United States
           Environmental Protection
                Information Resources
EPA 220-B-92-029
January 1993
Superfund  Information
Access Series:
           DATABASES AND
                              Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection
                                        Printed on Recycled Paper

Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection

        Electronic Systems

              January 1993
        Information Access Branch, PM-211D
    Information Management and Services Division
    Office of Information Resources Management
  Office of Administration and Resources Management
       U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                 Room 2904
               401M Street, S.W.
             Washington, DC 20460
                 (202) 260-5934
                          U.S. Environmental Protection Agency i
                          Region 5, Library (PI
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•  The Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection (HWSFC) is
a special EPA Headquarters Library Collection on the subject
of hazardous waste. Access to the Collection is enhanced by
a Database (HWSFD) of bibliographic entries which
correspond to each item in the Collection. The EPA
Information Access Branch is responsible for the contents
and maintenance of the Collection and Database.
The Collection and Database:

•  Provide a unified resource of major hazardous waste
reports, books and journals available through the EPA
Library Network.

•  Provide current information to assist EPA staff in making
timely and effective policy and regulatory policy decisions.

•  Assist in the transfer of hazardous waste information
from the EPA to the states as part of the Agency's technology
transfer effort.
•  Continually growing, the Collection contains books and
journals, legislation and regulations, reports from Federal
agencies. Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
(OSWER) policy and guidance directives and EPA reports
from selected program offices.

•  The Database  mirrors the contents of the Collection.  A
user can search the Database with little or no computer
•  The Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection is available
for use in the EPA Headquarters Library. Selected
documents from the Collection are distributed to the 10 EPA
Regional libraries and laboratories in Ada, OK; Cincinnati,
OH; Edison, NJ; Las Vegas, NV; Research Triangle Park, NC
and the National Enforcement Investigations Center (NEIC)
in Denver, CO.

• The Database is updated quarterly and reflects ongoing
acquisitions to the Collection.

•   The Database is available to the public through the EPA
Online Library System (OLS) which resides on the EPA
mainframe. To access it, the user will need a computer,
modem and telecommunications software. The dial in
number is (919) 549-0720. The parameters are as follows:

300-9600 baud rate
7 bits
1 stop bit
even parity

At the first prompt, the user types F to access "EPA OLS".
The user then follows the prompts.
To log off, the user types Q and follows the prompts.
For user support, call: (800) 334-2405.  For a user manual to
OLS, call (919) 541-2777.

•  A PC version of the Database can be used at the HQ
Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection Reference area. It is
also on display at EPA's new Public Information Center.

For more information about the PC version call:

       Felice Sacks (contractor)
       Head Librarian of the HWSFC
       (202) 260-3021


Introduction	   v
Quick Reference Guide    	    vii

ATTIC                 	    1
BRS                   	    2
CERCUS                	    4
CLU-IN Bulletin Board     	    6
Docket                	    7
EDRS                  	    8
RNDS                 	    9
HWSFD Database        	    11
IRIS                   	    13
OHMTADS             	    15
ORD Bulletin Board	    17
PIES                   	    18
RCRIS                 	    19
RODS Database         	    21
RoLDatabase           	    22
RREL Databases         	    24

                        CONTENTS (continued)
SETS                 	    25

SR1S                 	    27

TRI                   	    28

VISITT                	    30

General Bibliography     	     A-l

his publication is intended as a guide for accessing databases and electronic
systems produced or sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
which contain information on the Superfund program or hazardous waste. It is
designed for public and private sector professionals working in the Superfund
program or related activities who need quick, timely access to pertinent data.
      Each entry in Superfund Information Access Series: Databases and Electronic Systems
provides a general description of the system including an overview, content, access, special
features and EPA or commercial contacts.

      Databases and Electronic Systems does not purport to be all inclusive on the subject of
hazardous waste databases. A general bibliography in the Appendix leads the reader to
information on other EPA databases as well as commercial databases covering hazardous
waste topics.

       For further information about this document or the Hazardous Waste Superfund
Collection, contact the following librarians of the Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection:
Felice Sacks, (contractor), Head Librarian, or Fabienne McGovern (contractor), Reference
Librarian at 202/260-5934. The address is U.S. EPA Headquarters Library, Room 2904, Mail
Code PM-211A, 401 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20460.
This document is part of a series entitled Superfund Information Access Series. The series is a
comprehensive guide to information resources available at the Environmental Protection Agency on
the subject of the Superfund program and related hazardous waste topics. The individual
publications comprising the series are as follows:

• Guide to Key Documents and Information Sources - describes individual document types
forming the core of the Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection and categorizes the
Collection according to reference type and subtopics. Provides information on obtaining

• Journals - an annotated guide to journals and other serials covering hazardous waste

• Databases and Electronic Systems - fact sheets on databases and bulletin board systems
supported by EPA and containing data related to hazardous waste.

• Hazardous Waste Superfund Database Users Manual - a guide for using the online and PC
versions of the Hazardous Waste Superfund Database.

• Hazardous Waste Superfund Database Thesaurus - a keyword guide for terms used to search
the Hazardous Waste Superfund Database.

• Legislation and Regulations - information about legislative and regulatory sources within
the Collection.

