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Status of Suggested Data Sources

2009 June 15

People have suggested many data sources to include in Data Finder. Here is a list of data sources that were added recently and a link to Data sources that don’t meet the criteria for Data Finder.

Newly added Data Sources (June 12 – August 12, 2009):

Download this table (MS Word format):
data-finder-data-sources-added-8-11-09

Title

Description

URL

Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS)

The Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS) is the primary tool for management and oversight of EPA’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Control Program.  GRTS pulls grant information from EPA’s centralized grants and financial databases and allows grant recipients to enter detailed information on the individual projects or activities funded under each grant.  To browse these records, click on "Project Records" in the left-hand menu.

http://iaspub.epa.gov/
pls/grts/f?p=
110:199:121667350770995

Results of Section 4 Chemical Testing

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that data be developed on the effect of chemical substances and mixtures on health and the environment.  This data source collects the applicable test information on these chemicals submitted by external parties. 

http://www.epa.gov/
oppt/chemtest/pubs/
sumindex.html

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 8(e) Notices and FYI Submissions

Section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires U.S. chemical manufacturers, importers, processors and distributors to notify EPA within 30 calendar days of new, unpublished information on their chemicals that may lead to a conclusion of substantial risk to human health or to the environment.  This data source collects these Section 8(e) notices as well as voluntary submissions (FYI submissions) and organizes them by date.

http://www.epa.gov/
oppt/tsca8e/pubs/
8eandfyisubmissions.html

Drinking Water Treatability Database

The Drinking Water Treatability Database (TDB) presents referenced information on the control of contaminants in drinking water. It allows drinking water utilities, first responders to spills or emergencies, treatment process designers, research organizations, regulators and others to access referenced information gathered from thousands of literature sources on regulated and unregulated contaminants.

http://iaspub.epa.gov/
tdb/pages/treatment/
findTreatment.do

National Water Quality Standards Database (NWQSD)

The National Water Quality Standards Database (WQSDB) provides access to EPA and state water quality standards (WQS) information in text, tables, and maps.  This data source was last updated in December 2007 and will no longer be updated.

http://www.epa.gov/
wqsdatabase/index.html

2002 National Air Toxics Assessments (NATA) Results

The National Air Toxics Assessment was conducted by EPA in 2002 to assess air toxics emissions in order to identify and prioritize air toxics, emission source types and locations which are of greatest potential concern in terms of contributing to population risk.  This data source provides downloadable information on emissions at the state, county and census tract level.

http://www.epa.gov/
ttn/atw/natamain/index.html

Aquatic Life Benchmarks

The Aquatic Life Benchmarks is an EPA-developed set of criteria for freshwater species.  These benchmarks are based on toxicity values reviewed by EPA and used in the Agency’s risk assessments developed as part of the decision-making process for pesticide registration.

http://www.epa.gov/
oppefed1/ecorisk_ders/
aquatic_life_benchmark.
htm#benchmarks

National Recommended Water Quality Criteria

The National Recommended Water Quality Criteria is a compilation of national recommended water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life and human health in surface water for approximately 150 pollutants. These criteria provide guidance for states and tribes to use in adopting water quality standards.

http://www.epa.gov/
waterscience/criteria/
wqctable/index.html

Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children’s Health (TEACH) Database

The Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children’s Health Database provides summaries of research articles pertaining to studies of children’s exposure and health effects following developmental exposure to the TEACH chemicals of concern. Child-specific and experimental animal developmental toxicity research articles from 1972 through December 2006 are included in the database.

http://www.epa.gov/
teach/teachdatabase.html

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Section 18 Database

Section 18 of Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizes EPA to allow an unregistered use of a pesticide for a limited time if EPA determines that an emergency condition exists. This database provides information about these emergency exemptions.

http://www.epa.gov/
opprd001/section18/

National Listing of Fish and Wildlife Advisories (NLFA)

The National Listing of Fish and Wildlife Advisories (NLFA) includes all available information describing state-, tribal-, and federally-issued fish consumption advisories in the United States for the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. Territories, and in Canada for the 12 provinces and territories. The database contains information provided to EPA by the states, tribes, territories and Canada.

http://map1.epa.gov/

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All Data Sources (as of August 12, 2009)

Download this table (MS Word format):
data-sources-all-08-12-09

Title

Description

URL

Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS)

The Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS) is the primary tool for management and oversight of EPA’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Control Program.  GRTS pulls grant information from EPA’s centralized grants and financial databases and allows grant recipients to enter detailed information on the individual projects or activities funded under each grant.  To browse these records, click on "Project Records" in the left-hand menu.

