ECHO Comments Archive
"I have reviewed the ECHO Detailed Facility Report for -- , TX.
Under the Compliance Summary Data section I would like to request the data
EPA used to complete the section for CWA/NPDES Compliance status. The on-line
report only shows the facility level status but it doesn't indicate the
data used to generate such a status."
"Fort Myers (Florida) News Press page 1B 12/4/02 "Internet
site has data on EPA Violations" by Pamela Smith Hayford told me about
your site. Excellent and helpful information."
"Very useful. Nice system"
"It would be helpful to have data from more than the last 2 years.
Going back 10 years would be very useful. As far back as the PCS data goes."
"1. Currently a limit of only 500 records can be viewed/displayed
in a single inquiry. Please increase or make the capacity for retrieval
of records unlimited.
3. When there is no information in the databases for a selected data
request, the listing in the summary reads "never" and/or "0".
This is misleading. It should read "no data records returned"
or "no data available". For example, when searching for inspections
of some minor permitted facilities, the result is never. This suggests
that the facilities have never been inspected when in truth they may have
been inspected and that data not entered into the national database..."
"I am very glad to see this site operational. I am using it as a vital component of Title V permit reviews and it helps me understand which plants need the most scrutiny.
Please continue to augment it with additional data such as emission inventories
and copies of Title V permits."
"We encourage you to continue and update the ECHO system. Should
help keep the public informed and save your organization time and effort
in answering questions concerning inspections."
"Good idea - I have referred it to the EA in UK. But it is somewhat,
as we scientists say, gobbledee gookish. A simpler statement about the
infringements in plain English would be beneficial."
"This is an excellent resource site, easy to use and understand
in laymans terms. I hope it becomes a permanent part of the EPA website."
"I found the ECHO program helpful, up-to-date and easy to use. It
is a valuable reference tool and I hope you will consider making this information
a permanent offering online after the pilot period expires. Thank you."
"This is great! It is hard to interpret the codes though. A key
to the codes in the documentation would be helpful. It would be even better
to have a description, in plain English, of violations and actions taken
by the company and by EPA."
"This site is outstanding. A little more information would be helpful
(ie, contact at site you audited.)"
"I found that information I was looking at came from 1997 when veiwing
the pages for -- which is in our neighborhood. So it seems to me the information
being offered here is out dated. The type of emissions are not listed.
The amounts are not listed.
"I think the idea of ECHO or putting [military] violations on the
internet is a very bad idea. Even people in the Navy environmental field
become confused about what a Navy NOV means. The public will be even more
confused. I am afraid it will become a bean counting exercise. We all know
the states administer the programs in different manners and simply counting
NOVs is a bad way to compare. Already if someone wants to know about our
NOV record they may ask under the FOI Act and get what they want. Why is
"Great site, only one negative comment. This is a site to be viewed
and understood by the public. Fiddling their way past all the permit numbers,
etc (leave them in, they are very good) is tough enough. It would be very
helpful to list the meaning of all abbreviations -on the same page- to
improve readability by someone who is not used to working with these things.
Other than that, very good. I like all the links, especially the maps."
"I think having this comprehensive, compliance database is a great idea, however; without a legend explaining what the different acronyms stand for, it is near to impossible to decipher the information on the tables when you link to a specific facility.
Also, it is apparent that the information provided to EPA by the states
are not entirely accurate. Company names are incorrect, and compliance
status, in some cases, are wrong as well. Did EPA define the criteria for
the various database fields?"
"First of all, I am pleased to see EPA making such an effort to provide information to the public. I think the more open a process becomes, the more likely the general public is to trust us and have faith in our work. I do have some concerns, however. First of all, you make many comments about how the site provides inspection and compliance information about various facilities. This site does provide such information, but only in a very limited and targeted capacity. Second, your information is not accurate...
Second, I believe the site should do a better job of clarifying the exclusive nature of the reporting actually covered. Current language suggests it is any and all inspection and enforcement activities for these sites, instead of the very narrow EPA programs actually posted.
Again, I like the accessibility of the information, and the overall intent
of the site. My comments are meant to be constructive and intended to make
it more useful.
"Nice site. Searching by zip code may not bring up all sites within concerned proximity. What if I my zip code ends across the street. I didn't notice the ability to expand the search radius.
Would be good if you could link the violations or inspection results
to the "Yes" answer in the box."
"Hooray for the EPA and their new Echo Web site. Citizen monitoring
is an important element in protecting our communities from noxious poisons
and other pollution. Easy access to information about what is going on
in our communities is an important democratic principle. I applaud the
EPA in providing a useful tool for protecting public health and safety.
What we don't know truly can hurt us."
"Data accuracy is very important. Some of our sites are not listed
correctly. I will have our -- director follow up on this."
"This is a great tool! However, there are some cumbersome aspects.
For example, there are too many "search" buttons... How about
making just a single questionnaire, fill out everything you want (you could
have a choice in some categories) and then a single "submit"
"Your new tool is thorough and easy to use. I have little experience
with the environmental compliance field other than some time spent in the
-- where I maintained the waste disposal program for my organization but
I found the information easy to navigate and the links providing data description
made the data easy to understand. I think this will be an invaluable tool
for those organizations and businesses that are directly involved in the
inspection and environmental compliance areas."
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