• Building a Hazardous Waste Collection - a "how to" book on acquiring basic items for a
hazardous waste collection.
Reference herein to any specific commercial publisher or service does not constitute or imply
endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the EPA. M

                  QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE



CLU-IN Bulletin Board

Civil Enforcement Docket






ORD Bulletin Board



RODS Database

RREL Databases




Treatability studies

Waste generation, management,  &
capacity information for treatment, storage &
disposal facilities & large quantity generators

Superfund site information

Innovative cleanup technologies

Civil judicial enforcement

Hazardous chemicals

Enforcement related documents

Treatment, storage & disposal facilities

Risk assessment

Hazardous substance information

Research and technical information

Pollution prevention

Treatment, storage & disposal facilities

Records of Decision (Superfund)

Treatability studies, case studies, response

Potentially responsible parties (Superfund)

Superfund audits

Toxic releases

Innovative technology vendors



 The Alternative Treatment Technology Information Center (ATTIC) provides data and
 technical information on innovative treatment technologies for the cleanup of hazardous
 waste. The information in the system contains a wide variety of data from Federal, State
 and private sector sources. It is managed by EPA's Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory
 (RREL), Edison, NJ.


 The ATTIC system is a collection of hazardous waste databases that are accessed through a
 computerized bulletin board system (BBS). The BBS features news items, bulletins, and
 special interest conferences - such as the Bioremediation Special Interest Group. It also
 features a message board that enables users to request advice from other users, as well as
 pose questions to the System Operator. ATTIC users can access several databases
 including the ATTIC Database, which contains over 2,500 records dealing with alternative
 and innovative technologies for hazardous waste treatment; and the RREL Treatability
 Database, which provides data on characteristics and treatability of a wide variety of

 Information from these sources consists of treatability information, case histories, transport
 and fate data, and other technical information. Also included are the abstracts of
 Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) reports, many Records of Decisions
 (RODs), State agency reports, international programs, and industry studies. Abstracts of
 reports can be downloaded from the system.  Copies of complete reports are available on


 ATTIC is free of charge to all members of the Federal, State and private sectors involved in
 site remediation. ATTIC can be accessed directly by users with a personal computer and a
 modem. In addition, users can request an ATTIC search by phoning the ATTIC System
 Operator.  Communication/modem parameters: 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity, full
 duplex. (Users register online the first time they access ATTIC).  A User's Manual is
 available and may be obtained by calling the ATTIC System Operator or leaving a message
 on the bulletin board.


 ATTIC System Operator (Voice Line)        301/670-6294
 Online ATTIC Computer Access (2400 baud)  301 /670-3808
 Online ATTIC Computer Access (9600 baud)  301 /670-3813
Joyce Perdek (EPA), Project Manager         908/321-4380

                        BIENNIAL REPORTING SYSTEM (BRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Solid Waste, the Biennial Reporting System (BRS) is a national
system that collects data on the generation, management, and minimisation of hazardous
waste.  These data allow EPA to:  (1) describe the demographics of arid monitor trends in
hazardous waste generation, management, and minimization and (2) assess the impact of
its regulatory decisions. Also, the data are used by States in the development of Capacity


BRS captures detailed data on the generation of hazardous waste from large quantity
generators as well as data on waste management practices from treatment, storage, and
disposal (TSD) facilities.

It provides data on the: (1) current regulatory status of hazardous waste generators and
TSD facilities; (2) chemical composition and physical form of hazardous wastes; (3)
quantities of particular hazardous wastes generated, and methods later applied for
treatment and disposal; (4) efforts by generators to implement waste minimization
programs and results achieved in reducing the volume and toxitity of hazardous wastes
generated and processed; and (5) available capacity of hazardous waste TSD facilities.
Information is submitted by the regulated community to States or Regions and is uploaded
to the national system every two years.


The system is available on EPA's mainframe and access is restricted to EPA personnel and
the States. Authorized personnel may contact John Fogarty (below) to obtain BRS access. (A
User's Guide, Training Manual and Data Element Dictionary are available. Call the Hotline for
more information). National Biennial Reports from previous years are available to the public
in hard copy and microfiche from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) by
calling: 800/553-NTIS or 703/487-4650. The public may also request information from the
database as a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by writing or sending a fax to:

                  Ms. Jeralene Green
                  U.S. EPA, National FOIA Office (A-101)
                  401 M Street, SW
                  Washington, DC 20460
                  FAX: 202/252-0295
                  (Note: FOIA fee schedules apply).


Hotline                                   800/876-0352
John Fogarty (EPA), BRS Section Chief       202/260-4697

Commercial Sources

National Technical Information Service       800/553-NTIS; 703/487-4650
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161

                         INFORMATION SYSTEM (CERCLIS)

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Information
System (CERCLIS) contains information on potential hazardous waste sites that have been
reported to the EPA by States, municipalities, private companies, and private persons
pursuant to § 103 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and
Liability Act (CERCLA) 1980, as amended.  The database - managed by the Office of
Emergency and Remedial Response — is a tracking vehicle for events related to
approximately 37,000 reported sites. EPA uses CERCLIS information to report Superfund
accomplishments to Congress and the public, and to help Regional and Headquarters
managers evaluate the status and progess of site cleanup actions.


The database consists of the following data:

      • Name and alias names of the location
      • Location of the site:
            latitude and longitude
            state, county, municipality
            congressional district
      • Classification of the site including incident type
      • Discovery, Preliminary Assessments, Site Inspections, Removals
      • Contact names
      • Indicators or flags for:
            National Priority List (NPL) status
            Federal Facility
            Site ownership
            No further action
      • Final and proposed NPL sites
      • Remedial Information such as: Remedial Investigation Feasibility Studies,
            Design and Remedial Actions

In addition, the database contains enforcement, removal, financial, event-specific and
chemical/technical information as well as remediation targets and accomplishments. Data
is obtained by Regional managers receiving information from site managers. The Regions
upload the data regularly into CERCLIS.


The database is available on EPA's mainframe for EPA staff and its partners (States,
contractors, and grantees). Certain commercial sources provide access to nonsensitive data
contained in the database.

