Applicants Sought for Certification BoardsVacancies

The Kentucky Board of Certification of Wastewater Operators and the Kentucky Board of Certification of Water Treatment and Distribution System Operators are seeking applicants to fill several positions whose terms are set to expire Aug. 31, 2017.

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Surface Water Treatment Plants Recognized for Meeting AWOP Goals

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 17, 2017) – Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 36 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), for 2016.

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Environmental Excellence Awards Nominations Sought

The Division of Compliance Assistance is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Environmental Excellence Awards.

At this year’s Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, one award will be given for each of the following areas; Environmental Pacesetter, Community Environmental Luminary, Resource Caretaker and KY EXCEL Champion.

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U.S. Department of Energy Offers a Webinar on the Benefits of Combined Heat and Power at Wastewater Treatment Facilities

The U.S. Department of Energy invites you to attend a webinar on the benefits of Combined Heat and Power at your wastewater facility which will be held Thursday, April 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm EDT.

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Can You Dig It?

In Kentucky, one thing that you will face when digging is differences. The multiple soil types, terrains, elevations and climates make it a challenge. The rocky areas of the state are particularly challenging as well as costly. Sometimes having the right tool can be the difference between a project going well and a project being delayed. Productivity is a key element when discussing how projects will be approached, conducted and completed. There is a lot to be said about being able to pre-clean a path in all soil conditions and improving installation efficiency.

Drilling technology is advancing and new attachments are available to help achieve more true-to-size cuts according to the soil types. Whether it is in sandy and soft soils or rocky and hard soils, precise cuts save time, effort and money. Bore paths in unstable soil conditions can often collapse or fill with material in the ground. Material left in a bore can damage product, especially in restricted spaces. These new designs are allowing for improved productivity in installation under challenging conditions and circumstances.

The Division of Compliance Assistance does not endorse or recommend companies. This blog is for informational purposes and is endorsing technology.

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It’s Wastewater Treatment and Collection Certification Renewal Time!

Attention all certified Wastewater Treatment and Collection operators! It is certification renewal time. You must renew your certifications between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year. If you renew after June 30 but before Dec. 31, you will have to pay a $250 late fee, along with the renewal fee of $50 for online renewal or $100 if you mail your renewal form into our office. If you fail to renew by Dec. 31, you must retake the Certification Exam.

To renew, you must have 12 continuing education hours for Class 1 and Class 2 operators or 24 continuing education hours for Class 3 and Class 4 operators. The continuing education hours must be board-approved, so if you take continuing education classes from someone other than the Operation Certification Program, make sure the course has been approved and the training provider has sent the training rosters to the Certification and Licensing Branch.

If you haven’t taken the required training to get the hours you need, you can find the Operator Training schedule for classes we are offering at http://dca.ky.gov/certification/Pages/OperatorTraining.aspx .

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Reminder––Award Submissions Are Due Feb. 1!

On Dec. 15, we opened the nomination period seeking submissions for the Steve Crosman Award for Outstanding Environmental Professionalism. This award was created to honor our former trainer, Steve Crosman, who passed away in December 2011. The award is open to DCA-certified operators who have exhibited a strong passion for their profession. As a reminder, submissions are due by Feb. 1, 2017, at midnight.

To see the original blog post about this award, click here. A link to the nomination form can be found here. If you have any questions, send an email to envhelp@ky.gov or call 502-564-0323.

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