Water Pollution Control Systems Operator Certification Commission

10:00 a.m. Archdale Building - Ground Floor Hearing Rm
512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27604
Open to the public ~ Attendance is encouraged
May 20, 2020 (POSTPONED)
June 10, 2020 (Web Conference)
August 14, 2020 (Web Conference)
November 6, 2020

* AUGUST 14 meeting of the WPCSOCC will be
broadcast via state web conference. *



Start Time:              10:00 a.m.
Meeting Number:   
 161 134 5640
Meeting Password:   

To join by phone:    1-415-655-0003 ( Access Code:  161 134 5640 )
The purpose of the Certification Commission is to protect the public's investment in water pollution control facilities through the training and certification of operators of water pollution control systems.

  • protect the public health of the citizens of the State
  • conserve, protect, and maintain the quality of the water resources of the State as assigned by the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission
  • protect the public investment in water pollution control systems
  • provide for the classification of water pollution control systems
  • establish the procedures for the examination and certification of operators of water pollution control systems


W. Corey Basinger, Chair
NC DENR Mooresville Regional Office
NC DENR and works in the field of water pollution control
Tim Bannister, Vice Chair
TCW Wastewater Management, Inc.
Commercial water pollution control system operating firm
Ken Stines
Metropolitan Sewerage District Buncombe Co.
Collection system operator or superintendent for a municipality
Dr. A. Robert Rubin
N.C. State University
Four-year college or university whose major field is wastewater treatment

Arnold E. Allred
City of Franklinville

Martie Groome
City of Greensboro

Operators of water pollution control systems of a municipality

Marchell Adams-David
City of Raleigh

Jonathan Russell
City of Washington

Managers of a municipality

W. Chester Lowder
NC Farm Bureau Federation

Jim Lynch
Goldsboro Milling Company

Animal agriculture industry

Matthew A. Haynes
Valley Proteins, Inc.

Private industry and responsible for treatment of industrial wastewater

  • Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1969.
  • Originally called the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Board of Certification.
  • Seven member board appointed by the Assistant Director of the Department of Water and Air Resources (currently known as the Department of Environmental Quality) with the approval of the Board of Water and Air Resources (currently known as the Environmental Management Commission.)
  • In 1993, duties of the Certification Commission expanded to include the training and certification of operators of wastewater collection systems, spray irrigation systems, subsurface treatment and dispersal systems, and land application of residuals sites.
  • Added two new members with experience in these fields.
  • In 1996, added the training and certification of operators of animal wastewater pollution control systems to the duties of the Certification Commission. Two new members were appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture to represent the animal agriculture industry.