engines

Hazardous Substance Research Center Links

National Organizations

  • Center for Microbial Ecology - Scientists from many disciplines seeking to understand the roles of microbes in the environment
  • Envirolink - extensive resources and links abut the environment.
  • Environmental Defense - "Environmental Defense is a not-for-profit environmental advocacy group with four main goals: (1) Stabilizing the Earth's climate, (2) Safeguarding the world's oceans, (3) Protecting human health, and (4) Defending and restoring biodiversity." Formerly known as the Environmenatl Defense Fund.
  • EnviroTools - Educational materials for cleaning up hazardous waste sites.
  • Global Network of Environment and Technology (GNET) - Material of interest to the environmental technology community.
  • National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) - NCER is one of the five research organizations that comprise EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). NCER's mission is to support high-quality research by the nation's leading scientists that will improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its goals.
  • National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) - Their goal is to improve the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking.
  • National Resource Defense Council
  • Science Advisory Board (SAB) - SAB, established by Congress provides independent scientific and engineering advice to the EPA Administrator on the technical basis for EPA regulations. SAB deals with risk assessment issues (hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment and risk characterization) and only that portion of risk management that deals strictly with the technical issues associated with various control options.
  • Scorecard - Provides local environmental information on the Internet by typing in a zip code to find out about local pollution.
  • TAB - Technical Assistance for Brownfield Communities
  • TOSC - Technical Outreach Services for Communities facilitates public involvement in environmental remediation
  • The Nature Conservancy - "With more than 1 million members, The Nature Conservancy is the world's leading private conservation group. Over the past half-century, we have helped protect more than 11 million acres of vital habitat in the United States and nearly 60 million acres in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. We currently manage 1,340 preserves, the largest system of private nature sanctuaries in the world."
  • The Training Exchange - Training-Exchange provides a range of training information to EPA, other federal agency, state, tribal, and local staff involved in hazardous waste management and remediation. The site includes training schedules for hundreds of deliveries of more than 65 classes targeted to the needs of Traning Coordinators, On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs), Remedial Project Managers (RPMs), Permit Writers, Corrective Action Managers, Site Assessment Managers (SAMs), Enforcement staff, Community Involvement Coordinators (CICs), State Program Managers.

Federal agencies

International Links

  • ISO - International Organization for Standardization - they created the ISO14000 standards containing technical specifications to be used consistently to address environmental management systems, environmental auditing, environmental labeling, environmental performance evaluation, and life cycle assessment.
  • World Resources Institute - seeks to provide information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems. Their mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment for current and future generations. Their program meets global challenges by using knowledge to catalyze public and private action.

Professional Organizations

Educational Web Sites

  • Earth on Edge - Bill Moyer's web site accompanying PBS television propgram of the same name. Aired 6/19/01.

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