Environmental Research Foundation (ERF) is a smallpublic-interest research organization now in its fourteenth yearof operation.
Our programs include:
Each week we publish RACHEL'S ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH WEEKLY(formerly RACHEL'S HAZARDOUS WASTE NEWS). The newsletterprovides timely information to local groups working to reduce theuse of toxic chemicals. We cover landfills and incinerators,dangerous wastes (including municipal solid wastes, hazardouschemical wastes, and radioactive wastes), plus news of thegrass-roots environmental movement that has sprung up worldwideduring the last 15 years. Subscriptions to the newsletter arenot free, but are priced to cover costs of production andmailing. The newsletter is distributed electronically to thosewith E-mail addresses free of charge.
ERF also publishes a variety of publications on topics such asincineration, landfilling, risk assessment, chemicals and health,pesticides, dioxin and many others.
For more information about our publications, please respond witha postal mailing address and we will send you our fullpublications list and a four-week trial subscription to ournewsletter.
We maintain an on-line computerized database of informationavailable to the public for the price of a phone call. Anyonecan dial (410) 263-8903 (with modem set at 8-N-1) and sign on toRACHEL, the Remote Access Chemical Hazards Electronic Library.
The RACHEL database is a full-text searchable system, which meansevery document in the system is indexed by every word in thedocument. You type in a word or phrase, and RACHEL searches itsarchive and brings up every document containing that word orphrase.
Information available in RACHEL now includes the Coast Guard'sCHRIS Manual (Chemical Hazard Response Information System), withtoxicity data on roughly 1000 chemicals; New Jersey Department ofHealth peer-reviewed fact-sheets on some 800 toxic chemicals;abstracts of all environmental stories that have appeared in theNEW YORK TIMES since mid-1985; federal Department of Justice(DOJ) records on every polluter that DOJ has sued in court onbehalf of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 1971 and allissues of our own weekly newsletter RACHEL'S ENVIRONMENT & HEALTHWEEKLY.
The Foundation is funded mainly by private foundations and bysale of its publications. The Foundation is recognized byInternal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible, though newslettersubscriptions are not.
The Foundation has a student intern program, and accepts helpfrom volunteers.
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