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The Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website is updated frequentlybased on Agency priorities and user requests. New features are described below.
Usability Improvements Released
- On the Water Facility Search, users can now search for facilities by minimum number of effluent exceedance violations in the previous 1-3 years, and view a link to the new Effluent Limit Exceedance Search.
- Added law section details to applicable EPA informal enforcement actions on the Detailed Facility Report.
- Updated non-attainment air flags, categories, and pollutants within the All Data and Air Facility Search.
- Federal Fiscal Year 2018 data added to State Dashboards.
New ECHO Home Page Launched
- Co-locating quick searches by location or facility name/ID,
- Aggregating various search options and tools – organized by media program,
- Offering a Find EPA Cases quick search – either by EPA case name or case number,
- Highlighting data services provided by ECHO, and
- Merging and streamlining ECHO “How-to” help and related resources.
We hope you’ll find that the ECHO home page gets you more quickly to the content and features that most interest you. For information, please review our updated Quick Start Guide, which illustrates how to navigate the home page.
Facility Search Results and Detailed Facility Report Styling Updates
Biosolids Facility Report Now Available
Sanitary Surveys Search Options Now Available
On the Drinking Water System Search, users can now search for public water systems based on whether they've had recent sanitary surveys by a government agency. A sanitary survey is a review of a public water system to assess its capability to supply safe drinking water. The new search features are in the Enforcement and Compliance section of the form under Sanitary Surveys. On the search results page, users can add related columns of data (number of sanitary surveys completed in the last five years and number of significant deficiencies found in the last five years) with the Customize Columns button.
Detailed Facility Report Formal Enforcement Tables Combined
On the Detailed Facility Report, in the Enforcement and Compliance section, the "Formal Enforcement Actions" and "ICIS Case History" tables were combined into one Formal Enforcement Actions table. The separate tables were a relic of a collection of older data systems, and combining the information into a single table improves the usability and readability of the report.
Spanish Report Environmental Violations Form Added
The new ECHO form that allows the public to report potential environmental violations now offers a Spanish view. This release also included bug fixes and minor improvements.
- For data analysts, the 2018 Clean Water Act Discharge Monitoring Report dataset was posted on the Data Downloads page.
- A new "Quick CSV Download" button on facility search results allows users to get an immediate comma-separated values file of their results. (The "Download Data" button remains available and offers the choice of several file formats.)
- Improved usability of the Watershed search options on facility search forms with autocomplete boxes. Simply start typing a waterbody name to see a list of options that narrow as you type.
2017 Biosolids Annual Report Data Released
Data from the second year of electronic Biosolids Annual Reports, for 2017, is now available on the Water Biosolids Facility Search. The Biosolids Facility Search integrates Biosolids Annual Report data with other biosolids enforcement and compliance data. Going forward, the search will offer the most recent two years for Annual Report data. A facility report under development will allow viewing of all available years of data. Bug fixes and other improvements also were part of this release:
- The Pesticide Establishments Dashboard has 2016 data.
- The All Data Facility Search includes optional columns for number of EPA EPCRA, FIFRA, SDWA, and TSCA inspections in the last five years.
- The ECHO Water Pollutant Loading Tool continues to be improved and optimized.
- The name of the "NPDES Permit Fact Sheets" download in the Water Pollutant Loading Tool has been changed to "NPDES Monitoring Data Download" to avoid confusion with permit fact sheets.
Usability Updates Released
The Water Dashboard can now be filtered by Tribe. Note that information associating facilities with tribal locations is based on EPA comparison of facility coordinates to the U.S. Census Bureau 2016 Tribal Boundary layer data for Tribes in the lower 48 states, and Bureau of Land Management Alaska State Office data for Tribes in Alaska. Bug fixes and facility search usability improvements also were part of this release:
- In the Water facility search Enforcement and Compliance section, the Compliance Status search option was reorganized for easier use.
- All of the facility search results downloads were reorganized to better match the order of the user-selected columns seen onscreen.
- On All Data and Air facility search results, additional optional columns of information about nonattainment areas for criteria pollutants were added to Customize Columns. For a facility in a nonattainment area, the columns will list the applicable National Ambient Air Quality standard/s and the pollutant/s in nonattainment.
