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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on December 8, 2021


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on December 8, 2021. 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 3rd until mid-afternoon on Saturday, December 4th, and again the morning of December 8th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will be able to connect to the EPA Host System.

Check Changes

  • FFACC-14; FFACCTT-14: Added checks to ensure Accuracy Tests and Transmitter/Transducer Tests have unique test numbers. 
  • LINEAR-26: Updated check to ensure agreement between reported and calculated linearity test result and APS codes. 
  • RATA-52: Updated check to allow a frequency code of 8QTRS for RATA tests performed on non-redundant backup Hg systems. 
  • RATA-33, 40, 125, 132: Updated checks to only allow the reporting of 2-5 decimal places in data elements for RATA tests performed on Hg, HCl, and HF CEMS and ST systems. 
  • RATA-37, 125: Updated checks to ensure the rounding of RATA Summary Mean Difference values for NOx diluent systems matches the rule text. 


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Should you be reporting Pipeline Natural Gas or Natural Gas as your unit fuel type?


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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A recent review of unit fuel type data has led us to believe there may be some confusion around the difference between Pipeline Natural Gas (PNG) and Natural Gas (NNG) unit fuel data reported in ECMPS. Confused? Read on for more information on determining fuel designations for periodic gas samples with sulfur-content in excess of the Pipeline Natural Gas definition.

Part 75 provides a definition of PNG (found in 40 CFR §72.2) that limits PNG to gas containing 0.5 grains or less of total sulfur per 100 standard cubic feet. To determine the sulfur content, Appendix D to Part 75 requires PNG to be sampled for sulfur content a minimum of once each calendar year or whenever a fuel supply changes. If a reporter determines that one or more fuel samples in a given calendar year exceeds the sulfur content allowed for PNG, EPA recommends updating the unit fuel type and other associated fuel codes from PNG to NNG (provided the fuel meets the definition for Natural Gas in §72.2). 

NNG allows for gaseous fuel containing 20 grains or less of total sulfur per 100 standard cubic feet. The change to the fuel code should start at the date and hour when the last fuel sample was taken for sulfur content determination(s) in a given calendar year. Apply the arithmetic average sulfur content of all the samples for a given calendar year prospectively until the last sample is taken in the subsequent calendar year. Refer to 40 CFR Part 75 Appendix D, Section 2.3.7(b) for details. Continue to identify the fuel as NNG and use the arithmetic average sulfur content in equation D-1h, found in Appendix D, to determine the default SO2 emission rate for Natural Gas, expressed in lb/mmBtu. This value will be applied prospectively to all the hourly Appendix D data (as applicable) until the last fuel sulfur sample is taken in the subsequent calendar year. Regardless of future sulfur content determination results, continue to identify the fuel as NNG rather than PNG to avoid the possibility of ongoing fuel type changes.

References: 

40 CFR §72.2 “Definitions” 

40 CFR Part 75 Appendix D, Sections: 2.3, 2.3.7

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The 2021 Q3 Reporting Period will end on November 1, 2021


Monday, October 25, 2021

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The last day of the 2021 Q3 reporting period is Monday, November 1, 2021. Although a majority of the 2021 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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The 2021 Q3 Reporting Period begins on October 1, 2021


Sunday, September 26, 2021

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The first day of the 2021 Q3 reporting period is Friday, October 1, 2021. Sources required to report 2021 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 Monday, November 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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The 2021 Q3 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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The 2021 Quarter 3 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2021 Q3 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on October 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 using 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 2021 Q1 version of the Client Tool and then upgrade to the 2021 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 ensure 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 10-11 and September 15, 2021


Monday, September 6, 2021

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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, September 10th until the afternoon of Saturday, September 11th, and again the morning of September 15th 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 Webinar


Monday, August 23, 2021

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On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 1:00PM ET, EPA will host a joint DAHS Vendor and ECMPS software development webinar. The purpose of this meeting will be to inform DAHS vendors and ECMPS users about 2021 Q3 ECMPS software changes and provide an update on the reengineering timeline. 




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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on September 15, 2021


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on September 15, 2021. 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, September 10th until mid-afternoon on Saturday, September 11th, and again the morning of September 15th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will be able to connect to the EPA Host System.

