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California Environmental Reporting System (CERS)

Overview

The California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) is a statewide database. It consolidates hazardous material data and gives emergency managers access to improve emergency response.
From the CERS website:
The California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) is the statewide web-based system that supports the electronic exchange of required Unified Program information among businesses, local governments and the U.S. EPA. Assembly Bill 2286 (Feuer), effective January 1, 2009, requires all Unified Program regulated businesses and local regulating Unified Program Agencies (UPAs), to report and submit mandatory Unified Program information electronically, through CERS or a local UPA portal.
 
Unified Program information required to be submitted and reported electronically to CERS includes, but is not limited to facility data regarding hazardous material regulatory activities (such as, hazardous materials business plans, site maps, and chemical inventories), underground and above ground storage tanks, hazardous waste generation, and inspection, compliance and enforcement actions. Additional information regarding CERS electronic reporting requirements can be found at: https://calepa.ca.gov/cupa/ereporting.

CERS Regulatory Agencies

Unified Program Agencies
California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB)
Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
CAL FIRE- Office of the State Fire Marshal (CAL FIRE-OSFM)

Conditions for inclusion of the program

Any facility that needs a Unified Program Agency permit will also need to create and maintain a CERS account. Facilities that need a local Unified Program Agency permit if they:
  • Have on site (for any purpose) at any one time, hazardous materials at or above 55 gallons for liquids, 500 pounds for solids, or 200 cubic feet for compressed gases.
  • Threshold planning quantities of an extremely hazardous material.
  • Any quantity of hazardous waste.

Required tasks

Facilities must take the following steps to comply with CERS requirements.

What to expect during an inspection

The CERS inspection mostly happens at the office of your inspector. The inspector will review your submissions to make sure they have been renewed annually and that they are complete. The inspector might conduct a site inspection to verify the accuracy of your submission. It is not uncommon to have a submission rejected for any one of a number of reasons. 

Related Programs

Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act
Underground Storage Tank
Hazardous Materials
Hazardous Waste

Sources

DTSC Hazardous Materials Business Plan Guidance Document
CERS Central

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