EPA Finalizes Amendments to Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Electronic Reporting Provisions

Posted Monday, March 16th, 2015

On March 9, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a final rule temporarily amending reporting requirements under the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). The amendments require sources to submit required emissions and compliance reports through the Emissions Collection and Monitoring Plan System (ECMPS) Client Tool, and temporarily suspend the use of the Electronic Reporting Tool and the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI). EPA describes these amendments as the first part of a phased approach for consolidating electronic reporting under the ECMPS Client Tool instead of requiring data to also be reported using CEDRI. In the second phase, EPA plans to further amend the rule to require affected sources to submit required data in “XML” format (instead of PDF) using the ECMPS Client Tool. In the event that EPA cannot finalize the second phase of amendments by April 16, 2017, the reporting requirements will automatically revert to the requirements set forth in the original MATS final rule.

These amendments will go into effect upon publication in the Federal Register, which is expected to occur in the next several weeks.

For additional information, contact Andrew Holway.

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