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This is EPA's new Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website. The original site (which was at epa-echo.gov) has been retired. It was launched in 2002 and processed two million queries a year, but could not easily support modern features like frequent data updates and web services. The first key feature of the new site was the All Data Search. Features from the original site will be phased in during 2014 according to the ECHO Modernization schedule.
Two New Features
New enhancements include a link to state documents and an EPA Case Summary keyword search. Detailed Facility Reports now include links to documents, such as Clean Air Act Title V permits, posted on the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services website. We hope to expand to include other states. Additionally, the EPA Enforcement Case Search now includes an option to search for keywords from case summaries (under the Case Attributes section).
Additional Facility Name Search Options Available
The All Data, Water, and Hazardous Waste facility searches have been enhanced so that users have a choice of how to search by Facility Name. The original option of searching for names that contain all the search terms in any order remains the default, but users can choose instead to search for exact matches or names that begin with a search term.
Other recent website updates include usability improvements and bug fixes. A more robust Watershed search was added to the Water Facility Search, and the "Popular Features" box on the home page was changed to "Help" so that more documents of interest to users could be available from the home page.
Clean Water Act Annual Noncompliance Report Released with Other Enhancements
The Clean Water Act Annual Noncompliance Report for 2013 was posted on the ECHO Annual Reports page. The Annual Noncompliance Report provides valuable information about the state of compliance among individually permitted non-major facilities regulated by the Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
Additionally, the web service that supports the All Data facility search has been published on ECHO's Web Services page, allowing developers to design custom applications utilizing a live feed of data from ECHO. Recent website updates include usability improvements and bug fixes. Of note, facility/case search form controls (on All Data, Hazardous Waste, Water, and EPA Enforcement Case) have been adjusted to make it clearer when more search options are available - click "View More Search Options" above the form or "View More" within each section to see additional search options. Also, a custom date range selector has been added to the Hazardous Waste and Water facility searches for the "Time Since Last Inspection" and "Formal Enforcement Actions" search options.
Clean Water Act Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool Updated
Civil Enforcement Case Search Updated
Two advanced search options were added to the Civil Enforcement Case Search (Enforcement Program and National Priority Area). Also, the search results page now has a Case Summary panel on the right side that shows additional information about any case selected in the data table.
ECHO Release 2.3
EPA has completed ECHO release 2.3, featuring a Hazardous Waste (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) Facility Search and Civil Enforcement Case Search. These searches bring back popular features from the old ECHO website. Read the complete release announcement.
Downloads added to Effluent Charts
Clean Water Act effluent charts, accessible after running a Water facility search, now have several options for downloading data. A "Download All Data" link toward the top right of the screen gives you a comma-separated file (.csv, which can be opened in Excel and other similar software) of all effluent data available from ECHO for that permit. The "Download Data" link just above each chart or table provides a comma-separated file of the effluent data for the chosen pollutant and outfall. Finally, a picture of the chart itself can be downloaded in one of several formats by clicking "Download Chart" to the right just above a chart.
ECHO Release 2.2
EPA has completed ECHO release 2.2, featuring a Clean Water Act facility search and effluent charts (which will be getting a few more improvements). The Water facility search brings back popular features from the old ECHO website, along with some enhancements like searching for facilities based on both compliance status and type of pollutants discharged.
Read the complete release announcement.
First ECHO Video Tutorial Posted
The first in a series of ECHO video tutorials has been posted. This tutorial introduces users to facility searching.
Updated National Data Download Files Posted
EPA has released updated national data download files. Not only have the files been updated for the first time in the new ECHO system, but they now can be updated much more frequently (formerly annually) as part of ECHO's weekly refresh process. In addition, files were added for several years of Clean Water Act Discharge Monitoring Report data.
Clean Water Act 2012 Annual Noncompliance Report Released
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.
More ECHO Updates
EPA has added new search options to the All Data facility search, along with other improvements.
- 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.
- Additional optional columns of data are available on the All Data facility search results page under Customize Columns:
- In Indian Country
- Facility Type (by statute)
- Greenhouse Gas Releases (total CO2 metric tons).
- Minor enhancements/bug fixes
- Modify Search button on facility search results retains criteria from home page quick searches
- Moved to 2012 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data
- Added more links to help documentation from search results and Detailed Facility Report
- Implemented template hint for Internet Explorer browser to use "standards" mode (rather than "compatibility" view)
- Standardized date formats on All Data facility search results.
Read the 2.1.1 release announcement.
ECHO Release 2.1
EPA has completed ECHO release 2.1, featuring a drinking water system search. The Drinking Water Search allows users to search for public drinking water systems based on their location, system characteristics, and compliance history. Drinking water reports provide information about sanitary surveys, violations, enforcement actions, and for the first time, violation points that summarize the degree of noncompliance at a system and whether violations have been returned to compliance or are continuing uncorrected.
