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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

 

DIVISION 49

REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO CERTIFICATION OF WASTEWATER SYSTEM OPERATOR PERSONNEL

 

340-049-0005

Preface

(1) The purpose of these rules is to help protect public health, the environment, and the water resources of Oregon by establishing requirements regarding certification of wastewater system (sewage treatment works) operators. The principal objectives of the rules are to:

(a) Establish criteria for classifying wastewater treatment and collection systems;

(b) Define the requirements and fees for wastewater system owners whose systems must be supervised by an operator certified under these rules;

(c) Define the minimum qualifications for certifying wastewater system operating personnel and supervisors;

(d) Define the requirements and fees for persons who apply for certification, including examination requirements, renewal certification and certification through reciprocity;

(e) Establish criteria for variances;

(f) Establish penalties for violations of these rules;

(g) Establish fees for operator certification; and

(h) Encourage an adequate number of qualified wastewater system operators that are certified to operate and maintain wastewater treatment or wastewater collection systems in Oregon.

(2) All persons who meet the minimum qualifications for certificate types and grades can be certified under these rules. All wastewater system personnel are encouraged to apply for certification at the highest grade consistent with their qualification. Maintenance and laboratory personnel in wastewater systems are encouraged to participate in the respective voluntary certification programs.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405-448.430, 448.992, 468B.010 -468B.020 & 468B.030
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02

340-049-0010

Definitions

As used in these regulations unless otherwise required by context:

(1) "Average Dry Weather Flow" (ADWF) means the design average dry weather flow capacity of the wastewater treatment system in gallons per day or Million Gallons per Day (MGD), as approved by the Department.

(2) "Certified" means an individual holds a valid operator certificate for wastewater treatment system or wastewater collection system operation issued by the State of Oregon, Department of Environmental Quality.

(3) "Commission" means the Environmental Quality Commission.

(4) "Continuing Education Unit (CEU)" means a nationally recognized unit of measurement for assigning credit for accredited education or training that provides the participant with advanced or post high school learning. One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction.

(5) "Contract Operations" means the wastewater system owner has a written contract with another wastewater system owner, an operations services company, or a certified operator for supervising the operation of its wastewater treatment system or wastewater collection system.

(6) "Department" means the Department of Environmental Quality.

(7) "Director" means the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality or any official designee of the Director.

(8) "Industrial Waste" means liquid wastes from an industrial or commercial process discharged into a wastewater system for conveyance and treatment.

(9) "NPDES Permit" means a waste discharge permit issued in accordance with requirements and procedures of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System authorized by Section 402 of the Federal Clean Water Act and OAR 340, division 45.

(10) "Operating Experience" means the routine performance of duties, tasks and responsibilities at a wastewater treatment system or wastewater collection system, or in a related field as allowed under OAR 340-049-0030(5), that affect wastewater system performance or effluent quality.

(11) "Operator" or "Wastewater System Operator" means any person engaged in the routine on site performance of duties, tasks and responsibilities in the operation of a wastewater treatment system or a wastewater collection system. This term does not include officials, managers, and engineers, directors of public works or equivalent whose duties do not include the actual "hands-on" operation or supervision on site of wastewater system facilities or operators.

(12) "Oral Examination" means an examination administered by the Department where the applicant provides verbal answers to the written examination for the type and grade of certification the applicant is seeking.

(13) "Population" means the design population of the wastewater system represented as the number of people or the population equivalent the system is designed to serve. Equivalent population ordinarily is determined based on 70 gallons per person per day average dry weather flow (ADWF) or 0.17 lbs. BOD5 per person per day, whichever is greater.

(14) "Provisional Certificate" means a temporary and conditional certificate issued by the Department to a person meeting the requirements in OAR 340-049-0030(2)(a) or (3)(a).

(15) "Post High School Education" means relevant continuing professional, technical or academic education acquired through accredited programs such as short schools, correspondence or distance learning courses, armed services training, trade schools, community colleges, colleges, universities, formalized workshops, or seminars for which a CEU, community college or college credit, or the equivalent is earned and acceptable to the Department. Each year of relevant post high school education is equal to 45 CEUs, or 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of community college, college or university credit.

(16) "Shift Supervisor" means the operator delegated authority by the system owner for executing the specific practice and procedures for operating the wastewater treatment system or wastewater collection system when the system is operated on more than one daily shift.

(17) "Supervise" means to have full and active responsibility for the daily on site technical operation of a wastewater treatment system or wastewater collection system.

(18) "Supervisor" means the operator delegated authority by the system owner for establishing and executing the specific practice and procedures for operating the wastewater treatment system or wastewater collection system in accordance with the policies of the owner of the system and any permit requirements.

(19) "Wastewater" or "sewage" means the water-carried human or animal waste from residences, buildings, industrial establishments or other places, together with such groundwater infiltration and surface water as may be present. The admixture of domestic and industrial waste or other by-products, such as sludge, is also considered wastewater or sewage.

(20) "Wastewater Treatment System" or "Sewage Treatment System" means any structure, equipment or process for treating and disposing of, or recycling or reusing wastewater and sludge (including industrial waste) that is discharged to the wastewater system.

(21) "Wastewater Collection System" or "Sewage Collection System" means the trunks, arterials, pumps, pump/lift stations, piping and other appurtenances necessary to collect and carry away wastewater or other liquid waste treatable in a community or private wastewater treatment facility.

(22) "Wastewater System" means "Sewage Treatment Works" defined in ORS 448.405 as any structure, equipment or process required to collect, carry away and treat domestic waste and dispose of sewage as defined in ORS 454.010. Typically, components of a wastewater system include a wastewater collection system and a wastewater treatment system.

