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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

National Online FOIA Library

The information you seek may already be available. Please review the information below before submitting a FOIA request to see if the information in which you are interested is immediately available at no cost.

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View Statements of Policy and Interpretation, Administrative Orders, and Other Information Specific to Our Regional Offices around the Nation

Map of the US, split into EPA regions

EPA’s Response to Society of Environmental Journalists Letter on Updated FOIA Regulations

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OIG Report on Former Administrator Pruitt's Travel Audit

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Final Opinions

Final opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions, as well as orders, made in the adjudication of cases.

Freedom of Information Act: 5 USC 552 (a) (2)(A)

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Administrative Staff Manuals and Instructions

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Frequently Requested Records

This is an index of frequently requested materials currently available through EPA's web site.

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Major Information Systems

  • A to Z Index

  • AirData provides information on air pollution data for the entire United States. Aerometric Information Retrieval System (AIRS) – Compliance Data & Air Facility Information

  • Cleanups at Federal Facilities 

  • Databases and Software - Online and downloadable tools to access environmental data.

  • Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) lets you search for facilities in your community to determine if EPA or State/local governments have conducted compliance inspections, whether violations were detected or enforcement actions taken and penalties assessed in response to environmental laws violations.

  • Envirofacts, created by the EPA, provides access to environmental information contained in its databases. Information on Air, Chemicals, Facility Information, Grants/Funding, Hazardous Waste, Spatial Data, Superfund, Toxic Releases, Water Permits and Drinking Water can be accessed. You can search Envirofacts by entering a facility name or by entering the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code. Both will generate reports and will allow you to request a map.

  • EPA's Enviromapper consolidates data from seven EPA databases allowing you to retrieve information regarding toxic chemical releases, chemical permit compliance, hazardous waste handling processes, Superfund status, and air emission estimates for pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act. You can ask Enviromapper to generate a report which will list all EPA regulated facilities located within the ZIP code you specify. Selecting a listed facility will bring up the environmental profile of the facility. You can also ask Enviromapper to generate a map which will locate EPA regulated facilities located within the ZIP code you specify.

  • Government Information Locator Service (GILS) - GILS identifies public information resources within the Federal Government. GILS is a decentralized collection of agency-based information locators which directs users to relevant Federal Government information resources.

  • Hotlines and Clearinghouses - Request technical information, reports, and documents or get assistance with your questions about environmental issues.

  • Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) - Provides a database of human health effects that may result from exposure to a variety of substances found in the environment.

  • Libraries and Information Centers - EPA libraries and contacts for environmental information.

  • List of other online EPA Databases - Access databases that provide information about Air, Pollution Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, Solid Wastes and Emergency Response, and Water.

  • The National Technical Information Service is the federal government's central source for the sale of scientific, technical, engineering, and related business information produced by or for the U.S. government and complementary material from international sources. It also includes Records of Decision and Superfund publications.

  • The Registry of EPA Applications and Databases (READ) - (EPA system inventory) READ is an authoritative inventory that uniquely identifies the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) diverse information resources including application and systems, data sets, and models. For each information resource, READ provides comprehensive information, including a description, the responsible organization, a contact, and a url link to the information resource if available.

  • Surf Your Watershed - Find information about land areas that catch rain and snow and drain to specific marshes, streams, lakes, rivers or ground water.

  • Toxic Release Inventory Data and Tools - Access to and analysis of different TRI resources

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Statements of Policy and Interpretation


Compliance and Enforcement

Grants and Finances



Pollution Prevention

Small Business

State and Local Guidance



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Superfund-Related Information

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System (CERCLIS) is the official repository for site-and non-site-specific Superfund data in support of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). It contains information on hazardous waste site assessment and remediation from 1983 to the present.

The Superfund Query Form and the Envirofacts Query Form provide access to Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) Factsheets, Record of Decision (ROD) documents, and CERCLIS Site Reports. These documents are maintained by the Superfund Office.

Superfund Site Information

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