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LB 325A, Fall 2022 (Thompson): Home

Introduction

This guide contains links to resources that will help you find more information on your chosen Superfund site. Here are a couple of extra tips on finding Superfund information:

  1. Sometimes the state or county/city where your site is will have information on its own health/environmental website. It's always worth searching  for that site--it's usually called something like "environment" or "natural resources." You can also look for state departments of health, or health and human services.
  2. Any government agency that deals with Superfund sites (and most companies, as well) will have sent out press releases about it. Especially if there are newspaper articles about the site, a lot of that information is coming from press releases. You can go to the government agency website or company website and look for a link that says something like "Media Contacts," "For the Media," "Communication," "Public Relations," "Newsroom," etc. Press releases will ALWAYS be slanted to make the company or agency look better, although that doesn't mean they have no useful information.
  3. One way to evaluate a newspaper article is to see if it draws primarily from a press release. A good newspaper article shouldn't be just taking press releases at face value; There should be some investigation beyond that.
  4. If you want to get a better understanding of the scientific information that the EPA uses to make its decisions, ToxTutor, which was created by the National Library of Medicine, is a free online textbook that talks about exposure rates and potential harms to human beings.

Related Books at the MSU Libraries

You can find many more books and documents on Superfund sites by going to the library homepage and searching for "superfund." (be sure to watch the video on searching for books first!) But here are some relevant books for reference.

Health Sciences Librarian

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Chana Kraus-Friedberg
Contact:
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824
517-884-8462
Subjects: Medicine, Public Health
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