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
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.
Facilities must take the following steps to comply with CERS requirements.
Create CERS Account
Underground Storage Tanks (if facility qualifies for program)
- UST Facility Operating Permit Application
- UST Tank Information/Monitoring Plans
- UST Certification of Financial Responsibility
- UST Response Plan
- UST Owner/Operator: Written Agreement
- UST Letter from Chief Financial Officer
- Owner Statement of Designated UST Operator Compliance
- Designated Underground Storage Tank Operator Identification Form
Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (if facility qualifies for program)
- Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Facility Statement, but could include other documents.
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.