Proposed Operator Regulation Amendments

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) have proposed amendments to eight drinking water and wastewater regulations:  Definitions (401 KAR 11:001), Wastewater Treatment and Collection System Operators; Classification and Qualification (401 KAR 11:030), Water Treatment and Distribution System Operators; Classification and Qualifications (401 KAR 11:040), Operator Certification (401 KAR 11:050, Certification Fees (401 KAR 11:060, Water Treatment Plant and Water Distribution System Classification and Staffing (401 KAR 8:030), Drinking Water Program Fees (401 KAR 8:050), and Operation of Wastewater Systems by Certified Operators (401 KAR 5:010).

DOW and DCA have joint responsibility for regulations contained in 401 KAR Chapter 11 – Certified Operators.  These regulations establish education, experience, and training requirements for certified drinking water and wastewater operators.  Due to reduced availability of certified operators and persons eligible for certification, regulatory amendments to expand the base of eligible persons and increase clarity and efficiency, while maintaining high standards for certified operators, are both timely and necessary.

DOW and DCA filed the proposed regulations with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) on May 13, 2019 published in the Kentucky Administrative Register on June 1, 2019. The proposed regulations are published in the Administrative Register and available on the LRC Regulation website at https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/kar/TITLE401.HTM. The proposed regulations are also available on the DOW website at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Regs/Pages/default.aspx.

401 KAR 11:001 establishes definitions for terms used in Chapter 11. DOW and DCA propose:

  • Adding a definition for “Certified training provider” to align with the new certified training provider program in 401 KAR 11:050
  • Adding definitions for “Active certificate” and “Inactive certificate”

401 KAR 11:030 establishes classifications and qualifications for wastewater treatment and collection operator certifications.  DOW and DCA propose:

  • Clarifying statutory authority and modifying language for clarity and to comply with KRS Chapter 13A
  • Clarifying “limited certification” to conform with the KRS 224.73-110(5) (home unit operators) and that experience obtained during limited certification cannot be applied to any other level of certification
  • Clarifying Operator In Training (OIT) responsibility (an OIT cannot be primarily responsible for a system for which the OIT does not hold required certification except for alternate staffing in 5:010), adding a reference to staffing established in 401 KAR 5:010 and clarifying requirements for OIT Classes II through IV
  • Expanding acceptable education for Class IV treatment and collection certifications, and reducing the number of years of experience required for certification
  • Expanding acceptable education for experience substitutions, and expanding acceptable experience for education substitutions
  • Making distribution and collection experience equivalent for substitution purposes
  • Recognizing state-approved apprenticeship programs as an avenue towards certification
  • Expanding the option for equivalent certification for operators who hold out-of-state wastewater operator certification. Rather than considering only what the original out-of-state certification required, allowing consideration of the operator’s experience while certified
  • Granting the cabinet authority to enter reciprocal certification agreements with other states

401 KAR 11:040 establishes classification and qualifications for water treatment and distribution operators. DOW and DCA propose:

  • Clarifying statutory authority and modifying language for clarity and to comply with KRS Chapter 13A
  • Clarifying “limited certification” to conform with KRS 223.160
  • Clarifying OIT responsibility  (an OIT cannot be primarily responsible for a system for which the OIT does not hold required certification except for alternate staffing in 8:030), and clarifying requirements for OIT Classes II through IV
  • Expanding acceptable education for experience substitutions, and expanding acceptable experience for education substitutions

 

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2019 Drinking Water and Wastewater Operator Training Schedule

The Division of Compliance Assistance’s Operator Certification Program has published its 2019 Drinking Water and Wastewater Operator Training Schedule. The schedule contains a list of the certification schools offered throughout 2019 and the continuing education courses offered January through June. The schedule may be viewed on our Operator Training web page.

Reminder: The renewal cycle for certified wastewater treatment and collection system operators begins on January 1 and ends on June 30, 2019. Earn your continuing education hours and renew online beginning January 1.

