ECHO Comments Archive
"I think it is a good idea to have this information readily
available to the public. For example, we recently went out for Household
Hazardous Waste bids, and were able to look up the companies via
their EPA ID# to see if there had been any violations in the past
two years. Even though it is valid information, it would be nice
to see a more thorough list (i.e. more years than 2, and perhaps
a description of the case/violation so that citizens/those looking
for the information don't have to call and track it down). Other
than that - good job!"
"...I use EDR reports, Enviromapper, Envirofacts, and state
databases/web sites. This appears to be just one more place to have
to look which is limited in the data it contains. I did find some
of the data here to be more current than the state information on
their database, but I will still have to look at all the other places.
I realize the intent of ECHO is not to track all EPA actions, but
wouldn't it be nice if it could?! Could it at least track enough
additional information to replace say, Envirofacts? The data dictionary
is a good thing. Good luck in this endeavor."
"This is an excellent site with very useful information for
local citizens and local government. For example, a site listed
in the [xxx] area which has violations in the last two years applied
for architectural review and building permits for an expansion project.
The information on this site givew the City more ability to regulate
discharges to make sure the site conforms to state and EPA standards.
The information on this site gives residents living in the surrounding
neighborhood a chance to learn more about the project and site development.
This is an important site for citizens to be able to access. Thank
"THANK YOU! This database was brought to my attention ...
& I am grateful for it! This is a wonderful idea whose time
was long overdue. As a concerned citizen that is presently seeking
to move north of my current community, this is an invaluable resource.
My family & I have already terminated an agreement for a home
purchase due to the excessive quantities of both lead & arsenic
in the home's drinking water. To have access to the various water-treatment
facilities' statistical information, it will assist countless individuals
to make the best choices for their loved-ones. Again, THANK YOU
for enabling the public-at-large to view this information."
"This site is fantastic. It really makes it easy to see what
is going on with facilities, and their compliance history!"
"A mapping function would greatly enhance the usefulness of
the ECHO database. Users seeking information about potential polluters
(or "green" businesses) in an area could quickly scan
a map of the facilities listed in the database rather than independently
mapping each facility to see if it is relevant to the user's area
of interest. Just a simple location map would suffice as opposed
to a fancy, interactive GIS interface."
"I am researching the toxic waste dumping of [xxx] in [xxx]
and [xxx].These files arenot user friendly yet!..."
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