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February 2, 1994

Chemical Alert! A Community Action Handbook

JAMA. 1994;271(5):405. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510290089048

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This volume has been designed to support the thesis that an educated layperson can organize a group of concerned citizens to plan and implement an appropriate preliminary study to confirm their suspicions that an environmental hazard or a health problem exists.

The book is organized to assist such persons in developing some preliminary but reasonable data to back up a request for further action about a suspected environmental problem. The organization follows a sequential plan to identify the health problem or suspected hazard, rally the community to action, and collect, analyze, and present the information to governmental agencies or authorities who can cause further steps to be taken. It is pointed out early that sophisticated, professional training is not needed for citizens to collect enough information to document their concerns as an adjunct to requesting better studies or governmental action. However, in order to utilize the plan laid out in

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