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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

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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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EPA Part 75 COVID-19 Conference Call


Monday, April 20, 2020


On Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 1PM ET the EPA Clean Air Markets Division will host a one hour conference call to discuss details and answer questions regarding the April 17, 2020 interim final rule (IFR) “Continuous Emission Monitoring; Quality-Assurance Requirements During the COVID-19 National Emergency”. The purpose of the call is to discuss implementation details for Part 75 reporting purposes. 

In preparation for the call, please review the rule and additional documentation found on the Emission Monitoring Regulatory Actions webpage and submit any questions or comments in advance to Charlie Frushour and Chris Worley

The call is limited to the first 250 participants; if the number of participants exceeds the conference line capacity, a second conference call will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020 (time TBD). If you are unable to attend, an audio recording of the call and a written list of questions and answers will be posted to the ECMPS News feed.

The call in information for Thursday is as follows: 
Toll number: +1 (202) 991-0477
Conference ID: 1494936

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EPA Part 75 COVID-19 Regulatory Update


Friday, April 17, 2020

On April 17, 2020, the EPA Administrator signed an interim final rule (IFR) to reduce the health risk to power plant operators and other essential personnel from COVID-19. Under specific conditions defined in the rule, sources may extend the validity of previous passed quality assurance tests under the monitoring, reporting, and record keeping provisions used by sources subject to the Acid Rain Program and Cross-state Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), also referred to as Part 75. The previously passed quality assurance tests will remain valid until the power plant operator can safely and practicably complete the delayed test(s), but no later than the earlier of the end of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) national emergency plus a 60 day grace period or the expiration of this rule 180 days from its publication in the Federal Register. For more information, refer to the Emission monitoring regulatory actions webpage.

The EPA Clean Air Markets Division will host a conference call to discuss details and answer questions regarding the rule on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 1PM EST. Details to follow in a subsequent post.

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A message from the Clean Air Markets Division of EPA


Monday, April 13, 2020

On April 10, 2020, EPA submitted an interim final rule titled “Continuous Emission Monitoring; Quality-Assurance Requirements During National Emergencies” to OMB for review under Executive Order 12866. For future updates on the rule, please subscribe to ECMPS news alerts.

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Know Your EPA Part 75 Contacts


Tuesday, March 31, 2020



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The CAMD contacts for EPA Regions 2, 4, 5, 9 and 10 have recently changed. 

Find the current CAMD contact information on the Continuous Emission Monitoring Contact page. To request technical assistance for ECMPS, permission to resubmit data, or to see the latest FAQs, check out the ECMPS Support page.

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Reminder About Receiving Emails


Monday, March 30, 2020

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Email is an important way in which EPA communicates with industry. Sometimes, EPA hears that an industry user did not receive an expected email. Although there can be problems with the email being sent from EPA, often we find that the problem is related to industry email configuration.

If you think that you are not receiving email which you should be receiving, you should do the following:

1. Verify that your email address in the CAMD Business System (CBS) is correct. This is the email address which is used to contact you for any CBS emails and ECMPS Feedback emails. After logging into CBS, check the email information listed under Your Profile.

2. Verify that your email client and company's email server are able to receive email from the various email addresses from which EPA email might be received. There is an FAQ which provides more information on what those email addresses are.

If you receive emails without an attachment which should be included, you might want to check with your company's IT staff in order to determine if the attachment was removed from the email.

If you have any additional questions about receiving email, please contact ECMPS Technical Support for more assistance.

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The 2020 Q1 Reporting Period begins on April 1, 2020


Sunday, March 29, 2020

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The first day of the 2020 Q1 reporting period is Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Sources required to report 2020 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 Thursday, April 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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A message from the Clean Air Markets Division of EPA


Monday, March 23, 2020

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EPA has received inquiries from various stakeholders including utilities, DAHS vendors, stack testing companies, and state air agencies regarding possible limitations on companies and states in conducting QA activities required under 40 CFR Part 75, such as RATAs and appendix E tests, in light of local shelter-in-place directives and social distancing advice. We are currently evaluating options to address these concerns and will provide more information on next steps as soon as possible. Updates will be posted on the ECMPS News site when they are available. The ECMPS News site also provides an option to Subscribe in order to receive email updates. 

