Website offers information to public on environmental incidents

Published: Friday, Sept. 13 2013 11:29 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A new Web-based database will allow the public to access information about environmental incidents in their communities.

The public portion of the Environmental Incidents Database, eqspillsps.deq.utah.gov/, is designed to share incident information with the general public through a search on the web page. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Environmental Response and Remediation tracks environmental incidents through a 24-hour call-in number and distributes an initial notification report to the appropriate agency for review and incident response.

The database includes the details of the incident, the agency providing oversight, the material spilled and what has been affected, as well as response actions and closure details.

“Access to this information helps local health departments and other agencies to better respond to environmental incidents in their jurisdictions,” said Brent Everett, director of the response division. “Now the general public will also have the ability to track cleanup progress and pinpoint more recent incident locations and information.”

For more information on reporting routine and more significant environmental incidents, visit www.superfund.utah.gov/spills.htm.

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