RACHEL'S HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT WEEKLY
Environmental Research Foundation
P.O. Box 5036
Annapolis, MD 21403
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
436 14th Street, Suite 1205
Oakland, CA, 94129-2723
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.
PO Box 355
Amherst, MA, 01004
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
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.
120 Wall St., 16th Floor
New York, NY 10005-4001
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
Wildlife and Contaminants Program
World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th St. NW.
Washington, DC 20037
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
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
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
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: 1-800-426-4791www.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
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
Through its Dioxin-free Purchasing Campaign, you can get information about polyvinyl chlorides (PVCs) and alternatives to dioxin.
1436 U Street
Washington, DC 20009
Distributes fact sheets about chlorine, PVCs, and dioxins.
BIO-INTEGRAL RESOURCE CENTER
PO Box 7414
Berkeley, CA 94704
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
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 95617ww.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
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
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.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
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.