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Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) Web Site

The Office of Compliance (OC), within EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), announces the availability of and invites comments on its new Web site, Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO), which contains searchable, facility-level enforcement and compliance information. The Web site is available at ECHO provides integrated compliance and enforcement information for approximately 800,000 regulated facilities nationwide. The site allows users to find facility-level inspection, violation, enforcement action, and penalty information for the past two years. Facilities regulated under the Clean Air Act (CAA) Stationary Source Program, Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Elimination Discharge System (NPDES), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) are included. ECHO reports provide a snapshot of a facility’s environmental record, showing dates and types of violations, as well as the State or Federal government’s response. ECHO reports also contain demographic information from the National Census.

This notice announces a 60-day comment period, which is being provided to give interested parties, particularly those responsible for facilities included within the database, the opportunity to review ECHO’s content, design, and accuracy of data. Comments may be submitted to as a Word or WordPerfect file or mailed to Rebecca Kane, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, MC 2222A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. Specific data errors should be submitted using the error correction process on the ECHO site. Comments must be submitted no later than January 21, 2003.

EPA is soliciting comments on the usability of the site as well as the accuracy of the data. EPA is specifically asking for responses to the following questions:

  1. Does the site provide meaningful and useful information about the compliance and enforcement program?
  2. Is the site easy to navigate?
  3. Does the help text adequately explain the data?
  4. What additional features, content, and/or modifications would improve the site?
  5. For members of the regulated community:
    1. Were your facility reports accurate?
    2. If you did need to submit an online error report, was the error reporting process easy to use?

Please note that comments are requested for the project in general; specific data errors should be reported through the error correction process on ECHO. (This feature is on every facility report-click on the red button on the top right of the page.) Also, please include question numbers in responses.