On March 20, 2015 EPA published Electronic Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for New Source Performance Standards as a proposed rule in the Federal Register. This proposal, once in effect, will revise the General Provisions of 40 CFR part 60 and various new source performance standards (NSPS) subparts to require affected facilities to submit specified air emissions data reports to EPA electronically utilizing the Compliance and Emissions and Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI). Nearly every source category identified in NSPS will be required to submit reports, which were previously submitted in hard copy to the administrator, to EPA electronically. Examples of reports which are covered by the rule are excess emissions reports, monitoring system performance reports, semiannual or annual compliance reports, performance test reports, and relative accuracy test audits.
The proposed rule also allows states to continue to require the hard copy submission of those same reports in addition to the electronic versions, which would effectively double the reporting burden for affected facilities. EPA has recognized that it may take time to transition to electronic reporting and has thus delayed the effective date of the rule to 90 days after the final rule is published, which is yet to happen. EPA has also indicated that it intends to publish a similar electronic reporting rule for subparts under 40 CFR part 63 next year.
For information on how Airtech Environmental Services, Inc. can assist with new reporting requirements, contact our Mountain Region office.
— Article by Jeremy Neustifter