(23) "WPCF Permit" means a Water Pollution Control Facilities permit to construct and operate a collection, treatment and/or disposal system with no discharge to navigable waters. A WPCF permit is issued by the Department in accordance with the procedures of OAR 340, divisions 45 and 71.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405 - 448.430, 448.992, 468B.010 - 468B.020 & 468B.030
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

340-049-0015

General Requirements

(1) Each owner of a wastewater system with an Average Dry Weather Flow (ADWF) of 0.075 MGD (75,000 gallons per day) or greater design capacity must have its system supervised full-time by one or more operators who hold a valid certificate for the type of system, wastewater treatment or wastewater collection, and at a grade equal to or greater than the wastewater system classification as defined in OAR-340-049-0020 and 340-049-0025.

(2) Any wastewater treatment system or wastewater collection system owner with a system having more than one daily shift must have its shift supervisor, if any, certified at no more than one grade lower than the wastewater system classification. The system owner is not required to have a shift supervisor if another properly certified operator is available to supervise operation of the system.

(3) Each owner of a wastewater system with an ADWF less than 0.075 MGD (75,000 gallons per day) design capacity must have its system supervised on a part-time or full-time basis by one or more operators who hold a valid certificate for the type of system, wastewater treatment or wastewater collection, and at a grade equal to or greater than the wastewater system classification.

(4) These rules shall not apply to owners of subsurface sewage disposal systems as defined under ORS 454.605 and installed or constructed under a permit in accordance with 454.655. Based on complexity of the wastewater system, the Department may require an owner of a NPDES or WPCF permitted wastewater system using subsurface sewage disposal with a ADWF greater 0.0025 MGD (2,500 gallons per day) to have its system supervised by one or more operators certified in accordance with these rules.

(5) Each wastewater treatment and wastewater collection system owner must notify the Department in writing of the name of all operators, including shift supervisors, if any, delegated authority by the owner to supervise the operation of its system in accordance with these rules. The written notice must be filed with the Department's Water Quality Division, Operator Certification Program, and include the operator's certificate type, grade, and expiration date.

(6) The system supervisor or shift supervisor is not required to be on site at all times. The system supervisor must be available to the wastewater system owner and to any other operator, and able to immediately respond on site. A shift supervisor must be available and able to immediately respond on site during an assigned shift.

(7) An operator holding a valid Grade I Provisional wastewater treatment or wastewater collection certificate may be designated by a system owner to supervise the operation of a Class I wastewater treatment or wastewater collection system respectively.

(8) The wastewater system owner may re-designate or replace designated operators responsible for supervising system operation with other properly certified operators at any time and must notify the Department in writing within 30 days of replacement or re-designation of operators.

(9) A wastewater treatment or wastewater collection system may not be without an operator as required in Sections (1) or (3) of this rule for more than 30 days. During this period, the system owner must ensure an operator is certified for the type of system at no more than one grade lower than the system classification, and is available to the system owner and to any other operator. This operator must also be delegated authority by the system owner to supervise the operation of the system.

(10) When compliance with requirements in Sections (1) or (3) of this rule is not possible or practicable because the system supervisor is not available or the position is vacated unexpectedly, and another certified operator is not qualified to assume supervisory responsibility, the Director may grant a time extension for compliance with the requirements in response to a written request from the system owner. The Director will not grant an extension longer than 120 days unless the system owner documents the existence of extraordinary circumstances.

(a) The request must justify the need for the time extension and include at least the following:

(A) The date the system supervisor position or availability was or will be vacated;

(B) A time schedule to recruit, hire, or otherwise make available and designate another qualified operator; and

(C) The name of an interim supervisor and the supervisor's certificate type, grade and expiration date.

(b) Any time extension granted will be conditioned on a time schedule for the system owner to obtain the services of a qualified operator to supervise the wastewater system in accordance with these rules, and may be revoked if the system is operated in violation of a NPDES or WPCF permit limit or ORS 468B.025.

(11) For contract operations as defined in OAR 340-049-0010(5), the system owner must have and maintain a written contract on file and, upon request by the Department, must provide a copy of contract provisions for supervising the operation of its system for Department review. Contracts for part-time system supervision allowed under Section 3 of this rule must meet all requirements in 340-049-0070.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405 - 448.430, 448.992, 468B.010 - 468B.020, 468B.030 & 468B.050
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

340-049-0020

Classification of Wastewater Systems

(1) All wastewater systems will be classified by the Department as wastewater treatment systems and/or wastewater collection systems, as appropriate, in accordance with the following classification system:

(a) Small Wastewater Systems — 30 total points or less; less than 500 design population or less than 150 connections.

(b) Wastewater Treatment Systems

(A) Class I — 30 total points or less;

(B) Class II — 31-55 total points;

(C) Class III — 56-75 total points;

(D) Class IV — 76 or more points.

(c) Wastewater Collection Systems:

(A) Class I — 1,500 or less design population;

(B) Class II — 1,501 to 15,000 design population;

(C) Class III — 15,001 to 50,000 design population;

(D) Class IV — 50,001 or more design population.

(2) Wastewater treatment system classifications will be derived from the total points assigned based on criteria shown in OAR 340-049-0025.

(3) The Director will advise wastewater system owners of the classification of their systems.

(4) If the complexity of a wastewater treatment system is not reflected in OAR 340-049-0025, the Director may classify a wastewater treatment system higher than the classification based on accumulated points upon written notice to the wastewater treatment system owner.. The designation must be consistent with the intent of the classification system.

(5) If deemed appropriate, the Director may classify a wastewater collection system higher than the classification based on population upon written notice to the wastewater collection system owner. The designation must be consistent with the intent of the classification system.

(6) The Director may change the classification of a wastewater system upon written notice to the system owner and will give the owner a reasonable time to comply with the requirements of the new classification.

(7) A wastewater system owner may appeal the classification of its system in accordance with applicable variance requirements in OAR 340-049-0075.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405 - 448.430 & 448.992
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

340-049-0025

Criteria for Classifying Wastewater Treatment Systems

(1) Design Population or Population Equivalent Points:

(a) Less than 750 — 0.5 points;

(b) 751 to 2000 — 1 point;

(c) 2001 to 5000 — 1.5 points;

(d) 5001 to 10,000 — 2 points;

(e) Greater than 10,000 — 3 points plus 1 point per 10,000.

