| Nov 01, 2011
Several thousand businesses and several dozen regulators have been making use of the current version of CERS since it was introduced in September 2009. Since then Cal/EPA's Unified Program staff have been conducting a top-down review of CERS functionality to ensure it can meet all statewide electronic reporting requirements mandated by new legislation in 2008 ( §25404 California Health and Safety Code).
In December 2011, Cal/EPA will be implement a new version of CERS (aka "CERS2") that will replace the current version of CERS with two separate CERS web portals, one for business reporting, and one for Unified Program regulators. As part of this implementation, the old version of CERS will be unavailable from December 10th through December 20th.
Don't worry--all of the data you previously entered into CERS will be moved into the new system, and your username/password will work in the new system as well!
The CERS Business Portal will have a complete redesign of the screens that steps the facility owner/operator through the various forms they need to complete for their facility. The new screens will to allow easier data entry, and the system will provide feedback when required fields and/or forms are not completed. And the new system will allow businesses to submit ALL forms and supplemental documentation required under Unified Program regulations. And for businesses with multiple facilities, new features have been added so you can easily manage data for all of the facilities in your business.
The CERS Regulator Portal will also include a complete redesign of the user interface, providing a more focused interface on regulator tasks, and much more advisory information on the completeness of facility submittals.
Look for the new version of CERS on December 21. Stay tuned for more details at http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/ !!