Activities and Projects


National Environmental Information Exchange Network (NEIEN)

EPA and the States, along with many public and private sector organizations are using information technology to streamline their business processes and to improve services. As part of this e-government revolution, EPA and the States have been working in a partnership sponsored by the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) since 1998 to develop the National Information Exchange Network. The NEIEN is a new approach for exchanging environmental data between EPA, States, and other partners that use the Internet and standardized data formats. Utilizing established best practices and technologies from the private sector in migration to e-commerce, the NEIEN will improve the quality of environmental data, improve the efficiency of data flows between States, EPA and other partners, and improve access to environmental data.

MDEQ NEIEN Readiness Grant Award

Under the NEIEN Grant Program, MDEQ applied for and received a Network Readiness Grant to develop and implement a "node", or portal, on the NEIEN. MDEQ will initially utilize this node to provide up-to-date information from the enSite Agency Interest Master File to EPA's Facility Registry System. Funds are also supplied under this grant to enhance and implement the water plug-in for enSite to facilitate the flow of water data from MDEQ to EPA.

Currently, MDEQ provides data to EPA by entering data directly into EPA's national databases. MDEQ must also maintain much of this same information in enSite. The implementation of a NEIEN node will position MDEQ to exchange information from enSite to EPA's national databases without the extra burden of duplicate data entry. Information shared in this manner will be more complete, accurate, and timely, resulting in improved quality of information in EPA databases.


MDEQ NEIEN Challenge Grant Award

MDEQ, along with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the New Mexico Environment Department, the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, have been awarded a NEIEN (link to network overview text above) Challenge Grant to develop data flows utilizing the NEIEN for State Air Emissions Data and State Hazardous Waste Data to EPA's National databases.
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Currently, MDEQ provides data to EPA by entering data directly into EPA's national databases. MDEQ must also maintain much of this same information in enSite. The implementation of a NEIEN node will position MDEQ to exchange information from enSite to EPA's national databases without the extra burden of duplicate data entry. Information shared in this manner will be more accurate and timely, resulting in more current and accurate information in EPA databases.