(2) ADWF Points:

(a) Less than 0.075 MGD — 0.5 point;

(b) Greater than 0.075 to 0.1 MGD — 1 point;

(c) Greater than 0.1 to 0.5 MGD — 1.5 points;

(d) Greater than 0.5 to 1.0 MGD — 2 points;

(e) Greater than 1.0 MGD — 3 points plus 1 point per 1 MGD.

(3) Unit Process Points:

(a) Preliminary Treatment and Plant Hydraulics:

(A) Comminution — 1 point;

(B) Grit Removal, gravity — 1 point;

(C) Grit Removal, mechanical — 2 points;

(D) Screen(s), in-situ or mechanical — 1 point;

(E) Pump/Lift Station(s) — 2 points;

(F) Flow Equalization — 1 point.

(b) Primary Treatment:

(A) Community Septic Tank(s) — 2 points;

(B) Clarifier(s) — 5 points;

(C) Flotation Clarifier(s) — 7 points;

(D) Chemical Addition System — 2 points;

(E) Imhoff Tank — 3 points.

(c) Secondary, Advanced, and Tertiary Treatment:

(A) Low Rate Trickling Filter(s) — 7 points;

(B) High Rate Trickling Filter(s) — 10 points;

(C) Trickling Filter — Solids Contact System — 12 points;

(D) Activated Sludge — 15 points;

(E) Pure Oxygen Activated Sludge — 20 points;

(F) Activated Bio Filter Tower less than 0.1 MGD — 6 points;

(G) Activated Bio Filter Tower greater than 0.1 MGD — 12 points;

(H) Rotating Biological Contactors 1 to 4 shafts — 7 points;

(I) Rotating Biological Contactors, 5 or more shafts — 12 points;

(J) Stabilization Lagoons, 1 to 3 cells without aeration — 5 points;

(K) Stabilization Lagoons, 2 or more cells with primary aeration — 7 points;

(L) Stabilization Lagoons, 2 or more with full aeration — 9 points;

(M) Recirculating Gravel Filter — 7 points;

(N) Chemical Precipitation Unit(s) — 3 points;

(O) Gravity Filtration Unit(s) — 2 points;

(P) Pressure Filtration Unit(s) — 4 points;

(Q) Nitrogen Removal, Biological or Chemical/Biological System — 4 points;

(R) Nitrogen Removal, Designed Extended Aeration Only — 2 points;

(S) Phosphorus Removal Units — 4 points;

(T) Effluent Microscreen(s) — 2 points;

(U) Chemical Flocculation Units — 3 points;

(V) Chemical Addition System — 2 points;

(W) Ultrafiltration Membrane(s) — 15 points.

(d) Solids Handling:

(A) Anaerobic Primary Sludge Digester(s) without Mixing and Heating — 5 points;

(B) Anaerobic Primary Sludge Digester(s) with Mixing and Heating — 7 points;

(C) Anaerobic Primary and Secondary Sludge Digesters — 10 points;

(D) Sludge Digester Gas reuse — 3 points;

(E) Aerobic Sludge Digester(s) — 8 points;

(F) Sludge Storage Lagoon(s) — 2 points;

(G) Sludge Lagoon(s) with aeration — 3 points;

(H) Sludge Drying Bed(s) — 1 point;

(I) Sludge Air or Gravity Thickening — 3 points;

(J) Sludge Composting, In Vessel — 12 points;

(K) Sludge Belt(s) or Vacuum Press/Dewatering — 5 points;

(L) Sludge Centrifuge(s) — 5 points;

(M) Sludge Incineration — 12 points;

(N) Sludge Chemical Addition Unit(s) — 2 points;

(O) Non-Beneficial Sludge Disposal — 1 point;

(P) Beneficial Sludge Utilization — 3 points;

(Q) Solids Reduction Processing — 4 points.

(e) Disinfection:

(A) Liquid Chlorine Disinfection — 2 points;

(B) Gas Chlorine Disinfection — 5 points;

(C) On-Site Chlorine Generation of Disinfectants — 5 points;

(D) Dechlorination System — 4 points;

(E) Other disinfection systems including ultraviolet and ozonation — 5 points.

(4) Effluent Permit Requirements Points:

(a) Minimum of secondary effluent limitations for BOD and/or Total Suspended solids — 2 points;

(b) Minimum of 20 mg/L BOD and/or Total Suspended Solids — 3 points;

(c) Minimum of 10 mg/L BOD and/or Total Suspended Solids — 4 points;

(d) Minimum of 5 mg/L BOD and/or Total Suspended Solids — 5 points;

(e) Effluent limitations for effluent oxygen — 1 point.

(5) Variation in Raw Waste Points. Points in this category will be awarded only when conditions are extreme to the extent that operation and handling procedure changes are needed to adequately treat the waste due to variation of raw waste:

(a) Recurring deviations or excessive variations of 100% to 200% in strength or flow — 2 points;

(b) Recurring deviations or excessive variations of more than 200% in strength or flow, or conveyance and treatment of industrial wastes covered by a pretreatment program — 4 points.

(c) Septage or truck hauled waste — 2 points.

