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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors the status of the nation's environment and publishes a wide variety of materials on environmental issues. Publications consulted for this book include EPA's Draft Report on the Environment 2003 (2003), 2000 National Water Quality Inventory (2002), Water on Tap: What You Need to Know, (2003), Factoids: Drinking Water and Ground Water Statistics for 2003 (2004), Protecting and Restoring America's Watersheds (2001), Maps of Lands Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise (2001), EPA Acid Rain Program 2002 Progress Report (2003), Hypoxia and Wetland Restoration (2002), What Are Wetlands? (2003), and The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act (1993).
Also useful from the EPA were National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report: Based on 2001 Data (2003), Managing Your Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses (2001), Guide for Industrial Waste Management (1999), Latest Findings on National Air Quality: 2002 Status and Trends (2003), Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2001 Facts and Figures (2003), National Source Reduction Characterization Report (1999), Report on the Supply and Demand of CFC-12 in the United States 1999 (1999), Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends 1975 through 2004 (2003), Drinking Water: Past, Present, and Future (2000), and Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2001 (2003). The EPA's Endocrine Disrupter Screening and Testing Advisory Committee (EDSTAC) published EDSTAC Final Report (1998) on endocrine disrupters. The EPA also provided Update: National Listing of Fish and Wildlife Advisories (2003) and the Toxic Release Inventory Public Data Release (2003).
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2002 (2003) was a source of data on global warming. The EIA also published International Energy Outlook 2003 (2003), International Energy Annual 2001 (2003), Future U.S. Highway Energy Use: A Fifty Year Perspective (2001), Annual Energy Review 2002 (2003), Monthly Energy Review (March 2004), Alternatives to Traditional Transportation Fuels 1998 (1999), and The Waste Isolation Plant (1999). Yucca Mountain Studies (1990) and bulletins of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management of the U.S. Department of Energy were also helpful. Oak Ridge National Laboratory produced Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 23 (2003). The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory of the DOE published National Spent Nuclear Fuel Program (2004).
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Surveillance Summaries, Healthy People 2000, and Health, United States, 2003 were invaluable. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health prepared the NIEHS Report on Health Effects from Exposure to Power-Line Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields (1999) and Questions and Answers about Electric and Magnetic Fields Associated with the Use of Electric Power (1995).
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA—Goddard Space Flight Center) publishes a variety of materials on environmental and space issues. Useful in this book were NASA Facts (2004), Understanding Our Changing Climate (1997), and Looking at the Earth from Space (1994). The U.S. Department of Transportation produced Critter Crossings (2000), a study of the conflicts between humans and wildlife along U.S. roads and highways. The U.S. Government Accounting Office has published many useful reports on environmental issues, including energy, air and water quality, mobile phone health issues, wetlands, nuclear waste, landfills, and pollution. The U.S. Climate Change Science Program and Subcommittee on Global Change Research published The U.S. Climate Change Science Program Vision for the Program and Highlights of the Scientific Strategic Plan (2003). The Climate Action Report (2002), prepared by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, was useful in explaining the scientific community's determinations about global warming.
Numerous other U.S. government publications were used in the preparation of this book. They included Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming (1990), National Report on Sustainable Forests—2003, and America's Forests: 2003 Health Update (2003) from the U.S. Forest Service, an agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA also provided Statistical Highlights of United States Agriculture, 2002/2003 (2003). The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Denver, CO, documents the use of the nation's waters every five years. Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2000 (2004) was used in the preparation of this book. The USGS also produced Sustainability of Ground Water Resources (1999), Fertilizers—Sustaining Global Food Supplies (1999), Materials Flow and Sustainability (1998), and Water of the World (undated).
The National Conference of State Legislatures publishes reports on a wide variety of environmental topics. Especially useful were the Legislators' Guide to Alternative Fuel Policies and Programs (1997), Legisbrief—Lead Hazard Disclosures in Real Estate Transactions (1997), and Two Decades of Clean Air: EPA Assesses Cost and Benefits (1998). The American Wind Energy Association produced Wind Power Outlook 2004 (2004).
Environmental Market Outlook to 2010, Briefing for EPA-NACEPT (2002), prepared by Environmental Business International, San Diego, CA, an environmental research and consulting group, was the source of data on the status of the environmental industry.
Material from the Gallup Organization's public opinion surveys was extremely useful, as was information from the Endangered Species Coalition on plant species used in medications. Also helpful was Garbage Then and Now (undated) by the National Solid Waste Management Association. The American Lung Association published State of the Air: 2004 (2004). The National Safety Council produced Reporting on Climate Change: Understanding the Science (2000), A Guide to the U.S. Department of Energy's Low-Level Radioactive Waste (2002), and A Reporter's Guide to Yucca Mountain (2001).
The J. G. Press provided its important biennial study "The State of Garbage in America" from Biocycle Magazine. Resources for the Future provided information on the Superfund in Superfund's Future: What Will It Cost? (2001). The Environmental Defense Fund, New York, NY, discussed the leading environmental concerns of Americans and also published Evaluation of Erosion Hazards, prepared by the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (April 2000) on the erosion of U.S. coastlines.