Make a Report

See or Sense Something?

The reporting form guides you through making a pollution report to the Ontario Ministry of Environment using your email.

1. Click on the paper and pencil icon in the bottom menu.

2. Fill out the form with what you know. All  form items are optional. Click Review.

3. Review your email content. Decide if you would like to send a copy to us, the Technoscience Research Unit (please see our privacy policy). If you are happy, click Submit. If you want to make changes, click Back and go back to the form. 

4. Your report will open up as an email from you in your phone's email app. The report will be sent by you, and you will have a record in your email. Feel welcome to edit, copy others, or add a photo or other document. Press Send. 

5. Your email will now go to the Spills Action Centre.  You can also choose to share your report on social media if you so like. 

Your report is sent!

Search by Symptom

Search by Symptom

1. Click on the health icon (lungs) on the bottom menu.

2. Type in a symptom.  Start with one word. If you word does not find a match, try related words.

3. Your symptom will generate a list of related Health Categories and the chemicals that are associated with that symptom. 

4. Click a chemical pollutant to learn more details about  that chemical's the associated health harm. 

5. Click Back if you would like to learn about another chemical, OR click the name of that chemical again to learn more about the refinery's releases and find a link to TOXNET to read a more technical analysis.

Search by Health Category

1. Click on the health icon (lungs) on the bottom menu.

2. Select a Health Category you would like to learn about.

3. Your selection will generate a list of chemical pollutants with known health harms associated with that health category.

4. Click on a chemical pollutant to learn more details.

5. Click Back if you would like to learn about another chemical, OR click  the name of that chemical again to learn more about the refinery's releases and find a link to TOXNET to research a more technical analysis.

Search by Multiple Health Categories.

1. Click on the health icon (lungs) at the bottom menu.

2. Click Select More Categories under the Search area.

3. Here you can select as many categories as you want. Click Done.

4. Your selection will generate a list of Health Categories and the chemical pollutants associated with them. 

5. Click on a chemical pollutant to learn more details about the associated health harm.

6. Click Back if you would like to learn about another chemical, or click the name of that chemical again to learn more about the refinery's releases and find a link to TOXNET to research a more technical analysis.

6. You may also search by symptom after you have selected a set of Health Categories. This will generate a more specific set of connections. 

Remember to uncheck the Health Categories if you want to change your search.

Learn about a Chemical

1. Click on the refinery icon on the bottom menu.

2. On the chemical page you will find a list of chemical pollutants that the refinery emits. Type in the name of a chemical or select a chemical from the list. 

3. Your selection will bring you to some brief information about that pollutant, as well as a list of health harm categories associated with it.

4. Click a health harm category to learn more about what the research says about known effects.

5. Click on the chemical name to find out more about that chemical, as well as the refinery's emission levels. 

6. Click on Learn more at Toxnet to access research from a more technical database OR click Back to return to the health effects descriptions OR click on the refinery icon to go back to the chemicals search page. 


Information about the Data and the App

Click on the i icon in the bottom menu to learn more about the app, its data, and the research behind it

About the Data: Describes some of the problems with government-collected and industry-reported data used to track pollution.  The app uses pollution reporting data from the National Pollution Release Inventory, which is publicly available date connected annually. The app also draws on peer reviewed health research. It classifies the health research it draws on as as either based on strong evidence, when there are many studies confirming an association, or some evidence, when there is some research suggestive of a link, but not multiple studies.   

Data Sources: Describes the the data sources that this app uses to gather its information. It explains the usefulness and, importantly, the limits of each source. 

About the App: This takes you here to our website, where there is more information about our privacy and data policies and other information about the research and the people behind the app.

Return to App Start: This takes you back to the app's opening pages that explain the basics of what it is for.