ECHO Tool Guide

General Resources

Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) is the public access website to data stored in EPA compliance and enforcement data systems. The ECHO website gives users access to permit, inspection, violation, enforcement action, informal enforcement action, and penalty information over the past five years, for facilities in their communities. The data provide a snapshot of a facility’s environmental compliance record. The data indicate a facility's record of compliance with environmental regulations (primarily the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Safe Drinking Water Act) by showing dates and types of violations and the seriousness of the violations.

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Deciding Which Tools to Use

Common Uses of ECHO

If you want toUse this pageInstructionsHelp Content
Learn more about using ECHOECHO Quick Start Guide, ECHO Tutorials, and ECHO TrainingNew users are encouraged to view the ECHO tutorials.ECHO Help
Report a data error that you have noticedError reporting buttons can be found on Detailed Facility Report, Civil Enforcement Case Report, and Effluent Chart pages.From the Detailed Facility Report, Case Report, or Effluent Chart, click on the "Report Error" button. Error reports will be routed to the appropriate EPA or state data steward, and you will get notification of the action taken by the data steward.How to Report an Error and Facility-Level Enforcement Compliance Data and Error Reporting Tutorial
Obtain nationwide facility dataData Downloads and Web Services--Use the Download Summary links for help content related to each specific dataset.
Determine when data were pulled from the program systems or when data will be refreshed nextAbout the Data--N/A
Identify enforcement cases meeting specific criteriaEnforcement Case SearchUse the enforcement case search form to select criteria of interest to find relevant cases. Click “View More Search Options” to expand the available criteria.Enforcement Case Search Help and Enforcement Case Search Results Help

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General Facility Information

If you want toUse this pageInstructionsHelp Content
Get a facility report based upon a single known ID number or facility name (Note: Facility reports can be used to answer FOIA requests or requestors can be directed to ECHO.)ECHO Home Single Facility SearchClick the "Explore Facilities" tile and enter the facility name or ID into the Single Facility Search. Select the red "C" icon in the Search Results Table to view the Detailed Facility Report.Search Results Help
Identify what regulated facilities are located within a geographic regionECHO HomeEnter a city, state, and/or ZIP code in the Quick Search box under “Search Community.”Search Results Help
Look up a large number of facilities based upon a known list of ID numbersFacility SearchPaste up to 2000 IDs into the Permit ID box (in the Facility Characteristics section).Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help
Analyze a group of CAA, CWA, or RCRA facilities based upon a list of ID numbers. (For example, "which facilities from this list of ID numbers are in SNC?")Facility Search for All Data, Air, Water, or Hazardous WastePaste up to 2000 IDs into the Permit ID box (in the Facility Characteristics section). Select the current compliance status of interest from the Enforcement and Compliance section.Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help
Identify facilities meeting specific criteriaFacility SearchUse the facility search form to select criteria of interest to find relevant facilities.Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help
Get a multimedia report to determine whether facilities within one program are in violation under another.Facility SearchThe Detailed Facility Report will provide a multimedia report showing compliance status for all permits/IDs linked to a facility.Facility Search Help, Search Results Help, and Detailed Facility Report Help

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Media-Specific Facility Information

If you want toUse this pageInstructionsHelp Content
Analyze, for a given state or region, how many facilities are within a sector, or determine the overall inspection presence/violation rate within a sectorAll Data Facility SearchTry a SIC or NAICS code search on the All Data Facility Search for an industry of interest (lookup links are provided).Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help – All Data
Determine which facilities are subject to CAA MACT standardsAir Facility SearchSelect “View More” at the top of the search form, and choose a MACT Subpart under Facility Characteristics.Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help – Air
Determine the compliance status or last inspection of facilities reporting releases of TRI chemicalsFacility Search for All Data, Air, Water, or Hazardous WasteIn the Enforcement and Compliance section of the search form, use the Time Since Last Inspection or Current Compliance Status sliders with a selection from the TRI Reporter dropdown in the Pollutants section.Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help
Display effluent data and violations in graphical format for a particular NPDES permit, permit parameter, or permit outfallWater Facility Search and ECHO HomeSelect search criteria using the Water Facility Search, or use “Explore Facilities” on ECHO home page and enter the facility name or ID into the Single Facility Search. Select the blue “E” icon in the Search Results Table to view the Effluent Charts.Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, Search Results Help – Water, and Effluent Charts Help
See which CWA facilities did not submit Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) (Note: Lack of DMR data also may indicate the region or state has not entered the data)Water Facility SearchUnder Enforcement and Compliance, select the Current Compliance Status “Failure to Report.”Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help – Water
Determine violations or inspection presence in priority water bodies (303(d)-listed waters)Water Facility SearchUnder Environmental Conditions, select “Discharging into Impaired Waters” equals Yes.Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help – Water
Find information on the water bodies that NPDES facilities are located on or nearWater Facility SearchEnter at least three characters into the Watershed Names text box under Facility Characteristics. Select a Watershed from the dropdown list to add it to the search criteria selected panel. On Search Results page, select water body information to display from “Customize Columns” menu.Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help – Water
Perform targeting based upon industry sector for the RCRA program (SIC or NAICS code)Hazardous Waste Facility SearchUse search options under Facility Characteristics. (Note: RCRAInfo does not have SIC codes, but ECHO does have SIC data for RCRA sites based upon other databases.)Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help – Hazardous Waste
Identify facilities with SDWA PWS IDs that have current violationsDrinking Water Facility SearchUse the Current Violations list under Enforcement and Compliance.Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help – Drinking Water
Determine, for individual federal agencies, which sites have been inspected and which have violationsAdvanced Facility Search for All Data, Air, Water, or Hazardous WasteFirst, select a Federal Agency under Facility Characteristics. Then choose from various inspection and violation search criteria under Enforcement and Compliance.Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help
Perform a screening for facilities in high minority areas that have not been inspectedAdvanced Facility Search for All Data, Air, Water, or Hazardous WasteFirst, narrow your geographic search, then choose the permit type (size of facility), then choose the length of time it has been since an inspection occurred, then use the percent minority restriction.Facility Search Help, Facility Search Criteria Help, and Search Results Help

