EPA Launches updated ECHO


Source: EPA
Related Topics: US Environmental Protection Agency

EPA has launched Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) Release 2.1.1, which offers additional search options and data. As part of the ECHO modernization project, EPA is rebuilding all of ECHO’s popular features while adding minor enhancements between major releases.

This release adds several features that help users create more targeted facility queries:
  • The All Data Advanced Facility Search allows users to search for facilities:
    • located near tribal land or near a specific tribe
    • regulated under a specific Clean Air Act Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Subpart
    • with EPA formal enforcement actions in the Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS)
      • ECHO users have expressed interest in accessing more detail on EPA enforcement cases before the EPA Civil Enforcement Case Search is rebuilt.
      • This search option will lead to more information about each case, as it limits results to facilities that are most likely to have detailed Enforcement Case Reports available on ECHO.
  • Additional optional columns of data are available on the All Data facility search results page under Customize Columns:
    • Facility Type (by statute)
    • Greenhouse Gas Releases (total CO2 metric tons).

In addition, additional compliance information about non-major facilities regulated by the Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System is available for 2012. The 2012 Clean Water Act Annual Noncompliance Report was posted on the site, and data from the report were added to the 2012 Water State Dashboards.

Other improvements are noted on the ECHO What’s New page. The next ECHO update will include updated bulk data download files by statute along with a facility linkage file.  The next major release will feature modernized search offerings for the Clean Water Act.

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