|Comment Period||Ends 4/17/2009|
Wastewater CPE Requirements
Has DPOR considered that hundreds of licensed wastewater operators in Virginia will retire within the next five years and that replacements will be hard to find? There are not many up-and-coming operators standing-by waiting for opportunities. Localities will be foprced to compete with one another in salaries just to find qualified people. With a new CPE requirement on top of that, the costs of employing licensed operators will be driven upward even further. With the current state of the economy, how can private and public utilities afford to hire and maintain qualified operators? More thought and brainstorming are needed here.