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Environmental Justice

401 East State Street
7th floor East Wing
Mail Code: 402
Trenton, NJ 08625
PH: (609) 633-0747
FX: (609) 984-3962

Below are a variety of resources that provide environmental and technical information and/or assistance.

Resources Index
State of New Jersey Other Reports, News Information, Publications
Smart Growth & Environmental Justice Grants and Funding Opportunities
USEPA Health Information & Reports
New Jersey Environmental Organizations Learning Opportunities & Internship Opportunities
Other Organizations Learn more about Environmental Justice
Environmental Online Data & Mapping tools Environmental Law Information
Towards Cumulative Risk Assessment Public Involvement Tools
DEP Reports and Publications    

von neida park photoState of New Jersey Environmental Resources
With 566 municipalities, New Jersey is the most densely-populated state in the United States. From the beaches of Atlantic City to the views from Liberty State Park, New Jersey offers an array of natural resources. For more information about New Jersey State environmental resources go to:

Department of Environmental Protection - Open Public Records Act
Access DEP’s Online Reports using INFOVIEW. Before making an OPRA request, search a comprehensive listing of dynamic, up-to-date environmental data, including Air Quality Permitting and Reporting, Compliance and Enforcements Actions, Inspections and Violations, Complaints and Incident Reports and Pesticides reports.

New Jersey Department of Health - Right to Know Program
The New Jersey Worker and Community Right to Know Act, which became law in 1983, requires public and private employers to provide information about hazardous substances at their workplaces. The program gives employees information about what hazardous substances are located at their workplace and how to work with these hazardous substances safely; helps emergency response personnel to adequately plan for and respond to hazardous substance incidents such as fires, explosions or spills; and provides data for monitoring and tracking hazardous substances in the workplace and the environment.

New Jersey Clean Communities Council
New Jersey Clean Communities is a grassroots, community-driven effort to keep the garden state clean. In July 2003 municipalities across the state received a share of some $9.5 million to implement litter abatement programs. Local and county officials and clean community coordinators will be implementing programs to make beautify communities.

Department of Transportation - Community Programs
Working with local people and addressing sensitive environmental and social issues early in the development of transportation improvements is the centerpiece of NJDOT's Context Sensitive Design process. DOT’s Community Programs include Public Meetings, Adopt-A-Highway, Local Aid and Economic Development, Transit Village Initiatives, Workforce.

Department of Transportation’s - Our Projects and the Environment
Transportation initiatives often impact on the environment. To complete transportation projects, New Jersey Department of Transportation must often obtain various federal, state and regional permits.


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Smart Growth & Environmental Justice

New Jersey Smart Growth Implementation:

State Planning Commission

Plan Endorsement
Plan Endorsement encourages municipalities to engage in cooperative regional planning. It ensures that municipal, county, regional and State Agency plans are consistent with the State Development and Redevelopment Plan and with each other. An endorsed plan entitles municipalities and counties to a higher priority for available funding, streamlined permit reviews, and coordinated state agency services. Priority is given to county and regional strategic plans.

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Towards Cumulative Risk Assessment

EPA Cumulative Risk Assessment Information

Risk World
A listing of databases regarding risk assessment, analysis, and management

A List of Risk Assessment Values References (Scorecard)

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United States Environmental Protection Agency

USEPA - Office of Environmental Justice
The Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) provides a central point for the Agency to address environmental and human health concerns in minority communities and/or low-income communities--a segment of the population which has been disproportionately exposed to environmental harms and risks. OEJ works to address this issue through a number of initiatives that emphasize building both external and internal networks. OEJ works within EPA to ensure that the Agency considers environmental justice issues by working with individual program offices and with the regions. This website that offers access to federal environmental justice information, including grants, community intern program, interagency working group, national environmental justice advisory council (NEJAC).

