Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, Idaho 83702-5642
The Idaho Board of
Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals meeting was called to order at 9:30
a.m., Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at the Bureau of Occupational Licenses.
Roll Call: Bill Thompson, Chair
Barry Burnell for Toni Hardesty
Bureau Staff: Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief
Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney
Patti Fanckboner, Office Specialist II
Sandee Hitesman, Office Specialist II
Absent Board Members: Victor Coles, excused
Kevin Pfenning, excused
Other: Nancy Bowser, Department of Environmental Quality
Fred Ossler, American Water Works Association
Motion by Mike Schroeder
to accept the minutes of November 17, 2004. Seconded by Bob Hansen and carried.
Rayola Jacobsen presented
the Board with the Legislative report. This session, the Legislature is running
very quickly and changes discussed. The Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater
Professionals Temporary Rules have gone through the House Health and Welfare
Subcommittee and were well received.
Rayola Jacobsen reviewed
the Financial Report in detail with the Board. A reduction in fees may be a
future agenda item in June.
Rayola Jacobsen presented
the Board with the Investigative Report. There is one complaint to date and a
report is forthcoming.
Roger Hales addressed the
Board regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Program criteria for
continuing education, and compliance with the Bureau of Occupational Licenses (IBOL)
criteria. The EPA’s Federal Register, Final Guidelines for the Certification
and Recertification of the Operators of Community and Noncommunity Public Water
Systems, were compared to IBOL’s continuing education criteria and reviewed in
detail. Through this comparison, it
is determined that the Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals Board (WWP)
meets EPA’s requirements. The Board clearly meets all baseline criteria for
EPA guidelines, and is supported by the Law.
EPA does not mandate how continuing education requirements are
implemented. Fred Ossler of the American Water Works Association (AWWA)
addressed the Board on behalf of the AWWA regarding the continuing education
forms and concerns that the forms are cumbersome. AWWA would like to see the
forms simplified with a shorter approval time. Currently IDPAP 24.05.01 Rule
500.03 states that all requests for approval of continuing education courses
must be made to the Board in writing no less than sixty (60) days prior to the
course being offered, on a form approved by the Board. Mr. Ossler states that
volunteers prepare the continuing education request forms, and would like the
process streamlined. The Board responded to the fact that simplification takes
time to resolve, and work through from the transfer with the Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ). The Board continues to have the authority to
approve continuing education applications, and the forms have been streamlined
through the Bureau. The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC)
Need-To-Know Criteria may be considered as policy, however will need to be
posted on the website. Roger Hales and Sandee Hitesman will compile IACET
information and send it to the Board members for review.
Sandee Hitesman addressed
the Board regarding IDAPA 24.05.01 Rule 500.03 which states that all requests
for approval of continuing education courses must be made to the Board in
writing no less than sixty (60) days prior to the course being offered on a form
approved by the Board. The Bureau has received complaints regarding the sixty
(60) day criteria. The Board determined with discussion that the sixty (60) day
criterion is mandatory at this time, until a rule change can be implemented.
Motion by Robert Hansen to appoint two (2), two (2) person committees to assist
and review continuing education course approval. Committee shall have authority
to tentatively approve continuing education courses for ratification by the
Board. Any continuing education courses that the committee has concerns or
denies must be submitted to the Board for the full Board’s review. Seconded by
Mike Schroeder and carried. Motion by Robert Hansen for two (2), two (2) person
committee members of the Board to assist and review continuing education
applications. Wastewater committee members are Victor Coles and Robert Hansen.
Drinking Water committee member are Bill Thompson and Mike Schroeder. Seconded
by Ross Spackman and carried.
Clarification on the
length of approval of continuing education courses, timeline, and on-line
courses were discussed. EPA guidelines require a notarized form and critique
from the instructors. At this time the rules do not address on-line courses,
interaction with instructor, or standards to judge. Roger Hales to address
consideration and direction for continuing education at a future Board meeting
with Ross Spackman to assist. Relevancy for distance education and on-line
courses are a concern for verification. The Need to Know Criteria from the
Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) may be helpful, and a rule change
conference is scheduled for Idaho, Washington and Oregon on February 28, 2005.
Motion by Mike Schoreder that Budd Hetrick attend the sponsored tri-state
Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNWCA) meeting Fegruary 28, 2005.
Seconded by Robert Hansen, carried.
presented the Board with a report on the December 1, 2004 examination process.
Rule changes are needed and will be a future agenda item regarding deferring of
examinations, and a cut-off date for the rescheduling of examinations.
The Board reviewed a
letter from Stephen Ballou of the Association of Boards of Certification. Mr.
Ballou wishes to address the at a future Board meeting. The Board secretary is
directed to extend an invitation to Mr. Ballou for the June 8, 2005 board
Nancy Bowser presented
the Board with the Wastewater Land Application (WLAP) Exam Development Committee
Status Report. Outcome from the WLAP) Exam Development Committee was the
Need-to-Know criteria has been completed and sent to ABC. The Committee divided
into two groups, one for the exam development and the other for developing the
curriculum for the WLAP certification review training class. It was determined
that two types of training are needed for the WLAP operators, certification
review and comprehensive training. A suggestion was that DEQ could contract for
the development of a comprehensive in-depth training class. The Committee’s
timeline for completion of both test and curriculum for certification review
class in the November 2005 examination date. The training curriculum will
require more time to develop. Motion by Robert Hansen to request and encourage
DEQ efforts to extend to April 2006 the one year deadline date for the WLAP
operator licensure examination. Seconded by Mike Schroeder and carried. IBOL and
DEQ are to coordinate links to the websites for the WLAP operator applications.
The Board retains the right to approve the WLAP exams written by DEQ prior to
Bill Thompson presented
the Board’s with the Back Flow Assembly Tester (BAT) examination process, and
that a new examination is needed. Motion by Robert Hansen for the Bureau to
compose a letter to be mailed to all BAT licensees and request sample questions
for a future examination. The Board will then develop a new written examination
form input received from BAT licensees. Seconded by Mike Schroeder and carried.
Discussion was then
directed to BAT Instructors, and the need to license instructors. This will take
a Law or Rule change and the Board directed Roger Hales to research this item as
backflow prevention is state specific.
The Board then held
discussion on operator concerns regarding water quality standards and law,
pro-rating of renewals, fees, experience, and the birth day renewal date. Most
concerns are addressed as a requirement of EPA guidelines and criteria, and the
transition to the Bureau.
The Board then went into
executive session to consider records that are exempt from disclosure as
provided in chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code.
applications were reviewed for examination. Seven (7) applications were denied
for examination and 85 were approved for examination.
Continuing education requests were reviewed by the Board, and approved courses have been posted on the website.
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