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Planned Changes for Emissions Check MATSCHV-20-A


Monday, May 21, 2018

The 2017 Q3 release of ECMPS added check MATSCHV-20, which verifies reported MATS values against values calculated by ECMPS. The check currently returns an Informational Message when the percent difference between the reported and calculated values is greater than 5%. The 2018 Q1 release of ECMPS included the display of the calculated values used in the MATSCHV-20 comparison. As part of the 2018 Q2 release planned for June, MATSCHV-20-A will change from an Informational Message to a Critical 1 Error.

CAMD would like to remind sources of the suggested best practices for reporting values that are rounded, as noted in Section 1.0 of the ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions:

"When performing calculations using any value that is reported in the XML, use the value as it is reported. In other words, use the rounded value in the calculation. However, any value that is calculated in an intermediate equation but is not reported should not be rounded before using it in a subsequent equation."

If you have any questions about this change, please contact ECMPS Support.

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on June 13, 2018


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. 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 8th until mid-afternoon on Saturday June 9th, and again the morning of June 13th until the release is completed later that day.
  • LINEAR-27C: Corrected the checking of reported vs calculated Percent Error or Mean Difference for Linearity Summary data.
  • MATSCHV-20A: Updated the check result severity from Informational to Critical 1.
  • SEVNDAY-15, SEVNDAY-16: Updated the code to match the specifications related to setting the CalibrationTestCalcResult to FAILED if the calculated calibration error is > 0.5.
  • Corrected the display of Sampling Train Component IDs in the MATS Hg tab.
  • Added the ability to report data for Part 60 Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources Subpart TTTT (NSPS4T).
If you have any questions about the June 2018 release, please contact ECMPS Support.

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The 2018 Q1 Reporting Period will end on April 30, 2018


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The last day of the 2018 Q1 reporting period is Monday, April 30, 2018. Although a majority of the 2018 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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The 2018 Q1 Reporting Period begins on April 1, 2018


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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The first day of the 2018 Q1 reporting period is Sunday, April 1, 2018. Sources required to report 2018 Q1 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 Monday, April 30, 2018 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 Web site or by submitting a technical support request has all been consolidated in the Web site'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, which also located at the bottom of every page on the Web site.

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The 2018 Q1 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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The 2018 Quarter 1 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2018 Q1 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on April 1, 2018.

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. 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 March 2-7, 2018


Monday, February 26, 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.

Beginning around 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2, 2018, the EPA Host System will become unavailable. The EPA Host System will again be available on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, after the new version of the Client Tool has been released. 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 7, 2018


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The release will include a few updates related to the MATS program. 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, March 2nd until the release is completed on March 7th.
  • RATA-37: Correct the check for Hg based on the final MATS Technical Corrections package.
  • RATA-47E: Update the check result to not be returned for MATS RATAs.
  • Update the MATS Hg, SO2, HCl, and HF screens to show MATS calculated values.
If you have any questions about the March 2018 release, please contact ECMPS Support.

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The 2017 Q4 Reporting Period will end on January 30, 2018


Thursday, January 25, 2018

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The last day of the 2017 Q4 reporting period is Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Although a majority of the 2017 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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EPA Host System Unavailable January 6 & January 26-27 for Scheduled Maintenance


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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The EPA Host will be unavailable for a period of time between 6am and 12pm EST on Saturday, January 6th for scheduled maintenance.

The EPA Host will also be unavailable starting around 9pm EST on Friday, January 26 until 12am EST Sunday, January 28th 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."

Users are encouraged to begin preparations of submissions early to avoid any potential issues with these outages. Users are also reminded that the Monitoring Plan, QA, and Emissions files may be prepared, evaluated, and submitted as one submission package to avoid processing delays associated with submitting the three submission types separately.

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 January 1, 2018


Thursday, December 28, 2017

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The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018. 





The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will also be closed on the following upcoming holidays:
  • Memorial Day - Monday, May 28, 2018
  • Independence Day - Wednesday, July 4, 2018
You can view the full technical support holiday schedule here.

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The 2017 Q4 Reporting Period begins on January 1, 2018


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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The first day of the 2017 Q4 reporting period is Monday, January 1, 2018. Sources required to report 2017 fourth quarter 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 Tuesday, January 30, 2018 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 Web site or by submitting a technical support request has all been consolidated in the Web site'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, which also located at the bottom of every page on the Web site.