http://iaspub.epa.gov/
pls/grts/f?p=
110:199:121667350770995

Results of Section 4 Chemical Testing

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that data be developed on the effect of chemical substances and mixtures on health and the environment.  This data source collects the applicable test information on these chemicals submitted by external parties. 

http://www.epa.gov/
oppt/chemtest/pubs/
sumindex.html

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 8(e) Notices and FYI Submissions

Section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires U.S. chemical manufacturers, importers, processors and distributors to notify EPA within 30 calendar days of new, unpublished information on their chemicals that may lead to a conclusion of substantial risk to human health or to the environment.  This data source collects these Section 8(e) notices as well as voluntary submissions (FYI submissions) and organizes them by date.

http://www.epa.gov/
oppt/tsca8e/pubs/
8eandfyisubmissions.html

Drinking Water Treatability Database

The Drinking Water Treatability Database (TDB) presents referenced information on the control of contaminants in drinking water. It allows drinking water utilities, first responders to spills or emergencies, treatment process designers, research organizations, regulators and others to access referenced information gathered from thousands of literature sources on regulated and unregulated contaminants.

http://iaspub.epa.gov/
tdb/pages/treatment/
findTreatment.do

National Water Quality Standards Database (NWQSD)

The National Water Quality Standards Database (WQSDB) provides access to EPA and state water quality standards (WQS) information in text, tables, and maps.  This data source was last updated in December 2007 and will no longer be updated.

http://www.epa.gov/
wqsdatabase/index.html

2002 National Air Toxics Assessments (NATA) Results

The National Air Toxics Assessment was conducted by EPA in 2002 to assess air toxics emissions in order to identify and prioritize air toxics, emission source types and locations which are of greatest potential concern in terms of contributing to population risk.  This data source provides downloadable information on emissions at the state, county and census tract level.

http://www.epa.gov/
ttn/atw/natamain/index.html

Aquatic Life Benchmarks

The Aquatic Life Benchmarks is an EPA-developed set of criteria for freshwater species.  These benchmarks are based on toxicity values reviewed by EPA and used in the Agency’s risk assessments developed as part of the decision-making process for pesticide registration.

http://www.epa.gov/
oppefed1/ecorisk_ders/
aquatic_life_benchmark.
htm#benchmarks

National Recommended Water Quality Criteria

The National Recommended Water Quality Criteria is a compilation of national recommended water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life and human health in surface water for approximately 150 pollutants. These criteria provide guidance for states and tribes to use in adopting water quality standards.

http://www.epa.gov/
waterscience/criteria/
wqctable/index.html

Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children’s Health (TEACH) Database

The Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children’s Health Database provides summaries of research articles pertaining to studies of children’s exposure and health effects following developmental exposure to the TEACH chemicals of concern. Child-specific and experimental animal developmental toxicity research articles from 1972 through December 2006 are included in the database.

http://www.epa.gov/
teach/teachdatabase.html

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Section 18 Database

Section 18 of Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizes EPA to allow an unregistered use of a pesticide for a limited time if EPA determines that an emergency condition exists. This database provides information about these emergency exemptions.

http://www.epa.gov/
opprd001/section18/

National Listing of Fish and Wildlife Advisories (NLFA)

The National Listing of Fish and Wildlife Advisories (NLFA) includes all available information describing state-, tribal-, and federally-issued fish consumption advisories in the United States for the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. Territories, and in Canada for the 12 provinces and territories. The database contains information provided to EPA by the states, tribes, territories and Canada.

http://map1.epa.gov/

Beach Advisory and Closing Online Notification (BEACON) system

Beach Advisory and Closing Online Notification system (BEACON) is a colletion of state and local data reported to EPA about beach closings and advisories. BEACON is the public-facing query of the Program tracking, Beach Advisories, Water quality standards, and Nutrients database (PRAWN) which tracks beach closing and advisory information.

http://iaspub.epa.gov/
waters10/
beacon_national_page.main

Mobile Source Observation Database (MSOD)

The Mobile Source Observation Database (MSOD) is a relational database being developed by the Assessment and Standards Division (ASD) of the U.S. EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality (formerly the Office of Mobile Sources). The MSOD contains emission test data from in-use mobile air- pollution sources such as cars, trucks, and engines from trucks and nonroad vehicles. Data in the database was collected from 1982 to the present. The data is intended to be representative of in-use vehicle emissions in the United States.

