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CERS - Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

Need Help with CERS Submissions?

Need Help with CERS Submissions?

You aren’t alone.

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has indicated that the mandatory electronic submittals of Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBP)s and Underground Storage Tanks (UST)s information is significantly behind it’s scheduled implementation this year.

CERS - Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

CERS – Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

Excerpts from the September 2013 Cal/EPA Unified Program Newsletter include:

  • According to the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to complete your facility’s electronic reporting for Hazardous Materials Business Plans and underground storage tank (UST) information.  The California Environmental Reporting System (CERS), a statewide web-based system to support California Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs) and Participating Agencies (PAs) in electronically collecting and reporting various hazardous materials-related data, was mandated by the California Health and Safety Code and legislation (AB 2286).  Starting in 2013, all businesses that have facilities regulated by a CUPA under the Unified Program must now submit Unified Program-related information such as hazardous materials business plans, chemical inventories, site maps, underground and aboveground tank data, and hazardous waste related data electronically to CERS instead of on paper forms.
  • The first year of electronic reporting is rapidly drawing to a close.  Cal/EPA reports that as of September 1, 2013, only one-third of the state’s regulated facilities have used CERS, the state’s on-line electronic reporting portal, to report or verify at least some Business Plan information.  Statutory mandates and state policy require ALL regulated facilities statewide to report business plan information or underground storage tank information electronically during 2013.
  • Only 4 months remain in 2013 and nearly two-thirds of the state’s regulated facilities are not current in CERS.  Businesses that have regulated facilities will need to take action during the next four months to complete their 2013 electronic reporting, as Cal/EPA indicates that the Unified Program Agencies (UPAs) will be stepping up their enforcement efforts to ensure that facilities are in compliance.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE REPORTING TO CERS, WE CAN HELP.

To contact CalEPA directly, you can email them your questions, comments, and concerns.

TAIT is experienced in assisting businesses with their electronic reporting through CERS. Please contact TAIT if you need assistance with electronic reporting in CERS.  TAIT has uploaded data and plans for more than 100 facilities for our existing clients.

 

Public Comments due May 9th for Proposed Title 27 Regulations

Notice of 15-Day Public Notice and Comment Period for Modifications to Text of Proposed Title 27 Regulations

Cal/EPA Unified Program has submitted the Title 27 Rulemaking package to OAL for review. The 15-Day Public Notice of the Modified Text and the modified text of the regulations (shown in double strikeout and double underline) are attached below.

If you have any questions, please contact Farida Islam at fislam@calepa.ca.gov in case of any question.

Title 27_2012_reg change_strikeout_underline 4 22 13 This document will show the modified text, but is not being copied here as it is 95 pages.

Title 27 NOTICE OF MODIFIED TEXT This is the announcement, and the text is copied below.

CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

April 24, 2013

NOTICE OF MODIFICATIONS TO TEXT OF PROPOSED TITLE 27 REGULATIONS

Pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.8 (c), and section 44 of Title 1 of the California Code of Regulations, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Unified Program is providing notice of changes made to the proposed Title 27 regulations, which were not part of the original public comment period or the regulatory hearing held on April 19, 2013. Section 15186.1 has been recently added to the proposed Title 27 regulations. This addition is in accordance with the policy memo titled “Cal/EPA Unified Program Policy Memo for Lead Acid Battery Inventory Reporting (UP-11-03),” which was issued to all stakeholders on April 28th, 2011.

If you have any comments regarding the proposed changes, the Cal/EPA Unified Program will accept written comments between April 24 and May 9, 2013. All written comments, including those sent by mail, facsimile, or e-mail must be submitted to the Agency no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2013, and addressed to:

Farida Islam, Environmental Scientist
Cal/EPA Unified Program
1001 I street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 322-5615
E-mail Address:
 
fislam@calepa.ca.gov

All written comments received by May 9, 2013 that pertain to the indicated changes will be reviewed and responded by the Agency’s staff as part of the compilation of the rulemaking file. Please limit your comments to the proposed modifications to the text.