Corporate Compliance Screener and Water Discharge Monitoring Report Data Updated
The Corporate Compliance Screener was updated with search features that provide users greater flexibility to tailor reports and improved functionality to conduct entity data screenings. The new “Compliance Report”, increases the flexibility of analyzing facility data by removing many of the default restrictions applied to the previous version of the report. Specifically, this new report includes settlements of any amount and allows the user to select the settlement time period (the last year to 10+ years) included in the report.
The search option to include “And Does Not Contain” terms for facility and company name searching is now available. This feature optimizes the process of compiling an accurate facility list by allowing users to enter specific terms to be excluded prior to conducting the search. The Corporate Compliance Screener 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.
Additionally, prior to the Clean Water Act NPDES Electronic Reporting rule, ECHO withheld Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) non-receipt violations and noncompliant permit compliance status data for non-major DMR filers in most states (the exceptions being Arkansas and Louisiana, as requested by these two states) when the noncompliance was related to DMR non-receipt violations. ECHO displayed the permit compliance status as “Unknown” for non-majors with DMR non-receipt violations (and no more serious NPDES violations).
Beginning on January 9, 2018, EPA updated ECHO to allow users to identify non-major DMR filers with unresolved DMR non-receipt violations that occur in monitoring periods with end dates after June 30, 2017. EPA also updated ECHO to allow users to identify the corresponding permit compliance status for these non-major DMR filers. These changes affect the All Data and Water facility searches and the Detailed Facility Report. The NPDES DMR Non-Receipt Status Search helps provide details of these DMR non-receipt violations.
Other recent site updates include bug fixes and minor improvements. ECHO's Report Environmental Violations form was updated to improve the user experience by creating an additional warning about reporting environmental emergencies. Contact us with questions or comments.
Public Release of the NPDES eRule Readiness and Data Completeness Dashboard
The 2015 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule (“NPDES eRule”) requires the U.S. EPA to assess the progress each authorized state is making in implementing Clean Water Act NPDES electronic reporting and to repeat these assessments annually. EPA is publishing a dashboard to show these assessments. Since November 2016, EPA has worked collaboratively with states to improve the functionality of the dashboard and the quality of the data supporting the dashboard. EPA plans to build additional charts and data visualizations over time to make it easier to evaluate implementation of the NPDES eRule. EPA will continue its collaboration with states prior to any new enhancements of this dashboard. Overall, data sharing between states and EPA has greatly improved, which helps give EPA and states the ability to strategically address the most serious water pollution problems.
This release also includes a new form for reporting suspected environmental violations, as well as minor site improvements and bug fixes. ECHO now includes the mobile-friendly version of EPA's Report Environmental Violations form. The ECHO form allows users to optionally include their location and/or look up nearby facilities.
The Water facility search now includes a search option for facilities that had violations during a particular time period. Users requested this as an alternative to searching for facilities that have had violations in the past three years. Also, the Inspection Type search feature on the Air, Water, and Hazardous Waste facility searches now works with the "None Within" inspection timeframe parameter to allow searches for facilities that have not had a particular type of inspection. Finally, the "Learn More About ECHO" and "Become an ECHO Pro" pages were combined into one "quick start" navigation guide. Contact Us with comments and questions.
Ability to Search for EPA Inspections Added to All Data Search
The All Data facility search now features the ability to search for inspections by statute. After choosing to search for facilities that have been inspected within a particular timeframe, users can narrow the results by inspections or compliance evaluations under particular environmental statute, including EPA inspections under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, and more. While these inspections displayed in the Compliance Monitoring History table of the Detailed Facility Report, users were unable to search for facilities with the inspections until now. This feature is located in the All Data 'Enforcement and Compliance' section under 'Time Since Last Inspection'.
Also, benchmark limit exceedance data are now available via the Water Industrial Stormwater search. Users can search for facilities that have had benchmark limit exceedances in the past three years, add an optional column of that information on the search results page, and view the information on the Detailed Facility Report. Benchmark monitoring is required under EPA's 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit as an indicator of performance of stormwater control measures. Benchmark limit exceedances indicate instances when stormwater pollutant concentrations exceed levels that could adversely affect receiving water quality, and require permittees to review their stormwater control measures and take corrective action. These exceedances are not violations, but rather indicators of potential problems at the site. For information on benchmark monitoring, see the Industrial Stormwater Monitoring and Sample Guide under the Industrial Stormwater Fact Sheets and Guidance tab. Bug fixes and other minor updates, including the ability to search by causes of impairment in the Water facility search Environmental Conditions section, were part of this release. Contact Us with comments and questions.
