Pollution Tracking Sites
Indoor Air Quality
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Note: This is such an incredible resource it deserves its own category. This Guide details exactly how to deal with an environmental investigation and, though it is Canadian-based, the information it contains can be extrapolated to other countries. It is available free online, but can also be ordered in print format.
EBI: Environmental Bureau of Investigation Citizens Guide to Environmental Investigation and Public Prosecution. Describes what citizens can do to hold polluters responsible for their actions, including: obtaining documentary evidence, collecting physical evidence, comparing laboratory results with pollution regulations, making a formal complaint to government regulators, informing the media about the problem, enlisting the help of experts,
and as a last resort, launching a private prosecution. Click on the subheading numbers at the left of the entry to access each page. The name of each entry is not a link, only the subheading numbers are. See also their Mission Statement for more information about the group.
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Air Pollutant Emissions
Criteria Air Contaminants Emission Summaries. National, provincial maps and
summaries. The emissions of various air pollutants that affect our health and
contribute to air pollution problems such as Smog are tracked by Environment
Canada. These emissions originate from a number of sources located across the
country which include industrial production, fuel combustion, transportation
vehicles, incineration, paved and unpaved roads, forest fires, etc.
Today's Air Quality Forecast (U.S.) Air Quality forecasts are provided by
State and local agencies, using EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI), a uniform index
that provides general information to the public about air quality and
associated health effects. Cities which have web sites with information about
air pollution in their location have links associated with their spot on the
map. A more detailed forecast is also available.
Canoe air quality index
The air quality index measures the concentration of seven major urban air
pollutants produced by industry, automobiles and other urban activities. [
Choose a city and then scroll down the page for the air quality index
Canadian Cancer Surveillance On-Line
The most current cancer statistics in Canada. Look at trends in cancer incidence by province and territory, by age group, over time, and for about 45 different cancer sites (types of cancer). Both graphs and tables are displayed and instructions are available for downloading the information.
Clean Air Strategic Alliance
The Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) is a non-profit association composed
of diverse stakeholders from government, industry, and non-government
organizations (such as health and environment groups). Senior representatives
from each of the three sectors are committed to developing and applying a
comprehensive air quality management system for the people of Alberta through a
Criteria Air Contaminant Emission Summaries
Environment Canada. Air Pollutant Emissions. National and provincial maps and
Diesel Soot Health Impacts To view health impacts in your community, enter your ZIP Code or click on your state on the map.
Environment Canada's National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI)
The NPRI ... is the only legislated, nation-wide, publicly-accessible
inventory of its type in Canada. The NPRI provides Canadians with access to
pollutant release information for facilities located in their communities.
Search for pollutants by first three digits of postal code.
Environment Canada Air Quality Service
Click on a Province or Territory for Air Quality Information
Environment Canada's Stratospheric Ozone Web Site
Ozone Depletion, Health and Environmental Impacts, Canadian Ozone Layer
Protection Programs, International Efforts, ODS Information by Sector,
Regulations, Resources, Kidzone and Archives.
PollutionWatch: Smoking out Canada's Polluters PollutionWatch is your source for information about the chemicals that
manufacturing facilities release in your community. Simply type in your postal
code or click on the map of Canada, to get the facts on pollution in your
community, in your province and in Canada.
Get the Facts on Local Pollution (U.S.) Simply type in your postal code or
click on the map to get the facts on pollution in your community, in your state
and in the U.S.
TOXMAP is a Geographic Information System (GIS) from the National Library of
Medicine (NLM) that uses maps of the United States to help users visually
explore data from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)
Better Health through Indoor Air Quality Awareness. IAQ information on homes,
offices, schools, biological pollutants, top indoor chemical pollutants, etc.
American Lung Association®
Offers Indoor Air Tips for People With Allergies and Asthma
An Office Building Occupant's Guide to Indoor Air Quality
EPA-402-K-97-003, October 1997.
An Update on Formaldehyde - 1997 Revision
CPSC Document #725 (reprinted by the U.S. EPA).
Asbestos in Your Home
EPA Document Reference Number 400-K-90-100, 1990.
