Emissions Collection and Monitoring Plan System (ECMPS)
EPA is looking for people who are interested in testing a MATS Beta version of the ECMPS Client Tool. Registration is open to all users, however, EPA would prefer testers with currently installed Hg systems or DAHS vendors who would be able to provide XML files which support MATS reporting. EPA will NOT be providing MATS test data or XML files which support MATS reporting. Testers will be responsible for providing data with which to test the MATS functionality in the Client Tool.
The deadline for registration is Monday, April 28, 2014.
Information about how to register as a tester can be found here.
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.