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Wastewater Operator Certification Examination Available at 25 Ivy Tech Locations!

The Wastewater Operator Certification Examination may now be taken electronically at 25 different Ivy Tech locations [PDF] having testing facilities. Ivy Tech testing centers provide a controlled environment and are generally available six (6) days a week.

Prior to taking the examination, the Application for Wastewater Operator Certification Examination form (available on the IDEM Forms page), must be completed and submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) with a $30 application fee. Once IDEM approves the application, the applicant will receive an approval letter. (Please note, this approval letter must be submitted to Ivy Tech upon taking the examination.) Ivy Tech should then be contacted to make a reservation to take the examination. A $30 proctor fee will be required. Once the examination has been completed, the results will be shared immediately.

2015 NetDMR Incentive Available!

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.

Need to Obtain a Replacement Bucket for Automotive Mercury Switches?

To help reduce the amount of mercury in recycled steel and meet Indiana law, IC 13-20-17.7, requiring motor vehicle recyclers to remove mercury switches for end of life vehicles. Instructions as to collecting, storing, transporting, and recycling or properly disposing of mercury switches is provided to vehicle recyclers upon enrolling in the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program through End of Life Vehicles Solutions (ELVS).

End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS) contractor, EQ Industrial Service, Inc. (EQ), who provides auto salvage recyclers with shipping buckets for automotive mercury switches, has relocated its mercury switch buckets operations to a new location. All mercury switch buckets will now be shipped to a new location in Detroit. The United Parcel Service (UPS) will forward any buckets using the old pre-paid shipping labels to the new location. EQ notified auto salvage recyclers of the change in address and phone number. They will also send new shipping labels with the replacement buckets. The new EQ address and contact information is as follows:

2000 East Ferry Street
Detroit, MI 48211

  • Phone: (800) 495-6059
  • Email: elvsbuckets at

In the future, for all of your mercury switch bucket needs please contact EQ at (800) 495-6059 or “elvsbuskets at”.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Permitting – Guidance Available

Due to questions raised about air permitting for sources of greenhouse gas emissions regarding the June 23, 2014, U.S. Supreme Court decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency, 12-1146, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) Office of Air Quality (OAQ) has provided a guidance document to assist permittees in understanding what the circumstances are in which permitting will be needed for greenhouse gas emissions.

Pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance, IDEM will continue to require new sources or modifications to existing sources for which the new source or modification to an existing source is subject to Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)/Best Available Control Technology (BACT) requirements based on the emission of conventional pollutants (“anyway sources”), to utilize BACT for greenhouse gas emissions if the potential to emit greenhouse gas emissions from the new source is equal to or greater than 75,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), or if the modification results in a greenhouse gas emissions increase and a net greenhouse gas emissions increase equal to or greater than 75,000 tons per year CO2e and greater than zero on a mass basis, until the U. S. EPA promulgates a revised threshold.

Pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling and the U.S. EPA guidance, IDEM will not enforce greenhouse gas BACT limitations and supporting terms and conditions for sources/modifications which implemented BACT because of greenhouse gas emissions only, and did not trigger BACT for emissions of conventional pollutants. Such sources may apply to have their permits modified to remove the greenhouse gas BACT requirements.

Please refer to the OAQ’s Guidance Document for the complete statement of IDEM’s position.

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