For EPA access, users should first obtain a user ID for the EPA mainframe by contacting the
National Data Processing Division. To obtain access to CERCLIS, the user must  contact
Jalania Ellis, CERCLIS Database Manager ( see below).

LAN management products are also available to EPA staff. They are:
       • WasteLAN - a two-way communication tool between the Regions and CERCLIS.
(CleanLAN is a WasteLAN clone recording events related to the U.S. Army Corps of
       • INSITE - extracts information from CERCLIS monthly and creates reports for top
managers on Superfund progress. These reports then become integrated into the system.

For the public, certain features of the database are available through the National Technical
Information Service (NTIS). However, most of the information is intended for EPA internal
use. Private individuals may obtain certain information from the database through a
Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) (see p. 20).


Maja Lee (EPA),                           703/603-8904
      CERCLIS Project Manager
Jalania Ellis (EPA),                         703/603-8884
      CERCLIS Database Manager

Commercial Sources
(Other services may also be available)

National Technical Information Service        800/553-NTIS; 703/487-4650
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161
(Provides a magnetic tape updated quarterly)

                             CLU-IN BULLETIN BOARD

The Cleanup Information Bulletin Board System (CLU-IN) is designed for hazardous waste
cleanup professionals and other technical experts for use in finding information about
innovative technologies, consulting with one another online, and accessing related
databases. It is managed by the Technology Innovation Office of the Office of Solid Waste
and Emergency Response.


CLU-IN provides the following features:
      • Electronic message capabilities
      • Bulletins that can be read online (such as summaries of Federal Register notices
            on hazardous waste, descriptions of EPA documents and training programs,
            directories of EPA experts on hazardous waste cleanup, the OERR Infoline
            newsletter and other publications prepared by the Hazardous
            Waste Superf und Collection at Headquarters Library)
      • Files that can be downloaded and used on the user's own computer
      • Online databases that can be searched on CLU-IN


The system is accessible to Federal, State and private sector audiences (no charge except for
telecommunication charges). It is accessible to anyone with a computer, modem, phone line
and telecommunications software (such as CrossTalk, Procomm, or SmartCom). Modem
dial in: 301/589-8366. Parameters: 8 data bits,l stop bit, no parity, 1200/2400 baud.


Hotline: System Operator                  301/589-8368

                          ENFORCEMENT DOCKET (DOCKET)

All information related to civil judicial enforcement activity, including case information,
facility information, and defendant information is maintained in this system known also as
DOCKET. The system in addition tracks administrative enforcement cases.  It is sponsored
by the Office of Enforcement.


Attorneys in the Regions provide information to the system. Data includes all case, facility
and defendant information. Case information consists of data such as case name, date
filed, date concluded, law/regulations violated and penalty information. Facility
information comprises data related to the facility including address and EPA identification
number. The defendant information includes data on all the defendants associated with
the case.


DOCKET is available on EPA's mainframe for EPA staff only.  EPA users should apply to
Merle Miller (below) for access to DOCKET.  For the public, diskettes containing portions
of the database that are nonsensitive can be purchased through the National Technical
Information Service (NTIS) by calling 800/553-NTIS or 703/487-4650.


Merle Miller (EPA), Manager                202/260-2614

Commercial Sources

National Technical Information Service       800/553-NTIS; 703/487-4650
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161
(2 High-density diskettes, 51/4 inch, provided on a quarterly subscription basis. PB91-591970KPJ
(US: $320; Foreign: $640). Individual orders are PB91-591971. Available in hard copy as
PB91-921700KPJ; quarterly subscription, $230).


The EPA's Enforcement Document Retrieval System (EDRS) is a computerized search and
retrieval system containing the full text of EPA enforcement documents. It is maintained by
the Office of Enforcement (OE). The system is located on the NCC-IBM 3090 in Research
Triangle Park, NC. Access may be obtained through any personal computer with a modem
and communications package or a full-screen terminal hardwired to the NCC-IBM.
Documents can be searched by issue date, title, environmental law statute or a specific


EDRS is a computerized library of documents considered pertinent to the Agency's
enforcement activities. The Program areas include Air, Water, Hazardous Waste and
Pesticides/Toxic Substances. Documents are categorized into four groups:

            • Policy/procedures
            • Administrative enforcement
            • Judicial action
            • Model forms and sample documents

The following TYPES of documents are included in the above categories:

            • Enforcement policy compendia, guidance manuals and docket procedures
            • Administrative decisions, judicial briefs and pleadings
            • Civil judicial consent decrees, defensive litigation and decisions
            • Program enforcement documents not contained in the above compendia


EDRS is managed at EPA Headquarters and is available to: EPA staff, Department of
Justice staff and State enforcement staff. Merle Miller (below) is the contact for training on
the system. Interested parties should obtain a mainframe user ID from their ADP
Coordinator for access to EDRS.


Merle Miller (EPA), Manager               202/260-2614

The EDRS Infosource newsletter is available to the above users by calling EDRS contractor
staff at 703/538-7825. (Note: EDRS contractor staff manage other related databases).


The Facilities Index Data System (FINDS) contains entries for approximately 600,000 sites
or facilities that are regulated by EPA under various statutes including: RCRA, the Clean
Water Act, the Clean Air Act, TSCA and FIFRA. While used as a computerized inventory,
the program primarily serves as a mechanism for assigning a unique EPA ID number to
these facilities. FINDS contains basic facility information, supports cross-media analysis of
facilities, and assists regulatory and enforcement action such as permitting, compliance and
inspection, by "pointing" to programs that regulate a facility.


