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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on March 10, 2021


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on March 10, 2021. The currently planned changes are shown in the list below. 

On September 9, 2020, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants Electronic Reporting Revisions became effective. In support of this rule change the ECMPS Q1 2021 includes the following changes: 

Effective September 9, 2020, the MATS Hourly Value and MATS Derived Hourly Value Data may be reported to a minimum of two significant figures in scientific notation. However, sources may continue to report three significant figures if they wish to do so. All data prior to the September 9, 2020 date must be reported to three significant figures. See tables 22 and 30 of the ECMPS Emissions reporting instructions for a list of affected parameters.

Effective September 9, 2020, Sorbent Trap Hg System Concentration can now be reported to a minimum of two significant figures using scientific notation. Sorbent traps that were installed prior to the rule effective date, even if they were removed after the rule effective date must be reported to three significant figures.  

Effective September 9, 2020, Hg daily calibration tests may be conducted offline.

These changes will be reflected in the upcoming ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions and the Daily Calibration for Hg status flow chart. 

Beginning with the 2021 Q1 release, EPA will now require an annual reevaluation of Monitoring Plan data. For sources with no data changes, resubmission is not required. This process change is due in part to ensuring annual qualification data is updated annually.

As a result of recent changes to the ECMPS Client Tool, the test extension codes of GRACEPB and NONQAPB are no longer needed. These codes were previously implemented to extend RATA and/or Linearity test deadlines at primary bypass systems. If either code was used in 2020Q4 or earlier, the applicable extension will still be applied to future data. Use of these codes in 2020Q1 or later will result in an error advising the user the extension is not needed. No other test extension or test exemption codes are affected by this change.  

Prior to the release, the EPA Host System will be unavailable starting around 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 5th until mid-afternoon on Saturday, March 6th, and again the morning of March 10th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will be able to connect to the EPA Host System.

Check Changes

DAYCAL-1; DAYCAL-3: Updated checks to allow optional reporting of offline Hg Daily Calibrations. 

FORMULA-10: Updated check to ensure the formula text is provided when the N-GAS or N-OIL formula is used. 

FORMULA-13: Updated check to ensure two active flowmeter components exist when the N-GAS or N-OIL formula is used. 

HOURAPP-14: Updated check to not run when a complex configuration change occurs at any time other than a quarter boundary. 

HOURGEN-8: Updated check to require that all active monitoring plans be evaluated at least once a year. 

HOURGEN-21; HOURGEN-32; HOUROP-55: Updated checks to calculate soundness of reported Percent Monitor Availability (PMA).

HOUROP-56: Added check to ensure NOx concentration and CO2 or O2 concentration monitors report MODC 46 correctly when these monitors are only used to determine NOx Emissions Rate. 

LINSTAT-6; RATSTAT-8: Updated Linearity and RATA QA status checks to prevent reporting of obsolete Test Extension Codes GRACEPB and NONQAPB. 

HOURPAPP-10, 11, 12,13, 14; MATSCHV-16, 17, 18, 19, 20; MATSDHV-17; MATSMHV-12; MATSTRN-4,5,6,7,13; MATSTRP-12; MATSCHV-20: Updated checks to allow reporting of emissions concentrations and rates in a format that meets the MATS Electronic  Reporting Provisions requirement. 

UNITDEF-26-A: Reduced severity of check that looks for LME NOXR Default records at the time of the Unit Default Test. 

Other Changes

Update the PDF module to disallow “resubmissions” of MATS PDFs if the original submission failed to transfer to the CEDRI database. In those situations, the subsequent submission is considered to be the original submission, not a resubmission.


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The 2020 Q4 Reporting Period will end on February 1, 2021


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The last day of the 2020 Q4 reporting period is Monday, February 1, 2021. Although a majority of the 2020 Q4 emission submissions have already been received, there are a number that are yet to be received by the EPA. In order to submit emissions files by the reporting deadline, some people will be hustling to make those final submissions.

If you find yourself nearing the submission deadline with submissions still to be made, you should consult the information in the FAQ on what to do if you are running out of time to submit.

If you have any questions about the information in that FAQ, contact technical support for assistance.


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The 2020 Q4 Reporting Period begins on January 1, 2021


Monday, December 28, 2020

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The first day of the 2020 Q4 reporting period is Friday, January 1, 2021. Sources required to report 2020 Q4 emissions data under the Acid Rain Program (ARP), the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), the NOx SIP Call (SIPNOX), the Texas SO2 Trading Program (TXSO2), the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule have until the end of the day on Monday, February 1, 2021 to submit their emissions data to the EPA using the ECMPS Client Tool.


During this reporting period, the EPA expects to receive approximately 4,000 emissions data submissions. Sources are encouraged to begin working on their submissions as early as possible in order to give them sufficient time to complete all submissions by the deadline.

Start Early

With the large volume of submissions expected, we encourage sources to start working with their data as soon as possible because, if you have questions you will get a faster response to your technical support request the earlier in the month you submit your request. If you wait until later in the month to begin working with your data and you run into problems that require technical support, your request will be added to a much longer queue of technical support requests.

Technical Support Information

Information on getting technical support through the resources on the Website or by submitting a technical support request has all been consolidated in the Website's Help section. Technical support would like to highlight that, as necessary, FAQs and Known Issues will continue to be updated throughout the submission period. Hours for technical support are listed on the Contact Us page.

Resubmission Requests

Requests to resubmit QA or emissions data should be made using the Resubmission Request Form.

Keep Up-To-Date

To keep up-to-date with ECMPS News items, we would suggest subscribing to the ECMPS News.

You can receive the ECMPS News posts via email by subscribing to ECMPS News or adding the ECMPS News feed to your RSS Reader. To subscribe via email, simply enter your email address in the box provided on the upper right part of the ECMPS News page and click the Subscribe button. To receive the RSS feed, click on the RSS Feed button, which is located at the bottom of every page on the Website.


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ECMPS Technical Support will be closed on December 25, 2020 and January 1, 2021


Monday, December 21, 2020

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The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will be closed on December 25, 2020 and January 1, 2021 for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays. 

ECMPS Technical Support will be limited on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.


The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will also be closed on the following upcoming holidays:

  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Monday, January 18, 2021
  • Washington’s Birthday - Monday, February 15, 2021

You can view the full technical support holiday schedule here.


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The 2020 Q4 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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The 2020 Quarter 4 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2020 Q4 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on January 1, 2021.

More information about what is included in the release is shown in the Release Notes.

In order to use the Client Tool, you must be a Designated Representative (DR), Alternate Designated Representative (ADR), or an ECMPS agent for a representative. In addition, you must have a CAMD Business System (CBS) user name, current CBS password, and have completed a CROMERR Subscriber Agreement Form.

All current users of the Client Tool will be prompted to upgrade to this latest version the next time each user logs in to the EPA Host System. For more information about the Update Service which updates the Client Tool, watch the Update Service tutorial.

All new users of the Client Tool should download and install the 2020 Q1 version of the Client Tool and then upgrade to the 2020 Q4 version. Users are urged to follow all instructions on the ECMPS Support website and to consult the Installation Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to install the Client Tool.

In order to insure that all technical support questions are tracked and answered, EPA has requested that all technical support questions, including installation questions, be submitted to ECMPS Technical Support.


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The EPA Host System will be Unavailable December 4-5 and December 9, 2020


Monday, November 30, 2020

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As was noted previously, the EPA Host System will be unavailable in order to prepare for the release of the next version of the ECMPS Client Tool.

Prior to the release, the EPA Host System will be unavailable starting around 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 4th until the afternoon of Saturday, December 5th, and again the morning of December 9th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will be able to connect to the EPA Host System.

While the EPA Host System is unavailable, the following functionality is not available in the Client Tool: synchronize, retrieve, and submit. During that time, users can only work with the Client Tool "offline".


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Upcoming December Webinars


Thursday, November 26, 2020

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On December 9, 2020, at 1 PM ET, EPA will host a DAHS Vendor and ECMPS software development webinar. The purpose of this meeting will be to inform DAHS vendors about fourth quarter ECMPS software changes, and provide an update on the reengineering timeline and ways to provide feedback to EPA. If you attended the September 8, 2020 webinar you should have already received a meeting invitation. If you did not, and you or your company are interested in attending, please send an email to worley.christopher@epa.gov to receive details on how to attend this meeting.

