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BR Search User Guide

BR bannerBrimageThe Biennial Report (BR) is the current mechanism utilized by EPA's Office of Solid Waste (OSW) to collect and report biennial data on hazardous waste generation and management. The information in BR is used to support the development of the National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report. Additionally, BR data are provided to the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). This allows NTIS to respond to requests from the public and industry for RCRAInfo or BR data. BR includes data on handler identification and certification, waste generation and management, waste receipt from off-site, waste treatment, disposal or recycling, and off-site installations and transporters.

This is a brief user's guide to the BR Search. Select between a variety of different search options and output options detailed below. Contact us if you have any suggestions for improvements to these pages.

Facility Identification Search Option

Handler Name

Enter the complete or partial handler 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 handler name, only facilities that exactly match the name as entered will be retrieved.

Handler ID

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

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:

Postal Abbreviations and State Names
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.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Search Option

NAICS Description
Enter a complete or partial NAICS description to obtain a list of all NAICS codes that fit under the description. For example, entering "Accommodation" will retrieve all facilities with NAICS codes that have "Accommodation" somewhere in the NAICS description.

NAICS Code 
Enter the 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

Note: If both NAICS Code and NAICS Code Description are entered, only NAICS Code will be used in the search.

Other Search Options

Reporting Year

Choose from the drop-box one of the years from which you want to generate a report. Data is available from reporting years 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. The default year is 2009.

Management Location

Enter the code for the major categories of waste handling and management. Click on the circle button next to either All, Offsite, Onsite, or Not Managed Onsite or Shipped Offsite. The default is "All".

Management Method

Enter a value for the Management Method. If you enter this criteria, the Management Location will default to "Onsite."

Waste Origin

Describes how the waste originated at the reporting site as either "Received" or "Generated". Click on the circle button next to either "Wastes generated onsite," "Wastes received from offsite facility," or "Both," which will retrieve data from both categories.

Waste Code

The EPA hazardous waste code and the hazardous waste sequence number for each waste reported at each site. You may enter up to three codes or sequence numbers in the spaces provided.

Form Code

The code, short name, and long description for the specific category of the physical form or chemical composition of the hazardous waste. You may enter codes for up to three categories.

Source Code

The code for the specific category of source process for the waste being reported.

BR Search Results

The BR Search Results provide a list of EPA-regulated facilities in Envirofacts that match the criteria you selected. Click on the hyperlinked FACILITY ID for BR Reports. The information given for these facilities in the search results page includes:

  1. HANDLER ID
  2. HANDLER NAME
  3. The ADDRESS is a combination of the following individual attributes in BR:
  4. COUNTY NAME
  5. GENERATOR STATUS

BR Reports

The BR Reports include a BR Facility Summary Report and a BR Facility Waste Detail Report. The BR Facility Summary Report provides the following information:

  1. Facility Information:
  2. Mailing Information:
  3. Basic Waste Information:

The BR Facility Waste Detail Report provides the following information:

  1. Generated Waste Shipped to Offsite Facilities:
  2. Generated Waste Managed Onsite:
  3. Waste Received from Offsite Facilities:

Usage Constraints

Information in the BR 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.