Title 27 Regulation Proposed Language Available for Informal Comments
In July 2016, CalEPA hosted four informal regulatory workshops throughout the state to share and discuss the proposed amendments to the Unified Program regulations contained in subdivision 4 of Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations. CalEPA management and legal counsel have completed review of the draft regulations.
The proposed language of the draft regulations is now available for a three (3) week informal review period. Proposed changes to the regulations can be distinguished by text formatting; existing text in strikethrough format is proposed for deletion and new proposed text is underlined. The draft regulations can be accessed directly by clicking here, or from the Unified Program Laws and Regulations webpage (http://www.calepa.ca.gov/CUPA/LawsRegs). CalEPA is requesting that comments on the draft regulations be submitted to CalEPA via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Friday, October 28, 2016.
CalEPA will formally begin the regulatory rulemaking procedure with the Office of Administrative Law in November 2016, which will include a formal public comment period and a public hearing.
The proposed amendments include deletions of data dictionary elements for the Underground Storage Tank program that are no longer used; trade secrecy claims reported in the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS); Unified Program Agencies reporting the final disposition of complaints in CalEPA's Environmental Complaint Management System; and changes to CUPA-to-State reporting requirements and report formats. Other non-substantial changes include clean-up of regulatory language.
CERS 3.0 Development and Implementation
In late 2014, a CERS 3.0 Work group was formed by the Unified Program Data Steering Committee (DSC) to identify and develop suggestions for enhancing the usability and electronic reporting capabilities of CERS. The CERS 3.0 Work group consisted of eight Subcommittees, comprised of over 75 representatives from state and local regulators, business users (including environmental and public interests), technical advisory groups, and data services vendors. Thus, the proposed CERS 3.0 enhancements represent the diverse aspects of implementing the Unified Program and electronic reporting requirements. More Information...
Businesses Must Report Electronically to CERS or a Local Reporting Portal All businesses must now submit Unified Program-related information to CERS instead of on paper forms. Alternatively, some CUPAs have developed local web portals that businesses may choose to use to meet this requirement. More information...
Are you a Multi-Facility/Multi-Jurisdictional Business?
If your business/organization operates multiple CUPA-regulated facilities located in multiple CUPAs, CERS now supports creation of a single corporate identity that allows consolidated management of ALL of your facilities by one or more authorized users. To establish a multi-facility business and consolidate any existing CERS facilities under your business, you need to submit documentation to Cal/EPA.
What is CERS?
The California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) is a statewide web-based system to support California Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs) and Participating Agencies (PAs) in electronically collecting and reporting various hazardous materials-related data as mandated by the California Health and Safety Code and new 2008 legislation (AB 2286). Under oversight by Cal/EPA, CUPAs implement Unified Program mandates that streamline and provide consistent regulatory activities.