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Recent Changes to Feedback Emails


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Users who have made submissions using ECMPS since the release of the 2017 Q4 update may have received Feedback Report emails from either cbs-support@camdsupport.com or from IRMC@epa.gov, instead of from ecmps@epa.gov. These submissions have been received and processed as usual.

Additionally, users who have made PDFs submissions for the MATS program may have received feedback emails showing a subject line of “GD Feedback for ORIS Code…” instead of “PDF Feedback for ORIS Code….” These submissions have also been received and processed as usual.

EPA is aware of these unexpected changes and is working to correct them. If you have any questions about these emails or your submissions, please contact ECMPS Support.

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The 2017 Q4 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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The 2017 Quarter 4 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2017 Q4 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on January 1, 2018.

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 2017 Q1 version of the Client Tool and then upgrade to the 2017 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 7-10, 2017


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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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.

Beginning around 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 7, 2017, the EPA Host System will become unavailable. The EPA Host System will again be available on Sunday, December 10, 2017, after the new version of the Client Tool has been released. 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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ECMPS Technical Support will be closed on November 23-24, 2017


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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In observance of Thanksgiving, the ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23-24, 2017. 




The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will also be closed on the following upcoming holidays:
  • Christmas Day - Monday, December 25, 2017
  • New Year's Day - Monday, January 1, 2017
You can view the full technical support holiday schedule here.

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on December 10, 2017


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on Sunday, December 10, 2017. The release will include a few bug fixes.

The currently planned changes to data checks used by the ECMPS Client Tool 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 Thursday, December 7th until the release is completed on December 10th.
  • HOURAGG-1: Updated to correct a crash encountered by some LME sources.
  • MATSTRN-16: Updated to not check failed SFSR Ratio Checks (results B & D removed).
  • PGVP-2, HOURGEN-25: Updated to allow a hyphen and a period in the CylinderID field.

If you have any questions about the December 2017 release, please contact ECMPS support.

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The 2017 Q3 Reporting Period will end on October 30, 2017


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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The last day of the 2017 Q3 reporting period is Monday, October 30, 2017. Although a majority of the 2017 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 2017 Q3 Reporting Period begins on October 1, 2017


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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The first day of the 2017 Q3 reporting period is Sunday, October 1, 2017. Sources required to report 2017 third quarter 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 Monday, October 30, 2017 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 Web site or by submitting a technical support request has all been consolidated in the Web site'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, which also located at the bottom of every page on the Web site.

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The 2017 Q3 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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The 2017 Quarter 3 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2017 Q3 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on October 1, 2017.

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 2017 Q1 version of the Client Tool and then upgrade to the 2017 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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Updated 2017 Q3 Documentation & Upcoming EPA Host System Availability


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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In preparation for the 2017 Q3 release scheduled for September 13, 2017, the Reporting Instructions and Check Specifications documentation have been updated. The new versions are currently available on the Reporting Documentation page.

In order to prepare for the release of the next version of the ECMPS Client Tool, the EPA Host System will be unavailable beginning around 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The EPA Host System will again be available on Wednesday, September 13, after the new version of the Client Tool has been released.

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 EPA Host System Unavailable & Labor Day Holiday Schedule


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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The EPA Host will be unavailable starting around 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, September 1st through 10 a.m. ET Sunday, September 3rd 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.

Also, in observance of Labor Day, the ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will be closed on Monday, September 4th. 

The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will also be closed on the following upcoming holidays:
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 23, 2017
  • Christmas Day - Monday, December 25, 2017
You can view the full technical support holiday schedule here.


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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on September 13, 2017


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on September 13, 2017. The release will include bug fixes and other updates.

The currently planned changes to data checks used by the ECMPS Client Tool are shown in the list below.

Prior to the release, the EPA Host System will be unavailable starting around 4:00 p.m. ET on September 8th until the release is completed on September 13th.



