Deadline Extended For Comments On EPA Compliance Tool

Compiled By Jill Jusko The Environmental Protection Agency has extended to March 31 the comment period for its pilot compliance tool called Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO). The tool is designed to give interested parties direct access to current environmental compliance records for more than 800,000 facilities nationwide. Ultimately, ECHO will include federal and state compliance inspections, environmental violations, recent enforcement actions taken, and the demographics of the surrounding environment. Users responsible for the facilities identified in the database tool are encouraged to review ECHO's design and data accuracy. The tool includes an online error-reporting process. The EPA says benefits of ECHO include allowing companies to monitor their records of compliance, while providing citizens with easier to understand information about environmental issues. All information that comprises ECHO was previously available to the public; however the new online tool offers a single point of entry. Comments regarding ECHO can be submitted to [email protected].

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