http://www.epa.gov/
otaq/models/msod/msodannc.htm

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Transformer Registration Database

The Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Transformer Registration Database tracks geographic and dated information of registered PCB transformers.

http://www.epa.gov/
epawaste/hazard/tsd/
pcbs/pubs/data.htm

Pesticide Fate Database

The Pesticide Fate Database contains data on physical and chemical properties, chemical fate, transport of pesticide active ingredients registered in the United States, degradates or breakdown products of these registered pesticides, and endpoint information such as half-lives and soil-water partitioning coefficients. The data used by environmental scientists and researchers to describe or predict what could happen to a pesticide active ingredient under various conditions when it is released into the environment. The data are derived from studies submitted by pesticide manufacturers (registrants) in support of the registration/reregistration of their pesticide products.

http://cfpub.epa.gov/
pfate/home.cfm

Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNET) Data

The Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNET) provides measured concentrations of criteria air pollutants from its various monitoring sites around the United States.

http://www.epa.gov/
castnet/data.html

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Residue Effects Database

The PCB Residue Effects (PCBRes) Database was developed to assist scientists and risk assessors in correlating PCB and dioxin-like compound residues with toxic effects.  The purpose is to develop PCB critical residue values for fish, mammals and birds, especially as these relate to aquatic and aquatic-dependent species.  

http://www.epa.gov/
med/Prods_Pubs/pcbres.htm

Biota-Sediment Accumulation Factor Data

The Biota-Sediment Accumulation Factor contains approximately 20,000 biota-sediment accumulation factors (BSAFs) from 20 locations (mostly Superfund sites) for nonionic organic chemicals and pesticides. Fresh, tidal, and marine ecosystems are included in the data.

http://www.epa.gov/
med/Prods_Pubs/bsaf.htm

Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES)

The Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES) is an online database for Brownfields Grantees to electronically submit data directly to EPA.

http://www.epa.gov/
brownfields/pubs/
acres/acresinfo.htm

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Information (RCRAInfo)

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Information (RCRAInfo) system contains information reported to the state environmental programs on activities and cleanup from hazardous waste generators, transporters, treaters, storers and disposers of hazardous waste.

http://www.epa.gov/
enviro/html/rcris/
rcris_query_java.html

Pollution Abatement and Control Expenditures Survey (PACE)

The Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures (PACE) survey is the most comprehensive national source of pollution abatement costs and expenditures related to environmental protection for the manufacturing sector of the United States. The PACE survey collects facility-level data on pollution abatement capital expenditures and operating costs associated with compliance to local, state, and federal regulations and voluntary or market-driven pollution abatement activities.

http://yosemite.epa.gov/
ee/epa/eed.nsf/pages/
pace2005.html

Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Program Data

EPA uses the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring (UCM) program to collect data for contaminants suspected to be present in drinking water, but that do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Every five years EPA reviews the list of contaminants, largely based on the Contaminant Candidate List.

http://www.epa.gov/
safewater/ucmr/data.html

Safe Drinking Water Information System – State System (SDWIS/State)

SDWIS/State is a data system that EPA is developing for states that will improve the quality of drinking water information.

http://www.epa.gov/
safewater/sdwis_st/state.htm

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations 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.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Ken Gibson permalink
    December 9, 2009

    Why is the TRI Explorer not listed?

    • December 9, 2009

      for Ken Gibson: Data Finder links to the Get TRI Data and Tools page (http://www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/index.htm), which has links to TRI Explorer, TRI.net, datasets, etc. We’re considering making separate entries for each of these items in Data Finder. Would that be helpful?

  2. November 12, 2009

    For emcmah02: Thank you very much for the tip, I am very interested in reading more and i will definitely see those 2 links you have given me.

    Sincerely
    Patrick De Amorim

  3. November 11, 2009

    for Patrick De Amorim: The topic “Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children’s Health” has its own website on EPA’s website (http://www.epa.gov/teach/). From there you can link to a searchable database of articles about the 20 chemicals that the program tracks (http://cfpub.epa.gov/teach/queryteach.cfm). We plan to add this data source to EPA’s Data Finder. I hope that does the trick.

  4. November 9, 2009

    One thing which I am interested on but not quite sure about is the “Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children’s Health”, if I understand it correctly, it is regarding exposure of hazardous or semi-hazardous substances which children are exposed to and the effect that it will have on their health and possibly development.

    If I am correct about my understanding, that would be a topic which i would like to read far more about.

    Patrick De Amorim
    Website designer

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