15A NCAC 08G .0102      DEFINITIONS

(a)  "Activated sludge" means a biological wastewater treatment process in which predominantly biodegradable pollutants in wastewater are absorbed, or adsorbed, by living aerobic organisms and bacteria in an aerated suspension which is separated from the treated wastewater gravimetrically.

(b)  "Actual experience" means the time working as a water pollution control system operator or operator in responsible charge.  An operator is an individual whose principal job responsibility is the actual physical operation of process equipment and systems at a water pollution control system.  Primary job responsibilities such as laboratory testing, facility and equipment maintenance, administrative support, or direct or indirect supervision do not qualify as actual experience.

(c)  "Approved training" means any training, required in order to be eligible for an examination or to meet continuing education requirements as established in accordance with 15A NCAC 08G .0400 and 15A NCAC 08G .0701.  The standards for approved training shall be developed by a committee consisting of representatives for training sponsors, DWQ staff, instructors and certified operators.  The standards must be approved by the Commission and shall be known as "Water Pollution Control System Operator Certification Commission Training Course Standards" or "Needs to Know".  These standards can be found at http://h20.enr.state.nc.us/tacu.

(d)  "Back-up ORC" means Back-up Operator in Responsible Charge and refers to the operator who is designated to act as surrogate for the Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) when the ORC is absent from his or her professional duties as set forth in G.S. 90A-44.

(e)  "Basic sciences" means courses in agronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, engineering, environmental health and sciences, geology, math, physics, soil science, and zoology offered by an accredited college or university.

(f)  "Chemical process" means a water pollution control system process consisting exclusively of the addition of chemicals to treat wastewaters.

(g)  "Collection system"  means a continuous connection of pipelines, conduits, pumping stations and other related constructions or devices used to conduct wastewater to a water pollution control system.

(h)  "Commission" means the Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission created by G.S. 143B-300.

(i)  "Contact Hour" means one hour of Commission approved operator instruction in accordance with 15A NCAC 08G .0701.

(j)  "Contract operations firm" means any commercial water pollution control system operations firm which contracts with the owner of a water pollution control system to provide operational services for the system pursuant to G.S. 90A-45(a).

(k)  "Contract operator" means any certified water pollution control system operator who contracts with the owner of a water pollution control system to provide operational and other services for the system pursuant to G.S. 90A-45(a).

(l)  "Electrodialysis system" means a system utilizing a selective separation of dissolved solids process that is based on electrical charge and diffusion through a semipermeable membrane.

(m)  "Fixed growth"  means a biological wastewater treatment system in which the wastewater is treated by contact with a biological growth that is affixed to support media and includes systems such as trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, and biological tower treatment systems.

(n)  "GED" means general educational development in reference to a high school diploma equivalency.

(o)  "Nutrient Reduction" means the reduction of total nitrogen or total phosphorous by an activated sludge or fixed growth process.

(p)  "Operator in Training (OIT)" means the certificate issued with Commission approval to an individual prior to the completion of the experience requirements for that level of certification.

(q)  "Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC)" means the individual designated by a person, firm, or corporation (municipal or private) owning or having control of a water pollution control system as the operator of record of the water pollution control system and who has primary responsibility for the operation of such system as defined in G.S. 90A-46.

(r)  "Owner" means the person, firm, or corporation (municipal or private) owning or having control of a water pollution control system as described in G.S. 90A-44.

(s)  "Passing score" means earning 70 percent of the available points on an examination administered by the Commission.

(t)   "Permanent certificate"  means the certificate of competency issued by the Commission to an individual as the result of the individual obtaining a passing score on an examination administered by the Commission, or a certificate issued by reciprocity agreement by the Commission, and is subject to the provisions of G.S. 90A-40(a).

(u)  "Physical/Chemical system" means any water pollution control system which utilizes a physical or a chemical process or both.

(v) "Physical process" means any water pollution control system process consisting of electrodialysis, adsorption, absorption, air stripping, gravimetric sedimentation, flotation or filtration as the means of treatment.

(w)  "Reciprocity certificate" means a certificate issued of the appropriate type and grade without examination to any person who is properly registered on the "National Association of Boards of Certification" Reciprocity Register and who meets all other requirements of these Rules as set forth in G.S. 90A-40(b).

(x)  "Regional office" means one of the seven local offices of the Division of Water Quality located across the State.

(y)  "Residuals" means any solid or semisolid byproduct that is produced by the treatment of wastewater in a water pollution control system.

(z)  "Reverse osmosis system" means a system which utilizes solutions and semipermeable membranes to separate and treat wastewaters.

(aa)  "Successful completion" means the attendance of at least 80 percent of the approved training for examination eligibility and 100 percent of training for continuing education.

(bb)  "Temporary certificate" means a certificate issued of an appropriate type and grade, without examination, to any person employed as a water pollution control system operator when the Commission finds that the supply of certified operators, or persons with the training and experience necessary for certification, is inadequate and the situation meets the requirements set forth in G.S. 90A-40(e).

(cc)  "Ultrafiltration system" means a system which utilizes a membrane filter process to remove pollutants from wastewater.

(dd)  "Valid certificate" means the certificate of an operator that has all required renewal fees paid, all required continuing education training completed, and has not been revoked relinquished, invalidated, or suspended.

(ee)  "Water pollution control system" means any system for the collection, treatment, or disposal of wastewater and is classified under the provisions of G.S. 90A-37.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B-300;

Eff. April 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2006.