Please contact Clean Air Markets Division Monitoring staff if you have specific questions.

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Software Version and Database Version Mismatch Error After 2020 Q1 Update


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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Several users have reported “Software Version and Database Version Mismatch” errors after performing the 2020 Q1 update. This issue is occurring on client installations still running SQL Server 2008 R2. As a reminder, the minimum supported version of SQL Server is 2014. A complete list of minimum system requirements can be found here.

Stand-alone database users can verify their current SQL Server versions within the ECMPS Configuration Utility (select: Maintenance –> Database Properties). The bottom pane will display the SQL Server version. 10.50.1600.1 and earlier versions are no longer supported. Affected users will need to uninstall ECMPS and Microsoft SQL Server. Once this process is completed, reboot the computer and install the latest version of ECMPS. The 2020 Q1 stand-alone software can be found here.

Please contact ECMPS Technical Support if you have any questions.


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The 2020 Q1 Version of the Client Tool is now Available




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The 2020 Quarter 1 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2020 Q1 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on April 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. 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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2020Q1 ECMPS Release to be Delayed


Monday, March 2, 2020

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The 2020Q1 ECMPS update, currently scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 4th, will be delayed. The target date for the release is now Wednesday, March 11th. The EPA Host system will be unavailable the morning of the 11th until the release is completed later that day.

The system outage scheduled for March 4th will still occur.

If you have any questions please contact ECMPS Support. 

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The EPA Host System will be Unavailable February 28-March 1 and March 4, 2020


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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, February 28th until the morning of Sunday, March 1st, and again the morning of March 4th 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 March 4, 2020


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on March 4, 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, February 28th until the morning of Sunday, March 1st, and again the morning of March 4th until the release is completed later that day. At that time, users will be able to connect to the EPA Host System.

Prior to the release, the EPA host system will be unavailable beginning at 5pm on Friday, February 28th.
  • ADESTAT-4: Updated check to better handle Flow systems with multiple flowmeters that use flow-to-load testing.
  • DCSTAT-2, 3: Updated checks to better handle daily calibrations after operating hours occur after a period of no operation.
  • HOUROP-3; HOURDHV-25, 26, 29, 30; HOURMHV-8: Updated checks to ensure Flow is treated the same for MATS-only sources using diluent systems and components as it is for Part 75 sources.
  • HOUROP-44, 45, 46: Updated checks to require correct reporting of load range.
  • LINSTAT-4, 5; MATSMHV-19, 20: Updated checks to better handle the checking of conditional data after certification events.
  • PGVP-2; DAYCAL-27: Updated checks to allow ampersands to be reported in the CylinderID field.
  • PROGRAM-14: Added check to require all ARP-affected turbines that have NOx controls to fill in the NOx control fields in the monitoring plan.
  • QACERT-1: Check has been updated to require EPA permission to use certification event code 99.

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DAHS Vendors and Software Developers wanted




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DAHS Vendors and Software Developers Wanted

On March 3, 2020, EPA will host a DAHS Vendor ECMPS software development webinar. The purpose of this meeting will be to inform DAHS vendors about upcoming ECMPS software changes, provide an overview of 2020 development plans, and allow for feedback/technical questions. EPA hopes to make this a quarterly event. If you or your company are interested, please send an email to worley.christopher@epa.gov to receive details on how to attend this meeting.

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Updates to Cylinder ID Reporting for the 2020 Q1 Release


Thursday, February 6, 2020

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Starting with the 2020 Q1 release, currently scheduled for March 4, 2020, the ampersand (&) character will be permitted in the CylinderID field.

It will be possible to directly add ampersands within the QA module. However, in order to import a file with an ampersand successfully, the ampersand will need to be escaped within the XML. For example, to report the Cylinder ID <AB01234567&>, the XML would read <AB01234567&amp;>.

