CERCLA Information

CERCLA Air Emissions Reporting Begins Nov. 15

Producers must now complete initial step in air emissions reporting by email.

As a result of an April 11 federal court decision, EPA issued a notice on Oct. 26 directing all livestock farms emitting more than 100 pounds of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide in a 24-hour period to report continuous air emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). 
The reporting deadline is currently Nov. 15, 2017!
If you estimate your operation has greater than or equal to 100 pounds of ammonia emitted per day, then you must notify the National Response Center (NRC) by email at:

When reporting by email include the following info:
  • In the subject line include: Initial Continuous Release Notification
  • Name of the farm
  • Location of the farm - city/town and state - The NRC does not require personally identifiable information, such as an address for a private residence.
  • Amount of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide released (listed as greater than or equal to 100 pounds)
  • You can submit information for multiple farms in one email 
EPA Reporting
  • You will receive an automatic response e-mail from the NRC with a single identification number (CR-ERNS) for your farm(s). Include the CR-ERNS number on the follow-up written notification report that goes to your EPA Region 5 Office within 30 days. The single CR-ERNS number provided should be used for each farm included in the email.
  • It may take some time to receive the automated notice from the NRC so please be patient.  Also, check your e-mail's spam or junk folders before attempting to send your e-mail again.

CERCLA Reporting Guidance Document

Farms that signed up and participated in EPA's Air Consent Agreements, which remain in compliance with those agreements and have not been expanded, are not expected to report their emissions now.
The University of Illinois Extension Office has also developed web calculators to help farmers estimate daily emissions by livestock species. Links to the calculators are available HERE
If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact the IPPA office at 
217-529-3100. We will continue to send updates as we receive additional information.