Build CROMERR-compliant applications for electronic reporting of environmental data. To do this, the Exchange Network offers Shared CROMERR Services (SCS) that enable regulated entities to report directly to EPA and/or to EPA-delegated programs run by state, tribal and/or local agencies.
Using Shared CROMERR Services ensures that information collected electronically maintains the same legal integrity as paper submittals by providing common standards for electronic signatures and copy of record integrity.
These services also reduce costs and any barriers to electronic reporting by providing one-stop technical, administrative, and legal advisory services for EPA and EPA-authorized programs implementing electronic reporting systems.
Each partner has the flexibility to choose which services to use and how they may be implemented. Read more to understand your options.
Among the five categories of web services, you may choose to use one or more to support your electronic reporting requirements. The most common implementations are:
Identity Proofing offers the quickest and simplest way to reduce registration times, burden, and manual processing costs into a new or existing system to eliminate manual/paper based identity proofing procedures.
Simple way to integrate regulated electronic reporting into an existing reporting system.
Using the suite of services offers unified record management, and additional automated validation and integrity across all services and significantly reduces the CROMERR application/review time to have new reporting systems approved.
One factor in your decision is whether you intend to manage user accounts in your repository or within the SCS repository. Another consideration is whether you have resources to build custom interfaces and/or integrate services effectively. SCS Tier 3 support is happy to work with you to answer questions and discuss the benefits of each option.
Minimize costs and application development by using existing web application interfaces for a variety of registration, submission, and help desk management and reporting functions. The advanced SCS interface relies on the same SCS core services which offer a complete solution to CROMERR and/or offer ways to navigate between the advanced interface and existing partner applications. In addition, the advanced services offer additional categories of web services to support organization management, single sign on, and retrieve user profile information.
The following states are using the services in various capacities. We would be glad to discuss any lessons learned while working with any of these partners. Feel free to contact us for more information.
"Previously we were using wet signatures that had to be filled out, notarized, and mailed into DEQ to be processed before any reports could be filled out...Since then we have been able to get over 900 companies signed up to submit monthly reports electronically and remain CROMERR compliant in the process...there is no way 900 companies could have been done this way in the time frame we had to work with, so the change had to be made." Oklahoma DEQ
|Feature||SCS Core||SCS Advanced|
|Tier 1 support*|
|Tier 2 support|
|Tier 3 escalation support|
|Firewall and security assistance|
|3rd-party identity proofing (fee)|
|User identity management|
|LexisNexis reporting ✝|
|CROMERR document management system|
|Submission history ✝||coming soon|
|Notification system ✝||coming soon|
|Signature delegation support ✝|
|SubmitNOW / ReviewNOW|
|Application theming ✝|
* signifies support is limited.
✝ signifies a feature exclusively at the SCS Portal web site.
Below are some resources to help with the integration of the services. Any scheduled changes can be found at our recent announcements page.
Shared CROMERR Services Toolkit: (complete download of all documentation)
Shared CROMERR Services: includes the five categories of web services available
Advanced Shared CROMERR Services: includes the web services to be used in conjunction with this interface
Shared CROMERR Services WSDL's: includes the five categories of web services available
Advanced Shared CROMERR Services WSDL's: includes the five categories of web services available
Open Source and Sensitive 3rd-party forms: (required Development EN Account)