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As of October 1, 2020, NLM will discontinue the Tox Town website, This change is part of NLM’s initiative to align and consolidate the Library’s consumer health information to make it easier for online health information seekers to find and navigate trusted health information from NLM.

We invite users to visit topics related to environmental health, safety, and toxicology on MedlinePlus, the NLM’s flagship website for health information for patients, families, and the general public. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) also offers related resources that may be of interest: Kids Environment, Kids Health, Health & Education, and For Educators. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact NLM Customer Service.

Community Action Tools

Find guides and toolkits that will help you to take action to minimize exposure.

Check out databases, maps, and reports on beach advisories, environmental hazards, and toxic chemicals.

  • TOXMAP: Environmental Health Maps
    National Library of Medicine
    A map that enables users to visually explore data regarding toxic chemicals in a specific community.
  • Find A Beach: Beach Advisory and Closing
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Interactive online map for finding the latest notifications of beach advisories and closings.
  • National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Network that brings together health data and environment data from national, state, and city sources, with data and information on environments and hazards, health effects, and population health.
  • EJSCREEN: An Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool
    Environmental Protection Agency
    An environmental justice mapping and screening tool that lets users select geographic areas, then provides demographic and environmental indicators for that area, as well as guides for using the tool, and interpreting results.
  • Envirofacts
    Environmental Protection Agency
    A database that enables you to search an area for information on environmental indicators such as air, waste, land, toxics, water, and radiation.
  • AirNow: Interactive Map of Air Quality
    Environmental Protection Agency
    A map showing daily trends on ozone and particulate matter.
  • TRI Explorer
    Environmental Protection Agency
    A resource to generate reports on releases, transfers, and management of waste that can be displayed by facility, chemical, geographic area, industry (NAICS code), reporting years, or map.

Explore guides and toolkits that will help you respond to environmental health issues where you live.

  • ECHO Enforcement and Compliance History Online
    Environmental Protection Agency
    A database for finding facilities in your community to assess their compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Policy Surveillance
    Temple University Beasley School of Law
    Legal mapping and policy surveillance tool for finding reliable information about laws and policies that influence public heath.
  • ATSDR Action Model Toolkit
    Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    An interactive tool that helps you identify brownfields in your neighborhood, and make plans to revitalize the land in your community.
  • Building Understanding of Environmental Health
    Frameworks Institute
    Toolkit that equips environmental health professionals to frame environmental health issues as important matters of public concern.
  • Environmental Health State Bill Tracking Database
    National Conference of State Legislatures
    A database for tracking state legislation that has been introduced, adopted, and enacted to address environmental health.
  • Environmental Health Media Toolkits
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Media toolkits with tips for responding to conditions relevant to environmental health, such as asthma, extreme heat, flooding, hurricanes, radiation emergencies, and winter weather.
  • EPA Enforcement
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Information on government enforcement actions to reduce air and water pollution, and clean up sites contaminated by waste and chemicals, including links to national compliance initiatives, enforcement cases and data, policy, guidance, and publications.

Science Classroom (Grades 6-8)

Enhance your education on toxic chemicals in our environment using lesson plans, games and activities, videos, informational websites, and more.

Recycle City
Environmental Protection Agency
Online games and activities to engage elementary school students in recycling and environmental conservation.
Alliance for Climate Education
Alliance for Climate Education
An online platform that educates youth about climate science, and shares information about advocacy campaigns and grassroot activism to reduce climate change's harmful impacts.
Cool School Challenge
National Wildlife Federation
An online competition that engages students and teachers in practical strategies to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions.
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