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Appendix C.13 Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection Data Base
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Sponsoring Agency: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC
Description of Services: The Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection is a special collection within the EPA Headquarters Library on the subject of hazardous waste. The Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection Data Base (HWSFD) is a data base containing bibliographic references and abstracts for the documents in the collection. The data base is designed to better meet the information needs of EPA staff by making key documents and services more readily available through the EPA library network. The system provides:
  • A unified resource of major hazardous waste reports, books and journals available through the EPA library network.
  • Current information to assist EPA staff in making timely and effective policy and regulatory decisions.
  • Assistance in the transfer of hazardous waste information from the EPA to the states as part of the Agency's technology transfer effort.
Data: Continually growing, the HWSFD contains abstracts of books, legislation, regulations, reports from federal agencies, EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) policy and guidance directives, and EPA reports from selected program offices.

Entries can be searched by the following categories:

  • Keywords (from a thesaurus)
  • Title
  • EPA program office
  • Date
  • Author
  • Abstract

The HWSFD is updated quarterly. Selected documents from the collection are distributed to the 10 EPA regional libraries as well as to EPA laboratory libraries in Ada, OK; Cincinnati, OH; Edison, NJ; Las Vegas, NV; Research Triangle Park, NC; and the National Enforcement Investigations Center in Denver, CO.

Access: The Data Base is available to the public through two sources: the EPA Online Library System (OLS), which resides on the EPA mainframe (online version), and files that can be downloaded from EPA's CLU-IN Bulletin Board (PC version). To access either version, a user will need a computer, modem, and communications software.

Connecting to OLS with a modem

You can dial up OLS at 919-549-0720. The software settings are even parity, one stop bit, half duplex, and 7 data bits.
OLS will support modems from 300-28.8 kbps. Once you have connected, follow these steps:
1.Select 6 (Public)
2.Select 1 (OLS)
3.Read (or skim through) the long paragraph that appears next, then press Return
4.Type "n" for National Catalog (assuming that is the database you want)
5.Press Enter, twice, to get past the two questions about screen mode and experienced-user screens

You can also use a telnet client to log in to OLS, using the address

For user support, call (800) 334-2405. For an OLS user manual, call (919) 541-2777.

Files to assemble the PC version can be downloaded from the CLU-IN Bulletin Board by dialing 301-589-8366. Parameters are:

8 data bits
1 stop bit
No parity
1200-9600 Baud

Hardware/Software: Both versions can be accessed with a PC, modem, and communications software.
Contact: Felice Sacks
Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection
EPA Headquarters Library
Mail Code: PM-211A
401 M St., SW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 260-3021

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