Environmental Information About YOUR Facility
Jane Showalter Thomas, P.E., CPEA
This two-hour course leads you through some of the publicly available, Internet-accessible sources of environmental information about facilities and communities. This course will show you how to access facility-specific environmental information and information on environmental conditions of a community or region.
Websites with environmental
information on the following topics will be addressed:
The course includes
an exercise to gather environmental information about a facility of your choice
as you investigate the websites discussed.
The course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this two-hour course, the student will be familiar with:
This course is intended for the following:
Benefit to Attendees
Attendees of this
course will be able to access publicly available, Internet-accessible environmental
information about facilities and communities. This will allow them to know what
environmental information the press, non-government organizations, competitors,
and others can access with just a few clicks of a mouse. If incorrect information
is found, they can begin the process of getting it corrected. Additionally these
readily available sources of information can be mined to better understand the
environmental issues of the attendees' neighbors, suppliers, clients, and competitors.
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, some state environmental regulatory agencies, and other organization
have established Internet-accessible databases that make environmental information
about companies and individual facilities readily available to the public. In
the next two hours, you will learn about some of that information and how to
The course content is in a PDF file (5 MB) Environmental Information About YOUR Facility. You need to open or download this document to study this course.
Many environmental regulatory agencies and organizations have made a significant amount of environmental information readily available to the public. This course provided direction to many of the Internet-accessible sources of such information, summarized what information was available at each site, and provided guidance on how to request corrections, if needed. Engineers and managers should be aware of the environmental information about their facilities that is readily available to the public.
The items discussed
in this course included: website addresses, summary of the information contained
there, how to access the information for a specific facility or community, and
guidance on requesting corrections, where needed.
For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:
Environmental Protection Agency Homepage
Major Environmental Laws
Toxic Release Inventory Homepage
Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act
USEPA Programs with a Geographic Focus
Water Quality - What You Can Do
USEPA Industry Partnerships
USEPA Hotlines and Clearinghouses