Beta Water Pollutant Loading Tool Available for Review
The Water Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool is moving to ECHO. The Loading Tool is designed to help users determine who is discharging, what pollutants they are discharging and how much, and where they are discharging. The tool calculates pollutant loadings from permit and DMR data from EPA's data system that supports the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and it offers a variety of ways to customize searches. Pollutant loadings are presented as pounds per year and as toxic-weighted pounds per year to account for variations in toxicity among pollutants. To streamline site maintenance and increase user access to data, the Loading Tool is being built on the ECHO platform upon documented RESTful services. The ECHO version of the Loading Tool has a similar look and feel as the current Loading Tool website, which will be retired in late January 2018, with some usability improvements. Bug fixes and minor updates also were part of this release. Contact Us with comments and questions about the beta tool.
Drinking Water Data Updates Posted
The Detailed Facility Report (DFR) Three Year Compliance Status by Quarter table has been updated to clarify the status of individual violations across quarters for the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Violations are listed with both the beginning and return-to-compliance dates across the twelve quarters. A report showing a right arrow with no closing date (e.g., >>>) means that the facility violation has not been resolved and continues to be active in the program data system. If the violation started before the last three years of data and continues into the last three years, the beginning date is listed in QTR1. The updates to the SDWA compliance status display are consistent with how unresolved violations are displayed for Air, Water, and Hazardous Waste. Additionally, the Three Year Compliance Status by Quarter table was updated for SDWA to reflect violations that have been addressed with an additional facility-level status, "Violation-Addressed". Please see the Detailed Facility Report Data Dictionary for additional information on compliance status by statute. Bug fixes and other minor updates also were part of this release:
- A NAICS Code lookup was added to the ECHO Facility Search to allow users to identify and search on NAICS codes by keyword.
- A column was added to the DFR Air Quality Table to document the applicable standard associated with a nonattainment area. See About the Data for the nonattainment areas included in ECHO.
- Updates in terminology and formatting were made throughout ECHO to ensure consistency between tools, including updating facility-level status abbreviations on the DFR.
New ECHO Biosolids Facility Search Released
A new Water Facility Search specific to the Water Program Area Biosolids has been released on ECHO. With the implementation of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule, facilities in the 42 states where EPA implements the NPDES federal biosolids program began submitting Biosolids Annual Reports electronically for the first time in February 2017 - continuing to reduce the burden of paper reporting. The new electronic Biosolids Annual Report standardized the reporting format and collected more comprehensive biosolids production and management data. Before the eRule was implemented, Biosolids Annual Reports were submitted on paper. The reports were received in large stacks with little standardization to the reporting format, and using it effectively on a national-level was difficult.
The data are now available electronically on the ECHO Biosolids Facility Search, which integrates Biosolids Annual Report data with other biosolids enforcement and compliance data. It provides access to biosolids-specific permit, inspection, violation, enforcement, and penalty related data to users for the first time in an easy-to-use search tool. Also, all of the Biosolids Annual Report data submitted to EPA electronically can be downloaded in one file from ECHO’s Data Downloads page. This new download allows users to analyze Biosolids Annual Report submissions down to the biosolids management level and includes data about biosolids facility type, treatment processes, management practice, pathogen class, noncompliance, and more. This download is refreshed weekly and is accompanied by an ICIS-NPDES Biosolids Annual Report Download Summary, which includes detailed information about source data, data elements, and data element descriptions. Webinars with EPA program offices and regions, states, and biosolids industry groups helped promote the awareness and utility of the new search, and resulting feedback was incorporated into the test versions.
Other recent site updates include bug fixes and usability and data improvements. Of note, EJSCREEN data have been updated to the 2017 release. EJSCREEN allows ECHO users to select facilities in areas with EJ indexes above the 80th percentile nationally. Additionally, 2016 Toxics Release Inventory data was added to facility searches and reports. Feel free to Contact Us with questions or comments.
Updates to Water Industrial Stormwater Facility Search
The Water Industrial Stormwater Facility Search was updated with two search options:
- In the Facility Characteristics section, MSGP Annual Report Submitted searches for facilities located in areas were EPA is the permitting authority that submitted annual reports per the 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit requirements.
- In the Enforcement and Compliance section, Type of Monitoring was added to allow users to search for facilities that have benchmark vs. effluent limits.
