The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged by Congress to enforce laws that protect people from air pollution, water pollution, and hazardous waste. Two key congressional committees oversee the EPA to ensure it meets its mandate: the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Based on an analysis of EPA data, EEW Congressional Report Cards give the members of these Congressional committees—and their constituents—the chance to evaluate whether the EPA is fulfilling its mandate in their state/district. Eventually, we hope to compile reports for every district in the U.S.
The map below shows the states and districts with completed report cards:
We want clean air, clean water, and an end to environmental racism and injustice.
We believe in the public’s right to know, and that we can collaboratively design public open-source systems to analyze, discuss, and act on environmental data collectively. EPA data is available to the public through the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. ECHO data includes reported violations of environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which manages hazardous waste, as well as data on emissions, facility inspections, and enforcement actions issued by the EPA and state agencies. However, the database can be challenging to use and error-prone. EEW works to make this data more accessible, user-friendly, and collectively actionable through public workshops, open-source data tools, and projects like the Congressional District Report Cards and COVID-19 enforcement report.