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Fifth Annual Steve Crosman Award Presented to Alan Todd

Alan Todd, Superintendent at Madisonville Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), has Alan Toddbeen honored with the fifth annual Steve Crosman Award for Outstanding Environmental Professionalism. Alan, who holds Class IV Wastewater Treatment, Class II Wastewater Collection and Class II Bottled Water licenses, was nominated by Laurie Berry, a fellow wastewater professional.

DCA presents this annual award in memory of Steve Crosman, a trainer with the Certification and Licensing Branch of DCA, who passed away in December 2011. Crosman devoted himself to ensuring safe water for Kentucky by doing his best to assist and train operators. Alan started as a laborer in Elizabethtown in 1985 and progressed to the superintendent position in 1994. He holds the title of Western Wastewater representative for the Western Chapter of the Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association (KWWOA) and is the Western Wastewater representative for KWWOA’s State Board. Additionally, he held a position on the Kentucky Board of Certification of Wastewater System Operators for almost four years, thus serving to protect the people and waters of the Commonwealth through oversight of operator certification and training for operators.

Under Alan’s direction and supervision, Madisonville WWTP has received numerous awards for operations and safety, including an EPA Region 4 Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award. Alan has been awarded the Hatfield Award and Chamber Award by the Water Environment Federation for outstanding performance and professionalism. Alan has used his knowledge to actively recruit and mentor many operators in the profession.

Alan developed and manages his own company that offers contract wastewater operator services to small, rural communities making it more economically feasible for them to comply with discharge permits. These communities are to better able protect their receiving streams by utilizing skilled and knowledgeable operators who can properly manage small systems.  Alan’s dedication and efforts at the Madisonville WWTP, his volunteer board service and his efforts to provide quality water treatment services help protect the waters of the Commonwealth every day

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2019 Solid Waste Training Schedule

The Division of Compliance Assistance’s Operator Certification Program has published its 2019 Solid Waste Operator Training Schedule. The schedule contains a list of the landfill, compost and landfarm operator certification schools offered for 2019. The schedule may be viewed on our Solid Waste Certification Program web page.

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New License Issuances – January through September 2018

Congratulations to all of our newly certified drinking water, wastewater and solid waste operators! During the months of January through September, the Division of Compliance Assistance’s Certification and Licensing Branch staff issued 108 solid waste license, 236 drinking water licenses and 175 wastewater licenses. These licenses were issued to operators who upgraded their licenses to a higher level or who were recertified, as well as to operators who are new to their respective fields.

For a complete list of these operators, please click here.

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Continuing Education Opportunity – Emerging Contaminants & How We Treat Them

The Division of Compliance Assistance is hosting a drinking water continuing education class at Rough River SRP, 450 Lodge Road, Falls of Rough, Ky.  The class will cover some of the newest emerging contaminants found in drinking water and some of the techniques used to remove them.

The first day will cover the contaminants now being found in source water and the issues they present to human health and the environment. The second day will exam treatment methods and their effectiveness in removing contaminants.

Certified drinking water operators may attend this event for continuing education hours by registering through E-Search. If you have any questions, please call 502-564-0323.

Course Date: October 4-5, 2018

Course Number: DW 18482

Training Hours: 12

Cost: $60

Location: Rough River State Resort Park, Falls of the Rough , KY

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Continuing Education Opportunity – Regulations

The Division of Compliance Assistance is hosting a combined drinking water/wastewater continuing education class at Dale Hollow SRP, 6371 State Park Road, Burkesville, Ky.  The class will cover regulations concerning drinking water, wastewater and operator certification.

The first day begins with an exploration of Kentucky state regulations concerning drinking water treatment and distribution. The last part of the day will cover regulations for wastewater treatment and collections.

Day two will continue the study of wastewater treatment and collections regulations. The remainder of the time will be spent examining the regulations that govern operator certification.

Certified drinking water and wastewater operators may attend this event for continuing education hours by registering through E-Search. If you have any questions, please call 502-564-0323.

Course Date: October 31st, November 1st , 2018

Course Number: CDW 18483

Training Hours: 12

Cost: $60

Location: Dale Hollow State Resort Park, Burkesville , KY

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