Publications

The following is list of all CHEJ current publications. They are grouped by categories and described briefly. Please contact CHEJ for more information or if you have any questions. All electronic publications are available for free.  If you are not a member, or if you want to make a contribution, please click here. We would appreciate your support


Category: Love Canal

Love Canal: A Fact Pack»
Love Canal: A Guidebook»
Love Canal: A Chronology of Events»


Category: General Issues

Common Questions about Health Effects»
The Buried Truth: Landfill Failures Fact Pack»
Detoxifying your Home»
Monsanto Investigation»
Property Values Fact Pack»
Cement Kiln Fact Pack»
Power Lines Fact Pack»
Construction and Demo Landfills Fact Pack»
Cancer Clusters Fact Pack»
Community Health Surveys»
Environmental Testing»
Deepwell Injection»
Everything About Facility Siting»
How Clean is Clean?»
A Safety Plan»
Soil Burners Fact Pack»
Burning Tires Fact Pack»
SLAPP Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation»
Indoor Pollution Fact Pack»
Local Ordinances Fact Pack»
Risk Assessment Fact Pack»
Cell Phone Towers Fact Pack»
Asphalt Plants Fact Pack»
Waste Transfer Stations Fact Pack»


Category: Leadership Development

How to Deal With a Proposed Facility»
Fight to Win: Leadership Handbook»
Research Guide for Leaders»
User’s Guide to Experts»
User’s Guide to Lawyers»
Should your group incorporate?»
Legal Advice for Community Leaders»
Organizing Handbook»
Empowering Ourselves»
How to Win Public Hearings»
The Buried Truth: Landfill Failures Fact Pack»


Category: Toxics in Schools

PCBs Fact Pack»
Safe School Siting Toolkit»
Green Purchasing Toolkit»
Guide to Green Cleaning for Home»
A Parent’s Guide to Reducing Children’s Environmental Health Risks»


Category: The Hazards of Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC)

Bad News Comes in 3s»
Bad News Comes in 3s Exec Summary»
Bad News Comes in 3s Major Findings Fact Sheet»
Bad News Comes in 3s Top Ten States Landfill PVC Fact Sheet»
Volatile Vinyl»
Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies»
Back-to-School Wallet Guide PVC-Free School Supplies»
Our Health and PVC Fact Sheet»
PVC the Poison Plastic Fact Sheet»
PVC Flooring and Toxic Cleaning Products Fact Sheet»
Top Ten Reasons Your School Should go PVC-free Fact Sheet»
PVC and Environmental Justice Fact Sheet»
PVC Policies around the World Fact Sheet»
Toxic Toys R Us»


Category: Superfund

Superfund 25th Anniversary Report»
Superfund: In the Eye of the Storm»
Understanding Superfund»


Category: Hazards of Dioxin

American People’s Report»


Category: General Reports/Books

25 Years of Citizen Activism»
No Silver Lining »
Best of Science»
From the Files of a Whistleblower: William Sanjour's Memoir»

Love Canal: A Fact Pack

This is an abbreviated version of the Love Canal tragedy written by the leaders of the Love Canal Homeowners Association. It gives a brief history of Love Canal, goes through a summary of key events, discusses health studies conducted at the site, and gives a biography of Lois Gibbs.

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Love Canal: A Guidebook

This is an abbreviated version of the Love Canal tragedy written by the leaders of the Love Canal Homeowners Association. It gives a brief history of Love Canal, goes through a summary of key events, discusses health studies conducted at the site, and gives a biography of Lois Gibbs. Some of the most memorable news clips about Love Canal have also been included in this guidebook.

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Love Canal: A Chronology of Events

This publication is an excellent companion to Love Canal: The Story Continues. Written by the leaders of the Love Canal Homeowners Association, this book gives a chronological account of the events of Love Canal. It includes health effects, pollutant charts and maps that could be a model for your community.

