As an agency, EPA is moving in the direction of electronic reporting of environmental information. EPA has a significant effort underway to convert the majority of the currently-required reporting by regulated facilities under the NPDES program from paper-based transactions to electronic transactions. The proposed NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule, currently at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for their review, was developed through a multi-office, multi-Regional effort, with consultation with our state partners and other interested parties, and with OECA as the lead office. At this national meeting, we will describe this rulemaking effort, provide information regarding the rule implementation plans, and identify various other efforts related, at least in part, to this proposed rule, including system modernization, development of electronic tools, and improved transparency, access, and targeting.
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