Each entry typically contains the following information:

      •  Site name
      •  Geographic locators (street address, city, county, ZIP code, latitude and longitude,
            congressional district)
      •  Codes classifying the site (i.e., SIC code)
      •  List of other EPA and state databases containing information about the site,
            including the reference numbers used to retrieve the pertinent records from
            other databases.

Users can seek site-specific information by entering the site name or EPA identifier but
also can find information about all the sites in a given area by searching on ZIP code or city
name. The user reviews the retrieved records to see what other sources of information
about a given site should be consulted. Public users seeking certain information from these
databases may need to complete appropriate Freedom of Information Act procedures. In
addition, EPA users  have access to corporate financial information integrated into the

FINDS answers such questions as: What is a facility's current address? Which programs
have more information about the facility? How many facilities are regulated under RCRA?


The database is maintained on EPA's mainframe and can be accessed by EPA staffers using
equipment that emulates a 3270 computer. Access is arranged by calling the Hotline
number below or the Database Administrator.  Public access is through commercial sources
such as the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Chemical Information Systems,
Inc. (CIS) and other private sources.

              FACILITIES INDEX DATA SYSTEM (FINDS) (continued)

The system is operated by the Office of Information Resources Management (OIRM),
Program Systems Division, with data entry occurring at the EPA Regions.

Hotline                                  800/424-9067

Joe Anderson (EPA),                       703/235-5581
      FINDS System Manager
Dan Parker (EPA),                         703/235-5584
      FINDS Operation Manager
Daisy S. Berlingeri (EPA)                    703/235-5576
      FINDS Data Manager

Commercial Sources

The public can obtain online access through private companies or purchase a tape product
for the mainframe through NTIS.

Chemical Information Systems, Inc.           800/CIS-USER; 301 /321-8440
7215 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212

National Technical Information Service       800/553-NTIS; 703/487-4650
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161
Tape is issued quarterly in the form of data file-tape for the IBM 3090


 The Hazardous Waste Superfund Database (HWSFD) is a database of bibliographic entries
 which corresponds to each item in the Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection at EPA's
 Headquarters Library. The EPA Headquarters Library is responsible for the contents and
 maintenance of the Collection and Database which together provide a unified resource of
 major hazardous waste reports, books and journals and other related literature.


 The HWSFD records abstracts of books, legislative and regulatory materials, reports from
 Federal agencies, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) policy and
 guidance directives, Records of Decision, and EPA reports from selected program offices.
 It is updated quarterly. A user can search the HWSFD with little or no computer
 experience.  Entries can be searched by the following categories:

         EPA program office


 The HWSFD is available to EPA staff and partners through the EPA Online Library System
 (OLS) which resides on the EPA mainframe. Users must register with the National Data
 Processing Division for access to the mainframe. A version of the HWSFD is also available
 to the public through the mainframe.  To access it, the user will need a computer, modem
 and telecommunications software. The dial in number is 919/549-0720.  The parameters
 are as follows: 300-9600 baud, 7 bits,  1 stop bit, even parity.

      •  At the first prompt, the user  types F to access OLS and follows the prompts.
      •  To log off, me user types Q and follows the prompts.
For user support, call 800/334-2405. For a user's manual to OLS, call 919/541-2777.

A PC version of the database can be used at the Hazardous Waste Superfund Collection
reference section at EPA's Headquarters Library. For more information, call 202/260-5934.


Jonda Byrd (EPA),                        513/569-7183
     Project Officer
Felice Sacks (contractor),                   202/260-3021
     Manager, HWSFD


IRIS is an online database of chemical-specific risk information on the relationship between
chemical exposure and estimated human health effects. It presents a summary of
information on chemical hazard identification and dose-response assessment, and provides
quantitative risk values and qualitative health effects information. It reflects the EPA
consensus opinion on potential adverse and chronic human health effects related to
chemical hazard identification and dose-response assessment.

IRIS also serves as a pointer system to more detailed data contained in supporting scientific
studies. It is maintained by the Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office (ECAO) of
the Office of Health and Environmental Assessment (OHEA).


Updated monthly, IRIS includes approximately 500 chemicals and over 600 chemical risk
summaries. A complete description of the database is contained in the Federal Register at
53 FR 20162, June 2,1988. IRIS contains information on hazard identification and dose
response assessment, the first 2 steps in EPA's adopted 4 step chemical risk assessment
process, as recommended by the National Academy of Sciences. IRIS data is arranged in
the following broad categories:
                  • Noncarcinogenic Assessment - Lifetime Exposure
                  • Carcinogenicity Assessment - Lifetime Exposure
                  • Drinking Water Health Advisories/Acute Toxicity
                  • EPA Exposure Standards and Regulations
                  • References
                  • Substance Identification/Use
                  • Chemical & Physical Properties
IRIS may be accessed by EPA staffers through their PCs or LAN with monthly updating via
the mainframe. Disks are available for EPA staff from the ECAO Coordinator. Public
availability is through the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology Network
(TOXNET), and the National Technical Information Service.


IRIS User Support                         513/569-7254
Patricia Daunt (EPA),                      513/569-7596
      Database Manager

IRISfECAO Coordinators:
Linda Tuxen (EPA)                        202/260-5949
Jacqueline Patterson (EPA)                  513/569-7574

Commercial Sources

TOXNET                                 301/496-6531
National Library of Medicine
IRIS Representative
Specialized Information Services
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
National Technical Information Service       800/553-NTIS; 703/487-4650
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161
Data disks (ASCII format) of IRIS can be purchased.


OHMTADS is a database system which contains information - chemical properties,
regulatory information, safety data, toxicity data, response information — on hazardous
substances. It was developed to aid EPA's Emergency Response Division in responding to
oil and hazardous substance emergencies.