On December 9, 2020 at 2 PM ET, EPA will host a one-hour ECMPS stakeholder update meeting to discuss plans for the redevelopment of ECMPS. EPA is redeveloping ECMPS to eliminate software installations, reduce reporting burden, improve efficiency, and provide new features and functionality. During the call, EPA will provide an overview of fourth quarter ECMPS software changes, provide an update on the reengineering timeline, and answer your questions. This meeting is intended for general ECMPS users. Call in details are:

Microsoft Teams meeting
(Join on your computer or mobile app)
Click here to join the meeting 

Or call in (audio only):
+1 202-991-0477, 850029587#   United States, Washington DC 

Phone Conference ID: 850 029 587# 

By participating in EPA hosted virtual meetings and events, you are consenting to abide by the agency's terms of use. In addition, you acknowledge that content you post may be collected and used in support of FOIA and eDiscovery activities. 


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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on December 9, 2020


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on December 9, 2020. The currently planned changes are shown in the list below. 

Prior to the release, the EPA Host System will be unavailable starting around 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 4th until mid-afternoon on Saturday, December 5th, and again the morning of December 9th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will be able to connect to the EPA Host System. 

Check Changes 

  • HOURMHV-15; MATSMHV-9: Fixed a bug that restricted the use of Like-Kind analyzers to MODC 17. 
  • HOURMHV-15; HOURMHV-40: Updated checks to better handle daily quality assurance activities at Flow systems with multiple monitors.  
  • HOUROP-54: Added check to ensure linearity checks and three-level system integrity checks are performed during online hours.  

  


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The 2020 Q3 Reporting Period will end on October 30, 2020


Monday, October 26, 2020

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The last day of the 2020 Q3 reporting period is Friday, October 30, 2020. Although a majority of the 2020 Q3 emission submissions have already been received, there are a number that are yet to be received by the EPA. In order to submit emissions files by the reporting deadline, some people will be hustling to make those final submissions.

If you find yourself nearing the submission deadline with submissions still to be made, you should consult the information in the FAQ on what to do if you are running out of time to submit.

If you have any questions about the information in that FAQ, contact technical support for assistance.


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ECMPS Client Tool Installations


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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ECMPS Technical Support regularly assists users and their IT departments with ECMPS Client Tool installations and re-installations. At times, these requests are often further complicated because old installation files are initially used. These files may have been saved locally to a user’s computer or reside on network drives and within corporate software libraries. 

New installation packages for the ECMPS Client Tool software are released the first quarter of each year. These executables often contain upgrades to SQL Server and other important updates to the software files.

It is highly encouraged that users and their IT departments use the latest versions of the ECMPS Client Tool software during the installation process. The latest versions of the ECMPS Client Tool software can be downloaded here.

Please contact ECMPS Technical Support if you have any questions regarding ECMPS Client Tool installations.


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The 2020 Q3 Reporting Period begins on October 1, 2020


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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The first day of the 2020 Q3 reporting period is Thursday, October 1, 2020. Sources required to report 2020 Q3 emissions data under the Acid Rain Program (ARP), the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), the NOx SIP Call (SIPNOX), the Texas SO2 Trading Program (TXSO2), the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule have until the end of the day on Friday, October 30, 2020 to submit their emissions data to the EPA using the ECMPS Client Tool.

During this reporting period, the EPA expects to receive approximately 4,000 emissions data submissions. Sources are encouraged to begin working on their submissions as early as possible in order to give them sufficient time to complete all submissions by the deadline.

Start Early

With the large volume of submissions expected, we encourage sources to start working with their data as soon as possible because, if you have questions you will get a faster response to your technical support request the earlier in the month you submit your request. If you wait until later in the month to begin working with your data and you run into problems that require technical support, your request will be added to a much longer queue of technical support requests.

Technical Support Information

Information on getting technical support through the resources on the Website or by submitting a technical support request has all been consolidated in the Website's Help section. Technical support would like to highlight that, as necessary, FAQs and Known Issues will continue to be updated throughout the submission period. Hours for technical support are listed on the Contact Us page.

