This page will provide you with important resource information about
the EPA, EPA's inventory of aging related research, and factsheets and
other materials on various environmental hazards. It will also provide
useful links to connect you to federal agencies, state, local and tribal
organizations, and non-governmental organizations concerned about the
environmental health of older Americans. In addition, on the Recursos
en Español page of this Web site, you will find links to
some Hispanic organizations that have resources in Spanish.
The following links will direct you to EPA program offices:
Indian Environmental Office - coordinates the Agency-wide effort
to strengthen public health and environmental protection in Indian
Country, with a special emphasis on building Tribal capacity to administer
their own environmental programs.
- Office of Air
and Radiation - oversees the air and radiation protection activities
of the Agency including national programs, technical policies, and
- Office of Environmental
- Envirofacts - your one-stop
source for environmental information.
- Access to a wealth of environmental information in your desktop.
- Window To My Environment
- A powerful new Web-based tool that provides a wide range of federal,
state, and local information about environmental conditions and
features in an area of your choice.
of Environmental Justice - serves as a focal point for ensuring
that communities comprised predominately of people of color or low
income populations receive protection under environmental laws.
of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances - develops national
strategies for toxic substance control and promotes pollution prevention
and the public's right to know about chemical risks.
Apartment Homes Pest-Free Without Toxic Pesticides [PDF]
The article originally appeared in the June 2004 edition of the National
Apartment Association's UNITS magazine (article written by Kathy Seikel,
EPA Office of Pesticide Programs)
- Office of Research
and Development - is responsible for the research and development
needs of the Agency's operating programs and the conduct of an integrated
research and development program for the Agency.
of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) - provides policy,
guidance, and direction for the land disposal of hazardous wastes,
underground storage tanks, solid waste management, encouragement of
innovative technologies, source reduction of wastes and the Superfund
- Resource Conservation Challenge: A Year of Progress (http:www.epa.gov/rcc).
EPA's first annual report on a major cross-agency intiative that identifies
and uses innovative and flexible ways to conserve natural resources
and energy.The report shows how federal and state governments, tribes
and industry are achieving significant results in waste reduction
- Office of Water
- is responsible for the Agency's water quality activities including
development of national programs, technical policies, and regulations
relating to drinking water, water quality, ground water, pollution
source standards, and the protection of wetlands, marine, and estuarine
Journal articles on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids
and preparing fish to reduce the risks of methylmercury and PCBs.
For more information, please go to: http://epa.gov/waterscience/fish/advisories/newsoct04.htm
See "Health benefits of omega-3
fatty acids" and Beyond the bench:
Fish tales to ensure health
Note: The following summaries are based on articles from the
press and from peer-reviewed publications, and they represent
the opinions of the original authors. The views of authors expressed
herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United
States Government, and shall not be used for advertising or
product endorsement purposes. Reference herein to any specific
commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark,
manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute
or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the
United States Government.
- Health benefits of omega-3 fatty
acids Evidence suggests that omega-3 polyunsaturated
fatty acids play an integral role in cell membrane function
and development of the brain and eyes. Optimizing intake appears
to confer many benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease
and possibly a reduced likelihood of behavioral problems, depression,
and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. There
is disagreement as to what level of intake is optimal, however,
British diets are low in omega-3 fatty acids. Good sources include
oily fish and novel sources include fortified eggs and oils
derived from microalgae.
Source: Ruxton, C., 2004. Nurs Stand 18 (48): 38-42.
- Beyond the
bench: Fish tales to ensure health Fishermen are notorious
for telling fish stories about their catches that tend toward
exaggeration. A new kind of fish tale, however, does not stretch
the truth when making a point to the Hmong community in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, about the hazards of eating fish contaminated with
methylmercury and PCBs. A video produced by the Community Outreach
and Education Program at the NIEHS Marine and Freshwater Biomedical
Sciences Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee communicates
in a simple, understandable, and culturally sensitive way the
risks of eating contaminated fish. The video teaches methods
of catching and preparing fish that can reduce these risks.
Free full-text at: http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2004/112-13/niehsnews.html#fish
Source: Thigpen, K.G. 2004. Environ Health Perspectives 112
Assessments and Criteria: Crucial Components of Water Quality
Programs [PDF, 6 pp., 1 MB]
- Ground Water
& Drinking Water Frequently Asked Questions
and Tribes Embrace Bioassessment and Biocriteria for Protecting
Streams and Small Rivers [PDF, 6 pp.,
- Septic Systems
- Research Triangle Park, North
Carolina - the Agency's center for research on how humans and
ecosystems are exposed to various pollutants, the extent of that exposure,
and the health and ecological effects which result from such exposure.
RTP is also the hub of EPA's air pollution programs under the Clean
Air Act, and home of the EPA National Computer Center.
Environmental Employment Program (SEE Program)
- Smart Growth
- The Impact of Aging on the Environment
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