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
Text-only version for printing
Web Site Links
Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
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.
Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB)
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'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)
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.
Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN)
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
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)
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.
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:
Hazardous substances--Fire and fire prevention
Hazardous waste sites
Hazardous wastes--United States
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo
The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library,
to be viewed in the Library.
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
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 or DVD 0163
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.
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. Please note: you must be a Rio Hondo College
student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.
The sample searches
and articles below are from the
ProQuest database. If you are viewing this
subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the
links below. To gain access if you are at home or off-campus,
first click here:
https://rioweb.riohondo.edu/library/. Input your student
ID number and password [your birthdate]. You will see a list
of all the online databases to which you have access. Click on ProQuest and enter the database. You may conduct your own
searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and
click on any of the links below:
(SUB(hazardous substances)) (from Peer-Reviewed Journals
(SUB(environmental cleanup)) (from Peer-Reviewed Journals
(SUB(environmental cleanup) and SUB(industrial wastes))
(SUB(environmental cleanup) and SUB(health hazards))
(SUB(environmental cleanup) and GEO(California))
(SUB(brownfields) and GEO(California))
(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