(6) Sampling and Laboratory Testing Points:

(a) Sample for BOD, Total Suspended Solids performed by outside laboratory — 2 points;

(b) BOD or Total Suspended Solids analysis performed at treatment plant — 4 points;

(c) Bacteriological analysis performed by outside laboratory — 1 point;

(d) Bacteriological analysis performed at treatment plant — 2 points;

(e) Nutrient, Heavy Metals, or Organics analysis by outside laboratory — 3 points;

(f) Nutrient, Heavy Metals or Organics analysis performed at treatment plant — 5 points.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405 - 448.430 & 448.992
Hist.: DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

340-049-0030

Minimum Qualifications for Wastewater Treatment System and Wastewater Collection System Operator Certification

(1) Minimum qualifications for Small Wastewater Systems Operator Certification are as follows:

(a) Education: High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent; and

(b) Experience:

(A) Twelve months acceptable operating experience at a Small Wastewater System; or

(B) Six months operating experience, not to include credit for any related experience, and an Associate of Science degree in water or wastewater technology, or Department approved Associate of Science degree, or combination of community college, college or university education accepted as equivalent to an Associate of Science degree in water or wastewater technology, or a combination of department approved education and training, and

(c) Examination: Satisfactorily pass the Small Wastewater System examination.

(2) Minimum qualifications for Wastewater Treatment System Operator Certification are as follows:

(a) Grade I Provisional Wastewater Treatment System Operator Certification:

(A) Persons may qualify for a Grade I Provisional Certificate to obtain on the job training and experience to meet standard Grade I Wastewater Treatment System Operator Certificate qualifications if they:

(i) Are gaining acceptable operating experience at a wastewater treatment system at the time of making application; and

(ii) Have a high school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent; and

(iii) Are participating in or have completed a Department approved training program; and

(iv) Are supervised on a full-time or part-time basis by a certified wastewater treatment system operator.

(B) The Grade I Provisional Certificate is not renewable. This conditional certificate will be issued for a period of 12 months during which time the individual may apply to take the Grade I wastewater treatment examination.

(C) Upon passing the Grade I wastewater treatment examination and obtaining a total of 12 months acceptable operating experience at a wastewater treatment system, the individual may submit a post-examination application and fee for evaluation of qualification for standard Grade I certification.

(b) Grade I Wastewater Treatment System Operator Certification:

(A) Persons may qualify for this certificate type and grade if they meet the following qualifications:

(i) Education: High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent; and

(ii) Experience:

(I) Twelve months acceptable operating experience at a Class I or higher Wastewater Treatment System; or

(II) Six months operating experience, not to include credit for any related experience, and an Associate of Science degree in water or wastewater technology, or Department approved Associate of Science degree, or combination of community college, college or university education accepted as equivalent to an Associate of Science degree in water or wastewater technology, and

(iii) Examination: Satisfactorily pass the Wastewater Treatment Grade I examination.

(c)(A) Grade II Wastewater Treatment System Operator Certification.

(B) Persons may qualify for this certificate type and grade if they meet the following qualifications:

(i) Education: High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent; and

(ii) Experience: Three years acceptable operating experience at a Class I or higher Wastewater Treatment System, or two years at a Class I or higher Wastewater Treatment System and one year of post high school education; and

(iii) Examination: Satisfactorily pass the Wastewater Treatment Grade II examination.

(d)(A) Grade III Wastewater Treatment System Operator Certification.

(B) Persons may qualify for this certificate type and grade if they meet the following qualifications:

(i) Education: High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent; and

(ii) Experience:

(I) Eight years acceptable operating experience, of which half must have been at a Class II or higher Wastewater Treatment System; or

(II) Five years experience, of which half must have been at a Class II or higher Wastewater Treatment System, and one year of post high school education; or

(III) Four years experience, of which half must have been at a Class II or higher Wastewater Treatment System, and two years post high school education; or

(IV) Three years experience, of which half must have been at a Class II or higher Wastewater Treatment System, and three years of post high school education; and

(iii) Examination: Satisfactorily pass the Wastewater Treatment Grade III examination.

(e)(A) Grade IV Wastewater Treatment System Operator Certification.

(B) Persons may qualify for this certificate type and grade if they meet the following qualifications:

(i) Education: High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent and a minimum of one year post high school education; and

(ii) Experience:

(I) Ten years acceptable operating experience, of which half must have been at a Class III or higher Wastewater Treatment System; or

(II) Six year experience, of which half must have been at a Class III or higher Wastewater Treatment System, and two years of post high school education; or

(III) Five year experience, of which half must have been at a Class III or higher Wastewater Treatment System, and three years of post high school education; or

(IV) Four years experience, of which half must have been at a Class III or higher Wastewater Treatment System, and four years post high school education; and

(iii) Examination: Satisfactorily pass the Wastewater Treatment Grade IV examination.

(3) Minimum qualifications for Wastewater Collection System Operator Certification are as follows:

(a) Grade I Provisional Wastewater Collection System Operator Certification:

(A) Persons may qualify for a Grade I Provisional Certificate to obtain on the job training and experience to meet standard Grade I Wastewater Collection System Operator Certificate qualifications if they:

(i) Are gaining acceptable operating experience at a wastewater collection system at the time of making application; and

(ii) Have a high school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent; and

(iii) Are participating in or have completed a Department approved training program; and

(iv) Are supervised on a full-time or part-time basis by a certified wastewater collection system operator.

(B) The Grade I Provisional Certificate is not renewable. This conditional certificate will be issued for a period of 12 months during which time the individual may apply to take the Grade I wastewater collection examination.

(C) Upon passing the Grade I wastewater collection examination and obtaining a total of 12 months acceptable operating experience at a wastewater collection system, the individual may submit a post-examination application and fee for evaluation of qualification for standard Grade I certification.

(b) Grade I Wastewater Collection System Operator Certification. Persons may qualify for this certificate type and grade if they meet the following qualifications:

(A) Education: High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent; and

(B) Experience:

(i) Twelve months acceptable operating experience at a Class I or higher Wastewater Collection System; or

(ii) Six months operating experience, not to include credit for any related experience, and an Associate of Science degree in water or wastewater technology, or Department approved Associate of Science degree, or combination of community college, college or university education accepted as equivalent to an Associate of Science degree in water or wastewater technology; and

(C) Examination: Satisfactorily pass the Wastewater Collection Grade I examination.

(c)(A) Grade II Wastewater Collection System Operator Certification.

