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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 is the All Data Search. Features from the original site will be phased in during 2014 according to the ECHO Modernization schedule.
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.