Opportunity for Comment

Pre-rulemaking notice for revocation or suspension of Wastewater Operator Certification.

Comment deadline: December 15, 2023

In 2021 the legislation was enacted 32 M.R.S. 4175-A, giving the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) authority to revoke or suspend wastewater treatment plant operator certifications through an administrative process. In 2023 Board of Environmental Protection repealed and replaced Chapter 531: Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification, which included criteria for revocation and suspension of operator certification. The Department is now developing a new rule Chapter 534, that will specify the procedure for the Commissioner's consideration of revoking or suspending a wastewater treatment plant operator certification through notice and opportunity for a hearing. The new rule will be based on the requirements of the Maine Administrative Procedures Act, 5 M.R.S. 8001-11008.

Please contact Matthew R. Hight at matt.hight@maine.gov or (207) 719-0703 with any comments or concerns before December 15, 2023. After this initial comment period the Department plans to proceed with rulemaking. To keep informed about the rulemaking process you may sign up for email notices or visit the Departments rulemaking page.