The U.S. EPA, state and local authorities are each responsible for monitoring
whether facilities comply with federal environmental laws, such as:
- Clean Air Act
- Clean Water Act
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
- Safe Drinking Water Act
- Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
- Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
- Toxic Substances Control Act
ECHO is designed to give you both summary and detailed information about
facilities' compliance and enforcement status and history. ECHO's tools
are designed to be simple yet provide sufficient detail to meet users needs.
ECHO is currently being used:
- by the public to learn about regulatory oversight and to retrieve the
compliance records of facilities in their community.
- by corporations to monitor compliance across facilities they own.
- by investors to supplement their assessments of environmental
performance at the facility and corporate level.
Using ECHO involves two simple steps.
Step 1: Search for Facilities of Interest
You can search for your facility of interest in any of four ways:
- Quick Search: You can most easily look for facilities in your
community by simply entering a ZIP code, or "city, state" within the Search
Options box located on the ECHO homepage. The default results includes
only the larger facilities in the ZIP code or city you selected. If you
would like to see all facilities subject to the federal environmental
laws, select the radio button next to "All Facilities" located below the
"GO" button you used for this search. If the search results screen indicates
that your search returned too many results to display, you will be asked
to modify your search through the All Data search page.
- All Data Search: This option allows you to search across the
major environmental programs under which a facility might be regulated:
air, water, and hazardous waste, but not yet including drinking water. This search method is most inclusive
but might require you to review the details of why a particular facility
- Air/Water/Hazardous Waste/Drinking Water Data Search: These program-specific
searches allow you greater flexibility in defining your search criteria.
For example, the Water Data search tool allows you to look within a particular
watershed (a map will help you find the watersheds) in which you might
be interested. The Air Data search allows you select from among the type
facility, e.g., Major vs. Synthetic Minor vs. Minor -- each type is subject
to different regulatory requirements. These searches also return only
facilities regulated by the particular program you selected to search.
- Multiple ID Search: This search allows you to track a known
list of facilities (to use this interface, however, you will need a list
of facilities' permits/identifiers). Users can "cut and paste" a list
of IDs into a query form each month to get updated information on multiple
Step 2: Facility Counts and Lists Returned. Analyze, Sort, Download
or Get Detailed Facility Reports
The above search methods will present you with
a count of how many facilities met your criteria, a list of facilities that
meet your search criteria, as well as summarized compliance data for each facility
returned. You can click on any of the facility names for details on that facility
(Detailed Facility Report, or drinking water Public Water System Report) or download the entire table by clicking
on "Download" at the bottom of the table.