Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission to Meet August 9

Video conference will start at 10 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 2, 2022) – The Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission will hold its quarterly meeting August 9, 2022 at 10 a.m. Eastern time, via the  virtual GoTo Meeting platform.

To attend virtually: Please join the KRGF meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://meet.goto.com/849974141 You can also dial in using your phone. Access Code: 849-974-141 United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://meet.goto.com/install

Please note: KRGF commissioners must be visible in order to vote on commission business. For questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Jeff O’Dell at 502-782-6724.

  1. Call to order and roll call 
  2. Welcome and opening remarks
  3. Approval of the minutes from May 10, 2022 meeting 
  4. Elect new vice-chair – KRS 350.506 (2)(c).
  5. Interest/fund investment discussion, questions and answers (Ryan Barrow/ Cori Troutman) 
  6. DNR update: Gordon Slone, DNR commissioner 
  7. Other business:
    1. Financial reports, bond amounts, FY-2023 operating budget
    2. Actuarial study and audit update
    3. Board appointments
  8. Adjournment (Next KRGF commission meeting – November 8, 2022, 10 a.m.)

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Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission  to Vote for Representation

Area 5 and Area 2 Meetings Planned

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 2, 2022) – The Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission will hold meetings in August to vote for representation.

The Area 5 voting meeting will be held August 11 at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

The meeting can be attended in person at two locations: the Harrison County Fairgrounds (2849 US Hwy 27S in Cynthiana), and the Henry County Cooperative Extension Office (2151 Campbellsburg Road in New Castle).

This meeting will include supervisors from the Area 5 counties: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Mason, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson and Trimble counties.

The Area 2 voting meeting will be held August 16 at 7 p.m. Central time at the Muhlenberg County Conservation District, 340 Dean Road, Greenville, Ky.

This meeting will include supervisors from the Area 2 counties: Butler, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Logan, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Union and Webster Counties.

Anyone who wants to attend these meetings by video conferencing can follow this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86598617600?pwd=ZmFMUHUxNVVDMTlHb3IvQUQ4TERLUT09) or join with Zoom meeting ID 865 9861 7600 and password Vote.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Voting for area representatives
  • Adjourn

If you have questions about connecting to the videoconferences, please contact Johnna McHugh at 502-782-6703

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Division of Waste Management Seeks Applications for Illegal Open Dump Cleanup, Litter Abatement Grants 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2022)
 – The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Waste Management (DWM) is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal open dump cleanup and the cleanup of litter along public roads.

“Two of the most successful grant programs we have the honor of participating in, the Illegal Open Dump Grant has funded the cleanup of 2,489 dump sites since 2006, and the Litter Abatement Grant has assisted every single county maintain the scenic beauty of our roadways,” said EEC Secretary Rebecca Goodman.

Litter cleanup grant awards are awarded based on a formula that considers road miles, total population and rural population in each county. For illegal open dump cleanup grants, counties request specific amounts based on estimated dump costs.

Cleanup of Illegal Dumps

Counties that are in compliance with their five-year solid waste management plans can now apply for funds to clean up illegal open dumps. In the event that sufficient funds are not available to award every request, grant awards may be prioritized on several factors, including location of the dump relative to sensitive receptors or protected areas, the relative hazard posed by the contents of the dumps and the size of the dump.

Applications must be received by Lisa Evans at the Division of Waste Management no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. 2022. The completed, signed original agreement with any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for the request to be considered complete.

Funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is supported by a $1.75 per ton fee on municipal solid waste disposal in Kentucky’s contained landfills.

Each dumpsite under $50,000  requires a 25 percent local match. Grant application packets are being sent by email to county judge-executives and solid waste coordinators. For more information, contact Lisa Evans by calling 502-782-6355 or emailing lisa.evans@ky.gov.

Litter Abatement

Grant requests for litter cleanup will be accepted from counties in compliance with their five-year solid waste management plans and from incorporated cities, which by solid waste ordinance or other means, provide municipal solid waste collection service. 

In February, Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Energy and Environment (EEC) Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced approximately$995,000 in grants to clean up 80 illegal dumps in 18 counties across the commonwealth. In December 2021, $5.8 million was awarded to Kentucky counties and cities in Litter Abatement Grants.

The Litter Abatement Grant program is supported by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Road Fund and Highway Construction Contingency Fund. Since 2003, state and local governments have cleaned close to 3.3 million miles of roadways with help from these grants.

Grant requests must be received by Lisa Evans at the Division of Waste Management no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The completed, signed original agreement with any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for the request to be considered complete.

Grant request packets are being sent by email to county judge-executives, mayors and solid waste coordinators. For more information, contact Lisa Evans at 502-782-6355 or by email at lisa.evans@ky.gov.