Biological Pollutants in Your Home
EPA Document Reference Number 402-F-90-102, January 1990. This booklet will
help you understand: 1. what indoor biological pollution is; 2. whether your
home or lifestyle promotes its development; and, 3. how to control its growth
California Interagency Working Group on Indoor Air Quality
Meeting Minutes (Combined) March 8, 2000 and June 14, 1999.
Candles: a burning controversy
by Francesca Lyman, special to MSNBC. [NOTE: This article no longer appears in
MSNBC's archives. The link is to the article at a different site and is in PDF
format. It is also available in
Carbon Monoxide: Poe: The Tell-Tale Face of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning by Albert Donnay, adonnay @ mcsrr.org
for MCS Referral & Resources. Includes Poe Poster: The Tell-Tale Face of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Symptoms of CO Poisoning (aka MCS) in the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
Carbon Monoxide: What You Need to Know
About Carbon Monoxide Compiled April 2000 by Albert Donnay, adonnay @ mcsrr.org
for MCS Referral & Resources.
Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet
Carbon Monoxide Headquarters
by David G. Penney, PhD, Wayne State University School of Medicine: This
site is devoted to issues of
chronic carbon monoxide poisoning ... "It has been known for decades that CO
poisoning can produce lasting health harm, mainly through its destructive
effects on the central nervous system ... Now, an emerging body of evidence
that longer exposures to lower levels of CO, ie. chronic CO poisoning, are
capable of producing a myriad of debilitating residual effects that may
continue for days, weeks, months and even years."
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Varon J, Marik PE: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. The Internet Journal of
Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine 1997; Vol1 N2
(Carbon Monoxide, etc.) The "Senseless" Killer
Govt. Printing Office: 1993 0-356-764
Carbonless Copy Paper
NIOSH Hazard Review: Carbonless Copy Paper. The NIOSH Hazard Review
"Carbonless Copy Paper" is the most comprehensive scientific document available
on issues relating to health concerns from exposure to Carbonless copy paper.
It includes extensive information about the components of Carbonless copy
paper, production processes, published and unpublished scientific data, and
historical recommendations for preventing or reducing exposure to Carbonless
Clear Your Home of Asthma Triggers
EPA/402-F-99-005, July 1999
Crabby Kathy, A True Story
Inspired by Room Six KMAC Kids, 1999. Student-written book (grade school)
online at NIEHS Kids Pages (National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences). This is a story written by children about their teacher and her
sensitivities to some things encountered in their classroom and their
"sleuthing". See also:
What Could It Be, Beverly?
KMAC Kids 1999-2000.
Mama Didn't Know
KMAC Kids 2000-2001.
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Secondhand Smoke (SHS)
EPA. Various publications.
Flood Cleanup - Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems
EPA. August 1993, 402-F-93-005. (Fact Sheet)
Healthy Indoor Air in Mohawk Homes
An education program designed to develop
awareness of home indoor air quality concerns and encourage community members
to take steps to improve the quality of air in their homes. Topics: Radon,
Environmental Tobacco Smoke, Moisture and Biologicals, Lead, Combustion
Products Included Carbon Monoxide, Household Products and Furnishings.
Indoor Air Is More Contaminated Than Outdoor Air; Homes At Risk
Rachel's Environment & Health News, September 21, 1987. "Why is it
important to reduce the use of hazardous materials (as distinct from reducing
hazardous wastes)? Here's one compelling reason: Indoor air pollution is a
greater source of exposure to hazardous chemicals than is outdoor exposure,
even if you live near major "point sources" of pollution, according to a
careful study by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."
Indoor Air Pollution: An Introduction for Health Professionals
EPA. Indoor air pollution poses many challenges to the health professional.
This booklet offers an overview of those challenges, focusing on acute
conditions, with patterns that point to particular agents and suggestions for
appropriate remedial action. (See in particular: Diagnostic Quick Reference: a
Cross-reference from symptoms to pertinent sections of this booklet; Diagnostic
Checklist: additional questions for use in patient intake and medical history)
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and IAQ-Related Resources
EPA. Please see the EPA site for a full list of publications available. Topics
include: Asthma, Carbon Monoxide, Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), IAQ in
Homes (or) Residences, Large Buildings (or) Offices, Molds, Radon, Radon
Resistant New Construction, Radon Technical Documents, Schools and Other Indoor
Indoor Air Quality in Large Buildings, Offices
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in Schools
Indoor Air Quality in the Home
University of Leicester
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Kit
EPA. This Kit shows schools how to carry out a practical plan of action to
improve indoor air problems at little or no cost using straightforward
activities and in-house staff.
