Resource Appendix #3

Selected Organizations and Agencies

(Please note:  These categories and listings are a sampling, and are not intended to be exhaustive.)

Safety & Health  ¦  Environmental Issues  ¦  Legal Rights  ¦  National Grassroots Activists  ¦  Governmental Agencies  ¦  U.S. EPA

Faith-Based Disaster Response Organizations

United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries 

International Orthodox Christian Charities 

700 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 736-3211

110 West Road
Baltimore, MD 21204
(410) 243-9820

Church World Service Emergency Response Program 

Lutheran Disaster Response 

475 Riverside Drive, #700
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-3151 

8765 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631-4101
(773) 380-2748 

National Disaster Response Office, National Ministries American Baptist Churches USA 

Christian Church, Disciples of Christ
Week of Compassion

P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482
(610) 768-2034 

P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206
(317) 713-2442

Mennonite Disaster Service 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 

1018 Main Street
Akron, PA 17501
(717) 859-2210  

100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 569-5000 

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee 

Reformed Church in America 

400 76th Street, SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
(800) 848-5818 

4500 60th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
(616) 698-7071 

Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries 

United Methodist Committee on Relief 

601 Main Street 
New Windsor, MD 21776
(410) 635-8748 or
(800) 451-4407

100 Maryland Avenue, NE, Suite 315
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 548-4002 


Safety and Health


Center for Disease Control

State of New Jersey Department of Health  

National Council for Occupational Safety & Health  




Environmental Issues and Watch Organizations

Appalachian Voices -   
Chemical Weapons Working Group - Alabama -  

Coal River Mountain-top Mining - West Virginia

Coal River Mountain Watch:
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition:
Sludge Safety Project: 

Environmental Defense Score Card -  (Home Page) 
Environemtnal Defense Fund - (Home Page) 
Hog Watch -  
Inter-Tribal Environmental Council -  
L.E.A.D.:  Leading the Way for Environmental Justice in Northeast Oklahoma -  
Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency -  
Orion Magazine -  
 Article entitled "Resources for Coal Fighters" gives state-by-state listing of proposed coal-fired power plants



Legal Rights 


Center for Constitutional Rights  Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law 

(212) 614-6484  
cases on hazardous activities

(220) 662-8333
toxics, pollution, pesticides, facility sites, environmental justice 

Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund  National Conference of Black Lawyers 

(202) 667-4500
legal services on a wide variety of environmental issues 

(202) 723-1662
legal assistance/training for lawyers representing affected communities 

Farmworker Justice Fund   

(292) 462-8192
pesticides, worker safety and health 



 National Grassroots and Science Activist Organizations 


Center for Health, Environment and Justice  Health care Without Harm 

(703) 237-2249;
Helps local citizens and organizations come together and take a unified stand in order to hold industry and government accountable. 

(202) 234-0091;
An international coalition of 429 organizations in 52 countries working to transform the health care industry so it is no longer a source of harm to people and the environment. 

Children's Environmental Health Network  John Snow Institute - Center for Environmental Health Studies 

(202) 543-4033;
A national, multi-disciplinary organization, whose mission is to protect the fetus and child from environmental health hazards. 

(617) 482-9485;
Provides expert assistance to community and labor groups, and other advocates concerning the health effects of exposure to hazardous chemicals. Areas of expertise include:  medicine, industrial hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, public policy advocacy, and environmental education. 

Environmental Health Research Center  Resource  Institute for Low Entropy System (RILES)
Boston University School of Public Health 

(617) 524-7258;
Works in partnership with communities in English and Spanish speaking countries to protect public health and the environment. 

Environmental Justice Resource Center  Program for the Ecology of Human Systems

(404) 880-6911;
A research, policy, and information clearing house on issues related to environmental justice, race and the environment, civil rights, facility siting.  The overall goal of the center is to support and educate people of color in facilitating their inclusion in the mainstream of environmental decision-making. 

RILES and the Boston University School of Public Health jointly sponsor the Program for the Ecology of Human Systems (PEHS) to link students, public health professionals, and communities concerned about the local environment.

Environmental Research Foundation  The Science and Environmental Health Network 

(888) 2RACHEL; (272-2435);
Helps people find the information they need to fight for environmental justice in their own communities.  ERF publishes the on-line, "Rachel's Environment & Health News," an accessible informative, bi-weekly newsletter on a range of environmental health topics.

(515) 268-0600;
Advocates the wise application of science to protect the environment and public health; helps environmental organizations use science in their work, guides scientists to public interest research and public service, and informs public policy with science grounded in ethics and logic. 

Environmental Working Group  Silent Spring Institute 

(202) 667-6982;
A not-for-profit environmental research organization dedicated to improving public health by reducing pollution in air, water and food.  Recent research topcis have included pesticides in foods, air and water. 

(617) 332-4288;
A non-profit scientific research organization dedicated to identifying the links between the environment and women's health, especially breast cancer.  It is a collaboration of scientists, physicians, health advocates, and community activists and a leading edge research institution. 


(415) 252-0822;
Mobilizes community power to change government and corporate policies and practices to protect health and promote justice. 



Governmental Agencies


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR):  
Clean Up Information: - Information from teh EPA and others. 
National Response Center: - All spills must be reported to this agency.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Environmental Protection Agency:  
EPA Superfund:  
EPA:  Regions, States, & Tribes:  


Region 1 Regional Office (CT, MA,ME, NH, RI, VT)  Region 6 Regional Office (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
Boston, MA
(617) 918-1111
Toll Free:  (888) 372-7341
Includes 10 Tribal Nations
Dallas, TX
(214) 665-2200
Toll Free:  (800) 887-6063
Includes 65 Tribal Nations 

Region 2 Regional Office (NJ, NY, PR, RI)  Region 7 Regional Office (IA, KS, MO, NE)
New York, NY
(212) 637-3660
Includes 7 Tribal Nations
Kansas City, KS
(913) 551-7003
Toll Free:  (800) 223-0425
Includes 9 Tribal Nations 

Region 3 Regional Office (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV)  Region 8 Regional Office (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) 

Philadelphia, PA
(215) 814-5000
Toll Free:  (800) 438-2474
Denver, CO 
(303) 312-6312
Toll Free:  (800) 227-8917
Includes 27 Tribal Nations

Region 4 Regional Office (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)  Region 9 Regional Office (AZ, CA, HI, NV, Pacific)
Atlanta, GA
(404) 562-9900
Toll Free:  (800) 241-1754
San Francisco, CA
(415) 947-8000
Toll Free:  (866) EPA-WEST (372-9378)
Includes 147 Tribal Nations 

Region 5 Regional Office (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)  Region 10 Regional Office (AK, ID, OR, WA)
Chicago, IL
(312) 353-2000
Toll Free:  (800) 621-8431
Includes 35 Tribal Nations
Seattle, WA
(206) 553-1200
Toll Free:  (800) 424-4372 


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Mr. Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44115