  • DAYCAL-27, HOURGEN-1, HOURGEN-25: Update PGVP checks to ensure that the Cylinder ID field only contains capitalized alphanumeric characters
  • EMGEN-11: Update check to allow generation of Non-Operating reporting period files for OS-only reporters
  • HOURAD-24, HOURAD-37, HOUROP-3, HOUROP-44: Update checks to require/ allow Load Range reporting when SO2 or CO2 Hourly Parameter Fuel Flow are reported
  • HOURGEN-19, MATSGFM-1-B, MATSGFM-2-E, MATSHOD-16, MATSMHV-1, MATSMHV-4, MATSMHV-6, MATSTRN-1, MATSTRN-16, MATSTRN-17, MATSTRP-6, MATSTRP-7: Update checks to use GFM counts for border traps that started in the previous quarter.
  • HOUROP-44: Update check to allow locations to correctly leave Load Range null in certain situations
  • LME-10, LME-32, LME-33, LME-34, LME-35, LME-36, LME-37, LME-38: Update LME Generate Emissions Data functionality to correctly calculate Year-To-Date values when location switches to LME reporting mid-year
  • Update LME Generate Emissions Data functionality to include NOXR Reporting Period and Year-To-Date values in all appropriate instances
  • MATSCHV-1, MATSCHV-2, MATSCHV-3, MATSCHV-4, MATSCHV-5, MATSCHV-6, MATSCHV-7, MATSCHV-8, MATSCHV-14, MATSCHV-15, MATSCHV-20: Add reported vs calculated checking of MATS rate values to be within 5% difference.
  • MATSHOD-16: Update check to correctly handle sorbent traps that cross quarter boundaries
  • MATSHOD-16: Update check to ensure GFM data is allowed but not required during transition hours
  • METHOD-25: Update check to verify that locations with Sorbent Trap Method records also have Sorbent Trap Systems
  • METHOD-33: Update check to require LMES qualification records for SIPNOX LME units
  • ONOFF-26D: Update check to ensure that the High level reference signal for a flow component is between 50% and 70% of the span value
  • RATA-37: Update check to reflect MATS Technical Corrections updates made to the alternate performance specifications for Hg RATA's

If you have any questions about the September 2017 release, please contact ECMPS support.


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The 2017 Q2 Reporting Period will end on July 31, 2017


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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The last day of the 2017 Q2 reporting period is Monday, July 31, 2017. Although a majority of the 2017 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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Known Issue with HOUROP-44F Check


Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Several issues have recently been reported in association with the new HOUROP-44F check, added in the 2017 Q2 release of the ECMPS Client Tool. This informational check attempts to determine if Load Ranges are unnecessarily being reported at unmonitored locations.

The current HOUROP-44F error message is sometimes erroneously being returned in situations where load ranges are reported correctly. If you believe you are incorrectly receiving this error, please send an email to ECMPS Support. We will review responses throughout the Q2 reporting period and will resolve any issues with Result F as part of the 2017 Q3 release.

For reference, the HOUROP-44F check result currently reads: “You reported a Load Range (or Common Stack Load Range) for a unit (or associated stack or pipe) that was not monitoring parameters used for substitute data, however, this was not appropriate.”


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ECMPS Technical Support will be closed on July 4, 2017


Thursday, June 29, 2017

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In observance of Independence Day, the ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th. 




The ECMPS Technical Support Help Desk will also be closed on the following upcoming holidays:
  • Labor Day - Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 23, 2017
  • Christmas Day - Monday, December 25, 2017
You can view the full technical support holiday schedule here.


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Beginning of the 2017 Q2 Reporting Period & Upcoming EPA Host System Availability


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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The first day of the 2017 Q2 reporting period is Saturday, July 1, 2017. However, the EPA Host System will be offline for maintenance starting at 5pm ET Friday, June 30, 2017, and will be available again the morning of Monday, July 3.

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".

Sources required to report 2017 Q2 emissions data under the Acid Rain Program (ARP), the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule have until the end of the day on Monday, July 31, 2017 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 themselves 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. 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 ECMPS Support 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 link located at the bottom of every page on the website.


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New Load Range Checks for the 2017 Q2 Reporting Period


Monday, June 26, 2017

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Through a recent ad-hoc data audit, EPA identified some errors with reported load range (load bin) data. To prevent such errors in the future, EPA has implemented new informational checks in the 2017 Q2 release of ECMPS, and has attempted to clarify the reporting of load range data in the revised emissions reporting instructions. These checks are currently informational, but may be elevated to critical in a future release. Please note that these programming changes represent enhanced validation of existing requirements. They are not new reporting requirements.

