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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Environmental Scientist II Vacancy Announcement

Environmental Scientist II Vacancy Announcement

Vacancy Announcement #51881BR
Kentucky Operator Certification Program
Environmental Scientist II
Post Date: Jan. 14, 2017
Post Ending Date: Jan. 23, 2017

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance is seeking candidates to deliver structured training and examinations to potential and current drinking water system and wastewater treatment operators. This vacancy is one of four positions responsible for these duties. Frequent overnight travel within the state is required.

Kentucky law requires that only individuals certified by the Department for Environmental Protection may operate a drinking water and/or wastewater system. This certification is required to verify that an operator has sufficient knowledge and experience to properly manage these facilities and ensure that water supplied to the public is safe for consumption and that wastewater is properly treated. The division provides training to operators to help them prepare for their certification examination and to help operators that are already certified obtain the continuing education credits required for the maintenance of their certification license.

This position will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Develop and Deliver Certification Training – Enhance existing certification training materials and develop additional training materials that will maximize a water treatment operator’s knowledge and abilities. Deliver this information in structured training events at locations throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Administer Certification Exams – Proctor certification exam events.
  • Review Certification Applications – Review certification exam applications to ensure that only qualified individuals are permitted to take a certification exam.
  • Assist Operators – Help individuals interested in becoming a certified operator understand the certification training and testing process.
  • Serve as a Technical Resource – Provide technical information to the department’s Compliance Assistance Program to ensure that meaningful assistance is provided to Kentucky’s drinking water and wastewater systems.

QUALIFICATIONS:

All applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications.

  1. Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a natural or physical science. Professional experience in natural resources, environmental control or a related area will substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
  2. Must have one year of professional experience in natural resources, environmental control or a related area. Graduate study in the natural or physical sciences will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

DESIRED SKILLS/EXPERIENCE:

Individuals with any of the following skills and experiences are encouraged to apply.

  • Experience with drinking water system operations, wastewater treatment, training or adult education
  • Demonstrated capability to prepare informational handouts, publications and training materials
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Capable with word processing and presentation software

APPLICATION PROCESS:

This vacancy is a merit position within Kentucky State Government. All merit positions are hired via competitive registers maintained by the Personnel Cabinet. Information on the process for applying for jobs with the Commonwealth of Kentucky can be found at https://careers.ky.gov. Interested parties are also encouraged to notify the contact listed below via email.

Application Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017
Position Location: Frankfort, Kentucky
Salary: Grade 13, (Min-Mid) $32,042.40 – $42,656.40 yearly at 37.5 hours/week
Contact: Jessica Wilhoite, Branch Manager within the Division of Compliance Assistance, can be reached at 502-564-0323 or via email at Jessica.Wilhoite@ky.gov.

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Kentucky Environmental Protection eForm Submissions to Change in New Year

Major changes are coming Jan. 17 to Kentucky’s Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) eForms.

Access to the forms and how to submit them are changing to an account-based web application due to federal requirements under the Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR). Under the rule, DEP is required to provide identity-proofing of the individuals who electronically submit files and data to our agency.

What does this mean for you?

Beginning Jan. 13, 2017, individuals submitting electronic notices or reports with a DEP eForm will be required to have an account through Kentucky One Stop Business Portal,  found here: http://onestop.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

If there is a notification or report to be submitted in the near future with a DEP eForm, you must set up a user account.

If you already have an account through Kentucky One Stop Business Portal, including an account associated with Department of Revenue, Department of Transportation, or for personal use, you do not need to set up a new account. The goal is to have a shared logon account across Commonwealth websites and services!

Which forms are associated with eForms?

DEP eForms are currently accessed through various avenues within the DEP regulatory programs that accept submission of eForms. Some of the current eForm submittals include those for the Division for Air Quality Field Operations Branch (includes Annual Compliance Certifications); Division of Compliance Assistance Operator Certification Exams and Training; Division of Water Notice of Intent for coverage under some general permits, industrial stormwater, and construction activities; and Division of Waste Management Underground Storage Tank submissions.

Please note: The above list is not all-inclusive, and not all electronically submitted information is associated with an eForm.

What is onestop.ky.gov?

From starting your business plan to registering your business with the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Business One Stop Portal is a “one stop shop” with the tools necessary to assist you in registering and operating your business in Kentucky.

What about DEP ePortal?

The DEP Electronic Submittals website (https://dep.gateway.ky.gov/eportal/), also referred to as DEP’s ePortal, is not currently associated with this change. Please continue to submit ePortal routine notifications and electronic documents through https://dep.gateway.ky.gov/eportal/.

Where can I get more information?

Frequently asked questions about this change, how to create an account with Kentucky One Stop Business Portal, and DEP’s implementation of the CROMERR requirements are available at https://dep.gateway.ky.gov/eForms/eFormsFAQs.htm.

