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

www.cdc.gov
 

State of New Jersey Department of Health

http://web.doh.state.nj.us/rtkhsfs/indexfs.aspx
http://nj.gov/health/
www.umdnj.edu  

National Council for Occupational Safety & Health

www.coshnetwork.org  

 

 

 

Environmental Issues and Watch Organizations

Appalachian Voices - www.appvoices.org/index.php?/mtr/environmental_impacts/   
Chemical Weapons Working Group - Alabama - www.cwwg.org/alabama.html  

Coal River Mountain-top Mining - West Virginia

Coal River Mountain Watch:  www.crmw.net
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition:  www.ohvec.org
Sludge Safety Project:  www.sludgesafety.org/news/2006/03_02.html 

Environmental Defense Score Card - www.scorecard.org  (Home Page) 
Environemtnal Defense Fund - www.environmentaldefense.org (Home Page) 
Hog Watch - www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=68  
Inter-Tribal Environmental Council - www.itecmembers.org  
L.E.A.D.:  Leading the Way for Environmental Justice in Northeast Oklahoma - www.leadagency.org  
Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency - http://frontiernet.net/~nnepansp/  
Orion Magazine - www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/2792/  
 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
www.ccrjustice.org  
cases on hazardous activities

(220) 662-8333
www.lawyerscommittee.org
toxics, pollution, pesticides, facility sites, environmental justice 

Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund  National Conference of Black Lawyers 

(202) 667-4500
www.earthjustice.org
legal services on a wide variety of environmental issues 

(202) 723-1662
www.ncbl.org
legal assistance/training for lawyers representing affected communities 

Farmworker Justice Fund   

(292) 462-8192
www.fwjustice.org
pesticides, worker safety and health 

 

 

 National Grassroots and Science Activist Organizations 

 

Center for Health, Environment and Justice  Health care Without Harm 

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

(202) 234-0091; www.noharm.org
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; www.cehn.org
A national, multi-disciplinary organization, whose mission is to protect the fetus and child from environmental health hazards. 

(617) 482-9485; www.jsi.com
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)

www.cireeh.org
Boston University School of Public Health 

(617) 524-7258; www.riles.org
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; www.ejrc.cau.edu
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); www.rachel.org
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; www.sehn.org
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; www.ewg.org
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; www.silentspring.org
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. 

Greenaction   

(415) 252-0822; www.greenaction.org
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):  www.atsdr.cdc.gov/  
Clean Up Information:  http://clu-in.org - Information from teh EPA and others. 
National Response Center: www.nrc.uscg.mil/index.html - All spills must be reported to this agency.

 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Environmental Protection Agency:  www.epa.gov  
EPA Superfund:  www.epa.gov/superfund  
EPA:  Regions, States, & Tribes:  www.epa.gov/osw/regions.htm  

 

Region 1 Regional Office (CT, MA,ME, NH, RI, VT)  Region 6 Regional Office (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX) 

www.epa.gov/region1
Boston, MA
(617) 918-1111
Toll Free:  (888) 372-7341
Includes 10 Tribal Nations 

www.epa.gov/region6
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) 

www.epa.gov/region2
New York, NY
(212) 637-3660
Includes 7 Tribal Nations 

www.epa.gov/region7
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) 

WWW.EPA.GOV/REGION3
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 814-5000
Toll Free:  (800) 438-2474 

www.epa.gov/region8
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) 

www.epa.gov/region4
Atlanta, GA
(404) 562-9900
Toll Free:  (800) 241-1754 

www.epa.gov/region9
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) 

www.epa.gov/region5
Chicago, IL
(312) 353-2000
Toll Free:  (800) 621-8431
Includes 35 Tribal Nations 

www.epa.gov/region10
Seattle, WA
(206) 553-1200
Toll Free:  (800) 424-4372 

 

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CONTACT INFO

Mr. Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3211
wolgemuthz@ucc.org