Check Changes
  • DCSTAT-6: Updated checking to look back further than only the prior quarter when locating for daily calibration supplemental data information.
  • HOUROP-34, 35, 36; HOURGEN-33: Updated checks to check F-Factor values whenever they are reported. 
  • LKSTAT-2: Updated check to ensure leak checks are required on the appropriate schedule when QA Certification Events are reported for annual and ozone season-only reporters. 
  • METHOD-14: Removed result F for sources that choose to report CO2 but are not required to do so. 
Other Changes
  • Updated the feedback report to accurately display units of measure for NSPS4T average CO2 emissions rate.  
  • Updated the MATS PDF Submission Log to display the correct test date whenever this field is null. 
  • Updated the synchronization logic for component and system supplemental data tables to eliminate sync errors under certain circumstances.

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EPA Host System Unavailable August 20-23, 2021 for Scheduled Maintenance




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The EPA Host will be unavailable starting around 5pm ET on Friday, August 20th until the morning of Monday, August 23rd 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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The 2021 Q2 Reporting Period will end on July 30, 2021


Monday, July 26, 2021

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The last day of the 2021 Q2 reporting period is Friday, July 30, 2021. Although a majority of the 2021 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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The 2021 Q2 Reporting Period begins on July 1, 2021


Sunday, June 27, 2021

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The first day of the 2021 Q2 reporting period is Thursday, July 1, 2021. Sources required to report 2021 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 Friday, July 30, 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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The 2021 Q2 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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The 2021 Quarter 2 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2021 Q2 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on July 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 using 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 2021 Q1 version of the Client Tool and then upgrade to the 2021 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 ensure 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 June 11-12 and June 16, 2021


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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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 11th until the afternoon of Saturday, June 12th, and again the morning of June 16th 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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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on June 16, 2021


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

 

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on June 16, 2021. 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 11th until mid-afternoon on Saturday, June 12th, and again the morning of June 16th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will be able to connect to the EPA Host System.

Check Changes
  • ADESTAT-5, 6, 11: Updated checks to use supplemental data to ensure appropriate Appendix D extensions are applied at units with two fuel flow systems with the same fuel types. 
  • DCSTAT-4: Updated check to return OOC-Prior Online Test Failed results under all appropriate conditions.
  • HOURAD-16-F: Updated check to reduce the upper limit of reported GCV values for NNG and PNG systems. The upper acceptable boundary for the gross calorific value (GCV) for natural gas (NNG and PNG) will be changed from 150,000 Btu/hscf to 115,500 Btu/hscf in 2021 Q2. Any GCV that is reported above 115,500 Btu/hscf will trigger this non-critical error. HOURAD-16-F will become a critical error in the near future.
  • HOURDHV-15: Updated check to ensure MODC 07 is allowed to be used for the appropriate number of hours within a quarter for locations with primary and primary bypass NOx systems. 
  • HOURDHV-16: Updated check to ensure MODC 11 is allowed to be used for the appropriate number of hours within a quarter for locations with primary and primary bypass NOx systems. 
  • HOURDHV-18-B: Updated check to allow reporting of SystemIDs when MODC 55 is used.
  • HOURDHV-48; HOURMHV-41: Updated checks to return an informational message when MODC 53, 54, or 55 are used to remind sources that use of those MODCs requires a petition. 
  • HOURMHV-33-H: Updated check to allow sources to report unadjusted O2C values that are greater than the limit in the monitoring plan when MODC 47 is used. 
  • F2LSTAT-1, 2, 6: Updated check to use supplemental data to ensure the correct number of hours for conditional data periods are allowed. Changes were also made to reduce the need for FEW168H extensions for non-QA operating quarters.
  • NSPS4T-5: Added Emission Standard Codes of CTOLB and CTOLBNT to be used for sources reporting lb/MWh gross or net energy output, respectively. CTOUT and CTOUTNT are retained for sources reporting in kg/MWh.
  • PROGRAM-11: Updated check to improve efficiency of monitoring plan evaluations at monitoring plan configurations with multiple stacks or pipes. 
  • SPAN-48-A: Updated check result message text to refer to the full-scale range rather than the MPC.
  • SYSTEM-14-C: Removed check result stating that there was no requirement to define a fuel flow system for emergency fuels. 
Other Changes
  • Updated the Leak Check Flow Chart to more accurately reflect what happens when QA Certification Event Code 300 or 305 is used. 

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The 2021 Q1 Reporting Period will end on April 30, 2021


Monday, April 26, 2021

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The last day of the 2021 Q1 reporting period is Friday, April 30, 2021. Although a majority of the 2021 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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Are your DAHS PMA Calculations Accurate?


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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The percent monitor availability (PMA) plays an important role in determining hourly concentrations, rates, and stack gas flow values reported during missing data periods. Is your DAHS calculating the PMA correctly? 

