Take a moment and think what it would look like to achieve world peace. Now, think about what it would look like to see air pollution trends in your neighborhood. Thinking about world peace might lower your blood pressure, where as thinking about air pollution…well, need I say more?
The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) recently announced the release of the Toxic Trends web application. ECOS is a national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders. The interactive Toxic Trends map visually represents industrial air pollution information and relative risk scores to inhabitants across the United States. The application uses data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) database and other EPA sources. Toxic Trends provides public access to toxic pollution data from environmental releases of medium to large pollution sources like local refineries and aluminum smelters.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine provides access to TRI data via the TOXNET suite of databases at: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/
Toxic Trends can be found at: http://toxictrends.org