Performance and Trends: Washington Air Activity Dashboard
The Clean Air Act (CAA) authorizes EPA to regulate air pollution from stationary sources like chemical plants, utilities, and steel mills. EPA delegates much of their CAA authority to state, local and tribal agencies. To manage the national CAA stationary source compliance monitoring and enforcement program, EPA requires that delegated agencies regularly report data on the type of facilities within their jurisdiction and activities conducted, such as, compliance evaluations, compliance determinations, and enforcement actions. The dashboards provide an easy-to-use summary of activities to answer questions like: which facilities are regulated, how many have been evaluated, and how many have alleged violations and have been subject to enforcement.
State counts may include facilities where a local control agency has been delegated the authority to enforce the Clean Air Act. Therefore, activities conducted by the local control agency are included in the state counts. Visit the project homepage, or watch the 2/12/2013 State Dashboard and Comparative Maps webinar .
See Bottom of Page for Critical Information About the Data and State Program Assessment.
There is a problem with the State Dashboard "Export" option preventing users from downloading charts or related data into any format. The problem is expected to be resolved in 2-3 months when the State Dashboards are upgraded to use the most recent version of the Oracle software.
State Review Framework
The State Review Framework (SRF) is a tool used by EPA to consistently assess each state and local agencies' enforcement of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and Hazardous Waste laws; and the SRF tracks recommendations made by EPA for state and local agencies to improve their compliance and enforcement programs.
Air Quality in State
About the Data and Assessing State Performance
State performance is a complex and difficult matter to analyze and explain. Data alone cannot provide a complete picture of performance. Many states have issues with data completeness and accuracy, and without investigation and program knowledge, data can be misleading or misinterpreted. Often, there is important context around data that must be taken into account to provide an accurate picture. For example, not all activities and violations may be reported, some states are not authorized to run programs, current year data may still be in the process of being reported,and states may have alternative inspection plans. EPA uses data, like the information here, as a starting point for assessing state performance, but not as the sole measure of performance. More in-depth program reviews (see State Review Framework Reports) are used to identify needed state program improvements. While file reviews and management discussions can add to our understanding, the many layers of context and information make it difficult to portray performance in a consistent and transparent way.
State Dashboard "Activities and Violations" Caveat:
- Data shown in the State Dashboards are based on data reported to EPA and may not reflect all compliance monitoring/inspections, enforcement or the full extent of noncompliance within a state. State environmental agencies may have more information on activities and noncompliance within their state on their agency websites. Links to state agency websites are provided below each State Dashboard.
State Dashboard "Authorization" Caveat:
- Some states/territories do not have authorization/delegation to enforce any or all regulations implemented under the CAA, CWA and RCRA. In these instances, when State is selected as the implementing Agency, it may appear that no activity was conducted. Activity in these states/territories may be displayed when EPA is selected as the implementing Agency. Where this occurs is:
- Air: American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands
- Hazardous Waste: Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Iowa, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
- Water: Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Puerto Rico
State Dashboard "Current Year" Caveat:
- The most recent federal fiscal year may not show a complete data set because it has not yet been verified or the year is not completed.
State Dashboard New Jersey CWA Caveat:
Please note that New Jersey is not supplying EPA with required data about its Clean Water Act program as it has not converted to ICIS-NPDES. EPA has copied New Jersey's data from the old PCS system as of November 29, 2012. This allows users to see the list of regulated facilities and associated historical activities, however, subsequent state activities are not being reported.