The search results page offers the optional ability (under Customize Columns) to add the text fields from the latest MSGP annual report submitted to the results table and download file.
Links to Facility Clean Air Act (CAA) Reports Added to Detailed Facility Report
ECHO users can now access multiple reports submitted to EPA using its Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI) directly from applicable ECHO Detailed Facility Reports. EPA's public WebFIRE database contains multiple reports, like CAA emissions reports for an applicable regulation, submitted to EPA using CEDRI in response to regulatory requirements under Parts 60 and 63 of Title 40 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. The ECHO feature allows users to quickly access the compliance and emission documents that are specific to the facility report they are viewing. On Detailed Facility Reports, look for “Related Reports” found in the “Facility Summary” section. Click on “EPA Facility Documents” to see available documents for that facility.
Links to EPA Region 6 Documents Added to Detailed Facility Report and Case Report
EPA is piloting a document access project that leverages work done by EPA Region 6 (states in Region 6: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas). As part of this pilot, ECHO users can now access EPA enforcement and compliance documents from Region 6’s public Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Documents (CAED) database via corresponding ECHO Detailed Facility Reports and Civil Enforcement Case Reports. The CAED database includes EPA inspection reports, EPA enforcement case documents, and National Environmental Policy Act reports. On applicable Region 6 Detailed Facility Reports, look for a link to “EPA Facility Documents” found in the “Related Documents” section of the Facility Summary. On applicable Region 6 Civil Enforcement Case Reports, a link to the enforcement case document can be found in the “Related Case Documents” section. The ECHO team is working with other EPA regions to expand the number of documents directly available to ECHO users. EPA also has document access pilots with Arkansas, New Hampshire, and Utah. Those state documents are available via the Detailed Facility Report in the same section under "State Facility Documents".
The Pesticides Establishments Dashboard was updated with 2015 data, and several updates were made to improve site usability.
- The facility search form Enforcement and Compliance section was reordered to better reflect the typical flow of data from inspection through enforcement action.
- Facility searches related to "inspections" have been more specifically labeled and defined.
- Water facility search results now include an optional column for "Date of Last Inspection (EPA)" and for "Date of Last Inspection (State)".
- On ECHO facility search results for Air, Water, and Hazardous Waste, users can:
- Refine results by facilities without evaluations/inspections.
- Download their results tables (up to 100,000 rows) in GEOJSON format.
Site Updates Posted
ECHO’s facility searches allow users to search for facilities located in Census block groups with an 80th or higher national percentile of one or more of the primary environmental justice (EJ) indexes of EJSCREEN, EPA's screening tool for EJ concerns. The EJ Indexes search option interface in ECHO was updated to allow users to filter on the number of EJ Indexes above the 80th percentile. EJSCREEN is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides EPA with a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators. EJSCREEN includes eleven environmental justice indexes that combine demographic indicators with a single environmental indicator. EJSCREEN provides screening-level indicators that do not, by themselves, determine the existence or absence of environmental justice concerns in a given location.
Other updates include usability improvements to the Air, Hazardous Waste, and Water facility searches to clarify compliance evaluation type and inspection type search options. Bug fixes and minor updates also were part of this release:
- Watershed search options were updated to clarify the watershed type for All Data, Water, and Hazardous Waste facility searches. In the Water facility search results, results column names were updated to indicate the data source, and a new optional column was added for 12-Digit WBD HUC (EPA Facility Registry Service Derived).
- An optional column was added to the Hazardous Waste facility search results that displays the date of the last record review.
Interactive Web Services Documentation and Other Site Updates Posted
Public web services support the ECHO website, and they are available to web developers. Interactive documentation of each of these web services is now available. The new ECHO Web Services documentation pages provide guided descriptions and customized generation of the RESTlike (REpresentational State Transfer) services used to provide data for each of ECHO's facility searches and many of its reports. The documentation explains how to use the services, the variety of search parameters available, and guides the user through selecting appropriate values to generate data results of interest. Web services allow developers to design custom applications utilizing a live feed of data from ECHO. An ECHO goal is to provide data as broadly as possible, and these services, along with the web interface and bulk data downloads, offer a variety of ways to consume EPA's enforcement and compliance data.