Resubmission Requests

Requests to resubmit QA or emissions data should be made using the Resubmission Request Form.

Keep Up-To-Date

To keep up-to-date with ECMPS News items, we would suggest subscribing to the ECMPS News.

You can receive the ECMPS News posts via email by subscribing to ECMPS News or adding the ECMPS News feed to your RSS Reader. To subscribe via email, simply enter your email address in the box provided on the upper right part of the ECMPS News page and click the Subscribe button. To receive the RSS feed, click on the RSS Feed button, which is located at the bottom of every page on the Website.


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The EPA Host System will be Unavailable September 25-27, 2020


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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The EPA Host will be unavailable starting around 5pm ET on Friday, September 25th until the evening of Sunday, September 27th for scheduled maintenance. 

While the EPA Host System is unavailable, the following functionality is not available in the Client Tool: synchronize, retrieve, and submit. During that time, users can only work with the Client Tool "offline".

Please contact ECMPS Technical Support if you have any questions about this planned downtime.


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Service Pack 1 for the 2020 Q3 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Thursday, September 17, 2020

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An updated version (SP1) of the 2020 Q3 Client Tool is now available. The purpose of the release was to correct the INTSTAT-3, Daily Interference Status errors that erroneously affected some sources.

Please contact ECMPS Technical Support if you have any questions regarding the 2020 Q3 SP1 release of the Client Tool.


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CAMD Emails Announcing New and Outstanding Submission Windows


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

mailOn September 9, 2020, several emails from EPA Clean Air Markets Division (ecmps.epa.gov) were sent to facility representatives and their ECMPS agents in error. Affected users may have received emails announcing the opening of submission windows, reminding them of outstanding emission submissions, and/or notifying them EPA did not receive a submission. These emails sent on September 9, 2020 were sent in error and should be ignored.

If you have any questions about these emails, please contact your emission monitoring analyst or ECMPS Technical Support for assistance.


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The 2020 Q3 Version of the Client Tool is now Available




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The 2020 Quarter 3 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2020 Q3 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on October 1, 2020.

More information about what is included in the release is shown in the Release Notes.

In order to use the Client Tool, you must be a Designated Representative (DR), Alternate Designated Representative (ADR), or an ECMPS agent for a representative. In addition, you must have a CAMD Business System (CBS) user name, current CBS password, and have completed a CROMERR Subscriber Agreement Form.

All current users of the Client Tool will be prompted to upgrade to this latest version the next time each user logs in to the EPA Host System. For more information about the Update Service which updates the Client Tool, watch the Update Service tutorial.

All new users of the Client Tool should download and install the 2020 Q1 version of the Client Tool and then upgrade to the 2020 Q3 version. Users are urged to follow all instructions on the ECMPS Support website and to consult the Installation Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to install the Client Tool.

In order to insure that all technical support questions are tracked and answered, EPA has requested that all technical support questions, including installation questions, be submitted to ECMPS Technical Support.


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The EPA Host System will be Unavailable September 9, 2020


Thursday, September 3, 2020

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As was noted previously, the EPA Host System will be unavailable in order to prepare for the release of the next version of the ECMPS Client Tool.

Prior to the release, the EPA Host System will be unavailable the morning of September 9th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will be able to connect to the EPA Host System.

While the EPA Host System is unavailable, the following functionality is not available in the Client Tool: synchronize, retrieve, and submit. During that time, users can only work with the Client Tool "offline".


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Upcoming September Webinars


Sunday, August 23, 2020

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On September 8, 2020, at 10 AM ET, EPA will host a DAHS Vendor and ECMPS software development webinar. The purpose of this meeting will be to inform DAHS vendors about upcoming ECMPS software changes, provide an overview of the ECMPS user survey results, and gauge feedback on several proposed file format changes as part of reengineering. If you attended the June 9, 2020 webinar you should have already received a meeting invitation. If you did not, and you or your company are interested, please send an email to worley.christopher@epa.gov to receive details on how to attend this meeting.

