Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)
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.
You can visit the new U.S. Southwest scene in English at www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/flash/southwest/flash.php and in Spanish at www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/flash/southwest/flash_sp.php. To view the main Tox Town site, visit www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov for English and www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol for Spanish.