In March of this year EPA committed to giving the public wider access to the data collected under the Toxics Substance Control Act. This action was consistent with EPA Administrator Lisa P Jackson’s commitment to increase the public’s access to chemical information. According to Steve Ownes, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances “Increasing the public’s access to information on chemiclas is one of Administrator Jackson’s top priorities. The American people are entitled to easily accessible information on chemicals.”
Prior to March 2010 the consolidated public portion of the TSCA Inventory was only available for a fee. In March the public was given free access to the data on EPA’s website as well as on Data.gov. Data.gov is part of the Obama administration ongoing efforts at providing more public access to data collected and maintained by the Federal government.
On May 17, 2010 EPA announced that it would also add information on 6,300 chemicals and 3,800 chemical facilities to its Envirofacts database and website. Historic information will be added for another 2,500 facilities. Envirofacts is EPA’s single point of access on the Internet for information about environmental activities that may affect air, water and land in the U.S and provides tools for analyzing the data. It includes facility name and address information, aerial image of the facility and surrounding area, map location of the facility, and links to other EPA information on the facility, such as EPA’s inspection and compliance reports that are available through the Enforcement Compliance History Online (ECHO) database.
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