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Mr. ED's (Endocrine Disrupter) Resource Guide

RACHEL'S HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT WEEKLY

Environmental Research Foundation

P.O. Box 5036

Annapolis, MD 21403

Fax: 410-263-8944;

E-mail: erf@rachel.org

www.rachel.org

 

 

One of the best sources for updates about the dangers of toxic and endocrine disrupting chemicals. Editor Peter Montague (see his article on page 19) has been a persistent watchdog of the chemical industry for years, arguing strongly for phasing out the industrial use of many chemicals.

 

RACE, POVERTY, & THE ENVIRONMENT

Urban Habitat

436 14th Street, Suite 1205

Oakland, CA, 94129-2723

510-839-9610

E-mail: info@urbanhabitat.org

http://urbanhabitat.org/uh/newfront

 

 

A journal published by the Urban Habitat and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, RPE is dedicated to exploring the environmental issues facing people of color and low-income families. Past issues of this excellent publication have focused on multicultural environmental education, pesticides, immigration, and other themes.


 

LOKA INSTITUTE

PO Box 355

Amherst, MA, 01004

413-559-5860

Fax: 413-559-5811

E-mail: loka@amherst.edu

http://www.loka.org/

 

 

Currently compiling a "tool kit" of resources - including a searchable Internet database and an 800 information number - to support the creation of community research centers in the US as well as a transnational Community Research Network (see page 20).

 

WASHINGTON TOXICS COALITION

4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Suite 540 East

Seattle, WA 98103

206-632-1545; 1-800-844-SAFE;

E-mail: info@watoxics.org

www.watoxics.org/

 

 

Information clearinghouse and referral center dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by identifying and promoting alternatives to toxic chemicals. Publishes numerous fact sheets and booklets on household and industrial toxics, pesticides, and endocrine disruptors.

INFORM

120 Wall St., 16th Floor

New York, NY 10005-4001

212-361-2400

E-mail: Inform@igc.apc.org

www.informinc.org

 

 

Works with individuals, grassroots organizations, and corporations on strategies for a better environment. Publishes such useful books as:

 

PREVENTING INDUSTRIAL TOXIC HAZARDS: A GUIDE FOR COMMUNITIES - Provides strategies for community and industry dialogue on toxic hazards.

 

TACKLING TOXICS IN EVERYDAY PRODUCTS - Lists 250 organizations working on problems caused by the use and disposal of toxic consumer and building products.

 

TRACKING TOXIC CHEMICALS: THE VALUE OF MATERIALS ACCOUNTING DATA - Shows businesses how to use materials accounting data to benefit both industry and the community.


 

WORLD WILDLIFE FUND

90 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 504,

Toronto, Ontario M4P 2Z7

416-489-8800

Fax: 416-489-3611

E-mail: panda@wwf.canada.org;

http://www.worldwildlife.org/

 

or

Wildlife and Contaminants Program

World Wildlife Fund

1250 24th St. NW.

Washington, DC 20037

202-293-4800

www.worldwildlife.org/toxics/

 

Provides resources on endocrine disruptors, including Hormone Copycats -- a 24-minute film featuring WWF Senior Scientist Dr. Theo Colburn (see Toxic Legacy) -- which discusses studies of hormone-related problems in North American Great Lakes' wildlife and in Florida alligators.

 

THE CENTER for HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT, and JUSTICE

PO Box 6806

Falls Church, VA 22040

703-237-2249

http://www.chej.org/

 

Founded by Lois Gibbs of Love Canal fame, CHEJ assists families and communities facing hazardous facilities and toxic waste.

 

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH STRATEGIES

1100 Rural Ave.

Voorhees, N.J. 08403

609/429-5358

www.ncehs.org/

 

 

Provides services and educational materials for those injured by chemical and environmental exposures.


PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK (PAN)

116 New Montgomery St., #810

San Francisco, CA 94105

415-541-9140

E-mail: panna@panna.org

www.panna.org/panna/

 

 

PAN advocates sustainable alternatives to pesticides.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTER

 

EPA Pesticide Hotline: 1-800-858-7378

Indoor Air Quality Information Line: 1-800-438-4318

Radon Hotline: 1-800-SOS-RADON

Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791

www.epa.gov/

 

 

Various hotlines offer information for concerned consumers on the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides, strategies for improving water and indoor air quality, and information on detecting radon in your home.

