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Product Design Team

The Product Design Team (PDT) is comprised of members from State and Local air agencies and EPA programs.  The team has the responsibility for segmenting the CAER implementation work, prioritizing supporting research activities, setting up the smaller Research and Development (R&D) teams to do the work, setting the project scope and expectations for these teams, enabling these teams to be successful, and integrating the outcomes of the R&D teams into future activities and the proposed vision for the CAER future state.  The purpose of the R&D teams is to accomplish discrete projects identified by the PDT that further the implementation objectives under the overall CAER project. These projects will involve a range of policy and program research activities related to identifying program needs, analyzing business rules and quality assurance/quality control procedures across programs, review of program regulatory requirements, and other program characteristics and functions that are important considerations for creating a shared emissions system under the CAER proposed future state.

State/Local/Tribal (SLT), National Emission Inventory (NEI), Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Mapping

Research consistency and possible workflows for sharing of emissions data between TRI, SLTs and NEI. This will include creating a crosswalk for pollutants between programs, figuring out how to handle each program’s terminology (e.g. facility, unit) and emission sources covered by reporting, and identifying where guidance needs to be harmonized, among other things.

Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC)

Identification and evaluation of a common set of emissions data QA/QC procedures for potential use in a shared emission reporting system.

Data Model for the Common Emissions Form (CEF)

Document a data model with the emissions-related data elements needed to support a common emission form (CEF) reporting structure in a shared emissions platform.  Identify and include state-specific data elements sufficient to allow for broad usage by states and EPA CAER programs.

SCC-WebFIRE for the Common Emissions Form (CEF)

Scoping study for identifying problems and solutions with SCCs and WebFIRE that will meet SLT, NEI, NATA, and CEDRI/ERT requirements under the CAER project.

State Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) to National GHGRP Mapping

This will be a pilot study to map emission data in the national GHGRP to state GHGRP programs.  The goal of the study is to understand which data elements state mandatory reporting programs have in common with GHGRP required data elements.  This will help us understand what would be  necessary to share data between the programs. 

Confidential Business Information Procedure Study

Study of state, local and tribal (SLT) and EPA program business cases and practices for handling confidential business information (CBI) as it relates to emission reporting information and identification of issues and recommendations for handling CBI within the proposed common emissions form (CEF) approach under CAER. 

Development of a State-Local-Tribal Emission Factors Compendium

Development of a compendium of emission factors that will support state, local and tribal authorities (SLTs) and other relevant stakeholders that utilize and are in need of emission factor information.  The compendium could also, eventually, be used as one of several inputs to the Common Emissions Form (CEF).  The CEF is a conceptual design under development in the CAER project, which would provide reporters the tools to share data across reporting programs, including EF data.  

Standardize Code Tables for the Combined Air Emissions Reporting System (CAERS)

Identify the differences in data codes between State Local Tribal (SLT) emissions inventory systems and the National Emissions Inventory system so that CAERS can account for these differences when reporters use the system.  These differences include naming convention differences as well as codes that may be unique for the SLTs and are not included in the NEI or don't have a one-to-one match in NEI.  The team compared codes for the following data fields: unit type, control measure, calculation parameter unit of measure, calculation material, and emissions calculation method.