In this online module, Lieutenant Naomi Hudson from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health describes the health effects associated with pesticides and how to reduce your exposure to them. This online module was developed by the request of Marietta community members.
National Environmental Education Foundation
For reliable internet information on air quality and other environmental health information please refer to the National Environmental Education Foundation website.
USA Today special report on Air Pollution and Schools
This special report used publically available air data from the EPA to "track the path of industial pollution and mapped the location of almost 128,000 schools t0 determine the levels of toxic chemicals outside." (from the home page)
You can visit this report and find information on your school.
USA Today Article of Interest to Marietta Research
In this USA Today article, the EPA documents its recent discovery of high manganese levels in the air surrounding the Marietta School district. Read expert opinions on Warren Elementary and the nearby Neale Elementary's (West Virginia) elevated manganese exposure.
AirNow is a government site that lets you get up to date information on current air quality...that's why they call it Air Now because you can get information right now about your air quality.
Toxic Release Inventory (TRI)
The TRI (opens in new window) is part of the EPA's right-to-know, and it contains information on the amount and kinds of toxic chemicals discharged from industrial plants and other businesses.
Here is some information that may be helpful in explaining how to use and understand the information from the TRI:
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
- From the Society of Environmental Journalists
While written specifically for journalists, this overview will give you a basic understanding of what the FOIA is and how you can obtain information.
- How FOIA Works
A solid overview on how to request information from a federal agency.