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EPA’s mapping tool enhances public access to enforcement info

Washington DC, US: The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States of America has introduced a new feature in its Enforcement and Compliance History Online database. The latest initiative is a part of the agency’s ongoing campaign to improve transparency and will allow the public to access federal and state enforcement information in an interactive format and to compare enforcement action information by state. The map will be refreshed monthly to include up to date information about the enforcement actions taken to address violations of air, water and waste laws.

“EPA is committed to providing the public with easy to use tools that display facility compliance information and the actions EPA and the states are taking to address pollution problems in communities across the nation,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA is proud to announce our latest effort under the President’s White House Regulatory Compliance Transparency Initiative and we will continue to take steps to make meaningful enforcement and compliance data available as part of an open, transparent government.”

The tool allows users to choose the year, the media (air, water, waste, multiple) and whether they would like to display enforcement information for actions taken at the federal level, state level, or both. Users can then click on a state to view facility locations and click on a facility to list its name, the environmental statute the facility has an enforcement action under and a link to a detailed facility compliance report.

Source: DirectionsMag