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Common Questions about Health Effects

This is an essential primer for grassroots leaders to use to educate themselves and their neighbors. This guide describes how chemicals get in to the body and how they may adversely affect human health.

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The Buried Truth: Landfill Failures Fact Pack

This fact pack is a collection of articles and studies on the risks to air and ground pollution, as well as human health, due to landfill failures. Addresses methane gas leaks, leachate, and liner failures. Includes community action to clean-up landfill failures.

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Detoxifying your Home

This handbook, in Spanish and English, gives practical advice on how to handle your household hazardous waste.

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Monsanto Investigation0

This is an analysis of the failure of EPA to investigate allegations that the Monsanto Company had falsified scientific studies on the carcinogenicity of dioxin.

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Property Values Fact Pack

This fact pack is full of information on the effect waste sites have on property values. We have included materials from nonprofit organizations, newspapers, journals and the internet in an effort to provide a thorough introduction to the issues surrounding property values and contaminated land. We intend for this fact pack to be a tool to assist you in educating yourself and others

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Cement Kiln Fact Pack

A fact pack about how industry is using kilns to burn hazardous waste, a deceptive practice called “sham recycling”. This fact pack includes four types of information: business practices reports, health effects, governmental regulations, and community actions.

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Power Lines Fact Pack

A fact pack on the health effects of power lines, appliances, and other electromagnetic sources.

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Construction and Demo Landfills Fact Pack

A collection of clips uncovering hazardous waste at construction and demolition landfills and the threat they present to water supplies, wildlife and human health.

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Cancer Clusters Fact Pack

Cancer clusters are one of the most frightening, frustrating situations a community can encounter. This fact pack provides examples and case studies on why health agencies are so reluctant to acknowledge these health problems, provides numerous examples of cancer clusters and what communities have done to get answers to their questions.

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Community Health Surveys

This guidebook is intended to help you think through the many pros and cons of doing a health survey. It emphasizes the importance of organizing your neighbors first, as well as setting your goals and understanding that a health survey is only a tool to help you achieve your ultimate objective.

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Environmental Testing

You may think you are facing an environmental health threat and you want the area around your home tested. But you do not know what you need, where to look, or what to look for. This newly revised handbook tells you where to start. Learn how to get proper testing of your water, soil, air and more.

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Deepwell Injection

60% of U.S. toxic waste is pumped in to wells where it is then free to contaminate drinking water and enter the food chain. As incinerators are closed, deepwell injection may become the next threat to your community. This guidebook explains deepwell injection and outlines strategies to use if you discover your community contains injection wells.

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Everything About Facility Siting

Regardless of the type of facility you are fighting, you must ask key questions. But what kind of questions are they? The questions you must ask relate to a variety of topics including: groundwater tables, transportation routes and the economies of facilities. Imagine the reaction of the agency or corporation who must answer these questions that they never thought you would ask!

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How Clean is Clean?

This guidebook demystifies the technical debate over cleanup standards for contaminated sites. This resource covers the most effective grassroots strategies to win the best – not the cheapest – cleanup

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A Safety Plan

This is a guidebook that addresses the need for a safety plan in any remediation procedure. Lois Gibbs puts all the lessons she learned during the Love Canal incident to lay down all the important aspects of a proper safety plan that will help protect the health of workers and community members during the cleanup.

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Soil Burners Fact Pack

A fact pack of articles and newsclips on how local cement kilns and asphalt plants are burning contaminated soil. By using this loophole, companies avoid complying with federal regulations.

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Burning Tires Fact Pack

With billions of discarded tires sitting in landfills, why not burn them for fuel? Articles in this collection address the pollution hazards from burning tires in cement kilns and other facilities. It also describes what some communities have done to address the problems posed by tire incineration.

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SLAPP Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation

SLAPP is an acronym for, Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. It is a legal tactic that corporations, businesses, or developers use against non-governmental groups or individuals to intimidate them into silence. In this fact pack you will learn about SLAPPs; anti-SLAPP legislation; people who were successful in fighting a SLAPP; current SLAPP news; and organizations that also share your cause.