OHMTADS includes chemical identification information, such as chemical name, trade
name, Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) number, and physical properties. It also contains
lists of regulations covering production, use or distribution of chemicals. OHMTADS also
contains data relating to cleanup efforts, such as: toxicity to humans, flora and fauna,
flashpoint reactions with other substances, protective equipment, transportation and
disposal information and methods of evacuation.


The database can be accessed through five means — all of which have been contracted out
to vendors: online, diskette, microfilm, magnetic tape and  CD-ROM. All users must
contact the vendors listed below.


Rich Norris (EPA), Manager                703/603-8760

Commercial Sources

For online access and diskettes:

Chemical Information Systems, Inc.           800/CIS-USER; 301 /321-8440
7215 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212

For microfilm and magnetic tape:

National Technical Information Service       800/553-NTIS; 703/487-4650
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161


Micromedex, Inc.                         800/525-9083
600 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203-3527

Silver Platter Information                  617/969-2332
1 Newton Executive Park
Newton Lower Falls, MA 02162

                               ORD BULLETIN BOARD

The Office of Research and Development's Bulletin Board System (ORD BBS or Board) is an
electronic system designed to facilitate the exchange of technical information and ORD
products among EPA Headquarters, laboratory and Regional staff and contractors; States;
and other Federal agencies, universities, industry and the public.


The Board offers:

        an electronic message system
        brief bulletins with information about ORD products and activities
        files for downloading
        participation in conferences (subject-oriented)
        online database for identifying ORD publications (ORD Bibliographic Database
            containing ORD publications since 1973)
      • options for ordering ORD publications

Information that can be accessed includes research on innovative technologies and other
hazardous waste management topics that are related to projects sponsored by ORD.


The Board is accessible to Federal, State and private sector audiences (no charge except for
telecommunication charges). It is open to anyone who has a computer, modem, telephone
line and telecommunications software package. The setup parameters are: 1200 or 2400
baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity, vtlOO emulation. The dialing number is


Hotline                                    513/569-7272
Call for the ORD BBS User's Manual EPA/600/M-90/012 or order it online.


Designed to provide and promote the free exchange of information on pollution prevention
(technical, policy, programmatic, legislative and financial) to the public and private sector,
the Pollution Prevention Information Exchange System (PIES) is an interactive
communication network that can be accessed by anyone with a PC-modem-telephone
linkage. It was established in 1989 by the Office of Research & Development and the Office
of Pollution Prevention. PIES is operated for EPA by Science Applications International
Corporation (SAIC) in Falls Church, Virginia. (PIES was formerly named EIES).


The PIES network consists of the following components:

• Bulletins and files which can be downloaded to disk
• Databases (see below)
• Message Center for asking and answering questions
• On-Line Repository for ordering documents (planned for the future)
• Mini-exchanges or specialized forums dedicated to discrete topic areas.  These are small
electronic bulletin boards allowing a user to enter and receive messages, view bulletins and
access a database on a single topic. Current examples are: regional, State and local
government activities; research programs and projects; grants progress; and a tie to the
International Cleaner Production Information Clearinghouse sponsored by the UN
Environmental Programme Industry and Environment Office.

Databases: The databases include a calendar listing national and international conferences
and training seminars; industry case studies; directory of Federal and State contacts to
answer technical/policy questions; summaries of activities in the public and private sector
including past and present grants and projects, training, awards and outreach activities;
and abstracted publications.


The system is accessible to Federal, State and private sector audiences (no charge except for
telecommunication charges). It can be accessed by anyone by dialing through a modem
(703/506-1025) or through Telenet by dialing the local Telenet access number. At the @
prompt, the Telenet user types "c 20256131" (without the quotes).


PPIC Technical Support Hotline              703/821-4800
Small Business Ombudsman Hotline          800/368-5888
Myles Morse (EPA), Project Manager         202/260-3161
Beth Anderson (EPA), Coordinator           202/260-2602


 Managed by the Office of Solid Waste, RCRIS maintains information on facilities that are
 regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). This database
 provides for automated maintenance of permit-processing events and compliance
 monitoring as well as enforcement activities. Data is gathered from EPA forms
 (Notification of Regulated Waste Activity, EPA Form 8700-12; Appplication for a
 Hazardous Waste Permit-Part A, EPA Form 8700-23). The database contains information
 on approximately 4,300 treatment, storage and disposal facilities, 19,700 transporters and
 230,600 large and small quantity generators.


 Data updated monthly includes the following:

         Type of Facility
         Facility name
         EPA Identification number
         Facility address
         Owner and operator information
         Facility contact name and phone number
         RCRA waste codes handled
         Permit process codes
         Permit issuance data and closure action events
         Enforcement and compliance information


RCRIS is available on the EPA mainframe to EPA staff and the States. Users must first
register with the National Data Processing Division for access to the mainframe. To obtain
access to RCRIS, users must contact the RCRIS National Oversight Database Administrator
(below).  For public access, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) sells
information from the system except for sensitive enforcement data. In addition, LEXIS/
NEXIS, an online database produced by Mead Data Central, Inc. has selected portions of
RCRIS in its Environmental Library.

Additionally, the Office of Solid Waste (OSW) provides numerous reports developed over
the years in response to requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Others were prepared to aid OSW in examining facets of the regulated community that is
subject to the requirements of RCRA. These reports are listed in a catalog, Hazardous
Waste FOIA Reports, which is available by calling Lisa Hearns, FOIA Coordinator, at 202/
260-3393. To request reports from the catalog, the public must complete a form in the
catalog and mail or fax it to:

                 Ms. Jeralene Green
                 U.S. EPA
                 National FOIA Office (A-101)
                 401 M Street, SW
                 Washington, DC 20460
                 FAX: 202/252-0295

                 Note: FOIA fee schedules apply.