For assistance with establishing an account, please contact Kentucky One Stop Business Portal at 502-782-8930 or email KYBOS.SUPPORT@ky.gov.

Any technical questions related to DEP requirements or eForm contents may be directed to the Division of Compliance Assistance by calling 502-564-0323 or sending an e-mail for assistance to envhelp@ky.gov.

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Nominations Sought for Steve Crosman Award for Outstanding Environmental Professionalism

Steve CrosmanThe Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance’s Operator Certification Program is seeking nominations for the fifth annual Steve Crosman Award for Outstanding Environmental Professionalism. The purpose of this award is to recognize those individuals who value professionalism in their work and see the importance of providing quality service to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Eligibility requirements for this award are as follows:

1)  Be an operator certified by the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance.

2)  Have maintained a license in good standing for the past five years.

3)  Have substantially enhanced the operator profession and Kentucky’s environment through voluntary actions, such as mentoring other operators, educating the community about topics important to the profession or engaging in environmental projects that enhance the quality of life for Kentucky’s citizens.

Nominations will be accepted through email to envhelp@ky.gov or by U.S. Mail to 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, KY 40601. Nominations will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2016 through Feb. 1, 2017. For more details and to view past winners, click here. To access the nomination form, click here or go to DCA.ky.gov. Any questions may be directed to envhelp@ky.gov or by calling 502-564-0323.

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Continuing Education Opportunity – Water Loss Leak Detection and Distribution Deficiencies

The Division of Compliance Assistance is hosting “Water Loss Leak Detection and Distribution Deficiencies” at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. This class will give tips on effective leak detection techniques and procedures, how to combat, correct and control water loss, as well as how to manage deficiencies and shortfalls and improve distribution system compliance and performance. This will be the last chance of the year to receive drinking water continuing education hours.

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: Dec. 13–14, 2016
Course Number: DW 15614
Training Hours: 12
Location: Lake Barkley State Resort Park

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Fourth Annual Steve Crosman Award Winner Named

David Hawes, who recently retired from the Regional Water Resource Agency (RWRA) – Max Rhoads Wastewater Treatment Plant and East Wastewater Treatment Plant, has been honored with the fourth annual Steve Crosman Award for Outstanding Environmental Professionalism. Hawes, who holds a Class IV Wastewater Treatment license, was nominated by Dean Behnke, RWRA.

The Kentucdavid-hawesky Division of Compliance Assistance (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.

Hawes led the effort to form a new city/county joint sewer agency to succeed the Owensboro Sewer Commission, which had fallen under sanctions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and from the Kentucky Division of Water. The commission was subjected to an Agreed Order for the Owensboro-Daviess community that restricted growth without annexation of regional sewer service.

Under Hawes’s direction, the Regional Water Resource Agency has seen the renovation and upgrade of its old treatment facility of several large pumping stations and the extension of sewer service to approximately 4,500 customers. The estimated cost of capital improvements during his tenure is $136 million.

Hawes led the agency to pursue a unique approach in complying with the EPA’s mandated Combined Sewer Overflow Policy (CSO) by invoking the presumption approach in its Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP). This approach saved the community millions of dollars and saw projects implemented that satisfied CSO control objectives as well as benefited the community. The LTCP approach demonstrated Hawes’s efforts to cooperate with the City of Owensboro on projects that improved both the wastewater and storm water collection systems.

While facing opposition to form the joint city/county sewer agency, Hawes organized a permitted waste program in Daviess County and oversaw the formation of a comprehensive grease trap permitting and management program for the agency’s service area that minimized grease-related sewer overflows. He also worked extensively to balance an aging combined sewer system with large-volume industrial waste streams, while improving Ohio River water quality and implementing economical sewer ordinances and rate structures.

Hawes demonstrated how he valued his almost six dozen employees when he implemented an agency-sponsored Financial Peace workshop for employees and their families, held periodic workshops on the Kentucky Retirement System and incentivized RWRA’s wastewater treatment plant operators to obtain the highest level of education and certification available from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

He served as a member of several regional committees, including the Green River Area Development District’s Water Management Council, the GO-EDC (an economic development agency for Owensboro and Daviess County), the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and the Daviess County Drainage Commission.

In his honor, the sewer agency, the City of Owensboro and Daviess County recently announced that RWRA’s East Treatment Plant has been renamed the “David Hawes Treatment Plant.”

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An Alternative to Chlorine in Wastewater Treatment

Chlorine has been a reliable disinfectant in the wastewater industry for quite some time. As we have become more conscious of protecting the environment, more stringent regulations, as well as the need for dechlorination, the processes and cost of disinfection have been evaluated more and more. A viable alternative has come to the forefront; so many systems are weighing out the advantages and disadvantages of changing to Peracetic acid disinfection.

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