(B) Persons may qualify for this certificate type and grade if they meet the following qualifications:

(i) Education: High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent; and

(ii) Experience: Three years acceptable operating experience at a Class I or higher Wastewater Collection System, or two years experience at a Class I or higher Wastewater Collection System, and one year of post high school education; and

(iii) Examination: Satisfactorily pass the Wastewater Collection Grade II examination.

(d)(A) Grade III Wastewater Collection System Operator Certification.

(B) Persons may qualify for this certificate type and grade if they meet the following qualifications:

(i) Education: High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent; and

(ii) Experience:

(I) Eight years acceptable operating experience, of which half must have been at a Class II or higher Wastewater Collection System; or

(II) Five years experience, of which half must have been at a Class II or higher Wastewater Collection System, and one year of post high school education; or

(III) Four years experience, of which half must have been at a Class II or higher Wastewater Collection System, and two years post high school education; or

(IV) Three years experience, of which half must have been at a Class II or higher Wastewater Collection System, and three years of post high school education; and

(iii) Examination: Satisfactorily pass the Wastewater Collection Grade III examination.

(e)(A) Grade IV Wastewater Collection System Operator Certification.

(B) Persons may qualify for this certificate type and grade if they meet the following qualifications:

(i) Education: High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent; and

(ii) Experience:

(I) Ten years acceptable operating experience, of which half must have been at a Class III or higher Wastewater Collection System; or

(II) Eight years experience, of which half must have been at a Class III or higher Wastewater Collection System, and one year of post high school education; or

(III) Six years experience, of which half must have been at a Class III or higher Wastewater Collection System, and two years post high school education; or

(IV) Five years experience, of which half must have been at a Class III or higher Wastewater Collection System, and three years of post high school education; or

(V) Four years experience, of which half must have been at a Class III or higher Wastewater Collection System, and four years post high school education; and

(iii) Examination: Satisfactorily pass the Wastewater Collection Grade IV examination.

(4) The Department will consider the direct relevance of post high school education to wastewater treatment or wastewater collection system operator job tasks and required knowledge, e.g. science, mathematics, engineering, operation, maintenance and management, when determining the number of CEUs or equivalent, or hours of community college or college credit allowed for qualifying for certification under these rules:

(a) CEUs to be acceptable must have direct application to the operation or management of wastewater systems and be acquired through an accredited continuing education experience where the trainer, training sponsor, or educational institution awards a CEU. CEUs or equivalent may be accepted from other states or accredited programs having standards equal to or higher than the rules in this Division;

(b) Degrees or any accumulation of credit hours must be in the fields of engineering, chemistry, water/wastewater technology or physical or biological science from an educational institution accredited through an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to be acceptable;

(c) CEUs or equivalent and credit hours may be combined to satisfy post high school educational requirements; and

(d) Education for qualifying for certification must be documented by copies of diplomas or certificates, degrees, transcripts, grade reports, letters of participation or other official records.

(5) Experience credit is based on acceptable operating experience. Acceptable operating experience includes:

(a) Experience in performance of operator or system supervisor duties, tasks and responsibilities may satisfy up to 100 percent of the experience credit;

(b) Experience as an operator trainee or student intern may satisfy up to 100 percent of the experience credit. The Department will consider experience or education, but not both, in qualifying an applicant where education credit is earned for on-the-job training;

(c) Related experience as an industrial wastewater operator where the relevant work may be substituted based on the type of treatment process, type of process equipment, size of the facility, and complexity of the operation. Criteria applied will be OAR 340-049-0025. The applicant is responsible to verify the 6 points requested in OAR 340-049-0025 and submit this information on the application for testing. The Department will evaluate the submittal and respond to the applicant with results.

(d) Related experience in any of the following areas may satisfy up to 50 percent of the experience credit subject to limitations in OAR 340-049-030(5)(e) and (f):

(A) Wastewater treatment systems operation;

(B) Wastewater collection system operation and maintenance;

(C) Water treatment system operation;

(D) Water distribution system operation;

(E) Water treatment laboratory;

(F) Wastewater treatment laboratory;

(G) Water or Wastewater treatment system maintenance;

(H) Other substantially equivalent related field.

(e) The total of related experience credit must not exceed more than one-half of the acceptable operating experience requirement for certification under OAR 340-049-0030(2) or (3).

(f) Related experience credit must not reduce Grade III or Grade IV minimum requirements for wastewater system class level operating experience under OAR 340-049-0030(2) or (3).

(6) The applicant for certification must provide education and experience records to the Department with the application for screening and evaluating the applicant's qualifications.

(7) The Department may waive the experience or education requirements for admission to an examination under provisions outlined in OAR 340-049-0055(7) — Examinations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405 - 448.430 & 448.992
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

340-049-0035

Certification of Wastewater Treatment System and Wastewater Collection System Operators

(1) To be considered for operator certification a person must file a complete application with the Department using approved forms or technology by the filing deadline, if any, established under these rules. The Department will consider only those applications that are complete for processing and include all required qualification information and documentation not already on file with the Department and the appropriate fees. Applications that are incomplete, unsigned or improperly signed, or that do not contain the required documentation will not be accepted by the Department for filing.

(2) The Director will issue certificates to persons meeting the education, experience and examination qualifications set forth in OAR 340-049-0030 for the certificate type and grade sought. Grade I Provisional certificate qualifications do not include an examination. The Director may refuse to issue a certificate as provided in 340-049-0080.

(3) The Director may issue new certificates with up to a two-year expiration date and subject to renewal requirements in OAR 340-049-0040. Exceptions include Provisional certificates, which expire after 12 months, and new standard certificates issued to persons already certified under these rules, which expire on the same date as the pre-existing certificates.

(4) The Director will issue a Grade I Provisional certificate valid for 12 months to persons meeting the education and experience qualifications set forth in OAR 340-049-0030(2)(a) and (3)(a). Upon qualification, including passing a Grade I examination, the Director may issue a standard (renewable) Grade I certificate. The Director may refuse to issue a certificate as provided in 340-049-0080.

