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The most recent issue of The Marketplace is now available
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
If you are interested in working at the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and have a passion for public service, we encourage you to apply for the vacancy’s found on the DEP Careers Page. You can view additional information about these jobs or apply for any of the job openings listed on the site by clicking the link for each position. Questions regarding a specific position should be directed to the agency contact listed on the position detail page.
Properly seasoned wood should contain less than 20 percent moisture. This wood is ready to burn.
Many of us turn to wood heat to stave off winter’s chill. But before you fire up that wood stove or fire place, make sure your wood is ready to burn. Burning wet or unseasoned wood can give you more smoke than heat, polluting the air for you and your neighbors. Burning wet wood can even damage your wood burning appliance or chimney by causing creosote build-up.
Wood smoke may smell good, but it’s not good for you. Burning wood floods the air with fine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. Study after study link fine particle pollution to serious health problems including heart and lung disease. Burning wood improperly also releases hazardous chemicals such as dioxins, formaldehyde, and arsenic. Inefficient burning – either because of poor air flow or burning wet wood – creates more pollution. Continue reading
The Cabinet was notified by attorneys representing various environmental organizations at 10:00 am Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 of a Notice of Intent (NOI) to sue Frasure Creek Mining, LLC and Trinity Coal Corporation, alleging violations reported on Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) to the agency.
The Cabinet had previously initiated enforcement action against Frasure Creek that ultimately resulted in a Consent Judgment being filed with Franklin Circuit Court in December 2010. That action was opposed by the same environmental organizations that sent the NOI today and the action is still pending in Franklin Circuit Court. Continue reading
Rules for Bacteria Testing, Lead and Copper Testing, and
Bottled Water are finalized
Amendments proposed by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) to three regulations regarding public drinking water became effective on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. They are: Microbiological Testing (401 KAR 8:200), Lead and Copper (401 KAR 8:300), and Bottled Water (401 KAR 8:700).
Amendments to the microbiological testing regulation (401 KAR 8:200) adopt the federal Revised Total Coliform Rule (40 C.F.R. 141.851 through 861) which requires improved sampling techniques, establishes a maximum E. coli contaminant level, triggers additional testing when E. coli is detected, and requires corrective action when bacteria in the public water distribution system are identified. The amendments to the regulation also clarify reporting requirements for public water systems, and increase flexibility and improve accuracy in determining “population served” by the public water system. Public water systems’ sample site plans must be filed with the DOW no later than December 31, 2015. All public water systems must comply with the requirements established in the Revised Total Coliform Rule beginning January 1, 2016. Continue reading
The Southeastern Water Pollution Biologists Association (SWPBA) awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to John Brumley, an environmental scientist in the Division of Water (DOW). Brumley received the award at the association’s 41st annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia on Nov. 3, 2014.
The SWPBA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the long-term achievements and contributions of a member biologist (state, tribal or federal) to the science of water pollution biology. Continue reading
Not 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading