Assembly Bill (AB) 2286 (Feuer, PDF) was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, chaptered on September 29, 2008 and went into effect January 1, 2009. The law will require all regulated businesses and all regulated local government agencies, called Unified Program Agencies (UPA), to use the Internet to file required Unified Program information now filed by paper forms. This includes facility data regarding hazardous material regulatory activities, chemical inventories, underground and aboveground storage tanks, and hazardous waste generation. It also includes UPA data such as inspections and enforcement actions. All regulated businesses and Unified Program Agencies in the State of California must use the Internet to file by January 1, 2013.
The earliest electronic filers will start using the statewide system, called the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) in September of 2009. Based on when a business’ UPA is able to receive the data from the state system, the UPA will determine when electronic reporting is mandatory locally and paper-filing is no longer an option. After CERS is available, businesses may voluntarily use it to enter and store their filing information, but will still have to print paper forms from CERS to file with their UPA until the UPA is fully electronic.
- UPA Implementation Information
- Electronic Reporting Surcharge Increase
- Statewide Services Contracts
- UPA Grants
- Contacts & Mailing Address
The following documents and links provide UPAs with planning and implementation information to assist in meeting the goal of full electronic reporting. The information will be modified and added to as it is developed.
- Electronic Reporting - Project Implementation Schedule (PDF)
- Electronic Reporting – Project Implementation Timeline (PDF)
- UPA Phased Implementation Schedule (PDF)
- CERS Implementation Guide (PDF)
- UPA Go Live Essentials (PDF)
- Scope of Electronic Reporting requirements (PDF)
- Electronic Reporting Bulletin #1 (PDF) | Bulletin #2 (PDF) | Bulletin #3 (PDF) | Bulletin #4 (PDF) | Bulletin #5 (PDF) | Bulletin #6 (PDF) | Bulletin #7 (PDF)
- Support and Help Guide Unified Program Agency Implementation of CERS (PDF)
- Draft Local Agency Electronic Reporting Conversion Plan Temp, 1/28/2010 (PDF)
All regulated businesses now pay a minimum state surcharge fee of $24. To pay for the costs of implementing electronic reporting statewide, the legislature is temporarily increasing the minimum surcharge by $25 per year for three years. The additional money will be used for system development, outreach & training, and technical support for UPAs to be able to accept the information electronically. This means that the amount of the minimum state surcharge will increase from $24 per year to $49 per year. Your UPA will add this electronic reporting surcharge to your next three annual billing statements. You will continue to pay the state surcharge to your UPA, in addition to your local UPA fees.
Electronic Reporting Surcharge Information:
- English (PDF) | Arabic (PDF) | Armenian (PDF) | Cambodian (PDF) | Chinese (PDF) | Simplified Chinese (PDF) | Farsi (PDF) | Hindi (PDF) | Korean (PDF) | Laotian (PDF) | Russian (PDF) | Spanish (PDF) | Tagalog (PDF) | Thai (PDF) | URDU (PDF) | Vietnamese (PDF)
The Data Management Steering Committee, Electronic Reporting Work Group, made up of UPAs, Cal/EPA state agencies and business representatives adopted a model for funding local infrastructure improvements. The model provides for a base level of funding per UPA, the use of statewide service contracts by UPAs, grants and a ceiling on funding for each UPA. Details can be found in the Distribution Formula above. The following service contracts have been or are being created for use by the UPAs.
Cal/EPA will make grants available to UPAs in calendar years 2010, 2011 and 2012. These grants may be used in conjunction with the Statewide Service Contracts up to the maxim allocation for the UPA. Additional information will be provided at a later date.
Please submit a completed grant application no later than June 1, 2011, to the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). An extension to the deadline will be considered if needed. Once the grant application is received and processed, Cal/EPA will send the UPA a Transition Plan acceptance letter and grant agreement for signature. If requested, the initial disbursement of up to 25% of the UPA’s total allocation will be processed after the signed grant agreement is finalized and the local resolution is received.
- Electronic Reporting Transition Plan and Grant Application Package (PDF)
- Transition Plan (MS Word)
- Grant Application (MS Word)
Cal/EPA Mailing Address
California Environmental Protection Agency
Unified Program Section
1001 “I” Street
P.O. Box 2815
Sacramento, California 95812-2815
If you require special accommodation to access any of these documents pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Unified Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.