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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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Verify Component IDs and Serial Numbers


Monday, August 26, 2019

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EPA recently conducted an audit of analyzer component IDs and their reported serial numbers and discovered two issues we would like to bring to reporters’ attention.

  1. Component IDs are not being updated when analyzers are replaced. A review of the data discovered analyzers that, according to data reported to EPA, have been in operation for 15 years or longer. Although possible, it is considerably longer than the expected or typical analyzer lifespan. In the event of a physical analyzer replacement, users should place an end date/hour on the existing Component ID, and then create a new Component ID and start date/hour that coincides with the date/hour the new analyzer was placed into service. Users should also report a QA Certification Event Data record to indicate the analyzer change.
  2. Manufacturer, Model Version, and Serial Numbers are not being entered correctly. A review of the data discovered entries such as “###”, “???”, and, the staff favorite, “Later”. All of these should be updated with correct analyzer serial number. For flow monitors, provide a single component serial number that represents the control unit of the monitor. Leave this field blank for LME long-term fuel flow components unless using a certified fuel flowmeter to quantify heat input. Currently ECMPS allows the updating of these fields without changing or updating the Component ID. However EPA is investigating changes to prevent editing of these fields once hourly emissions data has been submitted using the analyzer.  

Whenever components are replaced, reporters should enter an end date for the old component record and create a new component record with a new unique ID associated with each system. Identifying components in this manner helps to ensure serial numbers reported in the electronic monitoring plan are updated and identified correctly. Verifying that reported serial numbers match the serial numbers of the equipment installed at a facility is considered a priority during field audits conducted by EPA or state auditors. Identifying serial numbers incorrectly indicates that, at a minimum, the reported records need to be updated or that equipment may have been replaced without completing the required QA tests necessary to validate hourly emissions data.

Please contact Chris Worley at worley.christopher@epa.gov or ECMPS Technical Support if you have further questions. 

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on September 11, 2019


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. 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 11th until the release is completed later that day.




  • HOURCV-42; HOURDHV-18, 24, 27, 32; HOURMHV-8, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20; HOUROP-23, 40, 41; MATSDHV-10; MATSHOD-6, 7, 8, 9; MATSMHV-6, 9: Checks have been updated to require the reporting of system and component IDs during missing data hours.  
  • HOURMHV-29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39: Checks were added to ensure correct reporting of missing data at combustion turbines with primary and primary bypass NOX systems operating at the same time. 
  • HOUROP-48: Fixed a bug that occurred when system IDs were incorrectly reported at Appendix D units. 
  • INTSTAT-3: Corrected the check to no longer return a null check result. 

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EPA Host System Unavailable August 23-26, 2019 for Scheduled Maintenance


Monday, August 19, 2019

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The EPA Host will be unavailable starting around 5pm ET on Friday, August 23rd until the morning of Monday, August 26th 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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Updated Documentation for the Reporting of System and Component IDs During Missing Data Periods


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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In preparation for the 2019 Q3 modifications to the reporting of System and Component IDs during missing data periods, EPA has posted an updated white paper which details the changes.

Additionally, an updated draft subset of the ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions has been posted for review. The changes, in Redline Strikeout format, affect Section 2.5.1 Monitor Hourly Value Data and Section 2.5.2.1, MATS Derived Hourly Value Data. The updated document can be found here.

EPA no longer considers these changes to the Emissions Reporting Instructions to be "Draft," however, EPA reserves the right to make further changes in the future.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Chris Worley at worley.christopher@epa.gov.

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The Last Few Days of the Reporting Period


Friday, July 26, 2019

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A lot of files are submitted in the last few days of the reporting period. This can sometimes lead to submissions taking longer than normal to get loaded into the EPA Host database.

Instead of submitting your Monitoring Plan and/or QA files separately and then potentially having to wait for them to load before submitting your Emissions data, we suggest submitting all of your files at the same time.

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The 2019 Q2 Reporting Period will end on July 30, 2019


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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The last day of the 2019 Q2 reporting period is Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Although a majority of the 2019 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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ECMPS Technical Support will be closed on July 4, 2019


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019. 





The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will also be closed on the following upcoming holidays:
  • Labor Day - Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Columbus Day - Monday, October 14, 2019
You can view the full technical support holiday schedule here.

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The 2019 Q2 Reporting Period begins on July 1, 2019


Monday, July 1, 2019

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The first day of the 2019 Q2 reporting period is Monday, July 1, 2019. Sources required to report 2019 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 Tuesday, July 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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White Paper and Updated Draft Instructions for Reporting of System and Component IDs During Missing Data Periods


Monday, June 24, 2019

In preparation for the 2019 Q3 modifications to the reporting of System and Component IDs during missing data periods, EPA has posted a white paper which details the changes. This document includes reporting guidance for different system types and the new MODC codes.

