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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Watershed Academy is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Case Studies on Implementing Low-Cost Modifications to Improve Nutrient Reduction at Wastewater Treatment Plants. This webinar is scheduled for October 15, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. E.S.T. and is approved for two technical CEU hours for Indiana certified wastewater operators. To earn the two technical CEU hours, please be sure to register for the webinar and submit the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Wastewater Operator/Apprentice Continuing Education Credit Report, State Form 51139 (available on the IDEM Forms page), to the IDEM Wastewater Continuing Education Coordinator no later than 90 days after completion of the webinar. Please include the training approval number, WWT15-2358-T02-G00, on the form and submit proof of attendance with the form. Forms and proof of attendance should be mailed to:
Attn: Wastewater Continuing Education Coordinator
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Office of Water Quality MC 65-42
100 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251
On July 3, 2015 the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) Hazardous Waste Updates, LSA Document #14-288(F) [PDF], rulemaking became effective. This rulemaking incorporates by reference federal revisions to conditionally exclude solvent-contaminated wipes from solid waste requirements if the wipes are cleaned and reused in accordance with 40 CFR 261.4(a)(26) and hazardous waste requirements if the wipes are disposed in accordance with 40 CFR 261.4(b)(18).
As a result of this incorporation by reference of federal revision, Waste-0010-NPD, Management of Contaminated Wipes, has been repealed. In-lieu of Waste-0010-NPD, IDEM has developed the Management of Contaminated Wipes and Reusable Cloth Items [PDF] guidance document.
This document provides hazardous waste generators, handlers, and other interested parties an overview of the federal Solvent Contaminated Wipes Rule, as well as IDEM’s current policy for the management of wipes, gloves, clothing, and cloth items that are contaminated with other hazardous waste. IDEM’s Office of Land Quality (OLQ) Hazardous Waste Resources webpage provides further guidance.
In 2014 the most common Underground Storage Tank (UST) violations involved:
To learn more about these top five common violations and how to resolve them, please refer to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s recommendations.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is offering a new incentive for Indiana certified wastewater operators [PDF] who prepare Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMR), Monthly Monitoring Reports (MMR) or Monthly Reports of Operation (MRO) and have not yet utilized NetDMR. If the NetDMR enrollment process has been completed and a DMR as well as any applicable MMR or MRO has been successfully submitted utilizing NetDMR live/production prior to the effective date of the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting rule (anticipated to be by the end of 2015) or by December 31, 2015, whichever comes first, IDEM will grant two technical contact hours toward the renewal of a wastewater operator’s license.
Please note, to gain the two technical contact hours the congratulatory e-mail (e-mail received from IDEM upon successful submittal of DMR along with its corresponding MMR/MRO) must be submitted with the Wastewater Operator/Apprentice Continuing Education Credit Report - State Form 51139 (available on the IDEM Forms page) to IDEM. This incentive is only available once per person per permit.