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 .

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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 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


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.


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.


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


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 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

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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:

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

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 (, 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

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

For assistance with establishing an account, please contact Kentucky One Stop Business Portal at 502-782-8930 or email

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

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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 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 Any questions may be directed to 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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