Please contact ECMPS Support if you have any questions about reporting Cylinder IDs with Ampersands.


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The 2019 Q4 Reporting Period will end on January 30, 2020


Sunday, January 26, 2020

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The last day of the 2019 Q4 reporting period is Thursday, January 30, 2020. Although a majority of the 2019 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 2019 Q4 Reporting Period begins on January 1, 2020


Sunday, December 29, 2019

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The first day of the 2019 Q4 reporting period is Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Sources required to report 2019 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 Thursday, January 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 Technical Support will be closed on December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020


Thursday, December 19, 2019

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The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will be closed on December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020 for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays. 





The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will also be closed on the following upcoming holidays:
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Washington’s Birthday - Monday, February 17, 2020
You can view the full technical support holiday schedule here.

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The EPA Host System will be Unavailable December 6-8, 2019


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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The EPA Host will be unavailable starting around 5pm ET on Friday, December 6th until mid-afternoon Sunday, December 8th for scheduled maintenance. 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".

Please note, there will be no 2019 Q4 (December) release of ECMPS.

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

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ECMPS Technical Support will be closed on November 28, 2019


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. 





The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will also be closed on the following upcoming holidays:
  • Christmas Day - Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • New Year's Day - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
You can view the full technical support holiday schedule here.

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Planned Upgrade for SQL Server and End of Support for Windows 7


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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The Microsoft SQL Server version used by the ECMPS Client Tool will be upgraded in conjunction with the 2020 Q1 release in March 2020. Additionally, the Windows 7 Operating System will no longer be supported.  Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 in January of 2020.

What Does This Mean for Standalone Database Users? 

The installation package for Standalone users will now come with SQL Server Express 2016.

Users with an existing Client Tool installation will initially not be affected by this change, and will be able to apply updates to the ECMPS Client Tool as usual. However, users who need to use a fresh database due to excessive database size or any other reason will need to uninstall and re-install the Client Tool to upgrade their local databases.

What Does This Mean for Shared Database Users? 

SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2016 are the recommended versions to use in conjunction with the ECMPS Client Tool. Older versions of SQL Server will not be supported. Shared database users should inform their Database Administrators and/or IT department of this upcoming change.

Shared database installations using older SQL Server versions will continue to work and users will be able to apply updates to the Client Tool as usual. However, shared database users who need to use a fresh database for any reason, including setting up a new shared database server, will need to upgrade their SQL Server version to at least SQL Server 2014.

Technical Support strongly encourages upgrading older shared SQL Servers if possible.

Please contact ECMPS Technical Support if you have any questions.


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The 2019 Q3 Reporting Period will end on October 30, 2019


Sunday, October 27, 2019

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The last day of the 2019 Q3 reporting period is Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Although a majority of the 2019 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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Planned Changes for Emissions Checks HOUROP-44, HOUROP-45, HOUROP-46


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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In the 2017 Q2 ECMPS release, EPA implemented checking around the reporting of load range (load bin) data. The goal of these checks was to target the misreporting of zero values, unnecessary reporting at unmonitored locations, incorrect reporting at common stacks, and incorrect load range calculations.

These checks, HOUROP-44, HOUROP-45, and HOUROP-46, were initially released as Informational Messages. As part of the 2020Q1 release planned for March 2020, these messages will change from Informational to Critical 1 errors.

For additional details regarding the reporting of load range data and emissions data please review the ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions or contact ECMPS Support.

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The 2019 Q3 Reporting Period begins on October 1, 2019


Thursday, September 26, 2019

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The first day of the 2019 Q3 reporting period is Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Sources required to report 2019 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 Wednesday, October 30, 2019 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 2019 Q3 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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The 2019 Quarter 3 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2019 Q3 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on October 1, 2019.

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 2019 Q1 version of the Client Tool and then update to the 2019 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 11, 2019


Thursday, September 5, 2019

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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 11th 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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