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 requires all regulated businesses and all regulated local government Unified Program Agencies (UPAs), to use the Internet to electronically report and submit required Unified Program information previously recorded on 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 businesses must submit and report Unified Program-related information to either the statewide California Environmental Reporting System (CERS), or through the local UPA’s reporting web portal, if provided. For more information about CERS and Unified Program electronic reporting requirements, please go to the CERS Central web site at http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/.
The following documents and links provide UPAs with planning and implementation information to assist in meeting the goal of full electronic reporting.
- 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)
CalEPA has published the final revised State Surcharges affecting each entity regulated under the Unified Program. The surcharge is used to fund the costs of all State Agencies with Unified Program responsibilities. Certified Unified Program Agencies are responsible for billing and collecting the state surcharge as part of the Single Fee System.
Beginning fiscal year 2014-2015, a new Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) surcharge was approved in the amount of $26.00 per regulated tank facility. The new APSA surcharge covers the necessary and reasonable costs incurred by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) to perform duties and responsibilities to implement, maintain and oversee the APSA program.
State Surcharge is set as follows:
- Oversight ($35.00 per business/facility)
Note: CUPAs who have not completed three annual billing cycles of the electronic reporting surcharge must continue to assess and collect from their regulated businesses the $25 Electronic Reporting Surcharge until they complete three full billing cycles.
- Underground Storage Tank ($15.00 per tank)
- California Accidental Release Prevention Program ($270.00 per stationary source)
- Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act ($26.00 per tank facility)
Statewide Services Contracts
The Data Management Steering Committee, Electronic Reporting Work Group (consisting of UPA representatives), CalEPA, Unified Program regulatory 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 through UPAs, grants and a limit to available funding for each UPA.
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Unified Program Links
- Unified Program Home
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