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VELAP: Where Are We Now? BY DONNA J. LAWSON, VRWA WASTEWATER TECHNICIAN II Summer 2009 Issue, the lead article was “The Woes of Laboratory Accreditation and a VRWA Class That Can Help.” The preamble was written by Linda Capach (VRWA) and Marlene Moore (Advanced Systems Inc.) submitted the information on the Virginia Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (VELAP). It is hard to believe, but it has been two years since many operators first became aware of VELAP and the impending regulations, associated new acronyms and the plethora of procedural changes. IN THE STREAMLINE’S It is hard to believe, but it has been two years since many operators first became aware of VELAP and the impending regulations, associated new acronyms and the plethora of procedural changes. Even though a PTOW (Publicly Owned Treatment Works) can begin the certification process at any time, a non-commercial environmental lab must be certified by DCLS (Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services) on or before Jan. 1, 2012, to continue to perform analyses on effluent waters reportable to the VA DEQ–with the exception of field tests (pH, Chlorine, DO) which are not performed inside environmental laboratories. DEQ will be responsible for field testing inspections. Many managers and operators have spent long hours preparing for and securing certification for their wastewater treatment plant labs. VRWA will continue to assist systems with the certification process. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Wastewater Technicians, Donna Lawson or Frank Nadeau at www.vrwa.org. The following update is from DCLS, courtesy of Cathy Westerman, VELAP Manager. VELAP Current Lab Count Summary– as of 5/16/2011 • Chapter 45/Noncommercial–122 active applications • Chapter 46/Commercial/Primary– 42 active applications • Chapter 46/Commercial/Secondary–28 active applications VELAP-Current Events • All Active Applications are Chapter 45 Labs meeting initial application deadline are currently scheduled to receive a site visit before the end of 2011. [120 labs] • VELAP anticipates issuing 31 final accreditation certificates to Chapter 46 laboratories in the initial application www.vrwa.org 21 http://www.vrwa.org http://www.vrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2011

From the President
From the Executive Director
The Water Tastes Good in Western Virginia
Virginia WARN, Help in an Emergency
Uranium Mining
Proper Disposal of Pharmacy Products
VELAP: Where Are We Now?
Why Did the Paramecium Cross the Road?
Anger in the Work Place: What It Really Costs You
Litigation and Water Wars
Hydrant Flow Testing–Data You Need
What A Ride!
Conference 2011 Highlights
Throwing My Loop
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
New VRWA Benefit
VRWA Mailbag
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board Of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index To Advertisers/ Ad.Com

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