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ECOTOX Update Improves Search for Environmental Chemical Toxicity Data

Forest and streamEditor's Note: ECOTOX 5.0 is now live! Read the story to learn more.

Published March 13, 2018

ECOTOX has been updated!  ECOTOX is EPA’s premier publicly available application providing environmental chemical toxicity data to assess the effects that chemical exposures have on aquatic life, terrestrial plants, and wildlife. The update helps EPA to meet the legislative requirements of the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, and to respond to needs of current users. In addition, ECOTOX is the primary source of toxicity data used by EPA regulatory programs to develop chemical assessments to meet requirements for the Clean Water Act (CWA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). 

ECOTOX now includes more advanced data and search capabilities, a default output focusing on critical data, new graphical data visualization tools, and direct linkages to other EPA chemical knowledgebases.  These updates will help regulated industries, regulators, researchers, and others to more rapidly and easily search for data of interest, and to identify the most critical data from outputs in response to data queries. 

ECOTOX 5.0 is now available in beta version, offering an opportunity, particularly for external current users, to provide feedback before this updated version becomes final and replaces the current Version 4.0.