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Facility Search Types
ECHO Facility Searches query a database of hundreds of thousands of facility records. There are five primary facility search types available, each of which provides tailored search options and corresponding results based on how facilities are regulated under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for hazardous waste, and Safe Drinking Water Act. In addition, results returned for the facility search include federal enforcement actions taken under the relevant statute which are tracked in EPA's ICIS database. Read About the Data to learn about the data included in ECHO.
The All Data search is selected by default. The All Data option is the most general search and searches across all of the records based on your selections.
The Air search captures data on stationary sources regulated under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and reported to several EPA air emission inventory programs: National Emissions Inventory, Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, Toxic Release Inventory, and Clean Air Markets Division Acid Rain Program and Clean Air Interstate Rule. The results reflect data drawn from the ICIS-Air database and other air emissions inventory data systems.
The Water search captures data on facilities regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and managed under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. The results displayed reflect data drawn from the ICIS-NPDES database.
NPDES Program Areas
The Industrial Stormwater search captures data on facilities managed under the NPDES Industrial Stormwater program area. The results displayed reflect data drawn from the ICIS-NPDES database.
The Biosolids search captures data on facilities managed under the NPDES Biosolids program area. The results displayed reflect data drawn from the ICIS-NPDES database. The universe of facilities on ECHO includes NPDES IDs that have a Biosolids permit component, an "L" as the third character of the NPDES ID, a Biosolids violation, an official or unofficial Biosolids inspection, or a Biosolids formal or informal enforcement action.
The Biosolids Annual Report search includes data from facilities that have submitted a Biosolids Annual Report electronically through EPA's NPDES eReporting Tool (NeT). It only includes reports submitted electronically after March 31, 2018.
The Hazardous Waste search captures data on hazardous waste handlers regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C Hazardous Waste Program. The results displayed reflect data drawn from the RCRAInfo database. The RCRAInfo system allows tracking of many types of information about the regulated universe of RCRA hazardous waste handlers. RCRAInfo characterizes facility status, regulated activities, and compliance histories and captures detailed data on the generation of hazardous waste from large quantity generators and on waste management practices from treatment, storage, and disposal facilities.