Local Environmental Health Reporting Tool
Regulatory or public environmental health information used in support of community assessments, grant applications, statutory requirements or public environmental health interventions.
What is the Local Environmental Health Reporting Tool?
The Local Environmental Health Reporting Tool is primarily for local environmental health directors and staff, but many stakeholders and the public will find value in the tool. The tool provides a resource that is semi-customizable at the county (local) level while also providing a high-level snapshot of state level regulatory environmental activities.
The Local Environmental Health Reporting Tool attempts to provide additional regulatory or public environmental health information used in support of community assessments, grant applications, statutory requirements or public environmental health interventions. The project leverages a variety of disparate but related data sets in order to provide a clear view of what activities are taking place and the outcomes. Similar efforts when applied at the program level historically result in better resource allocation and better environmental health outcomes.
The Local Environmental Health Reporting Tool is the result of combined resources including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Environmental Information Exchange Network (EN), Colorado Tracking, the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT), CDPHE Office of Planning, Partnerships, and Innovation, and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Results project.
Retail food inspections
These data come from Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability (DEHS) retail food program. A partnership between DEHS and local health agencies provide these data via inspections and reporting. This dashboard provides a look at what areas retail food facilities are meeting rules in, and what areas need improvement. The Local Environmental Health Reporting Tool shows relatively high compliance levels across most inspection areas.
Data for City and County of Denver are not included here. For more information on Denver’s food safety program, please visit their website:
A number of agencies have provided these data. The Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) oil and gas program provides the data for their infrared (IR) camera program. Infrared cameras capture emissions from facilities that are invisible to the naked eye.
Ambient air emissions refers to the air that is all around us. Ambient air quality changes based on a number of factors including; elevation, forest fires, factories, volcanoes, agriculture or traffic. These data come from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) via the ECOS Results project. Point source emissions, from a fixed place like a factory, and stationary source permits come from the stationary sources group in APCD. It is important to note the decline in leaks and emissions observed across oil and gas, ambient air and point source emissions.
Land / waste
CDPHE Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division (HMWMD), ECOS Results and the EN provided data for this dashboard. The waste diversion (garbage that is recycled or reused) and solid waste (typically general household garbage) data come from the solid waste recycling annual report.
Percent of human exposure evaluations adapted from the EPA’s Annual Commitment System (ACS), ECOS Results and with input from the hazardous materials division of HMWMD. This measure generally refers to the number of people at risk for exposure to hazardous waste sites. In Colorado it is at or near zero.
The RCRA (hazardous waste) generation data come from the EN using the RCRA data exchange. These data refer to simple counts of types of hazardous waste generators or storage facilities in an area.
Multiple programs provide the data found on the water tab. These include EPA’s Assessment and Total Maximum Daily Load Tracking and Implementation System (ATTAINS) for stream quality assessment, EPA’s state revolving fund program for investments and projects, Safe Drinking Water Information Systems (SDWIS) and EPHT for community drinking water, and the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and CDPHE WQCD Aquifer for effluent (discharged wastewater) violations.
In environmental health, cross-media refers to multiple environmental media. Regulations, spills or other impacts may affect any combination of water, air and soil.
Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data come from EPA. The TRI program reports on facilities that release toxic materials to land, air or water either via permit or accidentally. The locations of the facilities, types of chemicals, amount released and to what environmental media are recorded in the TRI database.
Underground Storage Tanks (UST) data provided by our partners at the Dept. of Labor and Employment, Division of Oil and Public Safety. USTs are permitted, typical for gasoline or diesel, to hold fuels below gas stations or other vehicle fleet facilities. When USTs leak, they become leaking underground storage tanks (LUST). The events and the clean-up status are recorded by OPS and are part of these data as well.
Spill data are collected via the CDPHE spill response line and recorded in a database by Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) personnel. The data includes quantity and type of material spilled as well as the location, among other data points.