The Cross–Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) was finalized and published in the federal register on October 13, 2005 and codified under 40 CFR Part 3.  The CROMERR applies to:

  • Persons who submit reports or other documents to USEPA to satisfy the requirements of 40 CFR; and
  • States, tribes and local governments administering or seeking to administer authorized programs under 40 CFR.

The goal of this rulemaking was to incorporate electronic reporting under USEPAs regulatory programs.  The benefits associated with this rulemaking were to reduce the cost and burden of data transfer and maintenance, improve speed, and provide convenience in data transfers.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) submitted an application to USEPA to allow for electronic reporting for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) pursuant to the requirements of 40 CFR Part 3 Subpart D, which is to prove that the state has sufficient legal authority to implement electronic reporting.  The USEPA has approved this application and has notified Illinois EPA of this approval on December 9, 2015.