Read the complete release announcement.
Facility Summary panel added to facility search results page
Clicking on a facility row in the facility search results data table now opens a Facility Summary panel on the right side of the page. This panel offers a quick visual snapshot of the compliance/enforcement record at the facility.
EPA Case Report Launched
A major report has been rebuilt in the modernized ECHO website. The Enforcement Case Report provides greater detail about EPA formal enforcement actions and penalties under a wide variety of environmental statutes. When a case report is available, it is linked from the facility search results page and the Detailed Facility Report. (An EPA case-specific search is coming in summer.) Other features recently added:
- On the facility search results table, clicking on the "Mapped" icon zooms the map to the facility location.
- Additional details are provided on the facility search results page in the CAA Current Compliance Status and CWA Current Compliance Status columns when a facility has a significant violation.
- A few improvements were made to the printed version of the Detailed Facility Report.
First ECHO Service Published and New Features Added
Public web services support the ECHO website, and they will be available to web developers. The service that supports the Detailed Facility Report has been published on ECHO's Web Services page, allowing developers to design custom applications utilizing a live feed of data from ECHO.
The latest site enhancements include:
- "Add More" button added to Facility Name search option (allowing searches for multiple facility names)
- Discharging into Impaired Waters facility search option enabled
- Minor adjustments to facility search form (state search box “All” option added, and Watershed and Federal Agency boxes are wider)
- Some improvements to mobile phone home page and navigation appearance (more to come)
More Enhancements Released
On January 22, three features were added to ECHO.
- On the facility search results page, a field for Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) ID number was added to the Customize Columns option.
- Also on the facility search results page, an option was added to allow users to view only the map. Also, both the map and the data table expand vertically when the other is hidden. (Please note: we are troubleshooting a new issue with facility icons disappearing from the map when it expands vertically. We will have that fixed as soon as possible.)
- The "Print" option on the Detailed Facility Report now allows printing of the full report. Further improvement is coming to the printed report in the near future.
On December 23, several known issues were corrected.
- On the All Data Search (and Advanced Facility Search), the Clear All link was implemented, allowing users to remove all of their selections from the form at once.
- On the facility search results page, the map formerly did not zoom in on facilities that were located outside of the continental U.S. Now the map centers as appropriate on Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories.
- Clean Air Act Emissions Inventory System and Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool ID numbers were added to the Detailed Facility Report.
First Set of Enhancements Released
On December 6, several features were added to ECHO, including access to program-specific data on the facility search results page.
- Facility search results Customize Columns option includes many additional columns of data, including air, water, and waste-specific counts of inspections and actions.
- Users can change the base map to satellite imagery, among other options.
- Facility search form retains search criteria when the Modify Results button is clicked on the facility search results page.
- Search criteria are displayed on the facility search results page.
ECHO 2.0 Launched
The modernized version of EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website, the Agency’s primary website for providing public access to regulatory compliance and enforcement data, was launched on December 3. ECHO is a go-to resource for information about environmental inspections, violations, and enforcement actions for more than 800,000 regulated facilities. The original site launched in 2002 and use increased steadily, providing answers to 2 million queries per year regarding environmental compliance and enforcement data.
President Obama cited ECHO as a model for transparency for other federal agencies to follow, and modernization helps the Agency meet requirements of recent transparency-related executive orders. The data in ECHO are updated every week and simplified navigation makes it easier to find information of interest. It’s built on a modern, flexible platform, allowing for improved mapping, viewing on mobile devices, and machine-readable data/web services. The new system also opens up greater possibilities for data transparency and integration in the future.
The central features of this release are cross-statute (multimedia) facility searching and state comparative maps and dashboards. Program-specific searching – like air, water, waste - and other features will be phased in to ECHO throughout 2014 until all key features from the previous system are replaced. A list of issues with the new site is maintained on the site's Website Known Issues page. Information about the modernization process also is maintained on the site. Send feedback to EPA about the site by clicking ECHO's Contact Us link.
Improvements Made to ECHO Beta Version
Throughout November, the beta version of the new Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website, which was released on Oct. 23, 2013, is being improved to address known issues and user feedback. Improvements include Safe Drinking Water Act compliance and enforcement data access from the All Data Search, filling out the Detailed Facility Report data, addressing formatting concerns on the facility search results page, adding optional columns for display on the facility search results page, and bug fixes.
Beta Version of Modernized ECHO Website Released
A beta version of the new Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website was released on Oct. 23, 2013. The legacy version of ECHO remains available until December 3, 2013, for testing and transition purposes. Please see the ECHO Modernization Information page to learn about project plans, schedule, and upcoming webinars. For testing purposes, please note the known issues that will be addressed as soon as possible. The list will be updated as issues are addressed or any new ones are reported.