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Environmental Contamination and Public Health: The Kilauea Story

In the last century, sugar plantations blanketed the Hawaiian Islands from Hilo to Lihue. Today, just a single plantation remains in operation. Yet many of these plantations leave behind a hidden legacy of contaminated soil from old pesticide mixing areas. The Hawai’I Department of Health (DOH) has tracked down many of these sites in remote areas, where there are few risks to the general public. Now, for the first time, DOH has discovered an old pesticide mixing site with alarmingly high levels of soil contamination persisting in the heart of a residential community. This article describes how the site was discovered and how government agencies have mobilized to clean it up and protect the public. Read More

Personal Protective Equipment for Pesticide Work

Agricultural work is hazardous to the human bod. There are countless ways to get hurt while working in agriculture. Many injuries and fatalities point to the need for protective equipment. Read More

How Contaminants Reach Groundwater

This Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences website describes the processes that are involved in the movement of contaminants through the soil zone, primarily pesticides, nitrogen and pathogens. This document is SL143, reviewed September, 2003 Read More

Pesticide Active Ingredient Information

This searchable website provides pesticide profiles, including the Extoxnet Pesticide Information Profiles as well as information taken from other sources, such as the EPA and the Federal Register. Pesticides are organized by type of pesticide and active ingredient. Read More


This website provides Nebraska’s System for Assessing Water Contamination Risk through the Nebraska Cooperative Extension. This is a series of publications and worksheets designed to help rural Nebraskans assess the contamination risk to groundwater from site structures or management practices and steps to take to reduce that risk. Individual publications guide the reader through a site evaluation, discussion of the relative risks and the ramifications of contamination, and provides numerous resources for additional information on specific issues. Read More

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Environmental Health

This site contains information on diseases resulting from the interaction between people and their environment. It is aimed at prevention and includes such things as preparing for a hurricane. Read More

Pesticides, Metals, Chemical Contaminants & Natural Toxins

This site is maintained by the U.S. FDA/Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition. Information in this site includes FDA food consumption warnings and advisories related to the presence of contaminants in various foods. Some information about toxicology is also available in this site. Read More

Disease and Disorders: Links related to Poisoning

Use in toxicology classes or bioterrorism training.Large list of links to other sites of poisoning, carcinogens, toxic substances. Read More

Haz-Map Job Information: Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers & Applicators, Vegetation

Lists high risk job tasks associated with Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers and Applicators for vegetation. Read More

Sources of Indoor Air Pollution-Pesticides

75 percent of all U.S. households used at least one pesticide product indoors during the past year. Products used most often are insecticides and disinfectants. In further studies, measurable levels of up to a dozen pesticides have been found in the air inside homes even though they have not been used in those quantities. Pesticides used in and around the home include products to control insects (insecticides), termites (termiticides), rodents (rodenticides), fungi (fungicides), and microbes (disinfectants). They are sold as sprays, liquids, sticks, powders, crystals, balls, and foggers. These products poison thousands of children directly or indirectly each year. Repeated or extended exposure to these products may cause serious health effects to the respiratory system, liver, central nervous system and the kidneys. Read More


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