Specifically, EPA identified four types of errors during the audit. The 2017 Q2 ECMPS Release includes checks for these errors:
  • Misreporting of zero values: Zero values for load range data were occurring for units where hourly operating time was greater than zero. Leave this element blank (do not report zeros) for any clock hour in which a load-based unit does not operate or gases do not flow through the stack (as applicable). Also leave this element blank for LME units and non-load-based units that do not use operating bins for missing data purposes.
  • Unnecessary reporting at unmonitored locations: Reporting of load range values for locations other than the monitoring location is not necessary. Load range values should only be reported at the unit or stack monitoring location using load-based missing data substitution for one or more monitored parameters. For example, if Unit 1 discharges through two stacks, MS1FGD and MS1BYP, and emissions are monitored only at MS1FGD, only report the MS1FGD load range number in the stack-level HOURLY OPERATING DATA record.
  • Incorrect common stack reporting: Common stack load range values of 1-20 were being misreported. For a common stack with a stack flow monitor, if you have elected to establish 20 load bins for missing data substitution purposes, report the appropriate load bin number using the COMMON STACK LOAD RANGE data element. If you are reporting for a common stack and are only establishing 10 load bins, you should use the LOAD RANGE data element.
  • Incorrect calculation: Load range values were being calculated incorrectly likely due to use of the wrong MAXIMUM LOAD VALUE. The load ranges must be calculated using the reported hourly load and MAXIMUM LOAD VALUE associated with the respective hour in the monitoring plan.
For additional details regarding the reporting of load range data and emissions data please review the ECMPS Emissions Reporting Instructions or contact Chris Worley at Worley.Christopher@epa.gov.


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The 2017 Q2 Version of the Client Tool is now Available


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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The 2017 Quarter 2 Release of the Client Tool is now available.  The Client Tool must be upgraded to the 2017 Q2 version in order to report data in the next reporting period which begins on July 1, 2017.

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 2017 Q2 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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Updated 2017 Q2 Documentation & Upcoming EPA Host System Availability


Thursday, June 8, 2017

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In preparation for the 2017 Q2 release scheduled for June 14, 2017, the Reporting Instructions, Check Specifications, and XSD documentation have been updated. The new versions are currently available on the Reporting Documentation page.

In order to prepare for the release of the next version of the ECMPS Client Tool, the EPA Host System will be unavailable beginning around 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The EPA Host System will again be available on Wednesday, June 14, after the new version of the Client Tool has been released.

The EPA Host System will also be offline for maintenance starting the afternoon of Friday, June 16, 2017, and will be available again the evening of Sunday, June 18.

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 14, 2017


Sunday, May 14, 2017

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The next version of the ECMPS Client Tool is scheduled to be released on June 14, 2017. The release will include bug fixes and other updates.

The currently planned changes to the ECMPS Client Tool are shown in the list below.

Prior to the release, the EPA Host System will be unavailable starting around 4:00 p.m. ET on June 13th until the release is completed on June 14th.
  • Add a new RATA extension code for primary bypass systems (GRACEPB)
  • Add a new RATA Run status code of "IGNORED" for sorbent trap RATAs
  • Add cross-checking of MATS PDF Metadata (test type to pollutant, pollutant to method)
  • Add use of Formula MS-2 (MATS flow rate-apportioned load for MS configurations) in the Monitoring Plan and Emissions modules
  • Update Formula-13 to include use of LTGS
  • DCSTAT-2: Update check to allow a 26-clock hour grace period for MATS only sources using SO2 CEMS
  • DCSTAT-3: Correct calculation used for the Daily Cal grace period
  • DEFAULT-49: Update check such that the lower limit of NORX defaults must be greater than zero
  • HOURMHV-28: Add checking of upper threshold values for CO2C (cannot exceed 16%) and O2C (cannot exceed 22%)
  • HOURAPP-1, HOURAPP-9, HOURGEN-24, HOUROP-43, MATSHOD-13: Ensure that all output based MATS load values reported at multi-stacks are flow-weighted to the stack.
  • HOUROP-32, HOUROP-44, HOUROP-45, HOUROP-46: Verify correct reporting of load range and common stack load range
  • MATSDHV-9: Update check to ensure startup/shutdown flag is used in conjunction with the use of MODC 37 & 39
  • MATSMHV-1, MATSMHV-4, MATSMHV-6: Update checks to require reporting of sorbent trap records when hourly MATS data is reported with sorbent trap System IDs.
  • MATSTRP-15: New check to require the reporting of sorbent trap Method and System records when reporting sorbent trap emissions data
If you have any questions about the June 2017 release, please contact ECMPS support.

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