Environmental Protection Agency Revokes Five Certifying Programs for Technicians
These two programs have not complied with the record keeping and reporting requirements established for all technician certification programs pursuant to section 608 of the Clean Air Act Amendments (the Act).
In accordance with those requirements, codified at appendix D of 40 CFR part 82, subpart F, all approved certifying programs for technicians must submit an activity report to EPA on a biannual basis (by every January 30 and June 30). EPA sent an information collection request, issued pursuant to section 114(a) of the Act, dated March 16, 2000, in which EPA requested that the programs submit the required activity report. That information request indicated that failure to respond could result in revocation. Subsequent attempts by EPA to contact these programs were unsuccessful.
As of November 30, 1999, December 30, 1999, and August 31, 2000, the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors, the Association of Energy Engineers, and Gables Residential, respectively, are no longer authorized to certify technicians or issue valid certification credentials. However, technicians certified by these programs during the period that the programs operated an EPA-approved program will remain certified in accordance with 40 CFR 82.161(a).
ACI-Environmental Safety Training Institute, Progressive Training Solutions (formerly Thunder-Light, Inc.), and Gables Residential had their approval as certifying programs for technicians revoked, effective August 31, 2000. The National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors and the Association of Energy Engineers had their approval as certifying programs for technicians revoked, effective November 30, 1999 and December 30, 1999, respectively.
(Source: The U.S. Federal Register)