(5) Certificates in Wastewater Collection System Operation issued by the Department on or before May 1, 1989, will continue to be valid as long as certificate renewal and reinstatement requirements are satisfied and certificates are not revoked.

(6) Each certificate issued will designate the certificate type and grade of the person certified, and will have an expiration date stated on the certificate or on an accompanying certificate renewal card.

(7) The Department will not consider an application for a new certificate, including a certificate at a higher grade, if the certificate requested is for the same type, treatment or collection, as an expired certificate that is still under the one-year reinstatement period in OAR 340-049-0045. Once the expired certificate is reinstated, an application for a new certificate may be processed.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.410, 448.415 & 448.420
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

340-049-0040

Certification and Renewal

(1) Subject to these requirements and OAR 340-049-0080, a certificate holder may renew a certificate for up to a two-year period if the certificate holder files a complete renewal application with the Department by the certificate expiration date, includes payment of the renewal fee in 340-049-0065(1), and provides satisfactory evidence to the Department of continuing education.

(a) The accumulation of a minimum of two CEUs or two hours of community college, college or university credit every two years in relevant subject matter as described in OAR 340-049-0030(4) is considered satisfactory.

(b) The Department will determine whether the CEUs or hours of credit are directly relevant to a wastewater system operator's job tasks and required knowledge and satisfy the continuing education requirement.

(c) A person holding both wastewater treatment system and wastewater collection system operator certificates issued under these rules must complete only a minimum of two CEUs or two hours of community college, college or university credit to renew both certificates.

(2) Grade I Provisional certificates are not renewable. Persons may apply for a new Provisional certificate if they meet all the qualifications under OAR 340-049-0030(2)(a) or (3)(b).

(3) The Department will send each person holding a valid certificate a renewal notice and application at least 60 days before the certificate expires. The notice will be mailed to the last address of record with the Department's Water Quality Division, Operator Certification Program, and will show the certificate expiration date, renewal period, fee, and date the fee is due. Operators are not relieved of responsibility to renew their certificates if they do not receive renewal notices.

(4) The Department may extend the certificate expiration date for up to 30 days, after which time the certificate will be invalid. A certificate holder may reinstate an expired certificate according to procedures and requirements in OAR 340-049-0045.

(5) The Department will establish the continuing education reporting date for each certificate holder. Generally, this will be at two-year intervals and at the time of certificate renewal.

(6) The Department may vary the expiration date of a certificate and prorate the renewal fee and continuing education requirement to cover renewal periods of less than two years. The Department will give each person written notice of the certificate expiration date assigned, the prorated fee and continuing education requirement and dates due.

(7) Certificate holders must maintain their own records of course/program information and attendance, and must submit documentation to the Department upon request as a condition of renewal.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.410, 448.415 & 448.420
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

340-049-0045

Reinstatement of Expired Certificates

(1) The Department will send a notice of certificate expiration to each certificate holder at the last address of record. Operators are not relieved of responsibility to reinstate their certificates if they do not receive the notice.

(2) The Director will renew an expired certificate if the certificate holder submits a renewal application within one year of the date of expiration, including proof that renewal qualifications have been met and payment of a reinstatement fee and the renewal fee in OAR 340-049-0065(1).

(3) If a certificate holder fails to renew an expired certificate within one year following the date of expiration, the certificate holder may re-apply for certification and must meet the requirements established for a new applicant, including passing an examination and payment of the application fee and examination fee.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030 
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.410, 448.415 & 448.420 
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02

340-049-0050

Certificate and Reciprocity

(1) The Department may accord a person with a valid certificate in good standing in another state or province reciprocal treatment and issue a certificate without examination when, in the judgment of the Director, the certification examination requirements in the other state or province are substantially equivalent to and the person's education and experience meet the requirements set forth in this Division.

(2) Persons requesting reciprocity must submit a complete application and pay the reciprocity fee as listed in OAR 340-049-0065(1).

(3) The Department will not consider an application for a new certificate by reciprocity, including a certificate at a higher grade, if the certificate requested is of the same type, treatment or collection, as an expired Oregon certificate that is still under the one-year reinstatement period in OAR 340-049-0045. Once the expired certificate is reinstated, an application for a new certificate by reciprocity may be processed.

(4) The expiration date of a new operator certificate by reciprocity where there exists a valid Oregon certificate will be the same as the Oregon certificate.

(5) When such reciprocity is granted, the person will be subject to the same requirements of renewal as any other persons initially certified under these rules.

(6) The Director may refuse to issue a certificate by reciprocity based on a person's failure to meet education, experience or examination qualifications as stated above or any ground for refusal in OAR 340-049-0080(1).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.410, 448.415 & 448.420
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02

340-049-0055

Examinations

(1) Persons applying for new certificates requiring examinations, including certificates at higher grades, must be approved for examination by the Department.

(2) To be admitted to an examination, a person must file a complete application with payment of the fee(s) required by OAR 340-049-0065(1), and meet the education and experience qualifications for the certificate type and grade sought, unless the person has obtained a conditional waiver under section (7) of this rule.

(3) Examinations will be administered by the Department or its designee at places and times set by the Department.

(4) To be considered for admittance to examinations, applications for certification must be submitted or postmarked to the Department by no later than the first day of the month preceding the month of the examination.

(5) The Department, at its discretion, may administer written or oral examinations at times other than those scheduled, without public notice.

(6) The Department will notify applicants whether they are eligible for examinations and the conditions of eligibility.

