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Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule

Lesson 2: Quick Tour of the Final Rule

Cover of Code of Federal Regulations Rule 40 Part 3 - Environmental Protection

This lesson provides an introduction to how the rule is structured, the subparts of the rule, and what each subpart contains.

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Subpart A: General Provisions

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Subpart A answers the following questions:

  • To Whom Does This Part Apply?
    This section provides a description of the persons and entities impacted by the rule.

  • How Does This Part Provide for Electronic Reporting?
    Subpart A describes how the rule makes provision for electronic reporting.

  • What Definitions are Applicable to this Part?
    Many terms used throughout the rule have very specific meaning in regard to the rule and are therefore defined in Section 3.3 of the CROMERR Rule.
    See: CROMERR Federal Register Notices

  • How Does this Part Affect the Enforcement and Compliance Provisions of Title 40?
    This section describes how the rule relates to compliance with Title 40 and the enforcement provisions therein.

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Subpart B: Electronic Reporting to EPA

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Subpart B answers the following questions:

  • What are the requirements for electronic reporting to EPA?
    Subpart B describes when e-reporting can be used and under what circumstances.

  • How will EPA provide notice of changes to the Central Data Exchange (CDX)?
    Subpart B also describes how and when EPA will provide notification of changes to hardware and software associated with the CDX that may impact electronic transmission.

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Subpart C

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Subpart C has been intentionally left blank for now. It is reserved for electronic record keeping provisions, which have not yet been finalized.

Subpart D: Electronic Reporting Under EPA-Authorized State, Tribal, and Local Programs

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Subpart D contains the bulk of the CROMERR requirements and answers the following questions:

  • How do states, tribes, or local governments revise or modify an authorized program to allow electronic reporting?
    Subpart D describes what is necessary in order to conduct e-reporting, including the processes for application and EPA approval.

  • What are the requirements that authorized states, tribes, and local programs electronic report receiving systems must meet?
    The subpart provides a detailed listing of the requirements that must be met in order to have a CROMERR-compliant system.

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