Annual Emission Reports
Annual Emission Reports (AERs) are due to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) by May 1, 2017. Subject facilities should have received their forms in the mail from Illinois EPA. The reporting year 2016 (RY2016) will be the last year Illinois EPA will send out a paper copy of the reporting forms. Going forward (i.e., RY2017, RY2018, etc.), facilities will be receiving a pdf copy of the AER forms via email. Therefore, be sure to provide a valid email address on the RY2016 AER forms.
The AER instructions were updated on November 1, 2016. Highlights of the updates are provided below.
Clarifications on the Existing Requirements
- Registration of Smaller Sources (ROSS) are not required to submit an AER.
- All Greenhouse Gas (GHG) constituents should be reported individually.
- Certification of the data included in the AER is only applicable to information entered on the forms (e.g., reported emissions) and not to the pre-populated information on the forms (e.g., previous reported emissions).
Updates to Required Information
- The forms no longer include allowable emission limits.
- Physical tank information no longer needs to be included, but the Illinois EPA encourages providing the tank capacity.
- All facilities submitting emission unit specific emissions are required to submit ozone season emissions of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and Volatile Organic Material (VOM).
Annual Compliance Certifications
Annual Compliance Certifications (ACCs) for sources holding Clean Air Act Permit Program (CAAPP) permits are due to the Illinois EPA by May 1, 2017. The ACCs should cover all sections of the permit including conditions related to insignificant activities and the general state-specific requirements. Construction permits issued since the last update to a facility's CAAPP permit should also be reviewed as part of the compliance certification. Instructions for completing the ACC can be found on the Illinois EPA's website.
Toxic Release Inventory
Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) report must be submitted by July 1, 2017. The instructions for the TRI indicates that if the reporting deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday (as is the case in 2017), EPA will accept submissions on the following Monday (i.e., the next business day). The TRI reporting online portal has been updated to include new and enhanced features for reporting year 2016. This updated online portal is designated as TRI-MEweb 2.0. Details on TRI-MEweb enhancements for the reporting year 2016 can be found on EPA TRI website. This update was intended to streamline and simplify the TRI online submittal process. More information on TRI reporting can be on the EPA TRI website.