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Indoor Pollution Fact Pack

This fact pack looks at the different sources of indoor air pollution. It provides articles that talk about chemicals of concern, routes of exposure, and measures that you can take to protect your health.

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Local Ordinances Fact Pack

This is a fact pack that gives specific models of local ordinances from around the country that grassroots activists drafted and used to protect their communities from pollution.

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Risk Assessment Fact Pack

This fact pack is a collection of articles and examples of risk assessments used to protect communities.

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Cell Phone Towers Fact Pack

Do cellular phone towers pose a threat from long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation? This fact pack provides you with the latest information and related articles on the dangers posed by cell phone towers.

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Asphalt Plants Fact Pack

Asphalt plants release millions of pounds of chemicals to the air during production each year, including many cancer-causing toxic air pollutants such as arsenic, benzene, and cadmium. Other toxic chemicals are released into the air as the asphalt is loaded into trucks and hauled from the plant site, including volatile organic compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). This guidebook addresses these and other concerns raised by asphalt plants.

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Waste Transfer Stations Fact Pack

These sites are noisy, ugly and stinky! Transfer stations are a part of the polluter’s secret plan to maintain their profits from their dump and burn practices. This fact pack is a collection of news clips and articles on the essentials of waste transfer stations.

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How to Deal With a Proposed Facility

This guide takes a generic approach to all sorts of LULU’s (“Locally Undesirable Land Uses”). Groups have used prior editions to block proposed dumps, incinerators, quarries, nuclear plants, unsafe manufacturing facilities, lagoons for the storage of liquid pig manure, fish farms and truck stops, to name a few. Groups have also used this guidebook to block proposed expansions, license transfers, and re-permitting applications.

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Fight to Win: Leadership Handbook

This is CHEJs first basic community organization manual. Although it is written for first time organizers, established leaders may find they learn a new trick or two. Topics covered include how to start a group, keep a group going, research opponents, organize your community, carry out an effective action, raise funds, and win!

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Research Guide for Leaders

This publication shows you how to investigate your opponents – major corporations, government agencies and elected officials. Also outlines ways of using the information you’ve collected. Includes a list of each state’s Freedom of Information laws. 2nd edition.

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User’s Guide to Experts

It is difficult to win a fight without experts, but it can also be difficult to work with them. This guide describes the role experts may play in the success of your group. It also presents strategies on how to use experts to your advantage, how to judge whether you have the “right” one, and how to get your money’s worth once you’ve hired one.

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User’s Guide to Lawyers

This manual covers the pros and cons of hiring a lawyer for your community’s fight. It includes legal tricks and tactics, explaining how to ensure your lawyer is working for you and your group.

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Should your group incorporate?

This guidebook helps raise the most important issues a group needs to consider when deciding if they will incorporate and provides the key information necessary to start the process.

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Legal Advice for Community Leaders

Questions and answers about hiring and firing a lawyer, libel, slander, class action suits, settlements and more. Originally published as CHEJ General Council Ron Simon’s column in Everyone’s Backyard.

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Organizing Handbook

Organizing tips include attracting new members, holding meetings, organizing a successful action, dealing with elected officials, getting your message out to the public, how to knock on doors, negotiate with officials, work with politicians and experts, combat burnout and promote group diversity.

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Empowering Ourselves

Compiled from the words of women activists at CHEJs 1987 Women and Toxics Organizing conference, this book is filled with the insight of proven leaders in the fight against toxics. It presents concrete strategies for balancing work and family, maintaining a healthy marriage and taking care of your own needs.

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How to Win Public Hearings

Every group at one time or another will attend and be part of a public hearing. Don’t go to these hearings blindly, be prepared. If you feel it’s unfair to only have three minutes to express everything you feel about a site, find out how to get a fair hearing in this guidebook.

