Environmental regulation is only as good as its enforcement

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged by Congress to enforce laws that protect people from air pollution, water pollution, and hazardous waste. The Environmental Enforcement Watch (EEW) works with members of the public to analyze and present EPA data on violations of environmental laws, inspections of polluting facilities, and enforcement actions by the EPA.

EEW generates reports evaluating permit compliance for every state and legislative district in the United States, allowing us to create analyses such as the map below:

Map of 2020 Clean Water Act Violations by Legislative DistrictShow me the reports

Practicing our right to know, together.

We want clean air, clean water, and an end to environmental racism and injustice.

We believe in the public’s right to know, and that we can collaboratively design public open-source systems to analyze, discuss, and act on environmental data collectively. EPA data is available to the public through the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. ECHO data includes reported violations of environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which manages hazardous waste, as well as data on emissions, facility inspections, and enforcement actions issued by the EPA and state agencies. However, the database can be challenging to use and error-prone. EEW works to make this data more accessible, user-friendly, and collectively actionable through public workshops, open-source data tools, and projects like the Congressional District Report Cards and COVID-19 enforcement report.

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