On Sept 8, 2020 at 11 AM ET, EPA will host a one-hour ECMPS stakeholder update meeting to discuss plans for the redevelopment of ECMPS. EPA is redeveloping ECMPS to eliminate software installations, reduce reporting burden, improve efficiency, and provide new features and functionality. During the call, EPA will provide an overview of the ECMPS user survey results, discuss the schedule for redevelopment, explain how to share your ideas and get involved, and answer your questions. This meeting is intended for general ECMPS users. Call in details are below.

+1 202-991-0477  United States, Washington DC (Toll)
Conference ID: 998 801 757#


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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is Scheduled to be Released on September 9, 2020


Monday, August 17, 2020


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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on September 9, 2020. The currently planned changes are shown in the list below. 

Prior to the release, the EPA Host System will be unavailable the morning of September 9th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will not be able to connect to the EPA Host System.


Check Changes
  • HOURDHV-18-K: Updated check to not require SystemID when the NOXR DHV record uses MODC 23 in bypass stack configurations. 
  • HOURDHV-16; HOURMHV-12: Made changes to ensure the Client Tool uses data from the correct system when recalculating hour-before hour-after missing data. 
  • LINEAR-25-B; LINEAR-34-A: Increased severity of check results to restrict reported linearity checks to only 3 runs per level. 

Bug Fixes
  • MATS PDF Submission Log: Corrected issue that caused some test dates to appear as 01/01/1900. 

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The 2020 Q2 Reporting Period will end on July 30, 2020


Monday, July 27, 2020

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The last day of the 2020 Q2 reporting period is Thursday, July 30, 2020. Although a majority of the 2020 Q2 emission submissions have already been received, there are a number that are yet to be received by the EPA. In order to submit emissions files by the reporting deadline, some people will be hustling to make those final submissions.

If you find yourself nearing the submission deadline with submissions still to be made, you should consult the information in the FAQ on what to do if you are running out of time to submit.

If you have any questions about the information in that FAQ, contact technical support for assistance.

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Reminder: Take the ECMPS User Survey Today


Sunday, July 12, 2020

As a reminder, the ECMPS User Survey will be active only until Friday, July 17, 2020. Please take the time to make your voice heard today.

If you have difficulties with the survey link (below), or wish to provide additional feedback or have other questions, please contact Chris Worley at worley.christopher@epa.gov. We look forward to hearing from you and truly appreciate your participation.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ECMPSClientToolUsageSurvey


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The 2020 Q2 Reporting Period begins on July 1, 2020


Monday, June 29, 2020

The first day of the 2020 Q2 reporting period is Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Sources required to report 2020 Q2 emissions data under the Acid Rain Program (ARP), the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), the NOx SIP Call (SIPNOX), the Texas SO2 Trading Program (TXSO2), the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule have until the end of the day on Thursday, July 30, 2020 to submit their emissions data to the EPA using the ECMPS Client Tool.

During this reporting period, the EPA expects to receive approximately 4,000 emissions data submissions. Sources are encouraged to begin working on their submissions as early as possible in order to give them sufficient time to complete all submissions by the deadline.

Start Early

With the large volume of submissions expected, we encourage sources to start working with their data as soon as possible because, if you have questions you will get a faster response to your technical support request the earlier in the month you submit your request. If you wait until later in the month to begin working with your data and you run into problems that require technical support, your request will be added to a much longer queue of technical support requests.

Technical Support Information

Information on getting technical support through the resources on the Website or by submitting a technical support request has all been consolidated in the Website's Help section. Technical support would like to highlight that, as necessary, FAQs and Known Issues will continue to be updated throughout the submission period. Hours for technical support are listed on the Contact Us page.

Resubmission Requests

Requests to resubmit QA or emissions data should be made using the Resubmission Request Form.

Keep Up-To-Date

To keep up-to-date with ECMPS News items, we would suggest subscribing to the ECMPS News.

You can receive the ECMPS News posts via email by subscribing to ECMPS News or adding the ECMPS News feed to your RSS Reader. To subscribe via email, simply enter your email address in the box provided on the upper right part of the ECMPS News page and click the Subscribe button. To receive the RSS feed, click on the RSS Feed button, which is located at the bottom of every page on the Website.



