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#17 - EPA Now Will Give Citizens Data On Toxics At Abandoned Sites, 22-Mar-1987

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will now give
citizens data collected at sites being considered for inclusion on the
Superfund list. This represents a useful new resource for citizen. The
data can include the identity, quantity, physical state, concentration,
and method of containment of hazardous substances at a site, plus an
assessment of their effects on groundwater, surface water, drinking
water, food chain, soil, and air near the site.

When the EPA initially considers a site, they produce two documents: a
preliminary assessment (PA) and a site inspection (SI). Now EPA will
release both PAs and SIs to the public. In addition, if the agency has
any additional information about toxics at a site, they will make that
information available as well, including any laboratory test results.

When you ask the EPA for information on a site (or sites), cast your
net broadly: ask to have ALL the information the agency has collected
about your site.

So you can target your information request to the right person, here
are specific EPA contacts for each region:

Region I: Susan Svirskey, EPA, Kennedy Federal Building, Boston, MA
02203; phone: (617) 565-3661;

Region II: Ben Conetta, EPA, 26 Federal Plaza, NY, NY 10278; phone:
(212) 264-6324;

Region III: Connie Carr, EPA, 841 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107;
phone: (215) 597-4966;

Region IV: Richard Ferrazzuolo, EPA, 345 Courtland St., NE, Atlanta, GA
30365; phone: (404) 347-2234;

Region V: Jeanne Griffin, EPA, 230 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60604;
phone: (312) 886-3007;

Region VI: Barry Nach, EPA, First International Building, 1201 Elm St.,
Dallas, TX 75270; phone: (214) 767-4075;

Region VII: Shelly Brodie, EPA, 726 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS
66101; phone: (913) 236-2856;

Region VIII: Dave Shaller, EPA, One Denver Pl., 18th St., Denver, CO
80202; (303) 293-1537;

Region IX: Holly Haddock, EPA, 215 Fremont St., San Francisco, CA
94105; phone: (415) 974-7931;

Region X: Debbie Flood, EPA, 1200 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101; phone:
(206) 442-2722.

For more information about the program, contact Trudi Fancher,
Hazardous Site Division, Office of Emergency and Remedial Response,
EPA, 401 M St., SW, Washington, DC 20460; (800) 424-9346. This EPA
information program was announced in the FEDERAL REGISTER February 25,
1987, pg. 5578.

--Peter Montague

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OSHA COMPUTER CONTAINS WEALTH OF DATA ON JOB SAFETY, HEALTH

Here is an important resource you should know about on worker safety
and health. It is a computer maintained by the U.S. Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA). So far, it is NOT available to the
general public, but we believe that you should know about its existence
anyway. Who knows? Maybe you'll find a sympathetic person in your state
OSHA program who will gain access to the system on your behalf,
unbeknownst to higher authorities. The system is called OCIS and it
contains a wealth of useful data; in future, it will become even more
valuable.

The OSHA Computerized Information System (OCIS) is designed to aid
federal OSHA, State OSHA Program, and OSHA Area Office staff in
responding to employers' and employees' occupational safety and health
problems by giving quick access to many files of information.

The system is currently accessible from OSHA and State Program offices
only.

Current OCIS files include: Chemical Information File; Standards
Interpretations File; SIC I.H. File; Hazard Abatement File; Safety
Science Abstracts; Regional Libraries File; Hazard Waste Site File;
FEDERAL REGISTER Reference File; Methods File; and Memorandums of
Understanding/Speeches. To be added in 1986 are: Fatalities/Catastrophe
File; Training Materials File; 5(a)(1) Citation File; Material Safety
Data Sheets File; SLCAL Laboratory Sampling Results File; and Computers
Questions and Answers Bulletin Board.

Questions and comments about OCIS can be directed to the OCIS Help Desk
at (801) 524-5366 or 524-5896, or to FTS (federal telephone system) 588-
5366 or 588-5896.

--Peter Montague

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LATEST TOXICOLOGY INFORMATION AVAILABLE BY HOME COMPUTER

The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology Data Network
(TOXNET) is a computerized system of toxicologically oriented data
banks, offering a sophisticated search and retrieval package which
permits efficient access to information on known chemicals and
identifies unknown chemicals based on their characteristics. TOXNET
files include: Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), Toxicology Data
Bank (TDB), and Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System
(CCRIS). Registered NLM users can access TOXNET by direct dial or
through TELENET or TYMNET telecommunications networks. Average search
charges (per hour) are $75.00 for prime time. For detailed information
on TOXNET contact: National Library of Medicine, Specialized
Information Services, Biomedical Files Implementation Branch, 8600
Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894. (301) 496-6531 or 496-1131.

--Peter Montague

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