(7) The Department may waive the education or experience requirements for admission to an examination under the following conditions:

(a) The applicant provides evidence to the satisfaction of the Department of current enrollment in a course of study that will meet education qualifications in OAR 340-049-0030 for the type and grade of certificate the applicant is seeking not later than the end of the fourth calendar month following the month in which the examination is given, or

(b) The applicant is currently gaining acceptable operating experience that will meet certificate qualifications in OAR 340-049-0030 for the type and grade of certificate the applicant is seeking not later than the end of the fourth calendar month following the month in which the examination is given, or

(c) The applicant does not meet the experience or supervision requirements for a Provisional or standard Grade I wastewater treatment or collection certificate under this Division, but is otherwise qualified by education and has completed or is participating in a Department approved training program. This applicant may take a Grade I treatment or Grade I collection examination and upon passing the examination will be recognized by the Department as an operator in training (OIT) for a period not to exceed 36 calendar months, unless approved by the Department in writing, during which time the applicant must meet experience requirements for a standard or Provisional certificate in OAR 340-049-0030, and

(d) Any applicant receiving an experience or education waiver for admission to an examination must pay the post-examination application fee for evaluation of certificate qualification as shown in OAR 340-049-0065(1) at the time of submitting proof of meeting education or experience qualifications, and

(e) The Department will withhold certification from any applicant passing an examination until evidence of education or experience qualification is furnished. If any applicant fails to complete all requirements for certification within the allowed time period in this section, the Department will not consider the examination results for any purpose.

(8) Examinations must consist of material in content and level appropriate to each certificate type and grade.

(9) The Department or its designee will score all examinations and notify applicants of the results. Examinations will not be returned to the applicant.

(10) A minimum score of 70 percent is required to pass an examination.

(11) Any person who fails an examination may retake the examination at a later date by submitting an application for re-examination along with the proper examination fee listed in OAR 340-049-0065(1) and by the deadline established in 340-049-0055(4).

(12) Any person who does not apply for re-examination within one year of the date from which the initial exam was taken must submit a new application for examination along with the proper fee listed in OAR 340-049-0065(1).

(13) An applicant may not take the same certificate type and grade examination more than twice in a twelve-month period unless the applicant can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Department specific education completed in the subject area of the examination.

(14) Persons with disabilities may request special accommodation for testing. No additional fee will be required for disability accommodation under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405 - 448.430 & 448.992
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 29-1994, f. & cert. ef. 12-2-94; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

340-049-0060

Operator Certification and Operator Certification Program Support Fees

(1) Operator Certification Fees:

(a) All persons applying for wastewater system operator certification must pay the applicable fee(s) listed in OAR 340-049-0065(1);

(b) All applications for a new certificate or certificate at a higher grade, but excluding applications for reciprocity, require an examination and must be accompanied by a fee payment equal to the sum of the appropriate application fee and examination fee as shown in OAR 340-049-0065(1)(a) and (b);

(c) A reciprocity applicant found to be ineligible for a certificate by reciprocity, who otherwise meets the education and experience qualifications listed in OAR 340-049-0030, may be scheduled for an initial certification examination in accordance with 340-049-0055 without payment of an examination fee;

(d) An applicant found to be ineligible for admission to a certification examination at the requested grade , who otherwise meets the education and experience qualifications for certification at a lower grade as listed in OAR 340-049-0030, may be scheduled for an examination at the lower grade without payment of an additional fee;

(e) The Department will not process incomplete applications or applications not accompanied by appropriate fee(s) and attachments, including documentation for all claims of education.

(2) Operator Certification Program Support Fees:

(a) All owners of NPDES or WPCF permitted wastewater systems required to be supervised by operators certified in accordance with requirements in this Division must pay an annual Operator Certification Program Support Fee according to the fee schedule in OAR 340-049-0065(2). The fee will be based on the most current design ADWF for the wastewater treatment system as approved by the Department:

(b) The annual certification program support fee must be paid for each year a wastewater system is in operation. The operating year is defined as July 1 through June 30. A fee for any year during which the wastewater system is in operation is retroactive to July 1 of that operating year, and will be due only if the wastewater system is placed into operation on or before May 1 of that operating year.

(c) The Department will notify wastewater system owners of the fee amount owed and the date the fee must be paid. The notification will generally be given 60 days prior to the due date.

(d) The Director may alter the due date for the annual certification program fee upon receipt of a written request from a wastewater system owner demonstrating need. The Commission may reduce or suspend the annual operator certification program support fee based on hardship.

(e) Any wastewater system owner who fails to pay the annual operator certification program support fee within 30 days of the due date will be assessed a late fee by the Department according to OAR 340-049-0065(2)(b), which will be due and payable immediately with the annual fee.

(3) All fees are payable to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality or Oregon DEQ.

(4) Fees will not be refundable unless:

(a) The Department has taken no action on a certification application;

(b) The Department determines the wrong application has been filed;

(c) The Department determines that no fee is required;

(d) An overpayment has been made.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410(1)(d) & 468.020
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405 - 448.430 & 448.992
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 29-1994, f. & cert. ef. 12-2-94; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

340-049-0065

Fee Schedules for Wastewater System Operator Certification and Operator Certification Program Support

(1) Operator Certification Fee Schedule

(a) Application Fee:

(A) Small Wastewater Systems: $140

(B) Grade I or Grade I Provisional Treatment or Collection: $140;

(C) Grade I or Grade I Provisional Treatment and Collection: $200;

(D) Grade II Treatment or Collection: $170;

(E) Grade III Treatment or Collection: $200; and

(F) Grade IV Treatment or Collection: $240.

(b) Examination Fee: $100

(c) Re-examination or Reschedule Examination Fee: $240

(d) Post-examination Application Fee: $50

(e) Reciprocity Application Fee

(A) Grade I — Treatment or Collection: $160;

(B) Grade I — Treatment and Collection: $240;

(C) Grade II Treatment or Collection: $190;

(D) Grade III Treatment or Collection: $220; and

(E) Grade IV Treatment or Collection: $260.

