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The Unified Program consolidates, coordinates, and makes consistent the administrative requirements, permits, inspections, and enforcement activities of six environmental and emergency response programs (Unified Program Fact Sheet, PDF). The state agencies responsible for these programs set the standards for their program while local governments implement the standards. Cal/EPA oversees the implementation of the program as a whole. The Unified Program is implemented at the local level by 83 government agencies certified by the Secretary of Cal/EPA.
Electronic Reporting and
All regulated businesses and local governments are required to submit their regulatory reports electronically by 2013. Regulated businesses can report using Cal/EPA's California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) or directly to their local regulatory agency. CERS will also support electronic data exchange among regulated businesses, local governments, and US EPA. Additionally, Cal/EPA will create a public access website that will allow access to the information collected from businesses and local governments. Learn more about CERS by visiting CERS Central, as well as subscribing to the Unified Program's listservs (Unified Program-General, Regulators, Businesses).
California law requires that the Secretary of Cal/EPA periodically review the ability of each CUPA to carry out the requirements of the Unified Program. The goal is to assess whether the CUPA is effectively implementing all of the Unified Program elements, and is continually improving to meet the intent of the law: coordination, consolidation, and consistency of all Unified Program elements. Cal/EPA annually assesses each of the CUPAs thorough a review of specific reports to determine those that will have a more in-depth evaluation by a team of staff from each state agency with Unified Program responsibilities. The evaluation process is defined in Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations and expanded in a variety of guidance documents. View the evaluation schedule and results.