EPA Regional Environmental Justice Offices

EPA Region 1
Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont & 10 Tribal Nations
EPA Region 6
Serving Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and 66 Tribes
EPA Region 2
Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and 7 Tribal Nations
EPA Region 7
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and 9 Tribal Nations
EPA Region 3
Serving Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia
EPA Region 8
Serving Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 Tribal Nations
EPA Region 4
Serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee EPA
Region 9
Serving Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and over 140 Tribal Nations
EPA Region 5
Serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 Tribes
EPA Region 10
Serving the people of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Native Tribes

Find an EPA Regional Environmental Justice Contact

EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA)

EPA Community Intern Program
More than 1,900 students from all parts of the U.S., from varied ethnic backgrounds, and all academic levels (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) have participated in the EPA Community Intern Program and trained on challenging science, engineering, management, education and policy-related projects. Several of these students come from historically black colleges, Hispanic serving institutions, Asian serving institutions, and tribal colleges.

EPA Listserves
This site offers a list of e-mail listserves regarding various areas of environmental concern.

EPA Resources for Businesses and Non-Profits

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New Jersey Environmental Organizations

The New Jersey Environmental Federation (NJEF)
The New Jersey Environmental Federation (NJEF or Federation) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization fighting to protect natural resources and clean up pollution in New Jersey. With 70,000 individual membes and 100 member groups, NJEF is the New Jersey chapter of Clean Water Action, a 30 year old national organization based in Washington, DC, and dedicated to organizing citizen efforts to protect the environment.

New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG)
New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) is one of the state's leading public interest advocacy organization with 20,000 members. The organization provides reports, facts sheets, press releases and other advocacy tools to explore environmental issues in New Jersey.

New Jersey Work Environment Council
The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) advocates for safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. To achieve these goals, WEC is organizing an alliance of working people, unions, environmental and community organizations. WEC provides technical assistance and training. WEC also supports and conducts grassroots organizing and political action campaigns.

Partners for Environmental Quality (PEQ)
Partners for Environmental Quality (PEQ) is an interfaith environmental coalition which seeks to educate, advocate and mobilize the New Jersey faith community on behalf of environmental stewardship and justice. Founded following the 1992 UN Earth Summit and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with an interfaith board, PEQ helps congregations address issues of environmental stewardship and justice in their worship, education, outreach and facilities management. PEQ is the oldest statewide interfaith environmental coalition in the US.

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Other Organizations

Children’s Environmental Health Network
The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national, multi-disciplinary organization, whose mission is to protect the fetus and child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment.

New Jersey Sierra Club
With about 20,000 members, the New Jersey Chapter is the 10th largest of the 65 chapters in the USA, Canada and Mexico. We have two full-time professional staff in our Trenton office, and ten Local Groups which hold monthly meetings in various locations throughout the State.
The Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization, which seeks to influence public policy in both Washington and the state capitals through public education and grass-roots political action.

Our members and professional staff engage in (1) Lobbying - for and against legislation at federal, state and local levels; (2) Outings for the appreciation of wilderness - locally, nationally and internationally, on foot, by canoe, on skis, by bicycle, etc., (3) Campaign support for legislative candidates pledged to defend our interests, (4) Social interaction at monthly, local Group meetings, and (5) Lawsuits, where necessary.

Read more: The Sierra Club Policy on Environmental Justice

EnviroLink is a non-profit organization is a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries. EnviroLink provides comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news to promote a sustainable society by connecting individuals and organizations through communications technologies. We recognize that our technologies are just tools, and that the solutions to our ecological challenges lie within our communities and their connection to the Earth itself.

Environmental Defense
Environmental Defense is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 300,000 members. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems.
A generation ago, Environmental Defense helped launch the modern environmental movement by winning a ban on the pesticide DDT, thus showing how a handful of individuals can use science and the law to bring about national reform. Since then, we have grown into one of America's most influential environmental advocacy groups, with more Ph.D. scientists and economists on staff than at any other such organization.

National Hispanic Environmental Council
The National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC) is a national, non-profit, membership-based organization founded in 1995. NHEC seeks to educate, unite, and engage our community on environmental and sustainable development issues; encourage Hispanics to actively work to preserve and protect our environment; provide a national voice for Hispanics before federal, state, and non-profit environmental decision-makers; and actively assist Hispanics to pursue the many career, business, educational, and policy opportunities in the environment and natural resources field. We develop programs—in partnership with the environmental movement—that accomplish this mission, and furthers our guiding credo: “because it’s our environment too.”

