As New Jersey was the most heavily industrialized and densely populated state in the country and as it headed the country in cancer mortality rates, the Office of Cancer and Toxic Substances Research (OCTSR) of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) was attempting to build a data base to allow a comprehensive approach to be made in solving the pollution problems of the state. The data base project was instituted to assist the National Cancer Institute in gathering information concerning the incidence of bladder cancer. Five major categories of information were included in the base: industrial source information (including surveys of production, use, emission and disposal of toxic and carcinogenic substances; environmental monitoring; lists of those permitted to discharge wastes into public sewage treatment centers; air emissions data; and Ames testing of high risk effluents); water quality data (including drinking water, groundwater, and surface water); hazardous waste (including the location and monitoring of abandoned waste sites, location and permit information on operating waste disposal facilities, and the location of hazardous spills); air quality information (including statewide air monitoring networks; toxic pollutant monitoring data for volatile organics, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, metals, alkylating agents, and respirable particulates; hazardous substances emergency data; and breathing zone samples and body burden measurements); and health data (including county and municipal mortality data, cancer morbidity data, census results, and hospital admissions and discharge records). Extensive computer graphics and mapping techniques were developed to handle this massive amount of data.
Proceedings of the Second NCI/EPA/NIOSH Collaborative Workshop: Progress on Joint Environmental and Occupational Cancer Studies, September 9-11, 1981, Rockville, Maryland