Integrated Data for Enforcement Analysis
The Integrated Data for Enforcement Analysis (IDEA) system is a single source of environmental performance data on EPA-regulated facilities. IDEA maintains copies of the Agency's air, water, hazardous waste and enforcement source data systems that are updated monthly. IDEA uses "logical" data integration to provide a comprehensive historical profile of inspections, enforcement actions, penalties assessed and toxic chemicals released, for any EPA-regulated facility.
The powerful IDEA engine has two different Web interfaces available to users. These interfaces are:
- Online Targeting Information System — EPA, federal, and state users may access the Online Targeting Information System (OTIS) by using their browsers. OTIS uses IDEA as its back-end database, and provides users with the means to query IDEA online. OTIS is available only to EPA, federal government and state government users.
- Enforcement and Compliance History Online — Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) is a Web-based tool that provides public users with compliance monitoring, enforcement, and demographic data for approximately 800,000 active facilities regulated under the Clean Air Act stationary source program, the Clean Water Act direct discharge program, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act hazardous waste generation program.