Electronic Reporting and Surcharge

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 businesses must submit Unified Program-related reporting information to either the statewide electronic reporting system (CERS, California Environmental Reporting System), or if provided by the facility’s CUPA, businesses can opt to use the CUPA’s local reporting web portal. For more information about CERS and Unified Program electronic reporting requirements, please go to CERS Central web site at http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/.

UPA Implementation Information

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 Surcharge Increase

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:

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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 new surcharges state surcharge as part of their Single Fee System on and after July 13, 2012.

State Surcharge is set as follows:

  • Oversight ($35.00)
    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)
  • California Accidental Release Prevention Program ($270.00)

Statewide Services Contracts

The Data Management Steering Committee, Electronic Reporting Work Group, made up of UPAs, CalEPA 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.

UPA Grants

CalEPA 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.

Grant Application

Please submit a completed grant application no later than June 1, 2011, to the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). An extension to the deadline will be considered if needed. Once the grant application is received and processed, CalEPA 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.

CalEPA 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 cupa@calepa.ca.gov.


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Last updated: January 2, 2014
California Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.calepa.ca.gov
Program Contact, cupa@calepa.ca.gov or cers@calepa.ca.gov
General Public Contact, cepacomm@calepa.ca.gov (916) 323-2514