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A federal database tracking pollution in the United States that was accessible to the public has been shut down by the Trump administration

 
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A federal database tracking pollution in the United States that was accessible to the public has been shut down by the Trump administration
A federal database tracking pollution in the United States was retired earlier this month, drawing criticism from environmental advocates.

TOXMAP, an interactive map hosted by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and accessible to the public, allowed users to track pollution-producing factories and other environmental concerns such as superfund cleanup sites.

However, on Dec. 16, all links to the application on the NLM's website were deprecated, following an announcement from the agency in September notifying users that the site would be "retired."

Claudia Persico, an assistant professor at American University specializing in public administration and environmental policy, told Popular Science that the site's deprecation was a blow to researchers.

"I think it’s really sad that they’re getting rid of this," she said. "It was stunning to me that the National Library of Medicine is actually retiring this pretty essential tool for our environmental right-to-know.”

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So I guess the obvious question is:

What is it that Trump doesn't want us to know about chemicals and pollution?
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Re: A federal database tracking pollution in the United States that was accessible to the public has been shut down by the Trump administration
A federal database tracking pollution in the United States was retired earlier this month, drawing criticism from environmental advocates.

TOXMAP, an interactive map hosted by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and accessible to the public, allowed users to track pollution-producing factories and other environmental concerns such as superfund cleanup sites.

However, on Dec. 16, all links to the application on the NLM's website were deprecated, following an announcement from the agency in September notifying users that the site would be "retired."

Claudia Persico, an assistant professor at American University specializing in public administration and environmental policy, told Popular Science that the site's deprecation was a blow to researchers.

"I think it’s really sad that they’re getting rid of this," she said. "It was stunning to me that the National Library of Medicine is actually retiring this pretty essential tool for our environmental right-to-know.”

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78280229


Of course Trump shut it down. What you don't know won't hurt you, right?

And he surely wouldn't want you tracking Monsanto's trail of pollution.
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12/24/2019 11:43 PM
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Re: A federal database tracking pollution in the United States that was accessible to the public has been shut down by the Trump administration
Database is still there.

[link to enviro.epa.gov (secure)]

Hit the generate report button, its already setup to give you all data for 2018

They are also still collecting data.
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Good
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Re: A federal database tracking pollution in the United States that was accessible to the public has been shut down by the Trump administration
Swamp is pollution.

Swamp is clean out.

No longer needed.

5a

Nothing to see here move along
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Re: A federal database tracking pollution in the United States that was accessible to the public has been shut down by the Trump administration
Database is still there.

[link to enviro.epa.gov (secure)]

Hit the generate report button, its already setup to give you all data for 2018

They are also still collecting data.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72446910


Yes, it's there but all you get is rows and rows of chemicals and total numbers of locations. You cannot find any actual locations or track individual pollution-producing factories. Apparently that is what they don't want you to know.

You can no longer access the TOXNET map which was where you could see all that and was located here:

[link to www.nlm.nih.gov (secure)]

The only explanation for its shutdown is it was "retired".
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This is no good. Another Big Oil Suck-Up courtesy of Trump, for whom I will vote again.

Last Edited by TXGLP2 on 12/25/2019 12:02 AM
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This is no good. Another Big Oil Suck-Up courtesy of Trump, for whom I will vote again.
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Also for chemical companies like Monsanto.

Your logic makes perfect sense and Monsanto says "thank you!".

hf
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This is no good. Another Big Oil Suck-Up courtesy of Trump, for whom I will vote again.
 Quoting: TXGLP2


Also for chemical companies like Monsanto.

Your logic makes perfect sense and Monsanto says "thank you!".

hf
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78201305


Money talks.

Thread: Monsanto donated big to Donald Trump and Trump owns stock in gmo companies so forget about protecting the American food supply
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Did you guys bother to ask “why?”
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excellent
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America doesn't have pollution creating factories

they all went to china because of retarded Liberal regulations

I hope he destroys all the data
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America doesn't have pollution creating factories

they all went to china
because of retarded Liberal regulations

I hope he destroys all the data
 Quoting: Jake


That is probably the most ignorant thing I have read on GLP all week, and that's saying something.
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Re: A federal database tracking pollution in the United States that was accessible to the public has been shut down by the Trump administration
America doesn't have pollution creating factories

they all went to china
because of retarded Liberal regulations

I hope he destroys all the data
 Quoting: Jake


That is probably the most ignorant thing I have read on GLP all week, and that's saying something.
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Consider the source. lol
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Re: A federal database tracking pollution in the United States that was accessible to the public has been shut down by the Trump administration
OK, I know TOXMAP and used to use it in my work. It baffles me why Trump would want to shut it down.

Full disclosure time:

I'm an environmentalist. Back when the air in Hackensack smelled like rubber farts, and the pristine lakes in upstate NY were devoid of fish, I got really upset about it. But I thought environmental activists were impractical. I was a math and science nerd in love with ham radio and bicycling.

First year of college, I took a short course called "Field Trips to Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants" offered by a visiting prof from New Zealand, and a couple weeks later switched from electrical engineering.

I got a degree in Geography & Environmental Engineering. Took a year off. Bicycled twice across the US. Got a degree in Sanitary Engineering and Water Resources.

I worked for 40 years doing what I though would make a difference. I had college friends who did the same, worked for EPA, and went into environmental law to fight the polluters.

We're all retiring now, and each of us can look back, and look around.

It wasn't enough. For every one of us, there were 10 people who didn't give a shit. And there was the rest of the world that just wanted to develop, for a more secure life, with better food and a place to sleep.

Leave the campsite better than you found it, my Mom said. We tried.

OK boomer?

As for Trump, he is an ignorant, senile douchebag who knows less than nothing about the environment.
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12/26/2019 05:21 AM
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This is unacceptable for intelligent creatures....fix that.
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bsflag
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Re: A federal database tracking pollution in the United States that was accessible to the public has been shut down by the Trump administration
excellent
 Quoting: Jake


America doesn't have pollution creating factories

they all went to china because of retarded Liberal regulations

I hope he destroys all the data
 Quoting: Jake


This is unacceptable for intelligent creatures....fix that.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77601036


People such as the above do not qualify as intelligent creatures.
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bsflag
 Quoting: Miss Bunny Swan


OK, a BS flag.

Care to elaborate which part of what OP posted is BS?
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12/26/2019 05:53 AM
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bsflag
 Quoting: Miss Bunny Swan


OK, a BS flag.

Care to elaborate which part of what OP posted is BS?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77988698


Nah, they will just come back and start aping the "FAKE NEWS!!!" excuse.
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Re: A federal database tracking pollution in the United States that was accessible to the public has been shut down by the Trump administration
excellent
 Quoting: Jake


America doesn't have pollution creating factories

they all went to china because of retarded Liberal regulations

I hope he destroys all the data
 Quoting: Jake


This is unacceptable for intelligent creatures....fix that.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77601036


People such as the above do not qualify as intelligent creatures.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77988698


It’s called “Jake news". lol
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Good. It was just another shitface obama scam.





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