TOXMAP mapping tool shows the amount and location of toxic chemicals released into the environment.
Image courtesy of National Library of Medicine.
Get Started!There are two ways to start:
- The easier way is to type the location or chemical you are interested in displaying on the map in the Quick Search box and then click GO. OR
- You can click on the map and zoom in on the location in which you are interested (Note: this could take a lot of zooming!).
Understanding your Map
- The center map displays your selected location and facilities/chemcial releases. You can zoom in or zoom out using the buttons and scale on the right side of the map. You can also choose to move to a new state location with the Move To pull down menu. If you wish to see a bigger map, click the hot linked Switch to larger map.
- To identify facility/release site names, click on the Identify facilities on this map link. To see additional information about the facilities (i.e. address, chemicals, release amounts, etc.) click on the hotlinked facility name.
- If you are interested in applying census data or reference data (e.g. roads, cities) click on the hotlinks in the upper right corner of the map window, select the bullet corresponding to the desired data and click Continue . The data will appear on your map and in the legend (directly below the map window).
- Once you have added all your desired data to the window, you may be interested in finding reference information about the chemicals or locations displayed on your map.
- In the upper left hand box marked Chemical Reference Info you will find links to the Hazardous Substances Data Bank and Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry, both searchable databases with additional information on chemicals and toxins.
- You will also find the Toxicology Bibliography Info database that displays an extensive array of references to literature on biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals specific to the area you selected.