StEPP Foundation
StEPP Foundation provides services to help states identify energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects. StEPP helps review and recommend appropriate projects and contracting for project implementation. StEPP also escrows the funds allocated to that project, provides project oversight, and assesses and reports measurable project outcomes.

The process is designed to be a one stop shop for government entities, foundations, corporations and non profit organizations looking for viable environmental projects to fund. StEPP operates a national database of environmental projects ideas, the StEPP Project Pipeline, which can assist states with the selection of prescreened novel projects that can maximize the environmental benefits of activities including those conducted as part of a negotiated regulatory settlement.

For more information on the StEPP Foundation, call: 303-277-0932 or e-mail:

National Brownfield Association

The National Brownfield Association, established in June,1999, is a 50l (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to stimulating responsible redevelopment of brownfields by providing information resources, educational programs and a forum for members to exchange ideas. We are the only national association dedicated to supporting brownfield professionals. We are the "go to" source for information on the brownfield market. Our strength is our diverse membership, which comes from both the public and private sectors.

Pew Charitable Trusts-Ocoeans
On June 5, 2003, in a report, urged Bush Administration to consolidate government agencies to provide a central means of regulating ocean protection and administering laws. Maritime harms include coastal building, polluted runoff and destructive fishing practices. The commission interviewed coastal community dwellers for two years and recommends the creation of “regional ecosystem councils”. These councils would be able to create enforceable environmental protection plans tailored to individual communities.

Northeast States Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
NESCAUM is an interstate association of air quality control divisions in the Northeast states. The eight member states are comprised of the six New England States, as well as New York and New Jersey.

NESCAUM's purpose is to exchange technical information, and to promote cooperation and coordination of technical and policy issues regarding air quality control among the member states. To accomplish this, NESCAUM sponsors air quality training programs, participates in national debates, assists in exchange of information, and promotes research initiatives.

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Environmental Online Data & Mapping Tools

DEP’s NJGeoWeb
NJGeoWeb an online, interactive mapping tool that provides neighborhood-, county- and state-level environmental information. With this unique application, homeowners can find out what’s in their backyard; and environmental organizations, planners, and builders can identify open space, various regulatory boundaries, sensitive lands, watersheds, and much, much more.
NJGeoWeb enables users to view and perform basic Geographic Information System (GIS) analyses on regulated sites in New Jersey from data residing in NJDEP's New Jersey Environmental Management System (NJEMS).

GoodGuide Scorecard
A source for free and easily accessible local environmental information. Simply type in a zip code to learn about environmental issues in your community. Scorecard ranks and compares the pollution situation in areas across the US. Scorecard also profiles 6,800 chemicals, making it easy to find out where they are used and how hazardous they are. Using authoritative scientific and government data, Scorecard provides the most up-to-date and extensive collection of environmental information available online. Information is power - once you learn about an environmental problem, Scorecard encourages and enables you to take action - you can fax a polluting company, contact your elected representatives, or volunteer with environmental organizations working in your community.

EPA: EnviroMapper
With EnviroMapper, environmental justice advocates can access a wealth of environmental information with the click of a button. EnviroMapper can map various types of environmental information, including air releases, drinking water, toxic releases, hazardous wastes, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites. Select a geographic area within EnviroMapper and view the different facilities that are present within that area. Create maps at the national, state, and county levels, and link them to environmental text reports. You can even insert dynamically created maps in your own webpages.

EPA: Facility Compliance Records Online
Through the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) system residents and businesses can access facility compliance history online.

National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment
The National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment, which is based on 1996 emissions data, produced results that are useful in understanding the quality of air and its possible effect on human health nationwide. The assessment looked at 33 air pollutants (a subset of 32 air toxics from the Clean Air Act's list of 188 air toxics plus diesel particulate matter). Specifically, it consisted of 4 steps that produced nationwide estimates.

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DEP Reports and Publications

NJDEP Bulletin
The DEP Bulletin is published on a semi-monthly basis by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and contains a list of construction permit applications recently filed or acted upon by the DEP. Interested persons can determine the status of: Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) permits, Federal Consistency Activity permits, Freshwater Wetlands Individual and Statewide General permits, Open Water Fill permits, Solid Waste Facility (SWF) permits, Stream Encroachment (SE) permits, Tidal Wetland permits, Waterfront Development permits, Treatment Works Approvals (TWAs) and New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) permits.

