The EPA and other state agencies require good data to identify environmental problems, set goals, select tools to remedy problems, measure their progress, analyze the effectiveness of programs and adjust management strategies accordingly.
Similarly, business managers, environmental groups and researchers all need accurate data to understand facility-specific impacts so they can take appropriate actions to improve the environment and public health. To advance the development and dissemination of more accurate, timely and consistent information, the Academy agreed to facilitate a meeting of the Environmental Information Consortium (EIC), a group interested in improving the collection and management of environmental data, which includes representatives of regulated businesses, environmental and other public interest groups, state environmental agencies, academia and consulting organizations.
The EIC determined that the first priority should be to establish a comprehensive, multi-media approach for integrating facility-specific information across all of EPA’s data systems maintained by its media programs.This study focused on identifying needs that all interested parties have for data that will enable them to understand the multi-media impacts of regulated facilities. In addition, EIC members developed recommendations for how EPA can establish an integrated system facility identification system that can form the basis for modernizing EPA’s data systems.