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    City’s Environmental Services Department trains and launches groundbreaking EPA electronic reporting
     
    8/24/17: GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids is the first City in the country to use Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) technology.
     
    In 2014, the Environmental Services Department received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) technology. This week, the City’s Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) staff started electronic reporting. The City and its IPP partner developed the new system. It also trained 10 selected test industries to begin using the LinkoExchange software. The City offered the training course to 30 attendees over the past two days.
     
    According to CROMERR industrial users, the system helps guarantee on-time delivery. Soon, the software will also deliver real-time notification of permit compliance.
     
    CROMERR is a EPA legal framework for electronic reporting and:
    • sets performance-based, technology-neutral system standards
    • provides a streamlined, uniform process for EPA review and approval of electronic reporting
    • ensures the enforceability of regulatory information collected by the EPA. This helps the City’s ability to perform permitting, administrative, and enforcement tasks for discharges into the municipalities’ publicly owned treatment works (POTWs).
    The City partnered with its IPP software vendor to develop the first CROMERR-approved web based reporting system for local industries.  After three years of development using LinkoExchange, the City’s IPP will now begin receiving electronic reports from permitted industrial users of the POTW. Periodic Compliance Reports (PCRs) from the industrial users must be available to the DEQ and EPA, upon request. The City’s IPP currently receives approximately 960 of these reports by paper a year. By using LinkoExchange, IPP staff will save an estimated 480 hours by not needing to manually enter the specific data and analytical results.
     
    “The launch of LinkoExchange will help us ease our compliance reporting and save valuable staff time,” Environmental Assessment Supervisor Nicole Pasch stated. “We’re proud to be the first to use the EPA’s electronic reporting framework. We will work with Linko Technology to leverage CROMERR and streamline the reporting process.”