The Environmental Protection Agency has release EJSCREEN, a web-based mapping tool that will give communities environmental and health information across the United States.
The tool provides high-resolution maps showing nationally-based demographic and environmental information designed to give users a better understanding of environmental issues in a particular area. While EJSCREEN only includes data on a national scale, the EPA says it’s an important first step in identifying and assisting communities overburdened with pollution.
The federal agency will be seeking public input and updating the interim tool by early 2016.
The screening information may be of interest to residents as well as property owners and other stakeholders. It can also support a wide range of research and policy goals, the EPA says.