From: "Michael R. Meuser"
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date sent: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 04:49:31 -0800 Subject: more on CEP data Hello - I've been doing a little more digging into the EPA's Cumulative Exposure Project (CEP) referred to in my email yesterday and in Rachel #631, "Carcinogens Everywhere." A few weeks ago another subscriber posted this to the ecojustice list: "...yet the "Maps & Data" link on the EPA Cumulative Exposure web page keeps saying "please check back later." What is this?" I have been feeling the same sense of frustration. I first began checking the website and emailing EPA beginning October, 1998 and at least once each month since in an attempt to gain access to the raw data. Each time I had been put off, being told that the data will be available the following month. Now it looks as though it will not be publicly available on the website BUT available by request from EPA. This evening I searched the NY Times website, http://www.nytimes.com for "cumulative exposure project" and obtained a "hit" for a January 17, 1999 Boston Globe article. You can read the article located at: http://www.4cleanair.org/members/committee/airtoxics/globe1-17.html Note that this is on the website of the STAPPA and ALAPCO website not the Boston Globe. I was curious who STAPPA and ALAPCO was and searched through the website and came upon this page: http://www.4cleanair.org/members/committee/airtoxic.html It has all sorts of information and links about CEP including preview websites, data access, model press releases and the like. In the alerts section: http://www.4cleanair.org/members/alerts.html I discovered information on why EPA will not be making the raw data available for download on the website. It also said that Carol Browner says it will be made available to the public upon request. When I was all done looking around I discovered a link to "public website." I thought that it was strange to have a link to a public website from a public website. I went to: http://www.4cleanair.org/ and realized that before I was at the "in-house" though very public website of the "State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators" and "Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officials" website. The other public site doesn't seem to make any mention of CEP! I finally figured out who STAPPA and ALAPCO are! Main website for EPA's Cumulative Exposure Project: http://www.epa.gov/oppecumm/index.htm Mike http://www.mapcruzin.com/ for Right-to-Know News, free GIS, maps and data, Community Mapping Resources Michael R. Meuser GIS and WWW Mapping Application Development Mapping for Community Right-To-Know "making data make sense" email@example.com
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