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TOXMAP now includes TRI 2012 data

March 10, 2014

TOXMAP now includes the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) 2012 National Analysis data.

TOXMAP maps the TRI chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found on their website.

New-look TOXMAP now available!

A beta (or pre-release) of a new version of TOXMAP is now available. It provides an improved map appearance and interactive capabilities as well as a more current GIS look-and-feel. This includes seamless panning, immediate update of search results when zooming to a location, two collapsible side panels to maximize map size, and automatic size adjustment after a window resize. The new TOXMAP also has improved U.S. Census layers and availability by Census Tract (2000 and 2010), Canadian National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) data, U.S. commercial nuclear power plants, and improved and updated congressional district boundaries. More features are planned, including some from the original version of TOXMAP that are not currently offered in the new version.

The current version of TOXMAP will be renamed TOXMAP classic and will remain operational (with updated data, but no new features) while the new TOXMAP is in pre-release. In the coming months, a new TOXMAP home page will help users choose between and access the old and new versions.

TOXMAP now includes TRI 2011 data

February 12, 2013

TOXMAP now includes the 2011 Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI) (http://www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/tri11/nationalanalysis/index.htm).

TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

TOXMAP now includes TRI 2010 data

January 24, 2012

TOXMAP now includes the 2010 Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI) (http://www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/tri10/nationalanalysis/index.htm).

TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

Learn about toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing

November 30, 2011

Hydraulic fracturing (also called hydrofracking or fracking) is a process in which millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to break apart rock in order to release oil and natural gas.

The US EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program requires facilities in certain industries that manufacture, process, or use significant amounts of toxic chemicals, to report annually on their releases of these chemicals. Hydraulic fracturing is currently not a TRI-covered industry and so is not represented in TOXMAP.

EPA scientists are conducting a study of hydraulic fracturing to better understand any potential impacts on drinking water and groundwater. Congress has released a report on hydraulic fracturing (PDF, 161 KB) [Download Acrobat Reader] that lists 29 toxic chemicals used in fracturing (see Table 3 of this report). Note that additional chemicals may be found to be associated with hydraulic fracturing after the publication of this report. Click on the links in the table below for additional information on the chemicals in the report:

Acetaldehyde

Acetophenone

Acrylamide

Benzene

Benzyl chloride

Copper

Cumene

Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

Diesel

Diethanolamine

Dimethyl formamide

Ethylbenzene

Ethylene glycol

Ethylene oxide

Formaldehyde

Hydrochloric acid

Hydrofluoric acid

Lead

Methanol

Naphthalene

Nitrilotriacetic acid

p-Xylene

Phenol

Phthalic anhydride

Propylene oxide

Sulfuric acid

Thiourea

Toluene

Xylene

 

TOXMAP now includes TRI 2009 data

February 7, 2011

TOXMAP now includes the 2009 Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI) (http://www.epa.gov/tri/NationalAnalysis/archive/index.html).

TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

TOXMAP Featured at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

TOXMAP was featured at the USA Science & Engineering Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC October 24, 2010. The ScienceFest exposed children to the wonders of science by providing fun and interactive activities. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) created a carnival-like tent around the theme of toxicology and environmental health called "Toxic Adventures." Activities highlighted TOXMAP, ToxMystery, and Tox Town. During the 4 hour exhibit, children played an electronic matching game linking chemicals to their descriptions, dug for products containing various "pretend" toxins, and played ball toss with Toxie-the-Cat.

Updated Superfund, NCI Mortality data

July 26, 2010

TOXMAP now contains updated EPA Superfund National Priority List (NPL) data. TOXMAP also has updated NCI mortality data.

Other TOXMAP updates include:

January 19, 2010

TOXMAP now includes the 2008 Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI) (http://www.epa.gov/tri/NationalAnalysis/archive/index.html).

Other TOXMAP updates include:
  • the ability to view search results in Google Maps and Google Earth; and
  • a new look for the TOXMAP FAQ.
TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

Updated mortality data, new look for TOXMAP News

July 6, 2009

TOXMAP now has updated mortality data and a new look for TOXMAP News. News now uses the Movable Type blog software to manage its news. Other TOXMAP updates include:
  • the ability to enter map descriptions to saved search results;
  • the TOXMAP widget and toolbar; and
  • several bug fixes.

Try the TOXMAP Toolbar

July 6th, 2009

The TOXMAP Toolbar lets you search TRI releases, Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) sites by contaminant, or TRI facilities and Superfund NPL sites by ZIP code-- all from your browser search box.