NJDEP Release and Pollution Prevention Report (RPPR)
You must log-in to DEP’s Open Public Records Act website to access this report. Be sure to following the instructions provided.
The New Jersey Release and Pollution Prevention Report (RPPR) is used by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to collect information on chemical throughput, multi-media environmental releases, on-site waste management activities, off-site transfers, and pollution prevention activities. The report is required of all facilities that are subject to submission of the federal Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (TRI) reports, known as Form R. The completed report is due to the DEP by July 1 of the year following the reporting year. There are approximately 550 facilities that are currently subject to this reporting requirement.

NJDEP Fish Consumption Advisories
Since 1982, when research began to show elevated levels of potentially harmful contaminants in certain fish and crabs in some New Jersey waters, advisories were adopted to guide citizens on safe consumption practices.

Since certain fish may contain toxic chemicals, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the water they live in and the food they eat, PCBs build up in the fish and those who consume them. This website offers a few precautions in consuming fish, particularly for those who eat fish often.

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Other Reports, News Information, Publications

NJDEP News Releases
Find out what’s new at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

National Academy of Public Administration
Addressing Community Concerns: How Environmental Justice Relates to Land Use Planning and Zoning (July 2003)

Addressing Community Concerns: How Environmental Justice Relates to Land Use Planning and Zoning is the Panel's third report on environmental justice. It focuses on low-income and people-of-color communities because it is generally recognized that their residents are exposed to significantly greater environmental and public health hazards. The study examines the relationship of planning and zoning decisions in five localities across the nation where residents have raised environmental justice concerns: Huntington Park, California; Austin, Texas; Chester, Pennsylvania; Altgeld Gardens in Chicago, Illinois; and St. James Parish, Louisiana.

Environmental Justice & Transportation: A Citizen’s Handbook
Published by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Berkeley
Under federal guidelines, environmental justice issues must considered for projects and opportunities that receive federal funding.

The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Berkeley recently published “Environmental Justice & Transportation: A Citizen’s Handbook,” which outlines considerations for community members involved in transportation decision making at all levels of government. This handbook also offers a brief legal history of Environment Justice and information on the process of transportation planning.

EPA Urban Environment Program Report- Agents of Change: Making the Vision A Reality
In urban areas throughout New England, residents are exposed to a multitude of environmental and public health hazards, ranging from lead paint poisoning to rats on vacant lots to asthma due to poor indoor air quality. Cumulatively, the effects of these hazards on urban residents and high risk populations such as children and the elderly are compounded by issues including environmental injustice, economic development, and social ills. Consequently, urban residents are subject to disproportionate health risks due to stress on the quality of the air, water, and land.

This report is a detailed five year report on the UEP program. It includes photos and narrative documenting the UEP History and Overview of Program Elements, UEP Community Development Pyramid, Measurable Results, Case Studies, and Lessons Learned from community-based projects and efforts inBoston, Providence, and Hartford from 1995-2000.

The Jersey Sierran

The Jersey Sierran is mailed to all Sierra Club members in New Jersey. Currently there are approximately 22,000 members. In addition, copies are mailed to individuals in the broadcast and the print media, as well as to the other environmental groups. Copies are also often distributed free at shops that sell camping gear and handed out at tables set up at major "events" such as Earth Day Festivals and regional festivals. Since the Sierran contains an extensive list of outings, ads are likely to be examined by most serious outdoor enthusiasts in NJ.

NJPIRG News Room
Find information on NJPIRG’s most recent press releases and publications.

Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place (pdf) Published by the USEPA.

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

DEP’s Information Resource Center- Federal Grants Assistance Information
This web page provides links to several US government agencies that provide assistance for basic science research in the environmental sciences. Under each listed department, you will find links to information about grant announcements, programs, rules and regulations, writing guides, and application forms. For more information about agencies not listed on this web page, consult The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, a database of all available federal assistance programs.

EPA Environmental Education Grants
The Grant Program sponsored by EPA's Office of Environmental Education supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. Environmental Justice is one of the major priority categories, and focuses on educating low-income and culturally diverse populations. Since 1992, EPA has received between $2 and $3 million in grant funding per year and has awarded over 2,500 grants. Descriptions of those grants are available online at this site.

