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Latitude/Longitude Data Requirement (02.33.2010)

Latitude/Longitude Data Requirement

Purpose:  As part of EPA's Annual Results Web site in FY 2009, OECA mapped the locations of the facilities addressed by EPA enforcement actions that concluded in FY 2009.  The effort to map this enforcement action data turned out to be substantial, in part because the location data for many of the facilities associated with the enforcement actions was either inadequate to allow for mapping or was missing.  This is a problem that needs to be remedied in FY 2010.  Mapping of our enforcement actions and other enforcement/compliance activities is certainly going to expand, as this turned out to be a very popular approach to displaying this data, and it complies with the President’s directive and the EPA and OECA priority of making our data more transparent. 


With this in mind, the Measures Review Board (MRB) will be considering a proposal that latitude/longitude data be required for all enforcement actions beginning in FY 2010.  For most enforcement cases and other enforcement/compliance activities, the facility data in the data system already includes lat/long data.  But, for a significant portion of the enforcement actions, as we learned when mapping enforcement actions for FY 2009, the lat/long data is missing. 


A technical approach to how this problem will be addressed will be investigated by the MRB (or a work group of the MRB).  We will communicate the results of that effort to you as soon as we have them.  In the interim, we suggest that for all concluding enforcement actions, the responsible region or HQ office examine the latitude/longitude data associated with the facility(ies) (facility interest(s)) addressed by the case and assure the data exists and is accurate.  If it does not exist or is inaccurate, make a note so that, once we provide direction, you will be able to return to that case to correct/input  the data.


March 22, 2010

FY 2010 Reporting Plan

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