EPA’s Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Regulation (CROMERR) sets performance-based, technology-neutral security and performance standards for systems that States, Territories, Tribes, and local governments use to receive electronic reports or other documents from facilities they regulate under EPA-authorized programs. CROMERR also addresses electronic reporting directly to EPA. CROMERR establishes standards for information systems that receive reports and other documents electronically. The standards are designed to provide electronic submittals with the same level of legal dependability as the corresponding paper submittals. Partners who have addressed CROMERR requirements have done so by implementing system functions within each of their respective electronic reporting systems, resulting in multiplicative investment of resources. Cloud-based technologies and EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) may offer a more efficient solution.
The objective of the Shared CROMERR Services and Components IPT was to define the requirements and policy implications for a shared set of CROMERR Services and Components that could be leveraged by Partners to achieve CROMERR compliance. The IPT was tasked to:
- Identify target audience for Shared CROMERR Services and Components;
- Identify their key needs and barriers to achieving CROMERR compliance;
- Identify requirements for a set of individual, compatible CROMERR services that could be made available to interested parties and easily integrated into their local systems;
- Document the key set of approaches, agreements, and implications of those agreements for Exchange Network partners implementing these components;
- Define the set of proposed services (and possible future services), and their development, roll out, and implementation paths, as agreed to by the IPT; and
- Provide recommendations to the Exchange Network governance on the applicability, timing, governance, and implementation considerations for the defined set of Shared CROMERR Services and Components.
An example set of shared CROMERR services is available.
The IPT produced the following deliverables:
- Charter (Adopted September 27, 2012)
- Project Plan
- Call and Meeting Summaries
- Feedback Questionnaire and Response Summary
- Shared CROMERR Guidance and Recommendations Document v1.1
Chuck Freeman (EPA Co-Chair)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
freeman.charles [at] epa.gov
Christopher Morrell (State Co-Chair)
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
christopher.morrell [at] state.de.us