Reading RoomPrior 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 2 (send an e-mail message directly to the Region 3 FOIA Office) or option 1 (complete Region 3's on-line form) to submit a FOIA request.
Frequently Requested Information
Statements of Policy and Interpretation
Administrative Staff Manuals and Instructions
If you are searching for information that has been previously disclosed, or information that you believe may be publicly available, please visit this section.
Region 3's Administrative Records on the Internet (ARweb)
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
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.
Record of Decision System (RODS) provides the justification for the remedial action (treatment) chosen at a Superfund site.
Superfund Hazardous Waste Site Basic Query - The Basic Query allows you to conduct a search of the nation's hazardous waste sites against commonly requested search fields, such as: site name, state, zip code, and contaminants of concern.
Superfund Hazardous Waste Site Advanced Query - In order to obtain results using the Basic Query, search criteria must be entered in at least one field. However, results will generally be more specific when more search criteria are entered. In order to obtain results using the Advanced Query, either the Display or Count option must be selected in at least one field before submitting search criteria.
EPA Office of Administrative Law Judges conducts hearings and render decisions between the EPA and persons, businesses, government entities, and other organizations which are or are alleged to be regulated under environmental laws. Links to these proceedings, decisions, appealled decisions, and opinions from involved parties can be found here.
This section takes you to non-binding guidance documents produced by EPA Headquarters program and enforcement offices. Each program office issues its own guidance documents and, often, additional materials including fact sheets and papers that may be of interest to the public.
These sections are to provide you with instructions and manuals that help you understand what EPA procedures and instructions are to be followed.
Enforcement and Compliance
Recent Enforcement Actions
Citizen Tip and Complaint Form
Index of Supplemental Environmental Projects - A supplemental environmental project (SEP) is a project that produces environmental or public health and safety benefits beyond those required by law, for which a credit may be granted by EPA to offset partially the penalty imposed in the settlement of an enforcement action.
Supplemental Environmental Projects Idea Bank - A supplemental environmental project (SEP) is a project that produces environmental or public health and safety benefits beyond those required by law, for which a credit may be granted by EPA to offset partially the penalty imposed in the settlement of an enforcement action.
EPA Mid-Atlantic Small Business Information - The EPA offers small businesses a wide variety of compliance assistance resources and tools designed to assist businesses to comply with federal and state environmental laws. These resources can help businesses understand their obligations, improve compliance and find cost-effective ways to comply through the use of pollution prevention and other innovative technologies.
and Self-Disclosures - This page provides information concerning environmental
audits, incentives for self-policing, government agency requirements including
analytical articles, relevant U.S. EPA resources and policies, information
about Region 3 cases which were settled successfully under U.S. EPA's
Self-Disclosure Policy, and links for further research.
Environmental Audits & Self-Disclosures Resolved Utilizing the Audit Policy
Policies and Resources - Environmental Audits & Self-Disclosures
Procedures for Self-Disclosing - Environmental Audits & Self-Disclosures
Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people
regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation,
and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
- 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.
Enviro$en$e - part of the U.S. EPA's web site, provides a single repository for pollution prevention, compliance assurance, and enforcement information and data bases. Our search engine searches multiple web sites (inside and outside the EPA), and offers assistance in preparing a search.
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
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.