Hotline                                   800/767-RCRI
RCRIS National Oversight Database
      Administrator                       202/260-4697

Commercial Sources

LEXE/NEXIS                             800/543-6862
Mead Data Central, Inc.                     513/859-1608
9443 Springboro Pike, P.O. Box 933
Dayton, OH 45401

National Technical Information Service       800/553-NTIS; 703/487-4650
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161
PB91-592000 (Data file-tape subscription) Issued quarterly
PB91-592001 (Data file-tape on demand)

                        RECORDS OF DECISION SYSTEM (RODS)

 A Record of Decision (ROD) is a document describing EPA's planned course of action to
 dean up a Superfund site listed on the National Priorities List (NPL). Each ROD is the
 official record of EPA's remedy selection for the site. The Records of Decision System
 (RODS) database, housed on EPA's mainframe and maintained by Computer Science
 Corporation for the Hazardous Site Control Division, provides information on all RODs
 published since the inception of the Superfund program. A complete listing of RODs
 prepared (but not necessarily distributed) to date, however, will be found in the CERCLIS
 database. (See pp. 4-5).


 The database is comprised of the full text of each ROD, an abstract, and specific
 information contained in various fields, such as: site name, alias name, ROD date, region,
 location, ROD ID, site ID, keywords, contaminated media, key contaminants, selected
 remedy, and figures. Graphics, tables and page numbers are not included. Note: cost
 information is in the abstracted field. This field is divided into: 1) an overview; 2) the remedy;
 and 3) the goals.


 EPA personnel must obtain a user ID through the National Data Processing Division to
 access the mainframe.  State and local government personnel may be able to obtain direct
 access to the database as well. To access RODS, potential users must  contact Jalania Ellis,
 Database Manager (see below). EPA users can print data by arranging a box  and bin
 number through the Washington Information Center (WIC).

 Direct access to the database is not available to the general public.  However, the public
 may access information from it by calling the RODS Database Manager (see below) or by
 dialing up ATTIC. (See p. I). (Hard copies of the RODs, are available for viewing at the EPA
 Headquarters Library and Regional libraries. In addition, the National Technical Information
 Service (NTIS) sells these documents).


Maja Lee (EPA),                           703/603-8904
      RODS Project Manager
Jalania Ellis (EPA),                         703/603-8884
      RODS Database Manager

An intermittent bulletin entitled Superfund Records of Decision Update provides information on
current RODs (9200.5-2161). To order it, call the RCRA/Superfund Hotline at 703/920-9810 or

                              REGISTER OF LISTS (RoL)

Managed by the Information Policy Branch (IPB) of the Office of Policy, Planning and
Evaluation (OPPE), RoL is a database that provides information on lists of regulated
chemical substances that EPA maintains. Its purpose is to present minimal factual data on
the specific chemical and point to other sources of information.  Presently it contains over
3,300 chemicals and covers 31 EPA regulatory lists. Absence of a chemical or other
substance from this database does not necessarily mean that it is not regulated by EPA.


Data for each chemical includes:

            List Data                Substance Data
        Name of Agency list
        Program offices
        Regulatory origin
        List description
        List manager
Chemical name
CAS number
Other chemical names
Regulatory/origin/Agency list(s)
Waste streams
Reportable quantity
Threshold planning quantity
IRIS listing (see pp. 16-17)
The unique features of this database are the following:
      • Information is linked from offices to lists to chemicals
      • Components of waste streams or chemical categories can be found
      • Synonyms of a chemical name can be retrieved
      • Searches are conducted on the chemical name and all synonyms
      • Through a query system lists can be compared to determine:
            1) all chemicals in the union of lists selected
            2) those chemicals in list 1 but not in list 2
            3) chemicals common to all chosen lists
      • References are cited to the IRIS database

Although the database is primarily designed for searching, simple reports can be generated
at any point. Such reports are most useful as the result of using the query feature of the
database. The query allows the user to retrieve all chemicals meeting certain categories of
information into a set (or list) that can then be printed.


RoL is available to EPA staff for use on most PCs. Updates are issued quarterly. For more
information, call the contacts below.


Jim Daley (EPA), RoL Manager              202/260-2743

                                 RREL DATABASES

The following databases are produced by EPA's Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory
(RREL). They address a range of topics from treatability data to response actions and case
studies. These systems are accessible to the public as indicated.

• RREL Treatability Database

The purpose of this system is to compile data on the treatability of specific organic and
inorganic compounds in all types of waters and wastewaters as well as in soil, sludges and
sediments. Users (at no charge) can request diskettes containing the database for PC use,
or access it through the Alternative Treatment Technology Information Center (ATTIC)


Glenn Shaul (EPA), Manager                513/569-7408
• COUS (Computerized On-Line Information System)

COLJS is a consolidation of several computerized databases developed by RREL and
includes: 1) Case History File of case studies about corrective actions on leaking
underground storage tanks, hazardous waste site removal and remedial actions, and oil or
hazardous material spill responses; 2) Library Search System containing abstracts of
documents in the RREL library collection which document oil and hazardous materials
spills, problems with underground storage tanks, personnel protection, stormwater issues,
incineration, soil washing, and other Superfund related activities; 3) SITE system
containing reports on completed Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation Program
projects; and the 4) RREL Treatability Database (see above).

Users dial into the system via modem on a microcomputer. The number is 19085484636.
Parameters are: 1200-2400 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity.