Indoor Air We Breathe: A public health problem of the 90's (The)
L. Christine Oliver and Bruce W. Shackleton Public Health Reports, Sept-Oct
Indoor Pollution Poses Higher Risk to Respiratory Health as People Spend More
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Nov. 2, 2000.
Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality (The)
EPA Document # 402-K-93-007, April 1995.
Mold, dust mites, fungi, spores, and pollen: Bioaercsols in the human
Prepared by Dr. Sandra A. Zaslow, Extension District Director, and Dr. Mary
Beth Genter, Extension Leader, Toxicology. This publication has been issued in
print by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service as publication
FCS-360-5 (January 1993).
Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
EPA 402-K-01-001March 2001.
No Room to Breathe: Air Pollution and Primary Care Medicine
Jefferson H Dickey, MD. A Project of Greater Boston Physicians for Social
Responsibility (PSR): Pollutants exposure and source, Ozone, Particulate,
Carbon Monoxide, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Air Toxics/Hazardous Air
Pollutants (HAPs), Incinerators, Diesel and Automobile Exhaust,
Organic Gases (Volatile Organic Compounds - VOCs)
EPA. Sources, Health Effects, Levels in Homes, Steps to Reduce Exposure,
Ozone Generators that are Sold as Air Cleaners: An Assessment of Effectiveness
and Health Consequences
Plants "Clean" Air Inside Our Homes
by Laura Pottorff. Based on NASA Study.
Pollution Probe is a Canadian environmental organization that:
Defines environmental problems through research; promotes understanding through
education; and presses for practical solutions through advocacy. Pollution
Probe is dedicated to achieving positive and tangible environmental change.
Healthy Schools - Healthy Children, Improving the Indoor Environment
in Ontario Schools;
Achieving Healthy Indoor Environments - A Review of Canadian Options
Protect Your Family and Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
EPA-402-F-96-005, October 1996
EPA. FAQs, Publications, Hotlines, Myths and Facts, Risk Chart, Links, Map of
Radon Zones, Radon in Water, Radon Resistance New Construction, etc.
Residential Air Cleaning Devices: A Summary of Available Information
EPA 400/1-90-002, February 1990.
Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?
EPA-402-K-97-002, October 1997.
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)
EPA. April 1991. Indoor Air Facts No. 4 (revised).
Targeting Indoor Air Pollution: EPA's Approach and Progress
EPA Document # 400-R-92-012, March 1993
Use and Care of Home Humidifiers
EPA. February 1991. (Indoor Air Facts No. 8)
Ventilation and Air Quality in Offices
EPA. Office of Air and Radiation (6607J) 402-F-94-003. (Fact Sheet).
Revised July 1990.
What You Should Know About Combustion Appliances and Indoor Air Pollution
EPA. "... Combustion appliances are those which burn fuels for warmth,
cooking, or decorative purposes. Typical fuels are gas, both natural and
liquefied petroleum (LP); kerosene; oil; coal; and wood. Examples of the
appliances are space heaters, ranges, ovens, stoves, furnaces, fireplaces,
water heaters, and clothes dryers. These appliances are usually safe. However,
under certain conditions, these appliances can produce combustion pollutants
that can damage your health, or even kill you. POSSIBLE HEALTH EFFECTS range
from headaches, dizziness, sleepiness, and watery eyes to breathing
difficulties or even death. Similar effects may also occur because of common
medical problems or other indoor air pollutants ..."
What You Should Know About Using Paint Strippers
Consumer Product Safety Commission. CPSC Document #423. Paint strippers
contain chemicals that loosen paint from surfaces. These chemicals can harm you
if not used properly. Some paint stripping chemicals can irritate the skin and
eyes, or cause headaches, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, or loss of
coordination. Some may cause cancer, reproductive problems, or damage of the
liver, kidney, or brain. Others catch fire easily. Proper handling and use of
paint strippers will reduce your exposure to these chemicals and lessen your
Healthy Indoor Painting Practices
EPA and the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, February 1995, CPSC
Publication # F-747- F-95-002. This safety guide was formulated for residents,
property managers and painters who are strongly urged to follow several simple
steps to reduce possible adverse reactions to chemicals emitted from paints.
(Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the Report. Please see the
this page to download a free version.)
WHO guidelines for air quality.
Regional Office for Europe, 2000.
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Air Pollution Epidemiology
University of Manchester. This page is intended to give a brief overview of
some of the salient issues regarding research into urban air pollution and
health ... "The study looked at urban air pollution and cardiac and respiratory
ill health (including mortality) in the residents of the City of Edinburgh from
1981 through to 1995. Data was obtained through the Scottish Health Service,
Information and Statistics Division ..."
Airborne environmental pollutants and asthma
The author of this site is a Professor of Occupational and Environmental
Medicine at the University of Manchester.
A Project of Clean Air Revival. Burning Issues provides public education about
the health hazards of exposure to wood smoke ... The most common sources of
Particulate Pollution are residential wood burning (RWB) and coal burning,
forest and agriculture burning, and diesel exhaust. "A single fireplace
operating for an hour and burning ten pounds of wood during that time will
generate 4,300 times more carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons than
thirty cigarettes. Fortunately most of the pollutant emissions go up the
person's chimney, but with the low wind speeds on cold winter nights, the
emitted plumes hug the ground for hours. Soon the particles penetrate into the
neighbors' homes, reaching about half the concentration indoors as outdoors."
Diesel fumes hit asthmatics with one-two punch
By E. J. Mundell, Reuters Health. "As many asthmatics know, a blast of diesel
exhaust can trigger bouts of wheezing, coughing and other asthma symptoms. Now
researchers say they have figured out why these fumes are so tough on those
afflicted with the illness. According to researcher Dr. Fred D. Finkelman of
the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, the fine particles in diesel exhaust hit
the human immune system with a double whammy, upping the production of an
immune protein that triggers asthma attacks while suppressing a second protein
that might otherwise bring symptoms to a halt.
NASA image of earth at night. This map clearly shows light pollution worldwide
and can be used to gain an idea of pollution in various areas of the world since
pollution is so closely associated with densely populated areas.
Health Impacts of Incineration - Part I
Congressional Testimony. Barry L. Johnson, PhD Barry L. Johnson, PhD,
Assistant Surgeon General, Assistant Administrator Agency for Toxic Substances
and Disease Registry, Public Health Service, U. S. Department of Health and
Human Services Before the Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental
Relations Committee on Government Operations United States House of
Representatives, January 24, 1994.
Incinerator Toxic Emissions
Human Health Effects, Full Text On-line, S.C. Rowat.
National Resources Defense Council
Thousands of early deaths could be averted
with cleaner air standards. Every year, some 64,000 people may die prematurely
from cardiopulmonary causes linked to particulate air pollution, according to
an analysis conducted by NRDC. Tens of thousands of these deaths could be
averted each year if the Environmental Protection Agency set stringent health
standards for fine-particle pollution.
Ozone and Ultraviolet Research and Monitoring
NIEHS/NIH Publication #99-4671. Kingsley Crumbles (case history); What Ozone
Is; How it Hurts You; New Research Results; Stratospheric Research Leads to
Nobel Prize; You can Help; Ozone Alert Values; UV Alerts; Saving your Money on
Ozone Air Cleaners; Ozone Quiz.
Environmental Defense Organization. Citizen Ozone Monitoring Network Project.
What is Ozone? Health Effects. Environmental Effects. EPA's National Ambient
Air Quality Standards.
Plain English Guide To The Clean Air Act (The)
State of the Air 2002
The state Public Interest Research Groups are an alliance of state-based,
citizen- funded organizations that advocate for the public interest. We uncover
threats to public health and well-being and fight to end them, using the
time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposes, grassroots
organizing, advocacy and litigation. The state PIRGs' mission is to deliver
persistent, result-oriented activism that protects the environment, encourages
a fair marketplace for consumers and fosters responsive, democratic government.
PIRG. Campaign to Clean Up Toxics. The Top 25 Superfund Polluters and their
Toxic Waste Sites.