Grants of $25,000 or less in federal funds are awarded in EPA's ten regional offices, and grants over $25,000 are awarded at EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Proposals are generally due at the beginning of January.

The Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program
The Alston/Bannerman Program recognizes that working for social change usually means long hours at low pay, with few tangible rewards and few escapes from the day-to-day pressures. Without time to stop and reflect, the pressures can prove overwhelming, but without resources, it is impossible to take the time. Therefore, the Fellowship Program gives long-time activists of color the financial support and freedom to take a break and recharge. Each year, 10 organizers of color are awarded the Alston/Bannerman Fellowship. They receive $15,000 to take sabbaticals of three months or more. The deadline to apply for the 2003 Fellowships is December 1, 2003.

Download the application online, at:

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Health Information and Reports

New Jersey Department of Health - Right to Know Program
The New Jersey Worker and Community Right to Know Act, which became law in 1983, requires public and private employers to provide information about hazardous substances at their workplaces. The program gives employees information about what hazardous substances are located at their workplace and how to work with these hazardous substances safely; helps emergency response personnel to adequately plan for and respond to hazardous substance incidents such as fires, explosions or spills; and provides data for monitoring and tracking hazardous substances in the workplace and the environment.

New Jersey Asthma Program (NJDOH)

New Jersey childhood lead data for municipalities with populations greater than 35,000 (NJDOH) (pdf)

CDC National Program of Cancer Registries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a state-specific cancer database that provides statistics on age-adjusted mortality rates and number of new cases for lung, colorectaol, breast and prostate cancers.

National Center for Environmental Health
As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Environmental Health, conducts research in the laboratory and in the field to investigate the effects of the environment on health. The Center tracks and evaluates environment-related health problems; aids domestic and international agencies and organizations in preparing for and responding to natural, technologic, humanitarian, and terrorism-related environmental emergencies; works with partners to protect human; offers education and training for various audiences; and develops new standards and guidelines to help formulate public policy.

Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
Publishing by the National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals is the second in a series of publications that provide an ongoing assessment of the exposure of the U.S. population to environmental chemicals using biomonitoring. Biomonitoring is the assessment of human exposure to chemicals by measuring the chemicals or their metabolites in human specimens such as blood or urine.

Children's Environmental Health Network
Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment.

Kaiser Family Foundation’s State Health Facts Online
Kaiser Family Foundation's State Health Facts Online resource contains the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Resources:

Toxicology "Train the Trainer" Curriculum: The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) "A Toxicology Curriculum for Communities Training Manual," offers educational training tactics to communities affected by hazardous exposures.

The manual provides information about toxicology to affected communities and addresses community concerns about chemicals to which residents may have been exposed. It is also designed to foster collaboration between toxicology experts and community members.

The curriculum was developed through a collaboration of ATSDR's Division of Toxicology, the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University, and community leaders. It provides educational and training materials for the public and uses a "train the trainer" format so community members can provide toxicology training and education sessions to other residents.

"A Toxicology Curriculum for Communities Training Manual" provides four 60-90 minute training modules for community lectures or seminars on toxicology topics and issues surrounding environmental exposures. The modules - Introduction to Toxicology, Routes of Exposure, Risk Assessment and Survey of Toxic Substances - are designed to be taught either independently or in combination. Each module is organized into the following six sections: objectives, presentation outline, lecture notes, test your knowledge quiz, activity lab, handouts and visual aids.

To view the training manual online, visit It is also available in hard copy and on CD-ROM and can be obtained from the ATSDR Information Center toll-free at 1-888-422-8737.

Facts on Disinfection By-Products (DBPs) in Drinking Water (pdf)
The protection of our nation’s drinking water supply has been a priority for many years. In fact, a major accomplishment in public health during this century has been the chlorination of public drinking water supplies. This practice has greatly reduced serious illness and death associated with many waterborne diseases, such as cholera and typhoid. We are often reminded of the important role that chlorination plays in protecting the public each time we hear about an outbreak of waterborne disease resulting from inadequate disinfection. But, as with many issues, it sometimes becomes necessary to weigh the benefits against the potential risks. The presence of disinfection by-products in drinking water supplies, formed when chlorine reacts with natural organic materials in water, has raised concerns about the overall safety of chlorination.