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The Buried Truth: Landfill Failures Fact Pack

This fact pack is a collection of articles and studies on the risks to air and ground pollution, as well as human health, due to landfill failures. Addresses methane gas leaks, leachate, and liner failures. Includes community action to clean-up landfill failures.

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PCBs Fact Pack

This fact pack is a collection of research concerning the dangers of PCBs. It includes news articles and studies from our files, put together for your use.

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Safe School Siting Toolkit

Parents across the country are shocked to find school building construction crews in their communities descending on or next to landfills, toxic sites or heavily polluting industries. Siting schools on or near contaminated land poses a great risk to the health and development of students and teachers. Unfortunately, this is usually legally allowed as there are no federal laws and very few state laws or regulations to prevent this from happening. This kit provides communities with the tools to protect their children’s health by organizing for the passage of safe school siting policies.

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Green Purchasing Toolkit

This valuable toolkit is a compilation of strategies and recommendations for implementing green purchasing policies in your neighborhood, county or state.

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Guide to Green Cleaning for Home

Commonly sold cleaning products can contain harmful chemicals. This guide is meant to help you protect yourself in your home, school, or workplace. It contains simple and cost-effective non-toxic cleaning alternatives and valuable information to make your home healthy and safe.

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A Parent’s Guide to Reducing Children’s Environmental Health Risks

A must read for all parents! This booklet explains how chemical contamination travels through air, water and soils to threaten the health, and even the lives, of children. It includes action steps families may take – both individually and collectively with other parents – to reduce or avoid exposures to pesticides, dioxin and other widely prevalent chemicals.

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Bad News Comes in 3s

CHEJ’s BE SAFE campaign co-released this report with the Environmental Health Strategy Center. The report documents the health and environmental hazards posed by PVC (polyvinyl chloride) during manufacturing, product use and disposal.

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Bad News Comes in 3s Exec Summary

The executive summary of CHEJ’s and the Environmental Health Strategy Center’s co-released report documenting the health and environmental hazards posed by PVC (polyvinyl chloride) during manufacturing, product use and disposal.

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Bad News Comes in 3s Major Findings Fact Sheet

A fact sheet summarizing the major findings of the Bad News Comes in 3s report co-released by CHEJ and the Environmental Health Strategy Center

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Bad News Comes in 3s Top Ten States Landfill PVC Fact Sheet

A fact sheet listing the top 10 states that landfill PVC based on the Bad News Comes in 3s report co-released by CHEJ and the Environmental Health Strategy Center

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Volatile Vinyl

Still using a vinyl shower curtain? Read all about the dangers you are exposing yourself and household to in this report. Find alternatives and read about how CHEJ advocates for major retailers to adopt a PVC phase out policy. The report contains the different chemicals that are in a vinyl shower curtain and the number of days they last in your house.

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Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) has created this fifth-annual Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies to empower you to make smarter, healthier shopping choices for a toxic-free future. This guide lists the most common back-to-school supplies made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) plastic and suggests safer PVC-free alternatives for your children.

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Back-to-School Wallet Guide PVC-Free School Supplies

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) has created this handy Back-to-School Wallet Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies to empower you to make smarter, healthier shopping choices for a toxic-free future.

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Our Health and PVC Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explores the connection between PVC and our health. From young children in school, through the reproductive years of adulthood and beyond, PVC is affecting the health people more and more. This fact sheet will help you understand the problem, and minimize its effects on you and your family.

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PVC the Poison Plastic Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explores how PVC is being used in our nation’s schools to alarmingly damaging effects on our children. From building materials, to school supplies and cleaning products, our schools are putting our children’s health at risk. This fact sheet will help you understand the problem, and minimize its effects on you and your family.

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PVC Flooring and Toxic Cleaning Products Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explores how PVC is being used in flooring and commercial cleaning products across the US. It provides you with safer alternatives that will not put your family’s health at risk.