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ECMPS User Survey – Make Your Voice Heard


Sunday, June 28, 2020

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EPA is beginning a multiyear redevelopment process for ECMPS to eliminate software installations, reduce reporting burden, improve efficiency, and provide new features and functionality. One of the first steps of that process begins with soliciting feedback from you, the ECMPS Client Tool user.

Whether you submit data, prepare data, or use the Client Tool to view data, we need to hear from you about how you use ECMPS and how the process can be improved. Using the survey link below, please provide your feedback to us.

This survey is only the beginning of the redevelopment process and there will be other opportunities for detailed engagement, but its critical you take five minutes to participate in this user community survey. The survey will be active until July 17, 2020. If you have difficulties with the survey link, or wish to provide additional feedback, or have other questions, please contact Chris Worley at worley.christopher@epa.gov. We look forward to hearing from you and truly appreciate your participation.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ECMPSClientToolUsageSurvey


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ECMPS Enhancement Release on June 24, 2020


Monday, June 22, 2020

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The 2020 Q2 Service Pack 1 version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released the morning of June 24, 2020. The enhancements are shown in the list below.

Users will not be able to connect to the EPA Host System the morning of June 24th. Access will be restored once the release is completed.


Requested Enhancements
  • MATS PDF Reporting: Allow resubmission of MATS PDFs to replace original submissions.
  • MATS PDF Submission Log: Synchronize Submission log to show complete MATS PDF reporting history for the unit.

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The 2020 Q2 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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The 2020 Quarter 2 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2020 Q2 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on July 1, 2020.

More information about what is included in the release is shown in the Release Notes.

In order to use the Client Tool, you must be a Designated Representative (DR), Alternate Designated Representative (ADR), or an ECMPS agent for a representative. In addition, you must have a CAMD Business System (CBS) user name, current CBS password, and have completed a CROMERR Subscriber Agreement Form.

All current users of the Client Tool will be prompted to upgrade to this latest version the next time each user logs in to the EPA Host System. For more information about the Update Service which updates the Client Tool, watch the Update Service tutorial.

All new users of the Client Tool should download and install the 2020 Q1 version of the Client Tool and then upgrade to the 2020 Q2 version. Users are urged to follow all instructions on the ECMPS Support website and to consult the Installation Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to install the Client Tool.

In order to insure that all technical support questions are tracked and answered, EPA has requested that all technical support questions, including installation questions, be submitted to ECMPS Technical Support.


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Correction to the 2020 Q2 release information


Thursday, June 4, 2020

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The following requested enhancements will be included in a release update for the 2020 Q2 version of the Client Tool. This update will occur before the beginning of the Q2 reporting period.

  • MATS PDF Reporting: Allow resubmission of MATS PDFs to replace original submissions.
  • MATS PDF Submission Log: Synchronize Submission log to show complete MATS PDF reporting history for the unit.

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The EPA Host System will be Unavailable June 5-6 and June 10, 2020


Sunday, May 31, 2020

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As was noted previously, the EPA Host System will be unavailable in order to prepare for the release of the next version of the ECMPS Client Tool.

Prior to the release, the EPA Host System will be unavailable starting around 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, June 5th until the afternoon of Saturday, June 6th, and again the morning of June 10th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will be able to connect to the EPA Host System.

While the EPA Host System is unavailable, the following functionality is not available in the Client Tool: synchronize, retrieve, and submit. During that time, users can only work with the Client Tool "offline".


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Upcoming June Webinars


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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On June 9, 2020, EPA will host a DAHS Vendor and ECMPS software development webinar. The purpose of this meeting will be to inform DAHS vendors about upcoming ECMPS software changes, provide continued dialogue regarding 2020 development plans, and allow for feedback and/or technical questions. If you attended the March 3, 2020 webinar you should have already received a meeting invitation. If you did not, and you or your company are interested, please send an email to worley.christopher@epa.gov to receive details on how to attend this meeting.

On June 23, 2020 at 1:00PM ET, EPA will host a one-hour ECMPS stakeholder update meeting to discuss plans for the redevelopment of ECMPS. EPA is redeveloping ECMPS to eliminate software installations, reduce reporting burden, improve efficiency, and provide new features and functionality. During the call, EPA will discuss the schedule for redevelopment, explain how to share your ideas and get involved, and answer your questions. This meeting is intended for general ECMPS users. Call in details are below. 

