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Requirements for submitting cleanup site data

You must submit your cleanup site sampling data electronically through our Environmental Information Management (EIM) system.

Working on site cleanups that need Ecology's input or review?

Enter electronic information into the Environmental Information Management (EIM) system. This is our public database of environmental monitoring data for air, water, soil, sediment, aquatic animals, and plants.

What is EIM and how do I use it?

EIM is our public database of environmental monitoring data for air, water, soil, sediment, aquatic animals, and plants.

Please read the instructions for creating an EIM account and submitting data. You can send us comments and questions about EIM, too.

Does this requirement apply to all cleanups?

Yes, it applies to all upland cleanups (those happening on land or in groundwater) and sediment cleanups (those happening in riverbeds and seabeds). You must submit all data supporting your report.

What if I forget to send my sampling data?

  • We'll consider your report incomplete until you submit the data electronically through EIM, and as part of your report (such as your Remedial Investigation Report or Feasibility Study). We will notify you of missing information in writing, but may delay a detailed review until your report includes the information in the applicable checklist.
  • We'll wait until we’ve received and reviewed your data in both formats to issue a No Further Action determination.

How long will it take to process my data?

Please allow three weeks to process your data after we’ve received it. To speed up our processing time, please ensure that your data is submitted properly by reviewing it on screen: did it upload into the correct columns? Did your units of measurement carry over? For detailed requirements, see EIM help.

What are sampling data and how does Ecology use them?

When samples of air, water, soil, sediment, aquatic animals, and plants from cleanup sites are analyzed, the data are assembled into reports that help project managers make cleanup decisions. The data can tell us which contaminants are impacting the site, how far contamination has traveled, and what risks contaminants may pose to human health. Data can also tell us if cleanups are still protecting your health and the environment after a cleanup action is in place.

Anyone can access the EIM database at any time.

Where can I find help with EIM?

Visit EIM Help.