Other site updates include a radius search option on All Data, Air, Hazardous Waste, and Water facility searches. Search for facilities within a 1-, 5-, 10-, or 50-mile radius of your location or any other specified latitude and longitude. Also, two search options were added to the Water facility search - searching for facilities that also have an Air or Hazardous Waste ID number and searching for facilities based on the agency (state or EPA) that issued the most recent permit.
Site Updates Posted
The Frequently Asked Questions page, which provides helpful information about ECHO data and features, has been updated. Bug fixes and minor updates were part of this release:
- Five optional columns for display were added to the Water facility search results: Permit Issuing Agency, Permit Issue Date, Permit Effective Date, Permit Termination Date, and Permit Components.
- A downloadable dataset from ECHO's Air Pollutant Report was added to the Data Downloads page.
Suite of ECHO Search Improvements Launched
A significant update to the ECHO website improves the ability to do a variety of searches. Facility searches, like the All Data and Water searches, now offer a suite of features that improve the functionality of mapped search results, compiling regulatory enforcement data about companies is easier, and Drinking Water system searches are more complete.
Map Filter. This collection of features makes it much easier to interact with data without needing to run new searches. The updated look and feel is inspired by popular travel and shopping websites that make it easy to find and filter places and products. Map Filter allows users to modify search conditions directly on the map with easy-to-use sliders and checkboxes. As users create their desired list of facilities, they also can add map layers that are beneath facility points. The layers include a variety of boundaries, places, and demographic maps to help customize the map. Additionally, a search can be initiated from a map by clicking “Create Maps” on the ECHO home page and selecting a program of interest. Users also may choose to get facility search results without a map. These features are fully developed for All Data and Water facility searches, with some improvements for Air and Hazardous Waste facility searches.
Corporate Compliance Screener. The Corporate Compliance Screener summarizes compliance and enforcement data across multiple facilities owned or managed by a company or jurisdiction. The tool selects facility and enforcement case records based on user-entered company names and compiles a list of summary statistics, detailed current noncompliance, and recent significant formal enforcement activity. The user is able to review the data and remove false positives or “sound-alike” companies that are not desired in the data set. This interface allows users to quickly analyze a large number of facilities, review those that may have past compliance and enforcement issues, and download a formatted report of the data set. Once users establish a list of facilities within a company, it is easy to re-run those facilities on a periodic basis.
Improved Drinking Water system searching. ECHO provides Public Water System compliance and enforcement data in its facility searches. Enhanced features make it easier to search for violations by specific contaminants and to identify the newest violations. ECHO also now offers a capability to search for lead and copper action level exceedances (ALEs). The ALE data indicate when measured values for lead or copper are at a level that requires action on the part of the drinking water system. Lead and copper samples data add context to the Detailed Facility Report. Additionally, ECHO will show monthly violations when they are received by the national data system rather than waiting for the official quarter of data to be complete. This change allows users to see violation data sooner, but comes with the caveat that such data are voluntarily entered and are not always complete or fully quality assured. So, when primacy agencies choose to report violations and enforcement actions into the national system of record beyond the end of the current official quarter, they will be included in the search and displayed on the Detailed Facility Report.
The ECHO team is listening to users and working to improve the content and functionality of ECHO to meet environmental data needs. Use of the site has more than tripled since 2008 when EPA began enhancing the content in ECHO. Since January 1, 2016, the site had about 80,000 new users and more than 3 million page views.
Register for upcoming trainings, and stay tuned for other exciting additions. Later in the year, we plan to phase in improvements to provide ECHO users better inter-operability with ambient monitoring information. We also are ramping up capabilities that will offer better interaction between users and ECHO in reporting tips and complaints and providing email alert capabilities on data related to nearby communities. Lastly, Clean Water Act NPDES eReporting rule implementation will bring a series of additional data points into the national database and ECHO – improving the accuracy and completeness of information related to the Clean Water Act program. Thank you for your interest in ECHO, and let us know what you think.
New Template and Usage Information Posted
The ECHO website has a new look, consistent with the EPA website as a whole. Functionality remains the same - the changes primarily affected the background, page wrappers, and fonts. Please see information about the EPA website update, and Contact Us if you have questions. Also, a new page regarding site use has been posted. Thank you for your interest in ECHO.
New Features Available
ECHO users can now filter facility searches based on EPA EJSCREEN information. While there are many components to EJSCREEN, ECHO offers the ability to select facilities that are located in Census block groups where one or more environmental justice index is at or above the 80th percentile nationally. The new checkbox is available on the All Data, Air, Hazardous Waste, and Water facility search pages in the Demographics section (click "View More Search Options"), and users may also add the information as an optional column in facility search results.