Toll number: +1 (202) 991-0477
Meeting Number: 1494936#

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2020


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2020. The currently planned changes are shown in the list below.

Prior to the release, the EPA Host System will be unavailable starting around 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, June 5th until mid-afternoon on Saturday, June 6th, and again the morning of June 10th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will not be able to connect to the EPA Host System.

Check Changes
  • EMAUDIT-1: Added check to ensure Like Kind analyzers are not used for more than 720 operating hours in a calendar year.
  • HOURCV-42-E; HOURDHV-18-K; HOURDHV-24-K; HOURDHV-32-C; HOURMHV-13-H; HOURMHV-15-F; HOURMHV-16-H; HOURMHV-17-B; HOURMHV-20-M; HOUROP-23-F; HOUROP-40-G,H; HOUROP-41- E, F; MATSDHV-10-G; MATSMHV-6-F; MATSMHV-9-G; HOURMHV-29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 MATSHOD-6-H; MATSHOD-7-H; MATSHOD-8-H; MATSHOD-9-H: Increased severity of checks related to the reporting of SystemID and ComponentID records during missing data periods.
  • HOURGEN-31: Updated check to ensure that the heat input reported at both the stacks and the units in a complex configuration have equivalent totals.
  • HOURMHV-15; MATSMHV-9: Updated checks to ensure like-kind analyzers are only reported with MODC 17 during measured data hours.
  • MATSMHV-4: Updated check to better handle hours at unmonitored bypass stacks with valid sorbent trap data.
  • PROGRAM-14: Update check to only require a NOx Control record on units with a Commence Commercial Operation Date after 1984.
  • RATSTAT-5, 6, 7: Updated checks to better handle the checking of test expirations, grace periods and conditional data periods for locations with both primary and primary bypass NOx-diluent monitoring systems.

Requested Enhancements
  • MATS PDF Reporting: Allow resubmission of MATS PDFs to replace original submissions.
  • MATS PDF Submission Log: Synchronize Submission log to show complete MATS PDF reporting history for the unit.



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Planned Changes for Missing Data Emissions Checks


Wednesday, April 29, 2020


In the 2019 Q3 ECMPS release, EPA implemented checking around the reporting of System and Component IDs during missing data periods.

These checks, listed below, were initially released as Informational Messages. As part of the 2020Q2 release planned for June 2020, these messages will change from Informational to Critical 1 errors.

For additional details regarding the reporting of system and component IDs during missing data periods, please review the ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions or contact ECMPS Support.

Impacted Checks:

  • HOURCV-42-E 
  • HOURDHV-18-K
  • HOURDHV-24-K
  • HOURDHV-32-C
  • HOURMHV-13-H
  • HOURMHV-15-F
  • HOURMHV-16- H
  • HOURMHV-17-B
  • HOURMHV-20-M
  • HOURMHV-29- A, B, C
  • HOURMHV-30- A, B, C
  • HOURMHV-31- A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
  • HOURMHV-32- A
  • HOURMHV-33- A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
  • HOURMHV-34- A
  • HOURMHV-35- A
  • HOURMHV-36- A
  • HOURMHV-37- A
  • HOUROP-23-F
  • HOUROP-40-G; H
  • HOUROP-41- E; F 
  • MATSDHV-10-G 
  • MATSMHV-6-F
  • MATSMHV-9-G 
  • MATSHOD-6-H
  • MATSHOD-7-H
  • MATSHOD-8-H
  • MATSHOD-9-H



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The 2020 Q1 Reporting Period will end on April 30, 2020


Sunday, April 26, 2020

airplane in the sunset
The last day of the 2020 Q1 reporting period is Thursday, April 30, 2020. Although a majority of the 2020 Q1 emission submissions have already been received, there are a number that are yet to be received by the EPA. In order to submit emissions files by the reporting deadline, some people will be hustling to make those final submissions.

If you find yourself nearing the submission deadline with submissions still to be made, you should consult the information in the FAQ on what to do if you are running out of time to submit.

If you have any questions about the information in that FAQ, contact technical support for assistance.

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