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Data Quality and National and State Compliance Trends

If you want toUse this pageHelp Content
Review national enforcement and compliance trends across states and territoriesState Comparative MapsState Comparative Maps Help
Monitor multiple metrics and summary data at a national or state levelState DashboardsDashboards Help Home
Determine whether inspection coverage, discovery of violations, enforcement actions, and average penalties are increasing or decreasing over time within a stateState Comparative Maps and State DashboardsState Comparative Maps Help and Dashboards Help Home
Review summary environmental compliance and enforcement performance and trend information available on ECHOAnnual Reports and State Review Framework SummariesN/A

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ECHO Course Catalog

ToolMediaTutorials/Recorded TrainingUpcoming WebinarsDescription
Intro To ECHOAll Media 

November 14, 2017

Learn the history of the ECHO site, the sources of the data, the uses for ECHO, and the statutes that are included in the ECHO facility search function.
Quick Search Identify what regulated facilities are located within a geographic region.
Single Facility Search Get a facility report based upon a single facility name or program ID number.
All Data Facility SearchFacility Search TutorialSearch across all program records for regulated facilities. Customize search results columns and download data.
Map FilterWater, All Media
Intro to ECHO Map Filter: 1/24/2017 Webinar
 Brings facility analysis into a simple map-based format that makes it easy to turn facilities on and off based on many different data themes.
Air Facility SearchAir  Search for stationary sources regulated under the CAA. View reported emissions on ECHO's Air Pollutant Report or obtain additional air emission information.
Water Facility SearchWaterAdvanced ECHO Webinar: Water

 

Search for NPDES permits regulated under the CWA. View reported discharges on ECHO's effluent charts or obtain additional water quality information.
Effluent ChartsWaterECHO CWA Effluent Charts Tutorial The Effluent Charts page presents dynamic charts and tables of permitted effluent limits, releases, and violations over time for Clean Water Act (CWA) wastewater discharge permits issued under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
Water NPDES Program Area SearchesWater  Facility search interfaces tailored to individual discharge program sectors. Provides transparency of new data to be submitted electronically as a result of NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule implementation.
Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading ToolWaterAdvanced ECHO Webinar: WaterNovember 28, 2017The tool calculates pollutant loadings from permit and DMR data from EPA's ICIS-NPDES and displays TRI water release data.
DMR-TRI DashboardWaterComing Soon Upcoming video for the TRI-DMR Comparison Dashboard
Drinking Water Facility SearchDrinking Water  Search for public drinking water systems regulated under SDWA. View information about the system and source water, lead and copper samples, compliance status, contaminants, and enforcement activities.
Hazardous Waste Facility SearchHazardous Waste  Search for hazardous waste handlers regulated under RCRA Subtitle C. Search by criteria such as facility designation, enforcement and compliance history, and TRI releases and transfers, among others.
EPA Enforcement Case Search and ReportAll MediaComing Soon Search for EPA administrative and judicial civil enforcement actions, as well as EPA criminal prosecutions data. Also review the contents of a case report.
Detailed Facility ReportAll MediaDetailed Facility Report Overview Tutorial
Detailed Facility Report Error Reporting Tutorial
 The Detailed Facility Report provides a multimedia view of compliance and enforcement history for all permits/IDs linked to a facility.
State Comparative MapsAir, Water, Hazardous WasteState Comparative Maps and Dashboards Tutorial Review national enforcement and compliance trends across states and territories on an interactive map.
State DashboardsAir, Water, Hazardous Waste View charts and summary information about compliance and enforcement metrics at a national or state level.
Drinking Water DashboardDrinking Water The dashboard provides an easy-to-use summary of key activities: which PWSs are regulated, how many PWS have been inspected, how many systems have had alleged violations identified and enforcement action taken, and how many systems have returned to compliance.
Pesticide DashboardPesticides The FIFRA dashboard focuses on compliance and enforcement activities for the regulated universe of pesticide-producing establishments, which includes pesticide manufacturers, sellers and distributors.
Corporate Compliance ScreenerAll Media This tool organizes existing ECHO facility data into reports that highlight recent compliance issues or enforcement actions based upon data entered into national data systems of record.
Mobile Report Environmental ViolationsAll Media  A mobile phone version of EPA's Report Environmental Violations page offers a streamlined form and the option to access the user's location (with permission) and allow the public to submit pictures and video.
ECHO On the Horizon   Upcoming ECHO features and changes.

 

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