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NIH Public Bulletin – March 2012

Tox Town Web Site Adds U.S. Southwest Neighborhood

Format: Web Site
Institute: National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Why shouldn't you drink water from a well in rural New Mexico? What is fracking and can it harm the environment? What are uranium tailings and how can they affect your health?

The answers to these and many other environmentally themed questions can be found in the new U.S. Southwest scene that is now part of the landscape of Tox Town. Tox Town is a Web site produced by NLM that presents information about commonly encountered toxic substances and their possible health risks. Using cartoon-like illustrations, animation, and sound effects, Tox Town points users to everyday locations where they might discover these chemicals. The site also points out possible broader environmental consequences associated with hazards in the varied Tox Town settings, which include a city, a town, a farm, and a port, as well as U.S. border regions. The contents of the site appear in both English and Spanish.

The U.S. Southwest is a region defined in different ways by different sources, but the "Four Corners" states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) are considered to be its core. Tox Town's U.S. Southwest Neighborhood was developed in conjunction with Diné College, a tribal college for the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation includes much of the Four Corners area, extending into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Next Steps

You can visit the new U.S. Southwest scene in English at and in Spanish at To view the main Tox Town site, visit for English and for Spanish.

This page last reviewed on August 22, 2012

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