Chuck Miller rellim at MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU
Tue Sep 19 10:18:17 EST 1995

          Announcing a New Series of Chemical Fact Sheets from the U.S.
          Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pollution Prevention
          and Toxics -- Chemicals in the Environment: OPPT Chemical Fact

          The OPPT Chemical Fact Sheets are produced by the Office of
          Pollution Prevention and Toxics to provide a brief summary of
          information on selected chemicals.  Each Fact Sheet covers a
          particular chemical's identity, production and use, environmental
          fate, and health and environmental effects.  They also include a
          list of laws under which the chemical is regulated, phone
          numbers, and the names of EPA offices and other Agencies one can
          call or contact for more information.  Each Fact Sheet is also
          accompanied by a Chemical Summary, a technical support document
          that provides detailed technical information on the chemical
          named in the Fact Sheet.

          The initial goal of this project was to provide summaries that
          would supplement information on the environmental release of
          Toxics Release Inventory chemicals.  The Fact Sheets are also
          intended to provide the public with information on other
          chemicals under assessment by the Office of Pollution Prevention
          and Toxics.

          Fact Sheets are currently available for the following chemicals:
            Acetaldehyde       Methanol
            Acetonitrile       Methyl ethyl ketone
            Acrylamide         Methyl isobutyl ketone
            Acrylic acid       Methyl-tert-butyl ether
            1-Butanol          Methylchloroform (1,1,1-Trichloroethane)
            Carbon disulfide   Methylene chloride (Dichloromethane)
            Carbonyl sulfide   2-Methoxyethanol
            Chlorine           Perchloroethylene
            Cyclohexane        Toluene
            Freon 113          1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene

          The Fact Sheets are available through several access points.
          Electronically they are accessible through the Right-to-Know
          Network (RTK-NET) and the EPA Gopher.  RTK NET can be accessed
          either by direct dial-up at (202) 234-8570 (8-N-1) or via the
          Internet (telnet to rtk.net--login as "public"--or use a Web
          browser to access it at http://rtk.net).  [IMPORTANT:  Your Web
          browser must be set up to access telnet.  Some commercial
          services' Web browsers, for example, do NOT currently have access
          to telnet.]  Note that you must sign up for an account, which is
          free, before accessing some of RTK NET's databases.  The Fact
          Sheets and Chemical Summaries are presently located under:
              Documents/Documents (Archives)/OPPT Chemical Fact Sheets and
              Chemical Summaries
          For more information on RTK NET, call OMB Watch at (202) 234-

          The Fact Sheets are also accessible on the EPA Gopher
          (gopher.epa.gov).  They are currently located under:

              EPA Offices and Regions/Office of Prevention, Pesticides and
              Toxic Substances/Toxic Substances/Chemicals in the
              Environment: OPPT Chemical Fact Sheets.

          [NOTE:  EPA's World Wide Web server (http://www.epa.gov) mirrors
          everything from the EPA Gopher.  The Fact Sheets files have not
          yet been converted to HTML format, however, so the formatting
          there may look strange.  We are working on this problem and
          should have it corrected shortly.]

          Persons interested in retrieving all the Fact Sheets
          electronically can do so through anonymous ftp from EPA's FTP
          server (ftp.epa.gov).  Log on the ftp server as anonymous.  A
          description of the Fact Sheets and a list of the chemicals for
          which they have been prepared can be found in the directory
          pub/gopher/chemfact (metadata.txt and chemlist.txt).  The Fact
          Sheets and Chemical Summaries are found in the directory
          pub/gopher/chemfact/chemical.  Use the mget command to retrieve
          f*.txt for the Fact Sheets and s*.txt for the Chemical Summaries.
          The files are in ASCII.  (IMPORTANT:  The Fact Sheets average 6
          or 7 kbytes in size, while the Chemical Summaries can vary in
          size from 20 to 40 kbytes.)

          The Fact Sheets and Chemical Summaries are also available
          directly through EPA's experimental public access mail server.
          All requests are sent to the e-mail address
               publications at earth1.epa.gov
          Commands are sent in the body of the message, the Subject line
          of the message is ignored. You can submit multiple commands in a
          single e-mail message.

          The information is organized as a series of data collections,
          each data collection is given a name and has its own index. To
          receive a list of the data collections send a message containing
          the command
          The index contains a list of the data collections with a brief
          one-line description of the collection. To see an index of a
          particular data collection use the command
               INDEX <name>
          where the <name> is the name of the data collection.  For
          example, to retrieve the index for the Fact Sheets use the
               INDEX chemfact

          The data collection index consists of an entry for each document
          within the collection, the size of the file in bytes (not
          currently implemented) and the last modification date of the
          file as well as a one-line description of the file.

          To retrieve a file use the command
               GET <item name>
          where the <item name> is the item name provided in the index.
          Note that case is significant.  For example, to retrieve a list
          of the chemicals send the following command to
          publications at earth1.epa.gov
               GET chemfact/chemlist.txt

          NOTE:  At present you will need to send a separate GET command to
          retrieve each file.

          Paper copies of the Fact Sheets are available from the TSCA
          Assistance Information Service (TAIS).  (The supply is limited
          so if you have Internet access, please download them from either
          the EPA Gopher or RTK-NET and print yourself.)  TAIS can be
          reached at (202) 554-1404 or by writing to the TSCA Assistance
          Information Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
          Environmental Assistance Division (7408), 401 M St., SW,
          Washington, DC  20460.

          For more information on the Fact Sheets, or if you have comments
          or suggestions about the Fact Sheets, please e-mail Randall
          Brinkhuis at brinkhuis.randall at epamail.epa.gov or write him at
          the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution
          Prevention and Toxics, Information Management Division (7407),
          Information Access Branch, 401 M St., SW, Washington, DC  20460.

          If you encounter any problems with the electronic mail server you
          can contact
               internet_support at unixmail.rtpnc.epa.gov

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