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National Pesticide Information Center, Oregon State University

NPIC provides objective, science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related topics, including: pesticide product information, information on the recognition and management of pesticide poisonings, toxicology and environmental chemistry. Highly trained specialists also provide referrals for the following: investigation of pesticide incidents, emergency treatment information, safety information, health and environmental effects, and clean-up and disposal procedures. NPIC has a toll-free telephone service available to anyone in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands including the general public, the hearing impaired, and medical, veterinary, and other health care professionals. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 3:30 p.m. PST. Voicemail and email are available for after hour inquiries. We have Spanish speaking specialists to assist with pesticide questions and provide service in over 170 different languagesincluding Mandarin, French and German. Pesticide information is also available by visiting our new, user-friendly website at http://npic.orst.edu. Both our full-color English and Spanish brochures are available online. Other outreach materials are available upon request. NPIC is a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Review Date: June 15, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS

The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. To have the greatestimpact on preventing disease and improving human health, the NIEHS focuses on basic science, disease-oriented research, global environmental health, and multidisciplinary training for researchers. The NIEHS achieves its mission through: Extramural research and training, funded by grants and contracts, to scientists, environmental health professionals, and other groups worldwide, Intramural research conducted by scientists at the NIEHS facility and in partnership with scientists at universities and hospitals, Toxicological testing and test validation by the National Toxicology Program, and Outreach and communications programs that provide reliable health information to the public and scientific resources to researchers.

Review Date: July 12, 2011

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Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, plays an important role in protecting public health and the environment from potential risk from toxic chemicals for now and for generations to come. We promote pollution prevention and the public’s right to know about chemical risks. We evaluate pesticides and chemicals to safeguard all Americans, including children and other vulnerable members of the population, as well as our most threatened species and ecosystems from environmental harm. Dealing with emerging issues like endocrine disruptors and lead poisoning prevention are top priorities. The Office promotes the use of safer chemicals, processes, and technologies; promotes life-cycle management of environmental problems such as asbestos; advances pollution prevention through voluntary action by industry; and promotes the public’s right to know. The Office of Pesticide Programs regulates the use of all pesticides in the United States and establishes maximum levels for pesticide residues in food, thereby safeguarding the nation’s food supply. One non-regulatory effort underway is the Pesticides Environmental Stewardship Program, a voluntary private and public partnership dedicated to reducing pesticide use and risk.

Review Date: April 04, 2011

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Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA's goal is to provide an environment where all people enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work. EPA's environmental justice mandate extends to all of the Agency's work, including setting standards, permitting facilities, awarding grants, issuing licenses and regulations and reviewing proposed actions by the federal agencies. EPA works with all stakeholders to constructively and collaboratively address environmental and public health issues and concerns. The Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) coordinates the Agency's efforts to integrate environmental justice into all policies, programs, and activities. The Office also provides information, technical and financial resources to assist and enable the Agency to meet its environmental justice goals and objectives.

Review Date: December 15, 2011

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Office of Pesticide Programs, OCSPP, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is to protect public health and the environment from the risks posed by pesticides and to promote safer means of pest control.

Review Date: April 04, 2011

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Environmental Defense

Environmental Defense (ED), formerly known as the Environmental Defense Fund, was established in 1967 and consists of teams of scientists, economists, and lawyers working together to search for and promote economically and environmentally sound alternatives to destructive practices with respect to energy, toxic substances, wildlife, and water resources. These goals are pursued through scientific and technical analyses, political and legal action, intervention in administrative procedures and hearings, and public education programs. The Toxic Chemicals Program of ED focuses on integrated waste management, hazardous waste site cleanups, drinking water safety, dioxin, lead, PCBS (polychlorinated biphenyls), consumer product safety, pesticides, and regulation of toxic substances. Public education efforts include press, radio, and television interviews and publication of informational brochures.

Review Date: January 06, 2012

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International Food Information Council Foundation

The International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) is a non-profit, educational organization designed to be a force that helps the media, educators, health professionals and scientists effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good. The IFIC foundation is the educational arm of IFIC. IFIC is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries.

Review Date: August 27, 2008

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Rachel Carson Council, Inc.

The Rachel Carson Council, Inc., founded in 1965, is an independent, nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to protecting the environment against toxic and chemical threats, particularly those of pesticides. It maintains a library and extensive subject files as a basis for evaluating issues and responding to requests for information. It acts as a resource base for many other groups' programs, and provides detailed data for lay and professional audiences. The Council also provides information on Rachel Carson.

Review Date: February 11, 2009

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Water Quality Association

The Water Quality Association (WQA), an association for the point-of-use water treatment industry, promotes the advancement of the industry. The WQA holds meetings to facilitate the exchange of information, offers training programs, develops voluntary product standards, administers product and dealer certification programs, conducts research, publishes water treatment information, provides technical assistance to government and other organizations, and conducts symposia and seminars. Other services include conventions, trade shows, public relations, promotional aids, government relations, an information center, and a charge card servicing package.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

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