In general, as detailed in § 75.33, when the missing data period is longer and/or the PMA is lower, substitute data values are more conservative (higher). For example, when the PMA is below 80%, the maximum potential concentration (MPC) of SO2 and CO2 must be reported for the missing data period, regardless of the length of the missing data period. Refer to § 75.33 Tables 1 and 2 for a summary of standard missing data procedures. 

During recent reviews of PMA calculations, EPA identified several instances where the reported PMA did not match an EPA-calculated PMA. In most of cases, the reported PMA was lower than the EPA-calculated PMA, indicating that any reported substitute data values could be higher than required under Part 75. EPA recommends that you check the PMA calculations by calculating the PMA for a particular hour (e.g., the last hour of a quarter) and comparing the result with the DAHS-calculated value. 

In accordance with the PMA procedures of § 75.32, calculating the PMA is required following initial certification, however, reporting PMA is not required until either the completion of the first 720 quality-assured monitor operating hours following initial certification for SO2, CO2, O2, or moisture monitoring systems or the completion of the first 2,160 quality-assured monitor operating hours following initial certification for NOX-diluent, NOX concentration, or flow monitoring systems at a unit or stack location. For ozone season only reporters, only the hours within the ozone season apply as the first 720 or 2,160 quality-assured monitor operating. 

Prior to completion of 8,760 unit (or stack) operating hours following initial certification, in accordance with the PMA procedures of § 75.32, calculate the PMA for a particular hour by dividing the total unit operating hours for which quality-assured data were recorded since certification by the total unit operating hours since certification. For units that report only during the ozone season, use 3,672 unit (or stack) operating hours within the ozone season and following initial certification.

Upon completion of 8,760 unit (or stack) operating hours following initial certification and thereafter, in accordance with the PMA procedures of § 75.32, calculate the PMA for a particular hour by dividing the total unit operating hours for which quality-assured data were recorded during the previous 8,760 unit operating hours by 8,760. If 8,760 unit operating hours are not available in the previous three years (26,280 clock hours), the number of quality-assured hours and the total unit operating hours in the previous 26,280 clock hours should be used instead. For units that report only during the ozone season, use 3,672 unit (or stack) operating hours within the ozone season instead of 8,760 unit (or stack) operating hours.

If the unit reports only during the ozone season, refer to the PMA procedures of § 75.74(c)(7)(iii)(D) through (H) for more information. 

The PMA should be calculated as:



Where the appropriate number of hours is either:
  • For units that report year-round emissions, 8,760 hours or the actual number of operating hours within a 26,280 clock hour lookback period if 8,760 hours are not available within the lookback period.
  • For units that report ozone-season emissions only, 3,672 hours or the actual number of operating hours within a 26,280 clock hour lookback period if 3,672 hours are not available within the lookback period.
  • For units with less than 8,760 hours (3,672 for ozone-season only reporters) of operation following monitoring system certification, the actual number of reported operating hours (limited to ozone-season operating hours for ozone-season only reporters) since certification.
For the purpose of calculating PMA, the method of determination codes (MODCs) 01, 02, 03, 04, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 45, 47, 53, and 54 are considered quality assured hours. See Tables 19 and 26 in the ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions for more details on MODCs. 

Because the use of substitute data comprises a very small portion of hourly emissions data in Part 75 reporting, as detailed in the recently released Substitute data in EPA CAMD’s Power Sector Emissions Data monitoring insight paper, discrepancies in the PMA may not affect annual emission totals, but could result in differences between reported and recalculated unit level hourly emissions. 

Please contact ecmps-support@camdsupport.com if you have any questions or concerns and stay tuned for a more in depth analysis of PMA presented on the Monitoring Insights webpage. 


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The 2021 Q1 Reporting Period begins on April 1, 2021


Sunday, March 28, 2021

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The first day of the 2021 Q1 reporting period is Thursday, April 1, 2021. Sources required to report 2021 Q1 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, April 30, 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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The 2021 Q1 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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The 2021 Quarter 1 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2021 Q1 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on April 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 using 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 2021 Q1 version of the Client Tool. 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 ensure 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 March 5-6 and March 10, 2021


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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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, March 5th until the afternoon of 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.

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 March Webinar


Monday, March 1, 2021

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On March 9, 2021, at 10:00 AM ET, EPA will host a joint DAHS Vendor and ECMPS software development webinar. The purpose of this meeting will be to inform DAHS vendors and ECMPS users about 2021 Q1 ECMPS software changes and provide an update on the reengineering timeline. Previous quarterly meetings were held as separate DAHS vendor specific and ECMPS user meetings, however only one joint webinar will be held this quarter.

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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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