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What is ECOS?

The Environmental Council of States (ECOS) is the national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders. ECOS plays a critical role in facilitating a quality relationship between federal and state agencies in the fulfillment of delivering environmental protection afforded by both federal and state law.

ECOS has solid experience in the area of online information exchange, having developed along with EPA the Exchange Network, a secure, Internet- and standards-based way to support electronic data reporting, sharing, and integration of both regulatory and non-regulatory data, including TRI information. However, ECOS recognizes that many people are unaware of the full utility of environmental data and want to move toward sharing ideas and information about information management and other topics of mutual interest.

In order to meet this goal, ECOS has established a password-based TRI collaborative forum through which various non-federal organizations, the general public, and federal representatives can post discussion items, position papers, and original research on an array of TRI-related topics as well as provide commentary and feedback. This online discussion forum will serve as a “one-stop shop” for TRI non-federal stakeholders interested in sharing and building their understanding of the program.