NDPDES E-Reporting

 

Electronic Reporting Rule Summary

The E-Reporting Rule requires that all NDPDES information is shared with the EPA electronically and that all permittees submit permit information to the State electronically (e.g. general permit applications, DMRs, annual reports, etc.).  These requirements will be phased in over a five (5) year period by implementing two (2) phases.  The E-Reporting Rule was published in the code of federal register on October 22, 2015.

The first phase will require all basic permit information, all basic facility information, and all DMRs to be submitted to the EPA electronically.  Phase I will require all permittees that submit DMRs to the state, to submit them electronically.  Any facilities which submit Sewage Sludge/Biosolids annual reports to the EPA must do so electronically. Phase I is to be implemented no later than December 21, 2016. 

Phase II is to be implemented no later than December 21, 2020. The department will be required to electronically collect, manage, and share with the EPA, all remaining NPDES data.  This data includes general permit reports (Applications/NOI's, NOT's, No Exposure Certifications) and other NPDES sub-program reports.

The E-Reporting Rule allows facilities to request a waiver from being required to submit DMR data to the department electronically.  Waivers may only be requested by permittees and are good for five (5) years.  These waivers are not transferable.

A copy of the published of the Final Rule may be obtained at the following link:
https://www.epa.gov/compliance/npdes-ereporting


Schedule

  • No later than December 21, 2016 all facilies which submit DMRs to the department must do so utilizing the Electronic Reporting Information System (ERIS) unless a temporary waiver has been obtained (please refer to the Electronic Reporting Information System section and the Temporary Waiver section below).

    • Prior to December 21, 2016, submitting DMRs electronically is optional, but facilites must begin submitting DMRs electronically no later than December 21, 2016.  Please note: it is the responsibility for each facility to be signed up to utilize ERIS prior to December 21, 2016, so that they may begin submitting DMRs electronically on or before December 21, 2016.

  • No later than December 21, 2020, the following reports must be submitted to the department electronically (please note that the department will need to update ERIS to meet the requirements of Phase II):

    • General Permit Reports [Notices of Intent (NOIs); Notices of Termination (NOTs); No Exposure Certifications (NOEs); etc.];

    • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program Reports;

    • Pretreatment Program Reports;

    • Significant Industrial User Compliance Reports in Municipalities Without Approved Pretreatment Programs;

    • Sewer Overflow/Bypass Event Reports;

    • CWA section 316(b) Annual Reports


Electronic Reporting Information System (ERIS)

  • The department has developed ERIS to accept DMRs electronically.  In order for NPDES facilities to submit their DMRs electronically SFN 60908 (ERIS Subscriber Agreement), must be filled out and submitted to the department with a "wet" signature.  Forms which are submitted that do not contain the "wet" signature (photocopied, faxed or scanned and emailed) or are not complete will be returned.

  • To get setup to use ERIS follow the steps below:

    1. Obtain a State of North Dakota Login Username.

    2. Complete the ERIS Subscriber Agreement form below and mail the original to: EHS Data Coordinator; North Dakota Department of Health, Environmental Health Section Chiefs Office; 918 East Divide Avenue; Bismarck, ND 58501-1947.

    ERIS Subscriber Agreement (pdf)

    3.  Once the department has received and processed the completed subscriber agreement, an email will be sent notifying the user that they are able to submit reports to the department utilizing ERIS.

  • To submit a DMR electronically you may do so at the ERIS website.


Temporary Waivers

As allowed under 40 CFR 127.15, facilities may request a temporary waiver from submitting required permit information to the department electronically. The required information includes discharge monitoring reports (DMRs), annual reports, and any requested reports.

To be considered, a facility must submit an application for a temporary electronic reporting waiver (SFN 60992). Temporary waivers will be good for a period of no more than five (5) years.  Upon expiration of the temporary waiver, a facility will either need to reapply for a temporary waiver, or register and begin submitting permit information electronically through the department's electronic reporting information system (ERIS). Temporary waivers are not transferrable.

The department will review each request, approve or reject the request within 120 days, and provide notification of its decision. Facilities for which waivers are approved will still be required to submit hard copies of any required permit information.

The department will not accept temporary waivers from the following types of dischargers:

  • Facilities classified as major dischargers, and

  • Individual Non-Publicly Owned Treatment Works (e.g., industrial facilities, commercial facilities, power plants, coal mines).

One of the following criteria must be met in order to obtain a waiver:

  • No internet access,

  • No computer access,

  • Annual DMRs (upon approval of the department),

  • Employee turnover (3 month periods only), or

  • Short duration permits (upon approval of the department)

Temporary Waiver Form
The application for temporary electronic reporting waiver must be fully completed.  Forms which are submitted that do not contain the "wet" signature (photocopied, faxed or scanned and emailed) or are not complete will be returned.

Application For Temporary Electronic Reporting Waiver (SFN 60992)


 

ERIS Contacts:

Patrick Schuett  E-mail
Phone:  701.328.5235

Sarah Waldron  E-mail
Phone:  701.328.5237