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State Officials Recommend Evacuation of Panbowl Lake Floodplain

KY 15 will be closed beginning at 9:30 tonight

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 28, 2022) – Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Water officials Thursday evening, out of an abundance of caution, recommended that homes and businesses in the floodplain of Panbowl Lake in Jackson, Kentucky be evacuated.

A muddy discharge observed at the Panbowl Lake dam combined with rising waters of the North Fork of the Kentucky River from the recent heavy rains, promoted the recommendation. Kentucky Emergency Management Director Jeremy Slinker conveyed the recommendation to local Jackson officials and the Breathitt County Emergency Manager on Thursday.

Records indicate there are approximately 110 homes, 13 businesses, two churches, a school and a hospital that could be impacted by the flooding.

“The most appropriate action we can take right now is to do everything we can to keep residents safe,” Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman said.

In addition, KY 15, the major north-south thoroughfare linking the upper Kentucky River valley with the rest of the state, will be closed beginning at 9:30 tonight as floodwaters from the North Fork of the Kentucky River continue to rise.

The closure is at milepoint 17.7 within the city limits of Jackson, between Lakeside Drive and the KY 15/KY 30 intersection. The highway traverses Panbowl Dam; which was impounded when this section of KY 15 was built in the early 1960s.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel will be at the site to monitor the situation overnight. Energy and Environment Cabinet personnel will be onsite Friday morning to continue assessing the situation. Once the river crests, KYTC will assess the situation and reopen the road when it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, any traffic from central Kentucky bound for Hazard should use alternate routes such as I-75 and the Hal Rogers Parkway through London and Manchester, or the Mountain Parkway, KY 114, US 23, and KY 80 through Prestonsburg.

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Gov. Beshear Awards $443,000 to Four Counties for Sustainable Road Projects That Reduce Noise, Maintenance Costs

All projects use waste tire chip seal or asphalt overlay on road surfaces

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 26, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced that up to $443,363 in grant funding has been awarded to four counties for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing waste tires.

“This funding speaks to Team Kentucky’s commitment to invest in Kentucky infrastructure and become even better stewards of our environment,” said Gov. Beshear. “These projects will reduce maintenance costs and road noise, helping tax dollars go further and improving quality of life in these communities.”

Counties receiving grants include: Christian ($107,561), Kenton ($155,116), LaRue ($137,575), Oldham ($43,111).

Specifically, the grant funding will be used for the application of a new layer of thin asphalt overlay onto county roads. Thin asphalt overlays utilizing rubber-modified asphalt have been shown to reduce noise, are more resistant to cracking and rutting, and increase the life of the roadway by 7 to 10 years.

“Whether it is responsibly using waste tires or putting funding into aging drinking water facilities, we are constantly working to build a better Kentucky,” Cabinet Secretary Goodman said.

Roads being surfaced include: Witty Lane in Christian County; Staffordsburg-Kenton Station Road in Kenton County; Veirs Road, LaRue County; and Lock Lane in Oldham County. Selected roads have road culverts, shoulders and bases in good condition with minimal repairs needed.

The cabinet accepts applications for rubber-modified asphalt grants during March and April. Successful projects see a cost-effective, performance-enhancing additive for county paving projects and improve end-use markets for recycled tires, which can lead to better waste tire management across the commonwealth.

The money for these projects comes from the Kentucky Waste Tire Trust Fund, which receives $2 from every new tire sold in the commonwealth.

“We are pleased to offer these grants to Kentucky counties,” said Division of Waste Management Director, Tammi Hudson. “We believe rubber-modified asphalt can provide several benefits, which are good for communities and the environment.”

The cabinet will be performing testing and long-term monitoring to assess the effectiveness of rubber-modified asphalt in Kentucky. As a condition of the grant funding, counties agree to pay for the application of conventional chip seal or thin overlay on a road in their county with similar characteristics, to allow for comparison between conventional and rubber-modified asphalt.

These grants continue a string of strong economic announcements by the Beshear administration. Since the start of the Beshear administration in December 2019, more than 650 projects have been announced that will contribute over $17.6 billion in new investments and more than 35,000 full-time jobs.

In addition, the Governor’s Better Kentucky Plan is boosting the state’s economy by delivering clean drinking water, building new schools and expanding access to broadband. It is allocating $1.3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds, which will create 14,500 new jobs for Kentuckians and help the commonwealth lead in the post-COVID economy.

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Drinking Water Treatment Facilities Recognized

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) recognized Kentucky drinking water treatment facilities that achieved optimization goals even more stringent than those required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By doing so, these facilities have voluntarily met the goals of the Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) in 2021.

Drinking water systems utilize AWOP tools and methods to increase protection for consumers. In particular, AWOP emphasizes the reduction of turbidity and disinfection by-products (DBPs). Turbidity, or cloudiness, is a measurement of particles in water including soil, algae, bacteria, viruses, organic material, and other substances. DBPs are compounds that form when chlorine (used for disinfection) reacts with organic material in water.

