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Ohio EPA Proposes Additions to Drinking Water Operator Certification Rules

Ohio EPA has proposed rules that would allow external organizations to administer tests for water operator certification and is accepting comments through the close of business on Nov. 13, 2012.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in conference room C at Ohio EPA, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus.  The hearing will end once all interested parties have had a chance to present testimony related to the proposed rules.  Comments will be considered and necessary changes will be made by Ohio EPA before the rules are finalized.  Visitors to the building should bring a photo I.D.

The proposed rules would provide an opportunity for organizations to apply to become Agency-approved examiners. Examiners would give computerized water and wastewater certification exams in various locations throughout Ohio. Currently, Ohio EPA gives exams twice per year in one location. Approved independent examiners would be able to offer testing more frequently than Ohio EPA is able to. In addition, the rules propose requirements for receiving operator certification through an Agency-approved examiner.

Ohio EPA has certified more than 12,000 operators, ensuring public water and wastewater systems are operated by properly trained and qualified individuals.

Copies of the proposed rules can be found online, or by contacting Donna Roberts at the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters.  Written comments can be mailed by Nov. 13, to Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or emailed to ddagw_rulecomments@epa.state.oh.us.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.


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