WHAT IS PERSONALIZATION AND WHY SHOULD I REGISTER?
Personalization allows you to customize how Scorecard displays information for you (with graphics, or text-only) and it helps Scorecard do things for you (such as send a fax to a polluting company signed with your name and address). To personalize Scorecard, our website needs to keep a record on your preferences (you want to see the graphics) together with your identifying information (name, address, email). Registration is also required in order to post messages into Scorecard's Discussion Forum.
For personalization to work, Scorecard needs to set a cookie on your computer that alerts it to who you are whenever you come to the website. If you have set your browser to reject cookies, or refuse to accept Scorecard's cookie, we cannot personalize the site for you. Scorecard's cookie is not being used for any nefarious purposes, and we encourage you to accept the cookie. If you reject Scorecard's cookie, you will not be able to send faxes or emails from the system, and you will not be able to post messages into Scorecard's Discussion Forums. You will still be able to control whether you want the site to display in text-only or graphics mode by using the display switch on Scorecard's home page. You will also still be able to read Scorecard's Discussion Forums.
We ask you to provide a password because sometimes we need to verify your identity. Your password is required to change or update your account information, or if you are trying to send a fax and need to show the system that you are already a registered user, or if you want to access your personal workspace on Scorecard.
HOW CAN I SPEED UP THE DISPLAY OF CHEMICAL LISTS OR POLLUTER RANKINGS?
Scorecard pages that provide long chemical lists or polluter rankings are relatively large files, so they will inevitably take some time to download. Older browsers may have difficulties rendering pages that contain large data tables. Scorecard provides an easy way to speed up the display of these pages:
Go to your personal workspace and modify your display preferences by setting "you prefer text only" to yes. Without graphics, all Scorecard pages load and display much faster. The text-only version of Scorecard contains all the same information and links as the graphically enhanced version. You can change back to the graphics version whenever you want by returning to your workspace and setting "you prefer text only" to no. You can also flip back and forth between Scorecard display styles using the graphics/text-only version switch at the bottom of Scorecard's homepage.
HOW CAN I GET MORE THAN THE TOP 100 CHEMICALS, FACILITIES, OR AREAS IN A SCORECARD RANKING LIST?
To ensure quick download times and slow rendering pages, Scorecard automatically truncates ranking lists after the top 100 items are displayed. In some cases, the number of facilities, chemicals, or areas exceeds 100 and may exclude what users are looking for. It is easy to get the entire list, but be forewarned that some lists are extremely long (for example, Scorecard polluter rankings include over 20,000 facilities).
Follow these steps to get a complete Scorecard list: Go to Scorecard's homepage or to your personal workspace and turn off Scorecard's graphics by selecting "text-only" display. Then request the page you want. If a list is truncated, examine the URL in the "address" (Internet Explorer) or "location" box (Netscape) of your browser. Find and delete the term "&how_many=100" from the URL, and then "reload" the page. This will give you the entire list for the criteria you selected. You can also change the number "100" to some other value to get a list of whatever length you choose.
HOW CAN I DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION IN SCORECARD?
There are two ways to download information from Scorecard. The first way is to simply highlight the text or data you are interested in with your mouse, copy it using the "Edit" function "Copy," and then paste into a document or spreadsheet. This is an easy way to capture small tables in reports or profiles. For frequently requested data, Scorecard provides information in a .csv (comma separated values) file. CSV files are easy to open in most word processing, spreadsheet and database programs - just let your application know you are trying to open a text-only csv file. Scorecard provides csv files of all of its health effect and regulatory lists, as well as other important data (for example, Scorecard's risk assessment values and risk scores).
WHEN WAS SCORECARD'S INFORMATION LAST UPDATED?
Last modification of data utilized by Scorecard:
Smog and Particulates November 2004
Toxic Chemical Releases September 2004
Chemical Profiles September 2004
Health Effects September 2004
Regulations September 2004
Lead Hazards January 2004
Superfund March 2004
Hazardous Air Pollutants February 2002
Water September 2000
Animal Waste October, 1999
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