FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Environmental Council of the States and Western Washington University Officially Launch the Toxic Trends Interactive Web Application
Washington, DC — The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) is pleased to announce the release of the Toxic Trends web application. This important tool was produced by our grant recipient, The Huxley Spatial Institute at Western Washington University (WWU) lead by Associate Professor, Troy Abel and a pair of graduate students, Jacob Lesser and Ben Kane.
The interactive Toxic Trends map application visually represents industrial air pollution information and relative risk scores to citizens across the United States. The application also maps how those risks might change over time.
Toxic Trends can now be found at toxictrends.org
The application utilizes facility air data from the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) database coupled with risk values based on modeled output data from the EPA’s Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) model for assessing TRI data.
Toxic Trends is designed to provide public access to toxic pollution data regarding environmental releases from medium to large pollution sources like local refineries and aluminum smelters.
Project lead Troy Abel said he hoped the application helps facilitate a productive dialogue about moving towards better environmental performance between citizens and their local industries.
“The Toxic Trends application is an invaluable public tool that allows users to access important industrial chemical information from any internet connected device,” said Bryan Shipley, project manager for ECOS. “We feel the map’s unique visual mapping layout provides an easier method for the public to learn about toxic chemical information and the associated risks within their community.”
Toxic Trends Webinar
Join ECOS and The Huxley Spatial Institute at Western Washington University for the free webinar: Exploring the Toxic Trends Map Application on
August 28, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST. This webinar will provide an overview of the Toxic Trends map application. Attendees will hear information on project background, access to the application, information on the data utilized, sample searches, and everyday uses of the application.
Please join us by signing up at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.
CONTACT: Toxic Trends questions: Troy Abel, Western Washington University, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, at (360) 650-3277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.