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Electronic Reporting Encouraged

Release Date: 10/13/2005
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Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-4355 /

(10/13/05) As part of EPA's efforts to make environmental reporting easier, the Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) has been signed. CROMERR allows states, tribes and local governments to accept electronic reporting, including electronic signatures, from regulated facilities under most environmental regulations. CROMERR will enable facilities to file electronic reports instead of paper reports, thus reducing the cost and effort of data transfer. CROMERR also complies with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act of 1998, which requires agencies to provide an electronic reporting option for regulated facilities. CROMERR has been carefully designed to maintain corporate and individual accountability for all reports that currently are sent on paper, ensuring enforcement actions are not in any way affected by this move. EPA programs must comply with CROMERR within two years of its effective date (Sept. 22, 2005). Under the new rule, each EPA program (air, water, solid waste) may implement electronic reporting as they become ready, without any additional rule-making. To further assist with the transition, EPA will provide a fact sheet for existing EPA systems that are working on CROMERR compliance, and a step-by step guide for program system managers to determine if they are compliant with the electronic reporting rule. More information is available at: