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In 1996 the amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act greatly enhanced the importance of operator training. While that law was written for the drinking water community it has had a direct impact on the wastewater industry. The amendments directed the Environmental Protection Agency to initiate partnerships with states to develop operator certification standards for water treatment operators. Since that time almost every state has applied similar concepts to wastewater operators. Most states already had requirements for wastewater operator certifications but the EPA requirements for continuing education units has acted as a catalyst for change in our industry. States agencies are working to revise their wastewater certification requirements to satisfy the EPA continuing education requirements. This presentation will enable attendees to develop programs, which satisfy both the state requirements for operator certification, continuing education units, and the OSHA requirements for the safe handling of chlorine.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2001

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