Software for 508 'revolutionizes' Superfund reporting

Software for 508 'revolutionizes' Superfund reporting

Last May, the Environmental Protection Agency bought graphing software just in time to meet Section 508 requirements for making its systems accessible to disabled users. Less than a year later, the software has produced benefits agencywide.

EPA is using the PopChart software from Corda Technologies Inc. of Lindon, Utah, in a new pilot that automatically, and daily, aggregates progress from all of the EPA's Superfund projects into charts and graphs accessible to every EPA employee.

'This system is revolutionizing the way the Superfund program reports information,' said Erin Conley, program analyst for the EPA's Office of Emergency and Remedial Response.

Each evening, all 10 regional offices download their numeric data for the national database. Then, PopChart extracts data from the national database and automatically generates graphics from the numerical data from the regional offices.

A chart that would take all day to develop manually now develops automatically every night, officials said. Before it bought the graphing software, EPA staff twice a month had to stop their work to organize the Superfund data, said Walt Johnson, a program analyst on Conley's staff.

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