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Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT) Training

There is no live training currently scheduled for the Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT). Previous webinars are posted below.

The Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT) and WebFIRE are critical program components in the stakeholder-centered process for developing emissions factors. The ERT is a tool that replaces the time-intensive manual preparation and transcription of stationary source emissions test plans and reports currently performed by contractors for emissions sources and the time intensive manual quality assurance evaluations and documentation performed by State agencies.

Quality assured source emissions test reports provide the foundation for calculation of the average emissions factors that reside in WebFIRE and for the determination of the quality ratings assigned to the emissions factors. The ERT includes an export routine to WebFIRE where the critical information needed to calculate the emissions factors resides. WebFIRE will allow more frequent updates, easier access, and greater transparency for the Agency's emissions factors development and application process.

The webinars below provide the basics of what the ERT program is, how it works, potential use benefits to the source test contractor and state/local/tribal agencies and future benefits to the inventory community. The courses will also provide information on the future changes that are planned for WebFIRE that will allow the inventory community to obtain as much supporting information on the emissions factors as they wish.

At the conclusion of these courses, participants will be able to:

ERT Improvements Webinar/Meeting - August 22, 2011
The purpose of the event was to inform attendees of recent ERT updates and to gain constructive and specific suggestions on how the ERT can be improved.  Paul Baker of AMEC presents ERT revisions that took place in 2011 which lead to ERT Version 4. Paul also showcases a modified ERT spreadsheet and demonstrates how stack testers can link data from their own spreadsheet into the modified ERT spreadsheet. In the second part of the webinar EPA seeks suggestions and ideas on how the ERT can be improved. Attendees ask many specific questions which are answered by EPA.
ERTImprovementwebinat.html (Requires Adobe Flash or Windows Media Player, 1 hour, 24 minutes)
Electronic Source Test Reporting - July 2010
Webinar recording describing how to use the ERT to review and evaluate source test plans and reports.

Electronic Source Test Reporting Powerpoint presentation.
Links to EPA's Air Pollution Training Institute broadcast (Requires Adobe Flash or Windows Media Player, 67 minutes)

ert_webinar_7_14_2010.pdf (PDF 262K)
Reporting Information Collection Request (ICR) Source Tests - January 2010
Webinar recording describing the use of the ERT to document and submit emissions test data for information collection requests.
ert_webinar_012010.wmv (WMV 140M, 45 minutes)
ICR video #2: How to enter the header and point data into the isokinetic test methods area of the ERT. ICR_2.wmv (WMV 40M, 13 minutes)
ICR video #3: How to enter instrumental test methods data into the ERT. ICR_3.wmv (WMV 71M, 24 minutes)
ICR video #4: How to enter laboratory data and ancillary data into the isokinetic test methods. ICR_4.wmv (WMV 50M, 14 minutes)
ICR video #5: How to enter process, APCD and process lab data into the Process Data section of the ERT. ICR_5.wmv (WMV 18M, 7 minutes)
ICR video #6: Open Discussions portion of the ICR Webinar presented on January 7, 2010. ICR_6.wmv (WMV 27M, 10 minutes)

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