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MATS Electronic Reporting Workgroup (4/21/14)

As described in a recent EPA letter, the Agency is interested in working with the industry to pursue changes to the MATS electronic reporting requirements.  The rule currently requires a complicated mix of reporting.  Affected utilities must report certain data through the Emissions Collection and Monitoring Plan System (ECMPS) but also report data--sometimes redundantly--using the Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT) and/or the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI).  While sources would still need to report information to demonstrate compliance, significant improvements could be made to reduce the burden of the reporting.

Based on our discussions with the Agency, RMB is forming an ad hoc workgroup to help utilities work with the EPA to improve, streamline and simplify the electronic reporting requirements under the MATS Rule.  As described more fully in our MATS Reporting Workgroup Proposal, we intend develop alternative formats and reporting instructions following collaborative approach with the cooperation of both industry and EPA.  Utilities need detailed reporting instructions/formats to develop the tools and software that will allow them to demonstrate compliance and perform required reporting and recordkeeping tasks.  In contrast to entering data via the ERT or CEDRI, alternative formats could allow sources to automate the data collection more easily and to handle the emissions reporting more consistently.  By developing the format and reporting instructions first, the industry and EPA can avoid ambiguity and allow the information to be reported in an efficient way.  To facilitate this effort, EPRI will be holding a webinar on April 30, which will provide a forum for both EPA and RMB to discuss this effort and possible rule revisions.  Details about the webinar can be found here.  Please contact Steve Norfleet at (919) 791-3123 or norfleet@rmb-consulting.com if you would like more information on how to support this effort and join the workgroup.

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