System Operator                           908/906-6851
Robert Hillger (EPA), Project Manager        908/321-6639


SETS consists of information on the identity of potentially responsible parties (PRP)
associated with a particular Superfund site (which includes sites on the National Priorities
List (NPL) and sites not on the NPL). The data is gathered from a notice letter that EPA
sends to such parties as notification of the potential liability which they may have incurred
with respect to the site.  This information has been extracted to form data files sold by the
National Technical Information Service (NTIS).


The data includes the PRP name and address, a contact person for the company/
individual, the date the general or special notice was issued, and the related Superfund site
name and identification number. The site can be a National Priorities List (NPL) site or a
non-NPL site. EPA created SETS to track PRP identification and therefore the data
contained therein does not address other administrative information related to that
tracking. Also, the lists contained in SETS represent EPA's preliminary findings on PRP
identification. The data can be obtained according to Region or on a national basis.


EPA staffers can contact Alicia Corley (below) about the data. The public can purchase it
through the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). The national version is on file-
tape for the IBM 3090 and on diskette for a microcomputer; the individual regional data is
on a diskette for a  microcomputer. Additionally, LEXIS/NEXIS, an online database
produced by Mead Data Central, Inc. has selected portions of PRP information in its
Environmental Library.

Note: Names and addresses of potentially responsible parties associated with NPL sites are
also available to the public through the CERCLIS database offered by the Chemical
Information System (CIS). (See below and pp. 4-5).


Alicia Corley (EPA), SETS Manager          202/260-8717

Commercial Sources

Chemical Information Systems, Inc.          800/CIS-USER; 301 /321-8440
7215 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212

                SITE ENFORCEMENT TRACKING SYSTEM (SETS)(continued)
National Technical Information Service
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161

File Tape:

      PB90-591790 (National)
                         800/553-NTIS; 703/487-4650
      PB90-591780 (National) (Diskette)
      PB90-502618 (Region 1) (Diskette)
      PB90-502626 (Region 2) (Diskette)
      PB90-502634 (Region 3) (Diskette)
      PB90-502642 (Region 4) (Diskette)
      PB90-502659 (Region 5) (Diskette)
      PB90-502667 (Region 6) (Diskette)
      PB90-502675 (Region 7) (Diskette)
      PB90-502683 (Region 8) (Diskette)
      PB90-502691 (Region 9) (Diskette)
      PB90-502709 (Region 10) (Diskette)
                         PB92-592130 (National) (Diskette)
                         PB92-500131 (Region 1) (Diskette)
                         PB92-500149  (Region 2) (Diskette)
                         PB92-500156 (Region 3) (Diskette)
                         PB92-500164 (Region 4) (Diskette)
                         PB92-500172 (Region 5) (Diskette)
                         PB92-500180 (Region 6) (Diskette)
                         PB92-500198(Region 7) (Diskette)
                         PB92-500206 (Region 8) (Diskette)
                         PB92-500214 (Region 9) (Diskette)
                         PB92-500222 (Region 10) (Diskette)


Developed by the Program Evaluation Section of Superfund's Office of Program
Management, the Superfund Report Information System (SRIS) is a user-friendly PC-based
information system intended to provide EPA offices with the ability to: 1) track the
development and publication of Superfund-related studies and reports: 2) retrieve
information about these studies or reports; 3) track EPA's response to official reports; and
4) track the Agency's implementation of follow-up actions.


SRIS contains detailed information on most FY1988,1989, and 1990 studies and reports
relevant to the Superfund program that were released by the General Accounting Office
(GAO), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the Office of Technology Assessment
(OTA). Additionally, information on reports published by various public and private
sources —the Congress, think-tanks, and interest groups-are also included. (In SRIS a
"study" is an unfinished or ongoing assessment and a "report" is a finished product).


The database is for EPA internal use. It can be accessed on the OERR LAN and staff can
gain access by obtaining an initial access code and password. However, many of the audit
reports included in this database are in hard copy at the EPA Headquarters Library.


Sharon Hallinan (EPA), SRIS Administrator   703/603-8894
Bill White (EPA), OERR LAN Manager       703/603-8923

                          TOXIC RELEASE INVENTORY (TRI)

The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) was developed to manage data from an inventory of
toxic substances mandated under Title ffl (§ 313) of the Superfund Amendments and
Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986. SARA set forth provisions for the reporting, by
industry, of data on over 300 toxic chemicals released into the air, water, and land. The
reporting requirement applies to owners and operators of facilities having 10 or more full-
time employees, that are in Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes 20 through 39
(i.e., manufacturing facilities)  and that manufacture (including importing), process or
otherwise use a listed toxic chemical in excess of specified threshold quantities.


TRI data is arranged in the following broad categories: 1) Facility identification; 2)
Substance identification; 3) Environmental release of chemical; 4) Waste treatment; and 5)
Off-site waste transfer. Specifically, the data include the names, addresses and public
contacts of plants manufacturing, processing or using the reported chemicals, the
maximum amount stored on site, the estimated quantity emitted into the air (point and
non-point emissions), discharged into bodies of water, injected underground, or released to
land, methods used in waste treatment and their efficiency, and  data on the transfer of
chemicals off-site for treatment/disposal, either to publicly owned treatment works or
elsewhere. (Based upon data collected on EPA's Toxic Chemical Release Form R).


