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FOIA Webguide


Prior to submitting a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request consider checking the electronic sources listed below which may provide the desired information. This list is not comprehensive, but contains links to sites which contain information most frequently requested in Region 3. If the information is not available on the Internet please choose option 1 (send an e-mail message directly to the Region 3 FOIA Office) or option 2 (complete Region 3's on-line form) to submit a FOIA request.


Please link to resources which are maintained by EPA webmasters. Links from sites which are not maintained by EPA webmasters will be marked.

Facility Indexing Initiative (FII) - To check in which databases EPA has information on the subject facility first search in FII.
Envirofacts - Envirofacts is a data warehouse which permits access to all EPA databases currently available for public use. Search the databases and generate reports from this partial list of databases
Enforcement Actions - Provides a brief summary of Region 3 enforcement actions.
CERCLIS - Search the Superfund Database by facility name and geographic location.
Region 3's Hazardous Waste Management Division - Contains RBC Table, narrative summaries for NPL sites, Brownfields information, most recent congressional briefings.
RCRIS - Search the Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System by facility name, geographic location, standard industrial classification and chemical.
WCMD - Reports of Non-Sensitive Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Data.
AIRS - Search the Aerometric Information Retrieval System by facility name, geographic location, and standard industrial classification.
PCS - Search the Water Discharge Permit database.
GICS - Look for grant information in the Grants Information and Control System.
Publications - Full-text or abstracts of EPA Publications.
Publications (NCEPI) - Central repository for EPA Publications which are available free of charge.
Publications (NEPIS) - Search for and print or order EPA Publications including many which may no longer be available in print.

Major Databases
Envirofacts - Access information about environmental activities anywhere in the U.S.
Surf Your Watershed - Find information about land areas that catch rain and snow and drain to specific marshes, streams, lakes, rivers or ground water.
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.
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.


There are a number of Web sites which contain information from directly from EPA or relevant information through their respective missions. Please note that you will be exiting EPA's Web site.

National Technical Information Service (NTIS) - Search this database for many EPA publications available for purchase. Here are direct links to separately maintained databases of EPA documents.
Records of Decision.
Superfund Publications.
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.

EPA works with other Federal agencies and links to those working regularly with Region 3 are:
Army Corps of Engineers
Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Coast Guard

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