“Forty-six systems who voluntarily participated in the AWOP exceeded their goals, producing water that goes above and beyond federal regulations for drinking water,” said Alicia Jacobs, the Division of Water Drinking Water branch manager. “As both a regulator and a citizen of the Commonwealth, I appreciate the commitment these water facilities have towards protecting the health of the public by working to exceed Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.”

Two drinking water treatment plants received the AWOP Champion Award, which recognizes water systems that achieved AWOP standards for three years in a row, taking into account the high level of turbidity optimization achieved.

  • Lawrenceburg Water and Sewer Department received the 2021 Champion Award for large systems (designed to treat 3 million or more gallons of water per day).
  • Monroe County Water District received the 2021 Champion Award for small systems (designed to treat less than 3 million gallons of water per day).

Sixteen AWOP drinking water plants earned special recognition for achieving AWOP turbidity goals 100 percent of the time in 2021:

  • Columbia / Adair County Water Commission
  • Hardin County Water District #2 Plant A
  • Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority
  • Jackson County Water Association
  • Jamestown Municipal Water Works
  • Kentucky American Water Plant C
  • Kentucky State Penitentiary
  • Laurel County Water District #2
  • Lawrenceburg Water And Sewer Department
  • Liberty Water Works
  • London Utility Commission
  • Louisa Water Department
  • Madisonville Light and Water
  • Monroe County Water District
  • Providence Water Works
  • Webster County Water District

Forty-four drinking water plants received a certificate for meeting AWOP turbidity goals and criteria in 2021:

  • Barbourville Water & Electric
  • Blue Grass Army Depot
  • Booneville Water
  • Bullock Pen Water District
  • Burkesville Water Works
  • Cave Run Regional Water Commission
  • Central City Water & Sewer
  • Columbia/Adair County Water Commission
  • Danville City Water Works
  • Falmouth Water Department
  • Franklin Water Works
  • Glasgow Water Company – Plants A & B
  • Hardin County Water District No. 2 – Plants A & B
  • Hartford Municipal Water Works
  • Hodgenville Water Works
  • Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority
  • Jackson County Water Association
  • Jackson Municipal Water Works
  • Jamestown Municipal Water Works
  • Jenkins Water System
  • Kentucky American – Plant C
  • Kentucky State Penitentiary
  • Knox County Utility Commission
  • Laurel County Water District No. 2
  • Lawrenceburg Water & Sewer Department
  • Lebanon Water Works Company Inc.
  • Liberty Water Works
  • Logan Todd Regional Water Commission
  • London Utility Commission
  • Louisa Water Department
  • Madisonville Light & Water
  • McCreary County Water District – Plants A & B
  • Monroe County Water District
  • Paducah Water Works
  • Princeton Water & Sewer Commission
  • Providence Water Works
  • Rattlesnake Ridge Water District
  • Water Services Corporation of KY, Middlesboro
  • Webster County Water District
  • Williamsburg Water Department
  • Wood Creek Water District

Ten drinking water systems received a certificate for meeting AWOP DBP goals and criteria in 2021:

  • Campbellsville Municipal Water
  • Cynthiana Municipal Water Works
  • Danville City Water Works
  • Franklin Water Works
  • Glasgow Water Company – Plant A and B
  • Hardin County Water District #2 – Plant A and B
  • Paducah Water Works
  • Princeton Water and Sewer Commission

For additional information about AWOP visit https://tinyurl.com/KYAWOP  or contact Jackie Logsdon at jackie.logsdon@ky.gov or 502-764-1209.

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Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission  to Meet July 26

Videoconference will begin at 9 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2022) – The Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission will hold a meeting July 26 at 9 a.m. Eastern time. This meeting will be held by videoconference.

Anyone who wants to attend virtually can follow this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84553623580?pwd=NTFSMUZCak5tVG9GcG5YcTN6eFFaUT09) or join with Zoom meeting ID 845 5362 3580 and password SWCC.

The July 26 meeting will be streamed live at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort, conference room 216, for those who wish to view the meeting and do not have access.

If you have questions, please contact Johnna McHugh at 502-782-6703.

AGENDA

  1. Call to order and introductions
  2. Minutes of the last meeting
  3. Agency reports
  4. Correspondence
  5. Equipment report
  6. Approval of vacancy petitions and incentive per diem
  7. Agriculture District Program
  8. Old business
  9. New business
  10. Adjourn

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Kentucky’s Annual Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Report Demonstrates Continued Excellence in Quality and Reliability

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 7, 2022) – Kentucky’s 2021 Drinking Water Compliance Report shows that the Commonwealth’s public water systems consistently produce excellent quality water and have a high rate of compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements.

