EPA has established a single portal on the Web for all environmental data entering the agency. The Central Data Exchange (CDX) offers companies, states and other entities that provide data to EPA a faster, easier and more secure reporting option. The portal also includes built-in data quality checks, web forms, standard file formats and a common, user friendly approach to reporting data across vastly different environmental programs such as the toxic release inventory, unregulated contaminant monitoring rule, risk management plans and public water system supervision.
A cornerstone of EPA's e-government initiative, CDX aids the agency's overall systems modernization effort and saves money by reducing redundant infrastructure. CDX currently accepts data for certain air, water, waste and toxic programs and will gradually expand to support all agency environmental reporting by 2004.
Though the current focus is electronic, CDX will eventually incorporate a facility for the agency's paper data collections as well. More information is available at: www.epa.gov/cdx.