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Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI) Review

Posted: August 17th, 2015

Author: All4 Staff 

Do you want to find out the compliance status of a cement plant, a power plant, a refinery, or any another facility subject to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) or National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs)? Just point and click.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has started to promulgate regulations under 40 CFR Parts 60 (NSPS) and 63 [NESHAPs; also known as a Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT)] that now require electronic reporting, or E-Reporting. Facilities will be required to electronically submit test results, monitoring data including continuous emissions monitoring (CEM) data, compliance reports, and/or emissions reports through U.S. EPA’s Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI). CEDRI was created in order to centralize the location where data are reported.

As per U.S. EPA’s CEDRI Overview, CEDRI is located on U.S. EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX). CDX is used by U.S. EPA to manage data that are reported. U.S. EPA has prepared a CDX and CEDRI User’s Guide to help users effectively use this reporting system. CEDRI supports three (3) types of reporting submittals: performance test reports [submitted through the Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT)], notification reports, and air emissions reports. Once CEDRI has the required information for a report and it has been reviewed by the submitting party, the report must be signed, submitted, and validated using the CDX Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Regulation (CROMERR) service.

CEDRI users can take on different roles for facility reporting in order to allow for multiple people to work on a report. The three (3) available roles are as follows:

  1. Preparer
    Preparers, such as consultants or testing contractors, are permitted to make edits to and assemble reports within the system. Preparers may only access reports which they have prepared or are preparing and may not submit a report in CEDRI.
  2. Certifier
    A Certifier has the same type of access as the Preparer, but may also sign and submit reports within the system. Consultants and contractors are unable to be the Certifier of a facility.
  3. Delegated Certifier
    Delegated Certifiers are granted authority by a Certifier to sign and submit reports and have the same abilities as a Certifier.

After a report is submitted, it is stored in the CROMERR archive and is immediately available for review by the applicable regulatory authorities. After a review period, the reports will be available for public review through the WebFIRE database.

Currently, U.S. EPA houses templates for reporting information in CEDRI, such as templates for reporting for steam generating units (40 CFR Part 60, Subparts Da, Db, and Dc); reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) (40 CFR Part 60, Subparts IIII and JJJJ, and Part 63, Subpart ZZZZ); Boiler MACT (40 CFR Part 63, Subparts DDDDD and JJJJJJ); and Portland cement (PC) MACT (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart LLL).

U.S. EPA continues to develop more E-Reporting rules for NSPS and NESHAPs and more tools to facilitate E-Reporting in general. It is safe to assume that U.S. EPA will continue to move towards E-Reporting as a universal tool to review submittals from various industrial facilities subject to NSPS or NESHAP. This means that the majority of facilities could be affected by the E-Reporting rules and be required to submit information through E-Reporting tools such as CEDRI (i.e., reported data for many facilities could quickly become available for public review and scrutiny).

What does this mean for your data? Can your data meet this scrutiny?


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