If your facility is an EGU that complies with Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), you are probably aware of some new electronic reporting dates in the coming year. On April 6, 2017, a final rule on MATS electronic reporting was published in the Federal Register (82 FR 16736) that revised Reporting Requirements (40 CFR 63.10031). Under the final rule, performance evaluation tests (RATA, RCA, RRA, etc.), PM CEMS quarterly reports (or the approved alternatives), and compliance reports required by 40 CFR Subpart UUUUU must be reported as a portable document format (PDF) using the Emissions Collection and Monitoring Plan System (ECMPS) Client Tool. This reporting requirement is in place until July 1, 2018, at which time these reports must be uploaded to the Central Data Exchange (CDX) via the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI). The Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT) is a software program that is used to put your data into a proper format to be uploaded in CEDRI.
Essentially, your regulatory requirements pertaining to MATS will not change this year; however, your regulatory reporting requirements will change. These new requirements are part of EPA’s Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR), which spans across all EPA regulatory programs and has two primary functions: to provide a streamlined, uniform electronic approval process; and to aggregate data in a central database that is available to the public.
If you have not encountered the ERT, CEDRI, and/or CDX, it is possible that your testing contractor or consultants have dealt with the process and can guide you through this process. In fact, there is provision in the process where your testing contractor can do most of the data entry and submission preparation.
If you have any questions, comments, or experiences you wish to share regarding any aspect of electronic reporting, feel free to leave a comment below, or reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Holidays!