Emissions Collection and Monitoring Plan System (ECMPS)
ECMPS MATS Technical Implementation Meeting
EPA hosted an ECMPS MATS Technical Implementation meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in conjunction with the EPRI conference in Raleigh, NC. Topics of discussion included the proposed draft MATS XML schema and draft ECMPS Reporting Instructions released in April 2013, and the proposed ECMPS development plan for the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards to be implemented in 2015.
You must be a Designated Representative or an ECMPS Agent to use the ECMPS Client Tool.
Limited access to the ECMPS Client Tool is provided for Test Contractors/Environmental Consultants.
ECMPS Additional Information
Beginning with the first quarter of 2009, all industry sources began using the Emissions Collection and Monitoring Plan System (ECMPS) to submit monitoring plan, QA/cert test and emissions data to the EPA for the Acid Rain and CAIR programs. ECMPS uses an XML-based data format, and provides the necessary data evaluation and submission functionality.
EPA’s Clean Air Markets Division (CAMD) re-engineered the process and data systems associated with emissions, monitoring plan, and certification data. As part of the project, CAMD reviewed how monitoring plan information, certification/recertification applications, on-going quality assurance data, and emissions data are maintained, quality assured, and submitted. CAMD also reviewed the tools available for checking and submitting data on a quarterly and ozone season basis.
Once the review was complete, CAMD developed a number of goals for the ECMPS project. They included:
- Create a single client tool for all users to check and submit data.
- Provide users with the ability to quality assure data prior to submission.
- Provide users with one set of feedback.
- Allow for seamless updates to the client tool.
- Provide direct access to EPA's database through the client tool.
- Maintain select data outside of the electronic data report.
- Create a new XML file format.
- Develop new security requirements.
- Add flexibility:
- Monitoring plans are no longer required as part of the quarterly file.
- On-going quality assurance test data may be submitted after the tests are performed—users do not have to wait to submit the data as part of a quarterly report.
- The new XML file format allows the data to be organized based on dates and hours instead of pollutant type.