The annual report by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) summarizes compliance data and monitoring results of Kentucky’s public water systems. The systems are required by the SDWA to test produced water regularly for more than 100 contaminants and to take corrective action and notify customers when a contaminant exceeds standards.

“This year’s drinking water compliance report reflects the dedication of the public water systems of the Commonwealth.  DOW commends their ongoing efforts,” said DOW Director Carey Johnson. “This annual compliance report also demonstrates the DOW’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable, safe, quality water to the citizens, businesses and industries of the Commonwealth. The state continues to exceed the goals and expectations outlined in EPA’s National Compliance Initiative for Kentucky, EPA Region 4 and the nation.”

The annual report shows Kentucky’s public water systems decreased monitoring and reporting violations by 80 percent in 2020, a trend that has continued through 2021. The decrease is attributed to the availability of an electronic submittal process and increased compliance assistance by the DOW, technical assistance partners and the efforts of public water system personnel.

Since 2016, overall health-based violations have decreased by more than 83 percent. These violations are predominately Disinfection Byproduct Rule violations (30) with the remaining eight violations related to the Surface Water Treatment Rules (5), Stage 1 Disinfection Byproduct Rule (1) and the Revised Total Coliform Rule (2). There were no health-based violations of the Ground Water Rule, and no water systems exceeded the federally established limits in 2021 for volatile and synthetic organic compounds or inorganic compounds (VOCs, SOCs or IOCs).

Violations related to disinfection byproducts (DBPs), a class of contaminants that result from the interaction of disinfection chemicals, such as chlorine, with natural organic material in water, constitute 79 percent of all 2021 health-based drinking water violations in Kentucky. The report showed a decrease in these health-based violations, from 118 in 2018, 49 in 2019, 33 violations in 2020 and a further reduction to 30 for 2021. The decrease in health-based violations is attributed to efforts by public water systems to reduce DBP issues in challenged systems through the technical support of the DOW and external technical assistance partners.

Figure 1. Graph of Public Water System Violation Trends from 2016 – 2021.

The increase in health-based violations experienced in 2016 was anticipated due to the full implementation of the federal rule for Stage 2 DBPs. This rule required “consecutive” public water systems that purchase water from another public water system and re-distribute it to its customers to monitor for and meet recently established standards for DBPs. Since then, public water systems have addressed and mitigated many of these DBP occurrences. Kentucky’s DBP violations have decreased by more than 91% since the initial increase in violations in 2016.

Figure 2. Pie chart of 2021 health-based violations by type.

The Kentucky Annual Drinking Water Compliance Report is online.

For more information about the report, contact Alicia Jacobs (alicia.jacobs@ky.gov).

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The Kentucky Division of Water Seeks Public Comment

Draft report addressing bacteria-impaired minor tributaries of the Ohio River

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22 2022) – The Kentucky Division of Water is seeking public comment through July 25, 2022 on a draft report that addresses bacteria-impaired streams in minor tributary watersheds of the Ohio River. This Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report provides critical information needed to restore water quality in these waters.

To read the draft report and for instructions on how to comment, visit the Division of Water website at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Pages/Water-Public-Notices-and-Hearings.aspx. To learn more about how TMDLs help to support water quality restoration, visit the TMDL program website at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Protection/TMDL/Pages/default.aspx.

“Total Maximum Daily Load” refers to the amount of a pollutant a water body can receive and still meet water quality standards. Standards for E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria are intended to protect the health of those using surface waters for swimming, wading, boating, and other recreation.

The Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify specific waters in which standards are not being met and then to develop a TMDL for the pollutants not meeting standards.  TMDL reports are made available to the public for review and comment prior to submission to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The new report will complete TMDLs for 49 impaired stream segments in the following counties: Ballard, Boyd, Bracken, Breckinridge, Campbell, Crittenden, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jefferson, Meade, Oldham, and Union.

The report is part of the Kentucky Statewide Bacteria TMDL, an ongoing effort which will complete TMDLs for more than 350 stream segments by the end of 2022. 

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2022 Environmental Excellence Awards Nomination Deadline Looming

The Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting nominations for the the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards recognize individuals, businesses and organizations committed to protecting and improving Kentucky’s environment, and help tell the stories of the significant efforts and activities that promote environmental awareness and exhibit environmental excellence. Nominations are being accepted until June 30, 2022.

One award will be given for each of four categories: Environmental Pacesetter, Resource Caretaker, Environmental Community Luminary, and KY EXCEL Champion. The KY EXCEL Champion will be awarded to an active KY EXCEL member. Businesses, organizations, communities, and individuals may be nominated or self-nominate for the awards.

Additional details and nomination forms are available online here. Please submit nominations by emailing envhelp@ky.gov. All questions pertaining to the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards may be submitted to envhelp@ky.gov.

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