For installation help, see the toolbar's Help and Troubleshooting page, or contact us.

Try the TOXMAP Widget

July 6, 2009

The TOXMAP widget allows you or your users to launch a TOXMAP search from your blog, wiki, or Web page. Enter a ZIP code into the widget to see a map of TRI facilities and Superfund NPL sites, or click "More info" to go to the TOXMAP home page.

To add the widget, you must be able to edit your Web page. (If you need help in adding a widget to your Web page, contact your Webmaster or service provider.) For the TOXMAP widget, copy and paste this code into your Web page:

<iframe frameborder="0" width="170" height="100" id="toxmapwidget" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" src="http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov/toxmap/widgets/toxmapWidget.html"> </iframe>

The EPA Widgets page provides other environmental widgets.

June 10, 2009

"Selected Environmental Health Web Resources of the National Library of Medicine" will be presented at the Special Libraries Association's (SLA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on June 16, 2009. See the SLA Web site for details.

TOXMAP now includes 2007 TRI data, ability to save search results

March 23, 2009

TOXMAP now includes the 2007 Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI) (http://www.epa.gov/tri/NationalAnalysis/archive/index.html).

Other TOXMAP updates include the ability to:
  • save your search results to a comma-delimited file;
  • toggle county and Congressional district boundaries via "Reference Data" link; and
  • zoom to Indian reservations via "Zoom to a Place" link.
TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

September 22, 2008

TOXMAP now includes several interface improvements, updated mortality data, and names and locations of hospitals when the map is zoomed to the most detailed level. Hospital and other reference data can be hidden from maps via the "Reference Data" link.

Other recent changes include:

  • Ability to view TRI facilities reporting releases in a particular TRI year
  • Inclusion of links to TRI state fact sheets from EPA
  • Ability to zoom to US national parks via "Zoom to a Place"
  • Ability to toggle on and off the "auto-zoom" behavior in the main Search page
  • Section 508 compliance improvements

TOXMAP now includes 2006 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data

April 14, 2008

TOXMAP now includes the 2006 Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI) (http://www.epa.gov/tri/NationalAnalysis/archive/index.html). Health risk information links and EPA Environmental Health news have also been added.

TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

New health data, roads in TOXMAP

February 6, 2008

TOXMAP now contains updated cancer and other mortality data. TOXMAP also now shows more detailed roads at a variety of map scales. Roads and other reference data can be hidden from maps via the Other Data subtab.

Other recent changes:

GIS Day is November 14th, 2007

November 1, 2007

GIS Day is November 14th, 2007. According to http://www.gisday.com, "on any given day, more than two million people around the world use GIS to improve the way their organizations see [users]. GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society."

See http://www.gisday.com for the latest GIS Day news or to register your own GIS Day event (http://www.gisday.com/events/register.html).

View TRI facilities and Superfund sites in San Diego County, CA

New in TOXMAP: more search options, geographic regions

August 7, 2007

TOXMAP now contains more search options and geographic regions. New features include:
  • More search options: search TOXMAP by CAS/RN, TRI facility name/ID, release medium, release year ranges, release amount, Superfund NPL site name/ID, and Hazard Ranking System (HRS) score.
  • Geographic regions: create your own geographic region, or select a pre-defined region from a list. Setting a geographic region limits search results to those inside the specified region. Regions can be saved for future access and a provided URL will start TOXMAP with your region already selected.
  • Regional TRI summary tables: view summary (aggregate) TRI release amounts for any geographic region
  • Updated Superfund data.

TOXMAP now includes 2005 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data

April 13, 2007

TOXMAP now includes the 2005 Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI) (http://www.epa.gov/tri/NationalAnalysis/archive/index.html). In addition, TOXMAP chemicals are now displayed in mixed case.

TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

TOXMAP has improved location data

November 7, 2006

The EPA (http://www.epa.gov) recently released updated and more accurate TRI location data from its Facility Registry System (FRS) (http://www.epa.gov/frs/). TOXMAP has incorporated these changes, which correct many TRI location inaccuracies in the FRS. Such corrections will continue to be incorporated into TOXMAP as they become available.

See the TOXMAP FAQ about TRI location accuracy for more information.

New look for TOXMAP maps

August 9, 2006

TOXMAP's maps now have a more accurate appearance. For more information on how maps are drawn, see our FAQ.

Other new TOXMAP features include:
  • TRI releases summary table for each TRI facility showing all years and chemicals in table format;
  • Larger default maps (with the option for small maps);
  • Enhanced homepage map;
  • Auto-completion of chemical names in text entry fields (like Quick Search);
  • A "For Teachers" page that includes a downloadable sample assignment.