Disinfection by-products (DBPs) consist of a wide variety of chemicals that form when chlorine is added to drinking water during the treatment process. Chlorine is added to drinking water for disinfection purposes.

DBPs include: Trihalomethanes (THMs), Haloacetic Acids (HAAs),Haloacetonitriles (HANs), MX

Of these chemicals, THMs and HAAs are most often found in chlorinated drinking water. Others, such as HANs and MX, are formed in smaller amounts during the chlorination process. Still other DBPs have not yet been chemically identified.

Some water treatment plants use other types of drinking water disinfectants, such as ozone, chlorine dioxide, and monochloramine, usually in combination with chlorine. Each of these disinfectants produce their own group of by-products during the treatment process.


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Learning Opportunities and Internship Opportunities

Environmental Leadership Program
The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) promotes leadership development and training opportunities for professionals who are new to the environmental field. Annually, ELP selects 25 exceptional individuals to participate in a three-year fellowship program.

Environmental Careers Organization
Environmental Careers Organization’s (ECO) mission is to protect and enhance the environment through the development of diverse leaders, the promotion of careers, and the inspiration of individual action. ECO accomplishes this through internships, career advice, career products, research and consulting.

Founded in 1972, ECO has placed nearly 7,500 college, grad students and recent graduates in environmental internships in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

EPA Community Intern Program
More than 1,900 students from all parts of the U.S., from varied ethnic backgrounds, and all academic levels (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) have participated in the EPA Community Intern Program and trained on challenging science, engineering, management, education and policy-related projects. Several of these students come from historically black colleges, Hispanic serving institutions, Asian serving institutions, and tribal colleges.

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Learn More About Environmental Justice

Love Canal Case
In 1978 in the small town of Love Canal, New York residents weren’t aware that there homes stood on land that served as a dumping ground for cancer-causing dioxin and benzene.

August 2, 2003 marked the 25th anniversary of the evacuation of residents from the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York. New York State Department of Health declared the public health emergency after residents complained of foul odors, mysterious substances coming from the ground and high rates of cancer and birth defects. The Love Canal case spurred Superfund legislation that would serve as an impetus for the clean-up of thousands of toxic sites throughout the country.

The Ecumenical Task Force of the Niagara Frontier offers the Love Canal Collection of information including background, chronology of events, 1927 and 1980 aerial photos of the historic area.


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Environmental Law Information

The University of Florida Conservation Clinic
The University of Florida Conservation Clinic is an initiative of the Environmental and Land Use Law Program at the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Environmental Clearinghouse
The Environmental Clearinghouse (EC) enables effective public participation in crucial environmental decisions by connecting public interest groups with legal and technical experts.
The Environmental Clearinghouse is a project of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Development of the site is due in part to the generous support of the Rockefeller Family Fund and technical assistance from BlueStream Web Development Group.

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC)
The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) is a Midwest public interest environmental advocacy organization working to achieve cleaner energy resources and implement sustainable energy strategies, promote innovative and efficient transportation and land use approaches that produce cleaner air and more jobs, and develop sound environmental management practices that conserve natural resources and improve the quality of life in our communities. One of ELPC’s premises is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. Our projects around the Midwest put that policy belief into practice.

ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 16 public interest attorneys, M.B.A. financial analysts, public policy advocates and communications specialists bring a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems. We are "public interest environmental entrepreneurs," identifying opportunities to improve environmental quality in the Midwest and then working actively to develop and achieve the potential benefits. Our Midwest High-Speed Rail Network and Recycled Paper Coalition projects exemplify this approach. We also provide key legal and technical resources to local environmental groups through a combination of legal representation, economic analysis and public policy research.

ELPC was founded in 1993 after a year-long strategic planning process sponsored by seven major foundations.

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Public Involvement Tools

US Environmental Protection Agency Public Involvement
Provides a host of resources to help in efforts to create meaningful opportunities for public involvement.

  • Environmental Law Institute
    Published “A Citizen’s Guide to Using Federal Environmental Laws to Secure Environmental Justice”


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