Data Mining Tools: Superfund Documents Downloader Software
ToxicWasteSites.org is proud to announce the release of our EPA Superfund Toxic Waste Site Records Downloader.
Activists and journalists that would like to research these sites are often left with the arduous task of locating and downloading all of the relevant records. Our Superfund downloader streamlines this process, allowing a researcher to quickly locate and acquire all electronically available records for any given toxic waste site.
Each Superfund site on the NPL has an associated identifying number, called a site ID. Once the site ID is located, it can then be entered into the downloader and the software will scrape the US EPA website and download all relevant records and store them as PDF files.
It’s estimated that there are well over a half-billion records associated with the Superfund but that only 3 to 4% of these records are available on the US EPA’s website. The rest are stored, in hard copy form, in federally required document repositories around the country.
The application is currently in beta format and is expected to be developed into a web app in January of 2019.
The software can be downloaded via Dropbox, here: Superfund Documents Downloader