The Technical Information Packages (TIPs) are a series of information collections prepared by the U.S. EPA with international audiences in mind. The packages focus on the key environmental and public health issues being investigated by EPA and attempt to summarize the EPA's pertinent techincal publications, databases, models, websites, and software programs related to these issues. Each TIP consists of an introductory text which provides an overview of a specific topic. Embedded with this introductory text are abstracts of related EPA materials. In most cases, users may link from these abstracts to full-text versions of documents or to databases, models, etc. Each TIP also provides information on how to order hard-copy versions of EPA materials. EPA provides TIPs for the following environmental issues on this CD: EPA INFORMATION RESOURCES describes major information collections and resources produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. SMALL COMMUNITY WASTEWATER SYSTEMS discusses the scope of the wastewater problem in small communities, wastewater collection and treatment systems, as well as sludge management. PESTICIDE USE AND DISPOSAL discusses many commonly used pesticides, associated health and environmental concerns, safe labelling and application procedures, and residues in food. It also discusses the problems associated with the identification, analysis, and appropriate disposal of excess or obsolete pesticides. Related health concerns and disposal options are described as well. ENSURING SAFE DRINKING WATER describes drinking water contaminants, the steps taken to determine maximum allowable contaminant levels, sampling and analysis methods, and current treatment technologies. LEAD PHASE-OUT deals with all aspects of lead abatement in a variety of media. The health risks associated with environmental lead, along with available technologies for its clean up, are discussed. HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT discusses hazardous wastes, their effects on human
health and the environment, sampling and analysis methods, and current treatment and disposal technologies. AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT contains information on the problems of ambient and indoor air pollution, associated health risks, monitoring methods and control technologies. WATER QUALITY discusses the establishment of water quality goals, monitoring and assessment methods, and techniques for pollution control. well.