Additionally, an updated draft subset of the ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions has been posted for review. The changes, in Redline Strikeout format, affect Sections 2.5.1 Monitored Hourly Value Data and 2.5.2 Derived Hourly Value Data. The updated document can be found here. Once finalized, these edits will be incorporated into the 2019 Q3 version of the ECMPS Emissions Reporting instructions. The changes will also be included in the 2019 Q3 ECMPS software release.

New check messages returned as a result of these changes will be informational at first. The severity will be increased no sooner than 2020 Q1.

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EPA Host System Unavailable June 7-8, 2019 for Scheduled Maintenance


Monday, June 3, 2019

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The EPA Host will be unavailable starting around 5pm ET on Friday, June 7th until until mid-afternoon on Saturday, June 8th 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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Updated Draft Instructions for Reporting of System and Component IDs During Missing Data Periods


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

In preparation for the 2019 Q3 changes to the reporting of System and Component IDs during missing data periods, EPA has posted an updated draft subset of the ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions for review. The changes, in Redline Strikeout format, affect Sections 2.5.1 Monitored Hourly Value Data and 2.5.2 Derived Hourly Value Data. The updated document can be found here. Once finalized, these edits will be incorporated into the 2019 Q3 version of the ECMPS Emissions Reporting instructions. The changes will also be included in the 2019 Q3 ECMPS software release.

EPA will host a DAHS vendor question and answer session on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 10:30 AM, in Ballroom I of the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel to discuss these changes. Please send any feedback or questions to ECMPS Technical Support or Chris Worley at worley.christopher@epa.gov prior to May 15, 2019.

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2019 Q2 Release Canceled


Thursday, April 25, 2019

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In response to several industry requests, EPA is canceling the 2019 Q2 release of ECMPS.

The 2019 Q3 release will continue as scheduled, and will include the same changes to the reporting of system and component IDs that were originally scheduled for the Q2 release. EPA will post a second draft of the ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions in the coming weeks and will hold a DAHS vendor question and answer session on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 10:30 AM, in Ballroom I of the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

Please contact Chris Worley at worley.christopher@epa.gov if you have any additional questions.

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The 2019 Q1 Reporting Period will end on April 30, 2019


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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The last day of the 2019 Q1 reporting period is Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Although a majority of the 2019 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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Draft Instructions for Reporting of System and Component IDs During Missing Data Periods Posted


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

In preparation for the 2019 Q2 changes to the reporting of System and Component IDs during missing data periods, EPA has posted a draft subset of the ECMPS Emissions Reporting instructions for review. The changes, in Redline Strikeout format, can be found in Sections 2.5.1 Monitored Hourly Value Data and 2.5.2 Derived Hourly Value Data. The document can be found here. Once finalized, these edits will be incorporated into the 2019 Q2 version of the ECMPS Emissions Reporting instructions. The changes will also be part of the 2019 Q2 ECMPS software release.

EPA will host a DAHS vendor question and answer session on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 10:30 AM, in Ballroom I of the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel to discuss these changes. Please send any feedback or questions to ECMPS Technical Support or Chris Worley at worley.christopher@epa.gov prior to May 15, 2019.

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The 2019 Q1 Reporting Period begins on April 1, 2019


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The first day of the 2019 Q1 reporting period is Monday, April 1, 2019. Sources required to report 2019 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 Tuesday, April 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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More Information on Changes to Reporting of System and Component IDs


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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EPA has assembled the following FAQs in support of the upcoming changes to the reporting of system and component IDs during substitute data periods:

1. Will missing system and component IDs during substitute data periods in the 2019 Q2 reporting period be flagged as Informational Messages or Critical Errors, and will that change in the future? 

Beginning with the 2019 Q2 ECMPS release, EPA will require the reporting of system/component IDs during the use of substitute data. For the Q2 reporting period the absence of these values will result in an Informational Message. EPA will monitor the number of instances resulting in this Informational Message and will change this error message from Informational to Critical Level 1 in the future based on that information.

2. Since this change is slated to be effective for the 2019 Q2 reporting period, what is the expectation for resubmission of emissions files for quarters prior to Q2?  
             
Beginning with the ECMPS Q2 release, submission of all emissions files (even historical emissions files) will require the reporting of system/component IDs during periods of substitute data. Making this a blanket change prevents the creation of two different data evaluation standards, which can be problematic for both sources and EPA.

3. Why implement the change in 2019 Q2 and not at the beginning of the year?

EPA had originally intended to make this change for the 2019 Q1 reporting period, but due to the government shutdown this change was delayed until the Q2 reporting period.

4. Can you expand upon the intent of having the system/component IDs reported during the use of substitute data? 

As part of EPA’s ongoing efforts to improve both the quality of reported emissions data and streamline the reporting process itself, EPA has identified several issues with respect to the tracking of unit/stack operating hours and required QA. This change will improve the accuracy of emissions evaluations and reduce the number of incorrect errors and/or messages, enable the removal of several QA test extension and exemption records, and result in an overall more efficient reporting process with better data quality.

5. Does this also apply to MATS parameters?

No, this does not affect the MATS parameters themselves, however any other parameters reported and quality assured for Part 75 purposes (e.g., flow) are affected.

6. Will this involve XML Schema changes?

No, schema changes are not included with this change.

7. Will EPA provide draft reporting instructions?

Yes, EPA will post a supplemental draft version of the ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions for monitored and derived hourly value records on or before April 15, 2019. This will be posted to the ECMPS Support website along with a News announcement. Also, in conjunction with EPRI’s Continuous Emissions Monitoring User Group 2019 conference, EPA will host a DAHS vendor question and answer session on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 10:30 AM, in Ballroom I of the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend, however the focus of the meeting will be on addressing technical implementation questions as a result of this change.

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ECMPS Changes to Reporting of System and Component IDs


Monday, March 11, 2019

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As part of EPA’s ongoing focus on data quality, ECMPS will begin requiring the reporting of System and Component IDs during the use of missing data beginning with the 2019 Q2 release. This is a change from the current emissions reporting instructions where users are specifically instructed not to report these IDs during time periods of missing data.

Why is this change being made?
This change will allow ECMPS to better track system and component operating hours across quarter boundaries and ensure a more accurate evaluation of emissions data.

What do I need to do?
ECMPS users should work with their DAHS vendors to ensure these changes are made to the DAHS reporting software prior to reporting emissions for the 2019 Q2 reporting period. More specific details with draft reporting instructions will be released prior to this change.

Questions?
If you have questions contact ECMPS technical support or Chris Worley at Worley.Christopher@epa.gov

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EPRI CEMS User Group Conference Sessions


Sunday, March 10, 2019

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EPA Clean Air Markets will be hosting two one-hour sessions in conjunction with this year’s Continuous Emissions Monitoring User Group Conference & Exhibit 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. The sessions are scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, May 7, 2019. A description of the each session and registration details are provided below.

U.S. EPA Clean Air Markets Division: ECMPS 101
This one hour training is designed for users new to the Emissions Collection and Monitoring Plan System (ECMPS) software. Users with more than one year of experience should not attend this session. Use the password “EPA_ECMPS” to register.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-clean-air-markets-division-ecmps-101-registration-56594471588

U.S. EPA Clean Air Markets Division: ECMPS Focus Group
EPA is in the process of enhancing ECMPS to provide more flexibility and value for emission reporters. This one hour focus group is intended for experienced ECMPS users to provide feedback about the current tool and suggestions about the future redesign of the software. EPA will give a brief presentation and then allow audience members to provide feedback and suggestions. Use the password “EPA_ECMPS” to register.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-clean-air-markets-division-ecmps-focus-group-tickets-56595152625

Information on the EPRI conference itself can be found here:
http://www.cvent.com/events/continuous-emissions-monitoring-user-group-conference-exhibit-2019/event-summary-052375d4b0e74aa692e45afea398375a.aspx


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The 2019 Q1 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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The 2019 Quarter 1 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2019 Q1 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on April 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. 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 February 22-23 and March 6, 2019


Friday, February 22, 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 starting around 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 22nd until mid-afternoon on Saturday, February 23rd, and again the morning of March 6th 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 6, 2019


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. 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 22nd until mid-afternoon on Saturday, February 23rd, and again the morning of March 6th until the release is completed later that day.
  • Fixed a bug that impacted QA Certification Events when users tried to delete unsubmitted events. 
  • RATA-37, RATA-53: Updated checks to require appropriate reporting of PASSED or PASSAPS TestResultCode based on calculated test data. 

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The 2018 Q4 Reporting Period will end on January 30, 2019


Sunday, January 27, 2019

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The last day of the 2018 Q4 reporting period is Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Although a majority of the 2018 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 2018 Q4 Reporting Period begins on January 1, 2019


Thursday, December 27, 2018

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The first day of the 2018 Q4 reporting period is Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Sources required to report 2018 Q4 emissions data under the Acid Rain Program (ARP), the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), the NOx SIP Call (SIPNOX), the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule have until the end of the day on Wednesday, January 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 2018 Q4 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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The 2018 Quarter 4 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2018 Q4 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on January 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 2018 Q1 version of the Client Tool, and then update to the 2018 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 7-8 and December 12, 2018


Monday, December 3, 2018

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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 7th until mid-afternoon on Saturday, December 8th, and again the morning of December 12th 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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Correction to Previous News Post About Release Functionality Planned for December 12, 2018


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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The News Post from November 13, 2018 erroneously mentioned an update to the Emissions XSD version. The Emissions XSD will remain at version 1.7 for the December 12, 2018 release. The emissions schema will be updated to include two new MODC’s, 43 and 44, for sorbent traps.

Please contact ECMPS Support if you have any questions.

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