|Mapping Industrial Pollutants|
|Written by John Muir|
|Tuesday, January 1 2008|
The CEC’s new map layer for Google Earth lets users explore pollution data from over 30,000 industrial facilities in North America
With new information on chemical releases and transfers from Mexican industrial sources now available to the public, the CEC has created the first seamless, North America-wide map layer connecting citizens with point-specific industrial pollutant data in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Using the Google Earth mapping service—an innovative and free computer program that allows users to explore geographic data projected over satellite images and aerial photography—the CEC’s map layer plots over 33,000 North American industrial facilities that reported releases and transfers of pollutants in 2004, the most recent data available from all three countries.
This mapping tool allows anyone in our three countries—whether in
Manitoba, Mississippi, or Michoacán—to find industrial facilities
located near their homes, their workplaces, or their schools. They can
learn about the pollution profile of each facility, including which
pollutants are generated and how the facility handles them. Users can
also compare the performance of facilities in their community to
similar facilities locally, nationally, and, now, across North America.
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