EJSCREEN is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides EPA with a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators. EJSCREEN includes eleven environmental justice indexes that combine demographic indicators with a single environmental indicator. EJSCREEN provides screening-level indicators that do not, by themselves, determine the existence or absence of environmental justice concerns in a given location.
Other recent site updates include bug fixes and usability improvements. Of note, the Indian Country search and display options on the All Data, Air, Hazardous Waste, and Water facility search and results pages have been expanded and clarified to help users understand the source of the underlying data. Additionally, the Total Aggregate Emissions Data table of the Air Pollutant Report has been expanded to include each program displayed in the Emissions Data table as applicable. Please contact us if you have comments or questions.
Drinking Water System Search Options Expanded
EPA implemented a set of improvements to the Drinking Water system search to make it more consistent with other site features, such as the facility searches for the other major regulatory programs. New features makes it easier to search for the violator and enforcement action data that were already included in search results and on the Detailed Facility Report. Users can now search for public water systems based on the date of the last informal or formal enforcement action, as well as the number of quarters as a serious violator. Users also can choose to switch the Contaminant(s) in Violation search from violations in the past three years to violations in the most recent quarter.
Additionally, EPA improved the manner in which drinking water violations are displayed by adding a "Status" column on the Detailed Facility Report "SDWA Violations and Enforcement Actions" section. This column displays "Resolved" if the violation is Returned to Compliance, "Addressed" if it is under formal enforcement but not yet Resolved, and "Unaddressed" otherwise. (Individual enforcement actions, including informal ones, will continue to display in the table, as well.) In keeping with the Enforcement Response Policy, five years after the violation's compliance period end date the violation will be labeled "Archived" and will no longer contribute to the Public Water System's overall compliance status. This change ensures that ECHO reports are consistent with criteria used in the Drinking Water Dashboard.
Other recent site updates include bug fixes and minor enhancements. Of note, the ECHO Facilities map layer is now refreshed on a weekly basis, and a new video tutorial about Comparative Maps and Dashboards was posted. Please contact us if you have comments or questions.
Clean Air Act State Dashboard Activity View Updated
The Air State Dashboard Activity View has been updated to display fiscal year 2015 and 2016 data. The transition between Air national data management systems means that 2011-2014 data are based on legacy system data, while 2015 data and beyond are based on the new national program system of record. As before, the dashboard provides an overview of environmental compliance and enforcement data on a national and state level. All but the most recent year are based on frozen, verified data sets. The most recent year is refreshed on a weekly basis. Please feel free to Contact Us with questions.
Clean Water Act Industrial Stormwater Search Released
This new Water facility search interface is tailored to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) industrial stormwater program and makes it easier to find information about facilities that discharge under EPA’s Multi-Sector General Permit for industrial stormwater discharges. It sets the stage for enhanced transparency of new data that will be submitted electronically as a result of NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule implementation. New data available through this interface include certain elements from Notices of Intent for permit coverage, such as information related to stormwater pollution prevention plans. Please note that benchmark limits and exceedances are not yet displayed in ECHO and the goal is to add them later this year.
Also, a new Data Downloads feature allows users to download the Water datasets by state under 'Download Data by Jurisdiction'. The data download files are large data sets that may be of particular use to academics and analysts. An ECHO goal is to provide data as broadly as possible, and these files, along with the web interface and services, offer a variety of ways to consume EPA's enforcement and compliance data. This feature responds to user requests to separate the Water Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) datasets into smaller files. Other recent site updates include minor bug fixes. As always, feel free to Contact Us with questions.
Usability Improvements and New Service Documentation Released
Several improvements were made to the popular Detailed Facility Report to further enhance its utility, including better default ordering of compliance monitoring and enforcement tables, ability to sort on additional tables, elimination of the need to scroll horizontally on most monitors, and addition of Air agency column in the Three Year Compliance Status by Quarter table.
Drinking Water documentation was added to the ECHO REST Services Documentation page, providing interactive descriptions and generation of the REST services used to provide data for ECHO's Drinking Water System Search. Web services allow developers to design custom applications utilizing a live feed of data from ECHO. An ECHO goal is to provide data as broadly as possible, and these services, along with the web interface and bulk data downloads, offer a variety of ways to consume EPA's enforcement and compliance data.