TOXMAP now includes 2004 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data

April 13, 2006

TOXMAP now includes the 2004 Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI) (http://www.epa.gov/tri/NationalAnalysis/archive/index.html).

Other TOXMAP updates include:
  • Direct links to TOXMAP and the MapIt button from TOXNET®/TRI now bring up TRI/Superfund combination maps;
  • The TOXMAP Tour has been updated to include Superfund features;
  • Redesigned "Health Data" page;
  • Metadata added to shapefile download.
TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

New in TOXMAP: Superfund data

March 1, 2006

These new features were added to TOXMAP on March 1, 2006:
  • Superfund data: maps, chemical search, information, and related links
  • Additional demographic layers: age, gender, income, cancer mortality, disease mortality
  • "Map Controls" for easier one-click navigation
  • Expanded links to chemical resources
  • Glossary of terms

New in TOXMAP 2.4

July, 2005

TOXMAP now includes the 2003 Toxics Release Inventory Data (TRI).
http://www.epa.gov/tri/NationalAnalysis/archive/index.html

TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

TOXMAP now includes 2003 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data

July, 2005

TOXMAP now includes the 2003 Toxics Release Inventory Data (TRI).
http://www.epa.gov/tri/NationalAnalysis/archive/index.html

TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

TOXMAP now includes list of TRI chemicals

July, 2005

TOXMAP now includes a TOXMAP TRI chemical list page. (http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov/toxmap/main/chemicals.jsp). Links to relevant NLM chemical information resources are also provided.

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-listed-chemicals.

TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). Some TRI chemicals have no reported releases, and so will not appear in the TRI release data or in TOXMAP.

TOXMAP's data can be searched in other ways

March 24, 2005

"Use of Feedback in Designing on Environmental Health Information Mapping System" will be presented at the Medical Library Association's (MLA) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on May 17 (http://www.mlahq.org/am/am2005/index.html).

TOXMAP now includes bar charts

March 24, 2005

In response to feedback from users, TOXMAP now includes bar charts.

*Users selecting the Facilities tab will see a bar chart for each facility showing up to five top emissions estimates by chemical name as reported annually to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

*Under the Releases tab, a bar chart shows the distribution medium for the emissions of the selected chemical (land, air, underground injection (U.I.), or water) by each facility.

*Information presented under the Trends tab shows a bar chart of emissions estimates for the most recent 15 years for the selected chemical, as reported annually to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

TOXMAP presented at Towson University GIS Conference March 21

November 24, 2004

TOXMAP was presented at the 18th Annual Geographic Information Sciences Conference of Towson University's Department of Geography and Environmental Planning.

TUGIS 2005 was held on Monday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 22, 2005, on the Towson University campus in Towson, Maryland.

http://www.towson.edu/tugis/

TOXMAP presented at 2004 ESRI International Health GIS Conference

October 22, 2004

TOXMAP was presented at ESRI's 2004 ESRI International Health GIS Conference October 17-20, 2004, in Washington, D.C.

The conference theme was "GIS: The Key to Intelligent Collaboration in Health."

http://proceedings.esri.com/library/userconf/health04/abstracts/3030.html

TOXMAP has added TRI 2002

September 16, 2004

TOXMAP has added TRI 2002; it now includes reporting years 1987-2002. TRI 2002 contains 93,380 records; TRI 1987-2002 has over 1.3 million records.

TOXMAP facilities maps and associated chemical summaries now include TRI 2002 data, the default file year for TOXMAP releases maps. Previous years can be selected via the "year" tabs on the Releases pages. TOXMAP trends maps also now include releases data from 2002.

At this time, TOXMAP uses reported on-site releases only.

TRI contains information on the annual estimated releases of toxic chemicals to the environment and is based upon data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Create maps from your web site

October 29, 2004

TOXMAP now lets you create maps from your web site. A simple link takes your user to a custom map in TOXMAP, where they can zoom in and out, pan the map, and get more information about the chemical and area you've selected.

Full instructions are provided in the TOXMAP FAQ entitled "How can I link my site to TOXMAP?". Examples are also included.

New design for TOXMAP

June 19, 2004

Thanks for your interest in TOXMAP!

If you're new to TOXMAP, we welcome you and look forward to your feedback.

If you've been using TOXMAP any time since its beta launch in January 2003, you should notice some changes to the design of this site. These changes were inspired by feedback from you and from usability testing we conducted.

Please let us know if you like the new design or if you have any trouble making your way around.