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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links  

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)     http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/
This Department of Health and Human Services site has links to ToxFAQs on each chemical, with molecular models, minimal health risk levels, published papers, public health assessments by regions, news about toxic substances, newsletters, hazardous waste site by state, and other information.  It is an extensive, searchable resource.

California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB)     http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/
This is an enormous site from the California state agency responsible for diverting solid waste from landfills by promoting conservation  and recycling.  Resources include news releases, several hundred publications, proposed and current legislation, local assistance programs, and consumer information.  The Directories/Databases link covers topics ranging from landfill tonnages, recyclers of construction debris, and CalMAX, their material exchange program to the disposal of tires, used oil, household hazardous wastes, appliances, asphalt, compost, and industrial sludge.

EPA Superfund Site     http://www.epa.gov/superfund/
EPA's superfund program was establish to locate, investigate and clean up the worst hazardous waste sites nationwide.  Explore superfund sites and find information about "brownfields," the Emergency Response Program, environmental justice, natural resource damage, oil spills, risk and site assessment, environmental indicators, and superfund cleanup sites status. 

Wastes (EPA Office of Solid Waste)     http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/index.htm
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) governs how wastes are managed. This site contains detailed instructions and regulatory information for all aspects of hazardous waste.  It has a useful A-Z index, a section on "what you can do" and describes programs in your geographical area.

Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN)     http://www.clu-in.org/
The Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN) Web site provides information about innovative treatment and site characterization 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.

Scorecard : The Pollution Information Site     http://www.scorecard.org/
At this site it is possible to find information on toxic sites in your community, as well as information about chemicals and air pollutants, health effects and regulatory controls.

TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network)     http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/
This site from the National Library of Medicine features "a cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas." These include: Hazardous Substances Data Bank, Integrated Risk Information System, Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System, and Peer-Reviewed mutagenicity test data from the EPA. Each database has extensive information on toxic chemicals.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Chemistry of hazardous materials
Call number: Ref TH9446.H38M48 2005

Hazardous chemicals desk reference
Call number: Ref T55.3.H3L49 2008

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Environmental toxicology

Hazardous substances

Hazardous substances--Fire and fire prevention

Hazardous waste sites

Hazardous wastes

Hazardous wastes--United States

Industries--Environmental aspects

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Erin Brockovich
Call number: DVD 0055
Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a momumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin's determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

Global dumping ground
Call number: Video 000591
Moyers interviews various people who are involved with the disposal of toxic waste materials.

Rachel Carson's Silent spring
Call number: Video 000973
Focuses on Rachel Carson's book: Silent spring. Focusing on the chemical poisoning of the environment. This is the story of how one scientist's courage changed the way we think about our world.

Toxic wastes
Call number: DVD 0021 pt.2
Gives a historical and ecological perspective on the vexing toxic waste dilemma. Includes contemporary and archival photographs, art prints, and graphic examples.

Witness to the future
Call number : Video 000369
Discusses how ordinary citizens transform themselves into environmental activists. Covers problems with radioactive gases released from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Hanford, Washington, large doses of pesticide in California's San Joaquin Valley, and particulates from the petrochemical and oil industries in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley".

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 7 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. 
Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  (SUB(hazardous substances))  (from Peer-Reviewed Journals only)
    2.  (SUB(environmental cleanup))  (from Peer-Reviewed Journals only)
    3.  (SUB(environmental cleanup) and SUB(industrial wastes))
    4.  (SUB(environmental cleanup) and SUB(health hazards))
    5.  (SUB(environmental cleanup) and GEO(California))
    6.  (SUB(brownfields) and GEO(California))
    7.  (SUB(hazardous substances or brownfields or health hazards) and GEO(California) and SUB(school buildings))

Researched and evaluated by:
M. Hogarth, Librarian 3/2000
last update: T. Shacklett,
Librarian 5/2010

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