One of President Donald Trump’s platform issues was to stop wasteful government spending.
TOXMAP apparently fell under that purview, and now, liberals are furious the pollution tracking website has been shut down.
What is TOXMAP?
TOXMAP was an interactive map that allowed users to see pollution and how it was generated around the country, according to The Hill.
The application kept track of environmental concerns and pollution-producing factories, among other things.
On the surface, it seems as though the administration must have felt that since many of the databases used on TOXMAP were generated through outside sources, this website was really not serving a unique purpose.
A recent statement on the subject read: “On December 16, 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) website will be retired.
“Most content will remain available through other NLM databases as well as from external websites,” the announcement continued, according to The Hill.
While it may take some extra work to get the information, all the same information featured on the website will still be available from other sources.
Liberal researchers upset
Needless to say, researchers involved in environmental causes were not happy with the decision to retire the resource. American University’s Claudio Persico stated that it was “stunning” to discover that the NLM was retiring such a vital tool.
There have also been considerable rumblings on social media about it, as though the administration is trying to cover up something. That, however, is far from the case here.
As stated above, the information is still available, but now researches will have to do a little more work to find it.
For instance, most of the information on the website comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and it will continue to be available on that website. Indeed, this is not the atrocity liberals are making it out to be; rather, it is achieving yet another Trump goal of eliminating wasteful spending.