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Top Ten Reasons Your School Should go PVC-free Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides you with the top ten most compelling reasons your school should go PVC-free. From PVC’s endocrine disrupting phthalates to its toxic effects upon disposal/incineration, this list will help you convince anyone to act and push for a PVC-free school.

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PVC and Environmental Justice Fact Sheet

PVC plants are disproportionately located in low-income communities and communities of color, making the production of PVC an issue of environmental justice and racism for neighboring residents. This fact sheet gives you the tools to raise awareness of PVC manufacturing as an issue for underprivileged communities.

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PVC Policies around the World Fact Sheet

This fact sheet will inform you of the shifting policies regarding PVC around the world. Responsible state and national governments, as well as leading corporations that are mindful of their consumers are shifting away from PVC. This fact sheet will help you identify those entities that are helping reduce the dangers to you and your family.

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Toxic Toys R Us

This report covers a study undertaken by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice and the Teamsters Office of Consumer Affairs, with the laboratory assistance of the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, MI. It reveals that the majority of toys in a limited sample from two Toys “R” Us outlets still contain PVC. This means that, despite Toys “R” Us pledged to phase out the sale of toys containing lead or phthalates, reduce the sale of PVC-containing products and offer more PVC-free products, they have yet to live up to their promise.

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Superfund 25th Anniversary Report

This text is a ten page narrative on the history of Superfund, the financial foundation of the program and the current funding shortfall. The report additionally includes a profile of a Superfund site in every state in the US, a profile of Superfund sites in Puerto Rico, a US PIRG state-by-state Taxpayer Impact Chart, and a state-by-state list of all Superfund sites from 1980 to 2005.

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Superfund: In the Eye of the Storm

This report addresses the large corporations that are declaring bankruptcy to avoid the cost of cleaning up their site. American taxpayers are then left holding an enormous cleanup bill which is paid for by Superfund, a program funded entirely with taxpayer dollars. There is only one solution–Congress must reinstate the polluter pays fees.

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Understanding Superfund

This guidebook explains the cleanup process, the problems communities have with this program and lists of some great resources.

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American People’s Report

This report provides a summary of new scientific research on the toxic effects caused by or associated with exposure to dioxin. New evidence from human studies provides strong confirmation of the toxicity of dioxin and its impact on the general American public.

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25 Years of Citizen Activism

25 years of citizen activism. Read about the community fights and the construction of the grassroots environmental health movement.

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No Silver Lining

A public health debate is raging around the world about the safety of bisphenol A (BPA). Chemical manufacturing and packaging companies claim BPA is safe and necessary to protect food from metal can corrosion and bacterial contamination. However, scientists, health professionals, and children’s and environmental health advocates are concerned that hundreds of independent peer-reviewed scientific studies have found negative health outcomes resulting from low doses of BPA.

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Best of Science

A compilation of articles from various experts that appeared in CHEJ’s Everybody’s Backyard, this fact pack touches on the most up to date scientific understanding within several areas of the environmental sciences. These topics include drinking water, landfills and waste, and risk assessment.

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From the Files of a Whistleblower: William Sanjour’s Memoir

Bill Sanjour’s telling of how a federal program, intended to regulate the haphazard disposal of toxic industrial wastes, was, with EPA’s acquiescence, taken over by the hazardous waste disposal industry to the detriment of people living in poor rural areas around the country.  Sanjour, an EPA manager, tells the story of how he became a whistleblower and was recruited by Lois Gibbs, of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, to take up the cause of these Americans, speaking at rallies in small towns around the country and frequently testifying in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures.  When the federal government tried to silence him by writing a law just for that purpose, Sanjour and the National Whistleblowers Center fought a four year battle to declare the law unconstitutional.  The final chapter of Sanjour’s book deals with reforms for regulatory agencies to make them work for the public the agencies are supposed to protect.

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