| Feb 14, 2013
The message below was sent out to the CERS Regulator Users Group listserv announcing the release of production "Phase I" EDT Services.
Please note that we have updated the sample EDT Windows WPF application included in the XML Schemas ZIP file (http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/documents/EDT/CERS2EDT-Ver-1dot05.zip) to allow access to the production endpoints. This client app will only access to the environment/endpoints your credentials are righted to use.
The Regulator Portal's EDT Dashboard page has been updated as part of this release with a listing of the endpoint URLs specific to the environment and some additional documentation for most endpoints. The Dashboard can be accessed in the Regulator Portal using the top "Regulators" link, selecting the appropriate regulator, and then selecting the "EDT" link toward the bottom of the left navigation menu. Most of the features on this page are not available until the regulator has been authorized for some level of EDT services in the specified environment (i.e., testing/staging or production).
The CERS EDT Manual will not be updated to reflect the newest services for at least 1-2 weeks.
MESSAGE SENT TO CRUG LISTSERV
Subject: Production CERS EDT Services Released
On February 13th Cal/EPA released the "Phase I" CERS EDT Services for production use. The "Phase I" services include support for downloading facility submittal data entered by businesses into CERS, downloading other types of CERS data (e.g., CERS Chemical Library and CME records), and uploading Submittal Review and CME data to CERS from local data systems. The "Phase I" services address the needs of most CUPAs--the "Phase II" services primarily address the needs of CUPAs implementing their own Local Reporting Portals, and are scheduled for release during Q2 2013.
UPAs can begin using the production services once they have met the requirements described below.
1) UPAs working with a data services vendor (e.g., Accela, Decade, Garrison) need to confirm their vendor has completed testing and been authorized by Cal/EPA for production use of the services. The EDT Services are grouped into numbered “tiers” of increasing business process complexity and security requirements. The CERS EDT Home page at http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/EDT/ will be updated regulator showing the testing/authorization status of the data services vendors actively working with Cal/EPA. Any UPAs who are not using the data vendors shown on the EDT Home page for their EDT implementations should contact Chris Allen for further information.
2) A person with authority to make commitments on behalf of their UPA needs to send an email or postal communication to Chris Allen at Cal/EPA (email@example.com) indicating the UPA wants production EDT access.
3) This communication must indicate whether the UPA needs access to Tier 3 (CME Submissions) and/or Tier 4 (Facility Submittal Action Notifications). All requestors would receive access to Tier 1 (Library Services) and Tier 2 (Query Services). PAs can only request Tiers 1 and 2. UPAs should only request what Tiers are actually needed presently—additional tiers can be requested via an email from the EDT Administrator in the future. A description of the Tiers is available at https://cersregulator.calepa.ca.gov/Public/EDTEndpoints/
4) This communication must also acknowledge the UPA understands/accepts the Data Exchange Agreement at http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/EDT/ExchangeAgreement/
5) In the regulator portal, the UPA must establish at least one user as an EDT Administrator who would be Cal/EPA’s first point of contact if problems arise. This person does not necessarily have to be an UPA staff person, but they must have knowledge/access to technical resources and authority to direct them to resolve problems.
6) The UPA must establish a dedicated CERS Account for use of EDT services (which implies the need for a separate email account or email alias). The UPA needs to create the account, and then use the Regulator Portal to add the account with at least “viewer” rights for their regulator. Once EDT tier access is established by Cal/EPA, either the EDT Administrator or Cal/EPA can add the dedicated account as an EDT-Access account.
UPA staff with questions should generally first contact their data services vendors directly about how to proceed with their implementations, and Cal/EPA technical staff will work with the vendors as necessary. However, questions about EDT can be directed to Chris Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.