The Envirofacts widgets listed below are provided as a community service from the EPA. Enter your geographic location in the search box of any of the widgets below to learn more about factors that may impact the environmental quality in your region.
Information on air releases is contained in ICIS-AIR, a computer-based repository for information about air pollution in the United States. This information comes from source reports by various stationary sources of air pollution, such as electric power plants, steel mills, factories, and universities, and provides information about the air pollutants they produce.
The ozone layer shields the Earth from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Ozone depletion, as well as seasonal and weather variations, cause different amounts of UV radiation to reach the Earth at any given time. The UV Index predicts the ultraviolet radiation levels on a 0-10+ scale, helping people determine appropriate sun-protective behaviors.
View greenhouse data in several geospatial and graphical formats for individual facilities or groups of facilities including direct emitters or suppliers. You can search the data set for facilities by name, or location or filter the data set by state or county, industrial sectors, annual facility emissions thresholds, and greenhouse gases.
Accidents, spills, leaks, and past improper disposal and handling of hazardous materials and wastes have resulted in tens of thousands of sites across our country that have contaminated our land, water (groundwater and surface water), and air (indoor and outdoor).
A summary of local brownfield projects, RCRA corrective actions, Superfund NPL Sites, Emergency Responses, impaired surface water, and much more.
This section connects you with a series of databases that help you to evaluate your Air Quality, Water Quality Assessments for Local Streams, Energy Sources, local health issues, local climate and greenhouse gas issues, and the location of sites on the National Priorities List (NPL). The National Priorities List includes the location of known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories.
The EPA's management information system for grants programs is the Integrated Grants Management System (IGMS), which awards, administers, and monitors grants. Grants are regularly awarded to Federal, State, or local government agencies, universities, and other institutions that support EPA's environmental programs.
The Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) contains information about public water systems and their violations of EPA's drinking water regulations. These statutes and accompanying regulations establish maximum contaminant levels, treatment techniques, and monitoring and reporting requirements to ensure that water provided to customers is safe for human consumption.
The Permit Compliance System (PCS) and Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS) provide information on companies which have been issued permits to discharge waste-water into rivers. You can review information on when a permit was issued and expires, how much the company is permitted to discharge, and the actual monitoring data showing what the company has discharged. Many states have migrated to the new NPDES database, so the data for those states is static in EnviroFacts for those states.
The Hazardous Waste Report (Biennial Report) collects data on the generation, management, and minimization of hazardous waste. This report provides detailed data on the generation of hazardous waste from large-quantity generators and data on waste management practices from treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. The Biennial Report data provide a basis for trend analyses. Data about hazardous waste activities is reported for odd-number years (beginning with 1989).
Under the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 (PPA), the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) collects information to track industry progress in reducing waste generation and moving towards safer waste management alternatives. When providing this information, many facilities choose to describe the measures they have taken to prevent pollution and reduce the amount of toxic chemicals entering the environment. As a result, the TRI serves as a tool for identifying effective environmental practices and highlighting pollution prevention successes.
The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Search allows access to basic facility information, all forms submitted to EPA since 1987, aggregate chemical release data for all years reported, and relative risk information from the Risk Screening Environmental Indicator (RSEI) tool. The results display any facility that has reported from 1987 to present, even though the facility may or may not have submitted TRI data in the most recent reporting year. The last year of data displayed represents the last year TRI data was reported.
The Toxic Substances Control Act provides the EPA with the authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures.
RadNet is a national network of more than 200 monitoring stations distributed across all 50 states and the American Territories. Each station regularly samples the nation's air, precipitation, or drinking water for a variety of radionuclides (e.g., iodine-131) and radiation types (e.g., gross beta (β)).