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Environmental Health - Toxic Substances

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I get information on the health effects of toxic substances in water?

A: The Toxic Substances Hydrology (Toxics) Program does not investigate human health effects per se. The information that the Toxics Program provides is used by health professionals to assess human health risks from exposure to toxic substances and to prioritize their activities. The Toxics Program coordinates its activities with agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Program, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Research, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to provide information that can be used to set sound policies regarding human health.

The following links provide useful information on human and ecological health effects.

USGS Human and Ecological Health Programs

  • USGS Human Health Web Site, Information on USGS human health related activities that provide scientific knowledge and information to improve the understanding of the environmental contributions to disease and human health
  • USGS Contaminant Biology Program investigates the effects and exposure of environmental contaminants to the Nation's living resources
  • Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Research, USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center scientists conduct investigations to detect, understand, and evaluate the effects of contaminants on the quality of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and their component species
  • Wildlife Contaminants Research, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center scientists conduct research on health effects of environmental contaminants on wildlife
  • USGS Drinking Water Programs, A source of information on USGS activities that are related to the health effects of toxic substances

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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