Other changes include improved facility search results documentation regarding impaired waters data, two new Enforcement Case Search optional columns related to Supplemental Environmental Projects, facility search results approximated locational map icons for facilities that are missing latitude/longitude data, and bug fixes.
Clean Water Act Discharge Monitoring Report Data Set Posted for 2016
The Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Data Set for Fiscal Year 2016 has been added to the Data Downloads page. The data download files are large data sets that may be of particular use to academics and analysts. An ECHO goal is to provide data as broadly as possible, and these files, along with the web interface and services, offer a variety of ways to consume EPA's enforcement and compliance data. Other recent site updates include minor bug fixes.
Effluent Charts Web Services Documentation Posted
The new ECHO REST Services Documentation page provides interactive descriptions and generation of the REST services used to provide data for ECHO's Clean Water Act Effluent Charts. Web services allow developers to design custom applications utilizing a live feed of data from ECHO.
Other recent site updates include bug fixes and minor enhancements. Federal Fiscal Year 2014 data were added to the Pesticide Dashboard. Additionally, information about whether a facility is in an Air Nonattainment Area for Sulfur Dioxide was added to the Detailed Facility Report, as were direct links to Arkansas Clean Water Act discharge permit documents. Please contact us if you have comments or questions.
ECHO Enforcement Case Search Enhanced
EPA's public criminal case information has been integrated into ECHO's EPA Enforcement Case Search. While public information about criminal enforcement has been available on EPA's website, it was separate from the civil case data available through ECHO. This significant enhancement allows ECHO users to access all public EPA case data in one place without needing to know whether enforcement actions were civil or criminal in nature. Users can now enter a geographic region of interest on the Case Search form and receive a map and a list of all public EPA cases that meet their criteria.
Also, additional columns of data are available to add via the "Customize Columns" feature on the search results page: Date Final Order Lodged, Date Enforcement Action Closed, Enforcement Outcome, and Cost Recovery Awarded. Please contact us if you have comments or questions.
ECHO Mobile Experience Enhanced
In November 2015, ECHO facility features were optimized for display on mobile devices. Recent updates include usability enhancements and the option to switch between the mobile view and the full version of the site. Links are provided at the bottom of each page. While we recommend staying on the mobile view while using a phone, feedback indicated that users wanted the option to access the full functionality of the site.
Other website updates include general usability improvements and bug fixes. A common user request has been implemented - the header row on the facility search results data table now stays in view as a user scrolls through the list. Also, sorting on several facility search results columns has been adjusted so that fields with no values always sort to the bottom of the list.
Clean Water Act Annual Noncompliance Report Released with Other Enhancements
The Clean Water Act Annual Noncompliance Report for 2014 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.
Recent website updates include usability improvements and bug fixes.
- Links from the Detailed Facility Report to Sanitary Sewer Overflow event reports have been added when such reports are available in the Clean Water Act program system.
- Facility search form controls have been adjusted to provide easy access to related website features. A "Related Tools" link has replaced the "Clear All" button above the Search Criteria Selected box. Now to reset the search form, click the white "x" next to "Search Criteria Selected".
- On the Air, Hazardous Waste, and Water facility search forms, a control has been added under the "Facility ID Number" option so users can choose whether to search by program system ID or by EPA registry ID. Program system ID is the most commonly searched ID type on these forms, so that is the default selection; however, some users have asked to be able to search by the ID numbers used in the Agency's Facility Registry Service, which links various related system ID numbers together.
Please contact us if you have comments or questions.
Drinking Water Dashboard Enhanced
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Dashboard (Drinking Water Dashboard) has been enhanced. A new "Advanced View" option lets users see graphs "filtered" on the basis of public water system type or size, source water category, or EPA Region. Another enhanced function is the user's ability to analyze the information sorted for all Indian country, for Indian country in a particular EPA region, and on a tribe-by-tribe basis. The Drinking Water Dashboard puts five years of drinking water compliance and enforcement data at the fingertips of anyone with Internet access. As before, the SDWA Dashboard provides an overview of how EPA, the Navajo Nation, and implementing states regulate public water systems. The dashboard offers information on the type and size of public water systems, on-site visits, and system violations. The public can use information on the dashboard to monitor the number of enforcement actions undertaken and the number of systems returned to compliance. The enhanced Drinking Water Dashboard continues EPA's commitment to sharing data with citizens in formats they can understand and use.
