EPA Enforcement Documents
In November 2016, EIP requested documents from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding enforcement actions against polluters. These documents include notice of violation letters and requests for information letters sent by EPA to persons and facilities regarding potential violations. Because of the large number of files received by EPA, EIP has uploaded the files to a Dropbox and created several documents to help you navigate and find files of interest:
- Detailed Instructions: This document provides instructions on how to use EIP’s index of documents and how to find the EPA documents.
- EIP FOIA Index: This downloadable Excel file includes a detailed list of every document EIP received from EPA. The file includes information on the type of document, facility information, the environmental statute, etc. You can also find brief instructions on using the files and a glossary of terms. This file will periodically be updated as EIP receives additional documents from EPA. It was last updated on 8/22/2017.
- Public Dropbox: EIP has uploaded all of the EPA documents to this public Dropbox. Please note that the link may take several minutes to load as there is a large number of files. To look for specific documents, you must use the Index (above) to identify a file name used to search the Dropbox (see detailed instructions for help).
Ashtracker provides public access to industry-reported data from state and company records about groundwater contamination at coal ash dumps. Coal ash, a toxic waste generated by coal-fired power plants, is one of the largest industrial waste streams in the United States. Each year, coal plants generate over 100 million tons of ash, most of which is dumped into landfills and ponds that are often unlined. Pollutants in the ash frequently leak into groundwater and nearby waterways, and some of these contaminants (such as arsenic and mercury) can cause cancer, neurological damage, and other health problems.
Pennsylvania Citizens’ Toolkit
With the ever expanding oil and gas operations in western Pennsylvania, citizens, advocacy groups and elected officials seem to have more questions than answers. And, because so much of this industrial development is new to most communities, finding facts on the operations and the permitting approval processes can seem daunting. In an effort to help educate, inform and guide citizens through the basic components of the process, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is developing a Citizens’ Toolkit. This informational toolkit provides descriptions of key portions the public notification and participation requirements, as well as provides fact sheets and example templates, so that citizens and decision makers can better prepare themselves.