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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created new on-line maps that show where companies are located that have been the subject of successful civil and criminal actions by the E.P.A.

The web-based maps allow the public to find out what kinds of legal actions the federal government has completed against polluters this past fiscal year.   The mapping tools allow the user to zoom in to their communities and see where the companies are located.

The maps also allow the user to track the history of actions taken against specific companies. And as part of an interest in environmental justice the maps tell what percentage of the people living near each company are from minority groups.

The EPA says this new mapping system is part of a push by the Obama Administration to be more transparent about the work the government is doing.

The maps do not include the location of drinking water treatment plants where legal actions have been taken because of homeland security concerns.

The EPA's mapping tool can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/reports/endofyear/eoy2009/index.html

New England's enforcement results can be viewed here: http://www.epa.gov/region1/enforcementandassistance/reports/2009OESreport/index.html

For WNPR, I'm Nancy Cohen.