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Environmental Health

There are many sources of information available to those wishing to learn about environmental health issues and trends in Montana and nationally. We’ve chosen a few of the best sites to include here.

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Asbestos Program – the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services provides information on health-related issues.

Asbestos Control Program — this DEQ program issues permits for asbestos abatement projects, and accredits asbestos-related professionals.

Household Hazardous Waste

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Data and Trends

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities.

The Ground-Water Information Center (GWIC) at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) is the central repository for information on the ground-water resources of Montana.

The Montana Soils Program provides quality soil survey information necessary for understanding, managing, conserving, and sustaining the nation's limited soil resources.

The Montana Surface Water Monitoring Program presents water quality conditions and trends statewide, and many more helpful water quality links.

The Montana Air Quality Information has links to reports, air pollution data, and forest fire updates.

EPA Region 8 Regional and state-specific environmental information.

EPA Pollutants/Toxics Homepage EPA has databases and documents with information about the effects and prevalence of pollutants and toxics in our environment.

Programs

Montana Environmental Public Health Tracking The Department of Public Health & Human Services has collected data about environmental hazards and human health effects potentially related to exposure to environmental hazards.

EPA National Waste Minimization Program focuses on reducing use of 31 Priority Chemicals (PCs) found in consumer products and industrial wastes that are persistent and highly toxic. They can also accumulate in living organisms.