Electronic Reporting

The Department is working towards making required reporting available through our Electronic Reporting Information System (ERIS). Many programs within the Department of Environmental Quality allow some or all of their reporting requirements to be submitted electronically. This system is CROMERR compliant.

To Set-up ERIS Access:
  1. Sign-up for a North Dakota Login (if you don't have one already)

  2. Complete the Subscriber Agreement (SFN 60908) and mail it to the Department. Please allow two weeks to authorize and activate your account. You will receive an email when your account has been activated. Forms which are submitted that do not contain the "wet" signature (e.g. photocopied, faxed or scanned and emailed) or are not complete will be returned.

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ERIS User Help Documents


Report Type (Data Type)

Air Quality Title V Annual Compliance Certification Report
Air Quality Title V Semi-Annual Compliance Report


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:


No later than December 21, 2016 all facilities 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 facilities 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

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 transferable.

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 E-Reporting Waiver

Air Quality ERIS Info

Annual Compliance Certification Report

The report is submitted annually within 45 days after December 31 by facilities operating under a major (Title V) permit to operate. The emissions units to be listed are identified by specific monitoring requirements by air contaminant, emission limit, monitoring method, and reporting requirements as listed in the permit to operate.

Semi-Annual Reports

The report is submitted semi-annually within 45 days after June 30 and December 31 by facilities operating under a major (Title V) permit to operate. The report lists deviations from monitoring requirements, and deviations from emission limits or parameters set by the operating permit during the reporting period. For facilities subject to compliance assurance monitoring (CAM), the report will list any CAM excursions or deviations for affected emission units.

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