TRI is publicly accessible on the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology Data
Network (TOXNET) and LEXIS/NEXIS, produced by Mead Data Central, Inc. Both the
Government Printing Office (GPO)  and the National Technical Information Service offer
CD-ROM, microfiche, magnetic tape and other special software products related to this


User Support (TRI Us)                      202/260-1531
EPCRA Hotline                            800/535-0202; 202/479-2449

GPO                                      202/783-3238; 202/275-0186
710 North Capitol St., NW                  (computer products)
Washington, DC 20401

Commercial Sources

LEXIS/NEXIS                             800/543-6862
Mead Data Central, Inc.                    513/859-1608
9443 Springboro Pike, P.O. Box 933
Dayton, OH 45401

National Library of Medicine               301 /496-6531
TRI Representative
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894

National Technical Information Service       800/553-NTIS; 703/487-4650
5285 Port Royal Road                      703/487-4763 (computer products)
Springfield, VA 22161

                        VENDOR  INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR

This database, developed by the Technology Innovation Office (TIO) within the Office of
Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), provides information on 155 innovative
treatment technologies and the 97 companies that offer them. It is part of a broad effort to
promote the use of innovative treatment technologies for the cleanup of soil and
groundwater contaminated by hazardous waste. VISITT is designed to capture current
information on the availability, performance and cost of innovative treatment to remediate
contaminated hazardous waste sites. Information is submitted by developers,
manufacturers, and suppliers of innovative treatment technology equipment and services.
The database is a means for innovative technology vendors to make their products and
capabilities known.


The database contains data on vendors of innovative technologies to treat soils, sludges,
sediments and groundwater in situ, e.g., soil washing, thermal desorption, bioremediation,
solvent extraction and in situ vitrification. It does not include conventional technologies,
i.e., incineration, solidification/stabilization, and above-ground aqueous treatment

Each vendor record includes company information (name, address, contacts, phone
number), a technology description, technology advantages and limitations, and applicable
media, wastes and contaminants. Vendors may also provide information on: performance
data; waste limitations; unit costs and factors impacting cost; available hardware/capacity;
project names and contacts; permits obtained; treatability studies; and references. Data
retrieved can be viewed on the screen or printed.
Special Features:
            • searching on a waste description to find applicable technologies
            • searching on a specific technology to find available vendors
            • searching on a site name to locate vendors which may have conducted
                  treatability studies for the site or site cleanup
VISITT is currently available on diskettes only. The diskettes are free to the public and can
be ordered by calling or writing to the VISITT Hotline (next page). The database will be
updated at least annually. Vendors who want to submit technology information can obtain
the Vendor Information Form (EPA/540/2-91/011) by calling 513/569-7562.

For EPA staff, TIO is working directly with headquarters and regional offices and labs to
install the database on LANs and at workstations. To find out about the status of this
project, call the Hotline listed below.

Hotline                                   800/245-4505

For written requests, write to:

            c/o PRC Environmental Management, Inc.
            1505 Planning Research Drive
            McLean, VA 22102


                             General Bibliography

The following sources provide additional information on EPA and commercial databases
addressing hazardous waste topics:
• Access EPA: Major EPA Environmental Databases. U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, Information Management Services Division, Washington, DC, EPA 220B-92-014,

An extensive number of databases have been developed to respond to legislative
requirements to monitor, track, and report certain types of information and/or to help the
Agency more efficiently execute its activities. This document is designed as a guide to the
major environmental data systems within EPA. A "major system" has been defined, for the
purposes of this document, as those Agency systems which are national in scope and which
contain information related to one of the environmental programs, as opposed to
administrative data.

• Directory of Online Databases. New York, NY, Cuadra/Elsevier, 1991.
A semi-annual publication which indexes databases by name, producer (i.e., Federal
agency, commercial company) and subject. Index leads to a descriptive summary of the

• Donley, Elizabeth, ed., Environmental Software Directory. Donley Technology, Box 335,
GarrisonviUe, VA 22463; 703-659-1954.1990/91 Edition. 1990. 293 pp. ISSN: 1043-9056.

Arranged by subject, this annual directory provides information on automated
information systems which focus on an array of environmental topics. Among the areas
covered are: hazardous substance management, water/wastewater, ground water/soils,
mapping/geophysical information, air pollution, and ecological related issues.
Government and commercial products—databases, software, online systems— are included.

• Information Systems Inventory (ISP. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Administration and Resources Management, Information Management and Services
Division, Washington, DC, 21M-1016, May 1991.

Available in hard copy and on computer diskettes, this information resource contains data
on approximately 500 of EPA's current information systems as well as some models and
databases. It is the definitive source of summary information about EPA systems. The
database is updated and maintained by the Information Management and Services
Division of the Office of Information Resources Management. The public can obtain hard
copies or diskettes through the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

• Matthew Lesko. The Federal Data Base Finder: A Directory of Free and Fee-Based Data
Bases and Files Available from the Federal Government. Information USA, Inc., P.O. Box
15700, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; 3*01-369-1519. Third Edition. 1990. 571 pp. $125 (Book and
diskette for $325). ISBN 1-878346-03-2.

This valuable resource includes a list of databases and data files from all the federal
government departments, many independent agencies, and the legislative, executive and
judicial branches. Each entry presents a brief description, stock number and contact person.
A table of contents provides an easy guide to all the databases and files within each
department or agency. The index helps locate information by subject.

• Matthew Lesko, The State Data and Database Finder. Information USA, Inc., P.O. Box
15700, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; 301-369-1519. 1990. $145 (Book and diskette for $345).

Identifies thousands of database and data sources which are hidden within each of the 50
state governments.

• The OSWER Source Book and Addendum. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Technology Innovation Office,
Washington, DC, EPA/540/9-91/001, May 1991; April 1992

The section on "Information Systems and Software" describes additional database sources
of hazardous waste information produced by the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency

• Sullivan, Thomas (ed.),  Directory of Environmental Information Sources.  3rd ed.
Rockville, MD., Government Institutes, Inc., 1990.

Contains a section listing environmental databases and describing their content and access.
Numerous entries relating to hazardous waste topics are listed.