In the news recently there have been a number of articles and stories about the condition of the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The quality of our drinking water is important to all of us no matter where we live. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency monitors annual water quality reports known as “Consumer Confidence Reports” or “CCRs.”
All community water systems must prepare and provide an annual water quality report to its customers by July 1st of each year covering the previous calendar year. Information contained in the CCR includes source of the water, levels of any contaminants, … Read More
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently launched a new mapping tool in its Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. In an effort to improve transparency, the EPA and State Enforcement Actions Map will provide the public with access to EPA and state compliance and enforcement information for more than 800,000 regulated facilities nationwide. Most of the data will be refreshed monthly to include up to date information about the enforcement actions taken to address water, air, and hazardous waste law violations.
The ECHO website allows users to search for permit, inspection, violation, enforcement action, informal enforcement action, … Read More
Protecting the environment is no longer merely about words, ideas, and philosophies. Many people now have begun taking decisive action to do their part in protecting the environment. Fears of global warning have recently pushed the green movement in the forefront of many. However, not only are individuals taking changing habits and making big efforts, the government also works to keep our environment safe.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the federal agency assigned with the responsibility of many areas dealing with the environmental. The EPA provides many different resources for citizens to stay informed about environmental studies, records, and … Read More
The state of the environment has become one of the most pressing issues of our time. According to many reports, ice caps are melting, climates are rising, and polar bears are dying. In addition to those pressing matters, there are also environmental issues that could risk your immediate health within your neighborhood, or even on your own property.
Environmental records searches can produce information that could help you determine the quality of the environment that surrounds you. You could use these records to keep you and your family safe. Environmental records searches can include information such as superfund sites, … Read More
Superfund is a reference to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The law was created in eighties in response to an environmental disaster discovered in a working class Niagara Falls neighborhood called Love Canal. 21,000 tons of toxic waste was buried beneath the neighborhood that consisted of homes and school.
After the Love Canal incident, CERCLA was enacted by Congress to help protect people from exposure to toxic waste sites. Superfund grants authority to the federal government to clean up toxic substances that pose a risk to people’s health or to the environment. Typically, when there is … Read More