Water Treatment Plants Recognized for Superior Performance

61 plants exceed standards

The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced today that 61 drinking water treatment plants in Kentucky consistently produced drinking water in 2013 that exceeded state and federal water quality standards.

The 61 systems are among 149 public and private water treatment plants in the state that participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP). The program challenges plants to reduce turbidity levels below those required by state and federal regulations. Turbidity, or cloudiness, of water can be caused by sand and dirt, as well as bacteria and viruses. Particle removal is critical for producing water that is free of dirt and microbes that can cause waterborne diseases. Continue reading

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The Marketplace – For Recycling Commodities

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MARKETPLACE

For Recycling Commodities

The most recent issue of The Marketplace is now available
for download

The Marketplace focuses on recycling trends, the “all state agency” e-Scrap contract and recyclable commodities’ pricing for those in the recycling industry, including centers, local governments, processors, brokers and end users. Continue reading

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New Issue of Oversight News Available

Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Oversight News CoverPaducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant section provides environmental oversight to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP), which is located 15 miles west of Paducah, Ky.

Oversight News is a quarterly newsletter that features information regarding environmental cleanup activities at the PGDP site and related topics.

Articles in this issue include: Continue reading

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Division of Water Updates Drinking Water Regulations

Microbial Testing, Lead and Copper, Bottled Water Get Updates

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) has proposed amendments to three drinking water regulations:  Microbiological Testing (401 KAR 8:200), Lead and Copper (401 KAR 8:300), and Bottled Water (401 KAR 8:700).  DOW filed the proposed regulations with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) on July 15, 2014 and anticipates that the proposed regulations will be published in the Kentucky Administrative Register on Aug. 1, 2014. When the proposed regulations are published in the Administrative Register they will be available on the LRC Regulation website at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/frntpage.htm. The proposed regulations are available now on the DOW website at http://water.ky.gov/Pages/RegsInProcess.aspx. Continue reading

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Cleaner School Buses Coming to Crittenden County

Governor Beshear Announces Clean Diesel Funding

Governor Steve Beshear announced today that the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) has awarded Crittenden County Board of Education approximately $95,000 in Kentucky clean diesel grant funding to reduce diesel emissions from its school bus fleet. The funds were available as a result of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act.

“Crittenden County continues to lead the way toward a cleaner, greener school bus fleet,” said Gov. Beshear.  “Everyone benefits when we reduce diesel emissions in our communities – especially our children.” Continue reading

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The summer 2014 issue of Land, Air & Water is available online

The summer 2014 issue is available for download at
http://eec.ky.gov/Pages/LandAirWater.aspx.  The cover features an amazing view from the top of Pilot Knob in Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve in Powell County.  Photographed by Barry Howard, Frankfort.

On the inside cover, Secretary Peters writes about President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and how the proposed rules are generating a lot of discussion and debate in Kentucky regarding reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Continue reading

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SNIPS

SNIPSNot all news needs to be covered through an extended article. But it is still
important that you know about activities and decisions that may affect your business, communities and families. To help keep you informed, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) routinely compiles a short listing of state and federal topics that we affectionately call SNIPS. If you have questions about these items or need environmental assistance, contact DCA at 800-926-8111 or envhelp@ky.gov. Continue reading

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