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Toxic Substances

Environmental Protection Agency – Pesticides
The EPA site provides information on a variety of topics related to pesticides. This page includes links to numerous pesticide fact sheets, as well as access to information on health and safety, environmental effects, regulating pesticides, and more.

National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
The NPIC was created through a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its site provides objective, science-based information on pesticide-related topics and includes numerous factsheets and links to useful resources.

Toxic Substances Portal
Provided by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), this site provides toxicological profiles for hazardous substances found at National Priorities List (NPL) sites. (NPL is the list of hazardous waste sites eligible for long-term federally funded remedial action). These hazardous substances are ranked based on frequency of occurrence at NPL sites, toxicity, and potential for human exposure.

Tox Town
Tox Town uses color, graphics, sounds, and animation to add interest to learning about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public's health. It is designed to give information on everyday locations where one might find toxic chemicals. This site is a companion to the extensive information in TOXNET, the National Library of Medicine’s collection of databases that are typically used by toxicologists and health professionals.

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)
Provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Toxic Release Inventory tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. There are currently over 650 chemicals covered by the TRI Program. Facilities that manufacture, process, or otherwise use these chemicals in amounts above established levels must submit annual TRI reports on each chemical. The TRI chemical list doesn't include all toxic chemicals used in the United States.

Updated 1/31/20