Do you have the “RTK”?
By Trey Cody
Yes, you may be up to date with most new chat and instant message shorthand or acronyms used today, like “LOL” (laugh out loud), “BRB” (be right back), and “GTG” (got to go). But no matter how much of an expert you may think you are, I’ll bet that you haven’t heard of the newest acronym on the block, “RTK!” What “RTK” stands for is, the “right to know.” Have you ever walked or driven by an industrial factory or plant and wondered if what you see or don’t see being emitted and disposed is threatening to your community? Do you feel as if you have the “RTK?” The answer is yes, you do have the right, and with EPA’s newest mobile app “MyRTK,” you now have it right in your hands.
This mobile app can be found on the EPA mobile page under apps. What “MyRTK” does is allow you to search a specific location for potentially toxic facilities surrounding it. Say you are in an area near the Chesapeake Bay; with this app you can type in “Chesapeake Bay” or “Chesapeake Bay, MD.” Once selected, a map will appear with all facilities in the vicinity represented by a pin. When you select a facility, you’ll be provided with information on the chemicals they handle, what is in their releases, the potential health effects of those chemicals, and a history of the facility’s compliance with releasing the chemicals.
Want the right to know? There’s an app for that! So download it now. Also click here to check out other mobile apps offered by EPA mobile. Think this app is a good idea, or maybe you have an idea for another app to help people know more about potential water pollutants around them, then let us know.
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