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What EPA Data are Important to You?

2012 August 15

By Malcolm D. Jackson

In May 2012, the White House released the Digital Government Strategy. This document outlines how all federal government agencies will work to make information and services easily accessible on the internet anytime, anywhere, and on any device. This means you will be able to find and share information that is important to you and your family, as well as tell us your ideas.

Here at EPA, we are working to make our data and information available to you. You can search our datasets on, participate and share your ideas at our discussion forum, and learn about our programs at our website and our social media sites.

Part of the Digital Government Strategy is to ask you what EPA information and services are most important. Here are the questions we need your help on:

  • Today we’re always on the go and often need to access information on our mobile devices whenever, wherever. At EPA, we’re working to make it easier for you to access our information and data on your mobile phones, tablets, and other devices. But, we need your help. What EPA information would you like to be able to access on mobile devices?
  • In addition to bringing more information to you via mobile devices, we’re working to make more of our information and data available via APIs (application programming interface). Making our data available via APIs will allow the public to use our data and incorporate it into other websites and applications. We already have an APIs for our Envirofacts database. What EPA information, data, or applications would you like to us make available via API?

Please share your answers in the comments below. You can read more about how we are participating in the Digital Government Strategy and Open Government at our website.

About the author:  Malcolm D. Jackson is EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information and Chief Information responsible for IT operations and security, information quality and collection, and access to environmental information.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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12 Responses leave one →
  1. Brand Niemann permalink
    August 15, 2012

    An Open Letter To My Former CIO At EPA, Malcolm Jackson:

  2. Edward Greisch permalink
    August 16, 2012

    I would like to know where people burn leaves and where people don’t burn leaves because I am allergic to leaf smoke, and a lot of other things. Can’t your satellites give that information?

  3. yasar permalink
    August 17, 2012

    information that you provide on the topic i would like to thank in

  4. Ed Kirsh permalink
    August 18, 2012

    A standardized API for submitting and consuming Pesticide labels is a huge need. Today every label looks different and thus no standard way to submit, review or read a EPA approved pesticide label. I believe there has been some efforts in this direction from EPA via a PRISM e-label program but the following link seems to show they are only asking for a searchable pdf, so still no standardized requirement. No standards makes it harder for both reviewers and consumers of these labels since their all different. It only helps the pesticide manufactures that have lots of freedom to construct these labels in anyway they want as long as they have the required data in them. No standards cost tax payers money due to extra review time of labels and consumers of the pesticide labels that are hard to read since every label has the order of the required information in different places. Here is a link to e-label efforts that look pretty limited at this point.

  5. Todd Q. Adams permalink
    August 20, 2012

    Any data that quantifies the adverse impact of carbon emissions to healthcare outcomes would be great. Environmental sustainability is still abstract to many people. Such data analytics provided by race, geographic regions, and income levels would also be appreciated.

  6. phyllis a tobias permalink
    August 20, 2012

    Would like to know more about the true safety of tap water, and if there are different standards for different states. Also about air quality– different standards for different states? I live in the state of Indiana which is I believe usually in violation.

  7. stratawing permalink
    August 22, 2012

    How about all historical contaminated media (groundwater, soil, surface water, air, soil vapor) analytical data from all Federal remediation projects? That should be easy enough to pull together :).

  8. Laura Henze Russell permalink
    August 23, 2012

    Please test and report phosphate as well as nitrate levels in both drinking water and swimming water. It promotes the overgrowth of fungi and yeasts in our bodies, and causes inflammation for people with fibromyalgia and other auto-immune conditions. These also promote the overgrowth of algae, which is clogging up bodies of water, especially with global warming.

  9. Laura Henze Russell permalink
    August 23, 2012

    Please track the volume of all dental amalgam placed in teeth, and all amalgam removed from teeth, and all that is captured and properly disposed of in the waste stream, so that we know by the residuals how much mercury is at risk in the environment, and in the US population.

  10. Jason D permalink
    August 13, 2013

    Great stuff, thanks.

  11. tori permalink
    July 8, 2014

    I would like to know more about fracking and earthquakes; fracking and water pollution; and climate change; this info should be out in front of the public.

  12. Betsy MALPASS permalink
    July 10, 2014

    Maps of all fracking activities. Fracking impacts on water supply (water used in drilling, water lost to well installations, pipe failures, impact of “storing” franked water underground or illegal dumping in streams, rivers, lakes,etc, public water resavoirs drained, lack of federal or state regulations governing extraction of water from the ground, etc), noise and air pollution caused by the fracking activity itself, for example huge trucks supplying fracking chemicals and transporting fracked water, road repair required to support fracking activities and clean up, efforts of ALEC to make sure legislation is enacted everywhere to prevent any state or local regulation, monitoring, enforcing of laws, assigning responsibility to fracking entities to require any responsibility at all. EPA needs to inform Americans how their rights (including right to life on this planet) are being stolen by big gas and oil merely for quick and obscene profit and no tax liability. These corporations should be moving to clean green energy production and should have already made great progress in this direction of providing a necessary service at a REASONAbLE profit. But no. They have shown themselves to be poor citizens indeed, by working against those who would promote clean green energy, better batteries to store wind and solar energy, develop the use of so-called “spent” nuclear fuel rods, make hydrogen fuel–the fuel that produces potable water as well–come to market on a national scale.
    EPA your work is cut out for you!
    Meanwhile we just put solar panels on our roof but are unable so far to decipher what Duke Energy’s new meter is reading. It is a Itron Sentinel Multimeasurement Meter with 8 sequential readings that are being continually broadcasted over “cell phone lines” to a “third party” who reportedly reports the necessary information to Duke for billing. Does EPA have a website with info on how to read these so-called “smart meters” to help homeowners?
    Thank you for what you have done so far and best of luck doing the hard work going forward.

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