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AFS Search User Guide

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AFS contains both emissions and compliance data on air pollution point sources regulated by the U.S. EPA and/or state and local air regulatory agencies. This information is used by states in preparation of State Implementation Plans (SIPs) to track the compliance status of point sources with various regulatory programs, and report emissions estimates for pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act.

This is a brief user guide to the AFS Search. Use the search to specify a facility or facilities by selecting any combination of facility name, geographic location, standard industrial classification, and/or pollutant. Only those facilities matching all specified criteria will be retrieved. Select more than one search option at a time to speed up the search and make the retrieval more focused. Search options are detailed below.

Facility Identification Search Option

Facility Name

Enter the complete or partial facility name to retrieve all facilities with that name. Select the "Containing" option when entering a partial name for a better retrieval the first time you access the data. When an "Exact Match" option is specified for a facility name, only facilities that exactly match the name as entered will be retrieved.

SCCS Plant ID

Enter the complete or partial SCCS Plant ID to retrieve all facilities with that ID. The SCCS_PLANT_ID is only unique within a county. If you do not enter a county using the county name option from geography, you may have more than one facility with the same ID. Select the "Containing" option when entering a partial ID for a better retrieval the first time you access the data.

Geography Search Option

Select from the following geographical search options: ZIP Code, Address, City, County, and State.

ZIP Code

The entry can be one or more digits. It allows you to enter the zip plus-4 extension as well.

Address

Enter a complete or partial street address.

City

Enter a complete or partial city name. Entering the two-character state postal abbreviation will help to narrow the search.

County

Enter a complete or partial county name and a two-character state postal abbreviation. Entering the two-character state postal abbreviation will help to narrow the search

State

Enter a two-character state postal abbreviation. A list of the postal abbreviations and the state names is provided below:

AK = Alaska AL = Alabama AR = Arkansas
AS = American Samoa AZ = Arizona CA = California
CN = Canada CO = Colorado CT = Connecticut
DC = District of Columbia DE = Delaware FL = Florida
FM = Federated States of Micronesia GA = Georgia GU = Guam
HI = Hawaii IA = Iowa ID = Idaho
IL = Illinois IN = Indiana KS = Kansas
KY = Kentucky LA = Louisiana MA = Massachusetts
MD = Maryland ME = Maine MH = Marshall Island
MI = Michigan MN = Minnesota MO = Missouri
MP = Northern Mariana Islands MS = Mississippi MT = Montana
NC = North Carolina ND = North Dakota NE = Nebraska
NH = New Hampshire NJ = New Jersey NM = New Mexico
NV = Nevada NY = New York OH = Ohio
OK = Oklahoma OR = Oregon PA = Pennsylvania
PR = Puerto Rico PW = Palau, Republic of RI = Rhode Island
SC = South Carolina SD = South Dakota TN = Tennessee
TX = Texas UT = Utah VA = Virginia
VI = Virgin Islands VT = Vermont WA = Washington
WI = Wisconsin WV = West Virginia WY = Wyoming

Note: We strongly recommend that you enter a small geographical area to begin the search since Envirofacts contains a large number of facilities.

Facility Industrial Classification Search Option

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code Search

You may enter a partial or complete SIC Code as search criteria for your search. You do not need to enter any other search criteria in conjunction with the SIC Code. The first two digits of the code define a major business sector, and the last two digits denote a facility's specialty within the major sector. Select a search option from the drop down menu. For the "Equal to" option enter a 4-digit SIC code. For "Beginning with" or "Containing" enter up to 4 digits.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code

You may enter a partial or complete NAICS Code as search criteria for your search. You do not need to enter any other search criteria in conjunction with the NAICS Code.

The individual digits within the NAICS code indicate different levels of granularity in identifying a business. Here is an example of the granularity the individual digits provide:

No. Example
Digits NAICS Definition / Granularity
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Two 31xxxx Manufacturing
Three 311xxx Food Manufacturing
Four 3115xx Food Manufacturing, Diary Products
Five 31151x Food Manufacturing, Diary Products, (Not Frozen)
Six 311511 Food Manufacturing, Diary Products, (Not Frozen), Fluid Milk

Select a search option from the drop down menu. For the "Equal to" option enter a 4 to 6-digit NAICS code. For "Beginning with" or "Containing" enter up to 6 digits.

Search Values Option

Click on "Use Multisystem facility information to perform facility search" to identify facilities, using facility information from all program systems. Click on "Use AFS facility information to perform facility search" to identify facilities, using only AFS facility information.

Output Selection List

The output, organized by facility, shows the facility information first in a tabular format, with additional information available by clicking the View Facility Information link.

Default Output

The default output lists the following facility information:

Supplementary Output (Facility Identification Search Results)

Air Program Information
Pollutant Data
Compliance Monitoring System Plan
Plant Actions

Usage Constraints

Information in the AFS database can be freely accessed through the use of this search. The complexity of the search is up to the user. Searches that return a large volume of data may terminate prematurely due to system limitations. Develop searches that return small batches of data and terminate the session as soon as the searches have been executed, so that others can access the database.

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