WPCSOCC (WW)

Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission

 

2023 Quarterly Meetings
512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC (Ground Floor)
~ Open to Public ~
February 10
May 12
August 11
November 3

Do you know a wastewater operator that demonstrates excellence?
2023 WILBUR E. LONG AWARD NOMINATION FORM

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

 COMMISSION MEMBERS:

NC DENR and works in the field of water pollution control:
W. Corey Basinger, Chair, NC DEQ Operations Manager, Division of Water Infrastructure

Commercial water pollution control system operating firm:
Steve Barry, AQWA, Inc.

Collection system operator or superintendent for a municipality:
Ken Stines, Metropolitan Sewerage District Buncombe Co.

Four-year college or university whose major field is wastewater treatment:
Dr. A. Robert Rubin, N.C. State University

Operators of water pollution control systems of a municipality:
Arnold E. Allred, City of Franklinville
Martie Groome, City of Greensboro

Managers of a municipality:
Marchell Adams-David, City of Raleigh
Jonathan Russell, City of Washington

Animal agriculture industry:
W. Chester Lowder, Vice-Chair, N.C. Farm Bureau Federation
Jim Lynch, Goldsboro Milling Company

Private industry and responsible for treatment of industrial wastewater:
Matthew A. Haynes, Valley Proteins, Inc.

History

  • 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.