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION

MASTER HOME ENVIRONMENTALIST PROGRAM

2625 Third Ave.

Seattle, WA 98121-1200

1-800-732-9339;

Fax: 206-441-3277

www.alaw.org

 

 

The Master Home Environmentalist Program sends volunteers into local homes to help homeowners reduce exposure to toxicity. Plans call for expanding this program beyond Seattle (see Safer Homes and Gardens) to other regions in the nation.


 

RALPH NADER'S GOVERNMENT PURCHASING PROJECT

PO Box 19367

Washington, DC 20036

202-387-8030

E-mail: todd@gpp.org

http://www.gpp.org/

 

Through its Dioxin-free Purchasing Campaign, you can get information about polyvinyl chlorides (PVCs) and alternatives to dioxin.

GREENPEACE

1436 U Street

Washington, DC 20009

202-319-2444

www.greenpeace.org

 

Distributes fact sheets about chlorine, PVCs, and dioxins.

BIO-INTEGRAL RESOURCE CENTER

PO Box 7414

Berkeley, CA 94704

510-524-2567

E-mail: birc@igc.org;

www.birc.org/

 

 

Publishes a journal for homeowners and one for professionals on pest control alternatives. Provides an integrated pest management hotline for subscribers. Other publications also available.

FOOD & WATER

389 Route 215

Walden, VT 05873

1-800-EAT-SAFE

www.foodandwater.org/

 

 

Non-profit group dedicated to clean food and water resources. Publishes a quarterly journal and offers a resource guide and educational materials.

COMMUNITY ALLIANCE WITH FAMILY FARMERS (CAFF)

PO Box 363

Davis, CA 95617

ww.caff.org/

 

 

CAFF fosters a network of family-scale sustainable farms, both rural and urban. Publishes The National Organics Directory.

 

HOME SAFE HOME

by Debra Lynn Dadd

Tarcher/Putnam, 1997

New York, NY

430 pages; $18.95 paperback

 

The ultimate reference for detoxifying the house. Alternatives for practically every household toxic exposure are explained in detail, and they are often beautifully simple things to do. An appendix lists "Harmful Effects of Common Substances." The resource guide includes federal and private agencies and mail-order sources for alternative household products.

OUR STOLEN FUTURE

by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers

Penguin Books, 1996

New York, NY

316 pages; $13.95 paperback

 

 

The authoritative work on endocrine disruptors (see Toxic Legacy). The book's Web site includes new science and commentary on endocrine disruptors, plus a revealing sample of hostile reviews, many of which give the chemical industry's perspective.

RESOURCE GUIDE ON CHILDREN'S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Children's Environmental Health Network, 1997

5900 Hollis St., Suite E

Emeryville, CA 94608

510-450-3818, ext. 169

E-mail: cehn@aimnet.com

 

The guide has listings for federal, state, and private organizations that investigate the links between children's health and the environment.

THE NATURAL HOUSE CATALOG

by David Pearson

Fireside Books/Simon & Schuster, 1996

New York, NY

287 pages; $23 paperback

 

For people who wish to build an environmentally sustainable home or renovate their existing homes into a more natural, less toxic living environment.

TOXIC STRUGGLES: THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

edited by Richard Hofrichter

New Society Publishers, 1993

PO Box 189

Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0

260 pages; US $16.95 paperback

 

Documents the fast-growing environmental justice movement led by the people who suffer most from corporate polluters - people of color, women, and low-income, working class populations. Essays by Winona LaDuke, Cesar Chavez, and others address environmental racism, eco-feminism, and occupational health and safety.

UNEQUAL PROTECTION: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

edited by Dr. Robert D. Bullard

Sierra Club Books, 1994

100 Bush St.. 13th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94104

392 pages; $16.00 paperback

 

A landmark work documenting environmental racism and the emergence of the environmental justice movement. Includes essays on "Cancer Alley," a string of predominantly African-American communities along the Mississippi suffering from toxic pollution; the targeting of Native American reservations for toxic waste dumps and nuclear testing; the Mothers of East Los Angeles (See Mothers for Eco-Justice); and the 1991 People of Color Environmental Summit.

HORMONE IMPOSTERS

Bullfrog Films

PO Box 149

Oley, PA 19547

1-800-543-3764

E-mail: bullfrog@igc.org

47 minutes

 

An excellent, easy-to-understand video overview of the warning signs, studies, and science that led to the discovery of the repercussions of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Links endocrine disruptors to aberrant behavior and development in roseate terns, stunted sexual growth in alligators, and learning disabilities and other health problems in children.


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