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INTERNET NEWSBRIEF, December 11, 1998

INTERNET NEWSBRIEF, December 11, 1998

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Cumulative Exposure Project (CEP)

Conducted by EPA's Office of Policy, the CEP is examining how much toxic
contamination Americans are exposed to cumulatively through air, food, and
drinking water.  The objectives of the Project are to: estimate exposure
levels for a wide variety of toxic pollutants; characterize the national
distribution of these estimated exposure levels across communities and
demographic groups; identify the types of communities and demographic
groups which appear to have the highest exposure levels; and identify
potentially important emission sources and pollutants for which
information is most uncertain.  Find more information about the Project on
this site, including full-text articles, modeling reports and uncertainty
methodologies, and a community-specific study being conducted in the
Greenpoint/Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York.


National Library for the Environment (NLE)

The NLE is sponsored by the National Institute for the Environment (NIE),
an organization designed to improve the scientific basis for making
environmental decisions. As a nonregulatory science institute for the
environment, associated with the National Science Foundation, the NIE will
provide the knowledge we need to anticipate, prevent and respond to our
complex environmental problems.  This site compiles a variety of resources
for quick, one-stop access.  Links are available to Congressional Research
Service Reports, over 40 categories of Environmental Virtual Libraries,
population and environment databases, news, and conference announcements. 
See the link "Summaries and descriptions of NLE projects", , for more in-depth descriptions of
the resources available on this site.


Environment, Safety, and Health Technical Information Services

The Technical Information Services (TIS) is the gateway to the Department
of Energy's (DOE) environment, safety, and health (ES&H) information
resources. TIS is a comprehensive collection of  information services
designed to help ES&H professionals in their research.  See the ES&H
Digital Library for numerous tools for finding, using, and analyzing
information. The Document Collection contains current EH reports,
regulations and other news publications organized in electronic "shelves"
for browsing or searching, while the Digital Card Catalog allows searching
across the Digital Library by subject.


Stockholm Environment Institute - Boston Center

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), an international organization
based in Sweden, has centers in York (UK), Tallinn (Estonia) and Boston
(USA). SEI-Boston conducts policy-oriented studies on sustainable
development strategies, energy, environment and climate issues, and water
and development. Information on these studies and many of the accompanying
reports are available from this site.  SEI also develops computer-based
decision support tools, available for downloading, for assessment,
planning and training including PoleStar for sustainable development
scenarios, the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system (LEAP), and
the Water Evaluation and Planning System (WEAP).


BioGroup, the Bioremediation Discussion Group

Bioremediation is defined by the American Academy of Microbiology as "the
use of living organisms to reduce or eliminate environmental hazards
resulting from accumulations of toxic chemicals and other hazardous
wastes."  The BioGroup is a moderated Internet mailing list hosted by GZA
GeoEnvironmental, Inc.  The BioGroup was developed to establish a global
forum for discussion of the technical aspects of bioremediation
science/engineering.   Currently, the BioGroup includes over 1,600 members
worldwide and membership is open to environmental engineers,
hydrogeologists, soil scientists, microbiologists, environmental chemists,
and, in fact, all who wish to contribute to this topic. Information about
becoming a member is available from their home page.  This site also
offers "BioReferences", an archive of technical papers on bioremediation
that are available for downloading.  Submissions of papers reporting on
any aspect of soil/groundwater bioremediation science are encouraged.


The information provided in Internet Newsbrief was correct, to the best of
our knowledge, at the time of publication.  It is important to remember,
however, the dynamic nature of the Internet.  Resources that are free and
publicly available one day may require a fee or restrict access the next,
and the location of items may change as menus and homepages are

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