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EPA's Upgraded CDX System
On Oct. 13, 2005, the final Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 59848) and codified as part 3 of title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). CROMERR establishes electronic reporting as an acceptable regulatory alternative to paper reporting and provides requirements to assure that electronic documents are as legally dependable as their paper counterparts.
Generally, the EPA's designated electronic document receiving system is CDX, which is consistent with the standards for electronic document receiving systems set forth in CROMERR. CDX, developed and maintained by the Office of Environmental Information, serves as EPA's gateway for receiving documents electronically from the reporting community. According to the EPA, CDX streamlines and consolidates EPA's reporting by offering the reporting community faster, easier and more secure submission options through a single venue.
As a cornerstone of the EPA's efforts to advance electronic government, CDX supports electronic submission of environmental data for air, water, waste and toxic programs from thousands of regulated entities. In developing CROMERR, the EPA recognized that CDX would be subject to change over time and that such changes could affect regulated entities that participate in electronic reporting.
Therefore, CROMERR requires the EPA to provide notice when the Agency plans to change CDX hardware, software or services. The regulation distinguishes four categories of CDX changes: Significant, Other, De minimis or Transparent and Emergency changes.
This notice announces EPA's plans to take advantage of opportunities offered by evolving technologies to improve CDX services by modernizing the user registration process and providing additional user functionality. This change is considered an "Other Change” and requires EPA to provide notice to CDX users at least 60 days in advance of implementation.
Specific changes include:
- New user-friendly features that will make CDX registration easier, such as the ability to search for reporting programs and organizations, and activate accounts via email;
- Additional "My CDX" user profile functions, such as the ability to change an account password from the user profile page, a standardized list of security questions, and automated reminders for account password expiration;
- and New user profile page "Alerts" and "News and Updates" sections that will provide CDX users with timely general system information, as well as program specific information.