EPA Set To Launch New Information System

For over three decades, under the Superfund Act of 1980, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has used the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Information System (CERCLIS) application to store information related to enforcement activities, clean ups, and releases. However, the information in CERCLIS has not been updated since 2013 and in the fall of 2014 the EPA announced it will be retiring CERCLIS.


CERCLIS is being replaced with the Superfund Enterprise Management System (SEMS). The EPA has been working on the new application over the past several years. The SEMS application will not only contain the information currently found in CERCLIS, but will also contain information currently found in other applications such as the Superfund Document Management System (SDMS) and other internal EPA applications.


It is not yet clear if additional information beyond what is currently available in CERCLIS will be available to the public once SEMS is active. If additional information is provided it may contain additional PDF documents, images, and possibly GIS information.


The final launch date of SEMS is also not yet clear. The rollout is expected to occur over time once the final stages of quality assurance have been completed at the EPA since each of the nine regions will have their own quality assurance process. There may be a release of basic site information prior to the complete launch of SEMS.


At Merritt EC we will continue to monitor this and other ongoing EPA developments to ensure that the reports we provide follow all relevant EPA and ASTM standards.


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