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What is CROMERR?
Key Program Information
The Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Regulation (CROMERR) provides the legal framework for electronic reporting (ER) under all of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) environmental regulations. CROMERR applies to:
(a) regulated entities that submit reports and other documents to EPA under Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations,
(b) states, tribes, and local governments that are authorized to administer EPA programs under Title 40. CROMERR establishes standards for information systems that receive reports and other documents electronically (including email, but excluding disks, CDs, and other magnetic and optical media) that are submitted to satisfy requirements of a program that a state, tribe, or local government is authorized to administer under Title 40.
These standards cover a variety of system functions, such as electronic signature validation. The standards are designed to provide electronic submittals with the same level of legal dependability as the corresponding paper submittals. Although CROMERR does not subject EPA systems to the standards, EPA has decided that all of its systems will conform to the standards when they operate to receive electronic submittals that are covered by the regulation.
CROMERR also requires that states, tribes, and local governments that wish to continue or begin using ER for their authorized programs must revise or modify those programs to incorporate ER. CROMERR details the process to obtain EPA approval of ER-related revisions or modifications to an authorized program.