The intention is to help businesses better understand regulatory requirements and interface with resources, and it looks like the plan is moving forward! In January of this year, the EPA posted on the Federal Register, the E-Enterprise for the Environmental Portal Request for Comment https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/01/26/2015-01277/e-enterprise-for-the-environment-portal and we now understand that the project is being scoped with an anticipated Phase I development in the next 3 to 4 months.
The project plan is to provide consolidated entry points for businesses and interested parties to efficiently locate, obtain access to, and interact with relevant EPA, state, and tribal environmental programs and resources. The intent is to be able to use online tools that will help people understand regulatory requirements and provide guidance through the permitting and reporting processes. It is also intended to allow companies and facilities to satisfy their federal and state reporting requirements in an integrated, streamlined manner.
If it operates as intended it will indeed be a help to generators of hazardous waste and ultimately change record keeping as we know it. What remains to be seen is how well and how quickly the implementation will proceed, and we will stay on top of the progress to keep you informed of key milestones and expectations. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Ingenium for more information.