(f) Two-year Certificate Renewal Fee — One certificate or two: $160

(g) Certificate Reinstatement and Renewal Fee — One certificate or two: $280

(h) Certificate and Renewal Document Replacement: $50

(2) Operator Certification Program Support Fee Schedule:

(a) Annual Operator Certification Program Support Fee - Wastewater Systems:

(A) ADWF less than 0.075 MGD: $80;

(B) ADWF 0.075 — 0.499 MGD: $100;

(C) ADWF 0.500 — 0.999 MGD: $190;

(D) ADWF 1.0 — 1.999 MGD: $360;

(E) ADWF 2.0 — 4.999 MGD: $840;

(F) ADWF 5.0 — 9.999 MGD: $1,840;

(G) ADWF 10.0 — 19.999 MGD: $3,600;

(H) ADWF 20.0 — 29.999 MGD: $6,000;

(I) ADWF 30.0 — 39.999 MGD: $8,400;

(J) ADWF 40.0 — 59.999 MGD: $12,000;

(K) ADWF 60.0 — 79.999 MGD: $16,800;

(L) ADWF 80.0 — 119.999 MGD: $24,000; and

(M) ADWF 120.0 MGD or greater: $33,600.

(b) Late Fee: $50 or 10 percent of the appropriate annual operator certification program support fee in subsection (a) above, whichever is greater.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410(1)(d) & 468.020
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405 - 448.430 & 448.992
Hist.: DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 29-1994, f. & cert. ef. 12-2-94; DEQ 30-1994(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-2-94; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

340-049-0070

Contracts for Part-Time Supervision

(1) When a wastewater system owner enters into a contract for part-time supervision with a certified operator or entity employing a certified operator to comply with OAR 340-049-0015(3), the contract must include at least the following:

(a) The parties involved, including names, addresses and phone numbers of each;

(b) The name of each operator responsible for supervising the wastewater system; the operator's certificate type, grade and expiration date; and the operator's address and phone number;

(c) The specific starting date and expiration date of the contract;

(d) The minimum number of visits to be made to the wastewater system by the certified operator(s) responsible for supervising the system; and

(e) The duties and responsibilities of each party involved, including the certified operator(s).

(2) The contract for supervision must provide for a contracted certified operator to be available to respond on site upon request of the wastewater system owner and to any other operator.

(3) The Director may require the wastewater system owner to make changes to the contract if the wastewater system violates the conditions of a NPDES or WPCF permit or water pollution control laws in ORS 468B.025.

(4) The owner of the wastewater system must maintain the contract on file for Department review.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.410, 448.415, 448.420 & 448.430
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02

340-049-0075

Variances

The Director may grant variances from requirements in this Division for wastewater system owners if the Department determines that strict compliance with the rules would be highly burdensome or impractical due to special conditions or causes, and that the public or private interest in the granting of the variance clearly outweighs the interest in the application of uniform rules.

(1) A wastewater system owner must request a variance in writing and must demonstrate that the requirements for a variance are satisfied;

(2) The Department will evaluate and process the variance request as a permit action in accordance with OAR 340-045-0027(1)(a);

(3) The Director will notify the wastewater system owner of the decision to grant or deny a variance in accordance with applicable permit issuance procedures, set forth in OAR 340-045-0005, et seq.;

(4) If the Director denies the variance, the system owner may request a contested case hearing before the Commission or its authorized representative. Such a request for hearing must be made in writing to the Director within 20 days of the date of mailing of the notification of the variance decision. Any hearing held will be conducted pursuant to the regulations of the Department.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405-448.430 & 448.992 & 468B.050
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02

340-049-0080

Refusal and Revocation of Certificate and Appeal Process

(1) The Director may refuse to issue, renew or reinstate a certificate, or may suspend or revoke the certificate of any person on the following grounds:

(a) Obtaining or renewing a certificate by fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; or

(b) Gross or repeated negligence, incompetence or misconduct in performance of duties as an operator or supervisor of a wastewater treatment system or wastewater collection system in Oregon or any other state or province; or

(c) Failure of the operator to comply with the lawful orders, rules or regulations of the Department; or

(d) Failure of the operator certified by reciprocity to comply with the lawful orders, rules or regulations of any other state, province, or certifying authority; or

(e) False or fraudulent reporting or record-keeping by the operator regarding the operation or supervision of a wastewater treatment system or wastewater collection system in Oregon or any other state or province.

(2) If the Director refuses to issue, renew or reinstate, or suspends or revokes a person's certificate, the Director must give notice to the person of opportunity for a contested case hearing in accordance with OAR 340-011-0097.

(3) After a period of twenty-four (24) months, the Director may reinstate the certificate of any person whose certificate has been revoked upon presentation of evidence satisfactory to the Director that such reinstatement is warranted. The Director may require re-examination and submittal of fees as a condition of the certificate reinstatement.

(4) This rule applies to any matter pending before the Department or Commission.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405-448.430 & 448.992
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02

340-049-0082

Penalty Provisions

(1) Any municipal or private wastewater system owner who knowingly and willfully violates any of the provisions of these rules may be subject to:

(a) Criminal penalties according to provisions of ORS 448.992 or 448.415(2); and

(b) Civil penalties according to OAR 340, division 12 for violations of NPDES or WPCF permits.

(2) Any individual who knowingly and willfully violates any provision in this division may be subject to revocation of certification and criminal penalties under ORS 448.992 or 448.415(2).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.410, 448.415 & 448.992
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02

340-049-0085

Advisory Committee

(1) The Department will maintain an Advisory Committee to:

(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of the program; and

(b) Recommend needs of the program.

(2) The Advisory Committee will convene at least twice a year at time and place set by the Department.

(3) The composition of the Committee will include, representatives of system owners, operators of small and large wastewater systems, industry associations, and the educational community.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 448.410, 468.020 & 468B.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 448.405 - 448.430 & 448.992
Hist.: DEQ 4-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-29-88; DEQ 23-1988, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-88; DEQ 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-16-02; DEQ 2-2013, f. 1-28-13, cert. ef. 3-1-13

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