Pesticides Dashboard Enhanced
EPA released a new Pesticide Worker Protection Dashboard with interactive charts that present a summary of key enforcement and compliance information related to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The WPS is aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. The WPS dashboard presents information on the regulated community and answers questions like: how many facilities in the United States employ workers covered by the Worker Protection Standard, how many have been inspected, and how many violations have been found and enforcement actions taken by states, tribes, and/or EPA.
Additionally, the Drinking Water Search now offers the ability to search for public water systems based on specific contaminants that have been in violation within the past three years. Please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions.
ECHO Optimized for Mobile Devices
Select ECHO features are now optimized for display on mobile devices:
- Facility Search
- The new "Use My Location" feature searches for facilities within approximately three miles of the user's current location.
- Note: This feature is not available for the drinking water search type.
- Users can also search for facilities based on any location or Facility Name or ID.
- The new "Use My Location" feature searches for facilities within approximately three miles of the user's current location.
- Facility Search Results
- Search results are displayed on a map by default.
- Note: Facility results for drinking water searches are only presented in a List View.
- Alternatively, users can switch to a List View that lists facilities and displays a grid that illustrates a facility's quarterly compliance status for all applicable statutes.
- Note: Only the facility name and other inspection statistics (if available) appear for facilities that do not have compliance status data.
- Users can adjust their search from the results page to search on a new location and/or Facility Name or ID, or to change the search type.
- Search results are displayed on a map by default.
- Detailed Facility Report
- The Detailed Facility Report displays an enhanced view on mobile devices with a grid that indicates the facility’s quarterly compliance status.
- By default, the mobile display for the Detailed Facility Report includes the facility’s locational, regulatory, and compliance information.
Enforcement Case Search Updated
The Enforcement Case Search has been enhanced so that users have a choice of how to search by name. By default, users may search the case name, defendant name, and/or facility name for search terms in any order. The enhancement allows users the option to search for exact matches or names that begin with a search term.
Facility Search Results Excel Download Available
The option to download search results as an Excel file is now available on all ECHO Facility Searches. The Excel download is currently available for search results with up to 10,000 records.
New Features Released
ECHO facility searches are even more powerful with new features added based upon user requests. On the Water facility search:
- Search for facilities by entering a partial permit ID number.
- Search for facilities that have had a specific pollutant in violation under the Clean Water Act.
- Find facilities that discharge pollutants potentially contributing to a waterbody impairment.
- Add information on annual pollutant loading amounts to Water search results.
Other enhancements include:
- All facility searches now allow users the ability to search for facilities by partial program ID numbers and to more easily use autocomplete functionality to populate many search options.
- Search for facilities that have never been inspected/evaluated under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, or Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
- Search for Air or Hazardous Waste facilities that have reported Risk Management Plans under the Clean Air Act.
- Additional water quality data is displayed on the Detailed Facility Report.
- An ECHO Tool Guide provides tips on which tools to use for specific analyses.
More enhancements are planned for the fall. Please let us know what features you’d like to see.
ECHO Release 2.4.1
EPA released additional ECHO features, including a beta Air Pollutant Report and the option to search for facilities that have reported Risk Management Plans under the Clean Air Act. The Air Pollutant Report, which displays emissions data from EPA's various reporting programs, is available from All Data and Air facility search results. Read the complete announcement.
Clean Water Act Effluent Charts Video Tutorial Posted
A new video tutorial has been posted. It provides a look at the many features of the Clean Water Act Effluent Charts.
ECHO Release 2.4
EPA released ECHO Version 2.4, featuring updated Clean Air Act stationary source data and a tailored search interface. This interface brings back the final missing popular feature from the retired ECHO website. Also, EPA released the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Dashboard (Pesticides Dashboard). Read the complete release announcement.
Drinking Water Dashboard Launched
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) dashboard, a user-friendly website that presents data about violations and the compliance status of public water systems. The dashboard contains interactive charts and graphs that provide information regarding the compliance of public water systems with federal drinking water regulations, as well as enforcement actions.
ECHO Video Tutorials Posted
New video tutorials have been posted - one introduces the Detailed Facility Report and a followup details the report's compliance and enforcement data and error reporting feature.
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
The Clean Water Act DMR Pollutant Loading Tool has been enhanced and Version 2.0 released.
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. 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. 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.