Kentucky Oil and Gas Work group to Meet December 2

Hybrid meeting will begin at 10 a.m.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2022) 
– The Kentucky Oil and Gas Workgroup will meet December 2, 2022 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Attend the meeting in-person at the Energy and Environment Cabinet, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Kentucky, or virtually via Microsoft Teams.

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Agenda:

  • Updates on Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – Current status 
  • Pit water characterization
    • Sampling SOPs
    • Certified labs and field only certification process
  • Oil and Gas Groundwater Protection Plan update
  • Class VI wells discussion
  • New business
  • Public comment period

Next meeting date scheduled: February 3, 2022 at 10 a.m.

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Martin County Water District Workgroupto Meet December 7

Video conference will start at 1 p.m.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2022)
– The Martin County Water District (MCWD) Workgroup will meet by videoconference on December 7, 2022 from 1–3 p.m. Eastern time. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Kim Greenidge at 502-782-6630.

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Agenda

  • Welcome and opening remarks – EEC Secretary Rebecca Goodman
  • Introductions and announcements – DEP Deputy Commissioner Amanda LeFevre
  • Update of MCWD operations – Alliance Water Resources Division Manager Craig Miller
    • Projects update
  • Update from the Division of Water – Director Carey Johnson
  • Open discussion – Facilitated by Amanda LeFevre
  • Future workgroup meeting proposed date and time
    • March 8, 2023; 1 – 3 pm
  • Adjourn

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Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority to Meet December 8

Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2022) 
– The Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority will hold a meeting December 8 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.  The meeting will be held at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort. 

 AGENDA 

  • Welcome 
  • Roll call of authority members 
  • Swearing in of new members 
  • Introduction of guests 
  • Approval of minutes from August 25, 2022 
  • Old business  
  • New business 
  • Subcommittee reports 
  • KASMC 
  • Farmstead 
  • Pesticides, fertilizers and other agriculture chemicals 
  • Livestock and poultry 
  • Crops 
  • Silviculture 
  • Streams and other waters 
  • Education and outreach 
  • Quarterly update of AWQA related violations 
  • Updates from members 
  • Adjourn  

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The Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee to Meet November 30

Meeting begins at 9 a.m.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2022) 
– The Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee, a committee of the Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority, will hold a hybrid meeting on November 30, 2022, at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Anyone who wants to attend the meeting in person can attend at the USGS office (9818 Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville). 

For more information or to attend the meeting by video conference, email Peter Cinotto (pcinotto@usgs.gov).   

AGENDA 

  • Introductions 
  • Introduction of new Kentucky state climatologist and director of the Kentucky Climate Center and Mesonet 
  • Update on nutrient reduction strategy in Kentucky 
  • Update on USGS super gages 
  • Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Kentucky 
  • PFAS research 
  • Open floor – updates / discussion / next steps. 
  • Adjourn 

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Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission to Meet November 9

Video conference will start at 10 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2022) – The Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission will hold its quarterly meeting virtually November 9, 2022 at 10 a.m. Eastern time, via  Zoom.

To attend virtually:

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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.

  • Call to order and roll call
  • Welcome and opening remarks 
  • Approval of the minutes from August 9, 2022 meeting 
  • Discussion of actuarial study and adverse scenarios: Pinnacle Actuarial Resources 
  • AML excess funding requests:
    • Middle Fork Development Services No. 2 LLC 877-0219
    • Middle Fork Development Services No. 2 LLC 877-0220
    • Appalachian Mining and Reclamation LLC 810-8032 (tentative)
    • Appalachian Mining and Reclamation LLC 836-5626 (tentative)
    • Meadow Fork Mining Company LLC 864-0182 (tentative)
  • DNR update: Gordon Slone, DNR commissioner
  • Other business:
    • Financial reports and bond amounts
    • Audit update
    • Board appointments
    • Staff update
    • Set 2023 meeting dates
  • Adjournment

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New Tool Available for Kentucky’s Watershed Professionals

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By Michaela Lambert

Kentucky watershed professionals have an updated tool available to them this fall as they prepare to write their watershed plan applications.

The new Watershed Explorer, which will replace the former Kentucky Watershed Viewer, will allow groups and individuals to more easily gather information required for submitting 319(h) Nonpoint Source Funding applications. The new Kentucky Watershed Explorer will feature a collection of more focused tools and viewers, including the new 319 Grant Reporter.

“The old viewer tried to be all things for all needs,” said Caroline Chan, who created the 319 Grant Reporter. “Because it had so much information, it was hard to find what you needed,” but the new explorer will “allow users to zero in on what their needs are by selecting the application that suits that purpose. Additional applications will be added as they are developed.”

The 319 Grant Reporter is the first focused application in this collection to be rolled out. The application will better serve the watershed managers and other professionals that submit work to address water quality issues through the 319(h) Nonpoint Source Program.

The reporting tool allows users to search for their watershed of interest and identify information that is necessary for submitting 319(h) Clean Water Act Nonpoint Source Funding applications. Users will be able to search for their watershed using stream name, county, Hydrologic Unit (HUC) or by scrolling to its location.

Snapshot of the opening view of the 319 Reporting Tool. Users will use the search box or zoom to find their watershed of interest. Purple areas are Kentucky’s 7 major river basins and their Basin Team Priority Watersheds.

Once the correct watershed is selected, users will know what major river basin it’s in, whether it has been assessed to meet its designated uses, has a Total Maximum Daily Load Allocation (TMDL), if it is in a Source Water Protection Zone (SWPP), and if it has any assigned special designations such as an Outstanding State Resource Water (OSRW) or Division of Water Priority Watershed. Users will be able to download and print a copy of the report and attach it to their 319(h) application or use it for any other uses they see fit.

The 319 Program also will be testing a letter of intent for the 2022 grant season as a replacement for its traditional request for proposals. Those who plan to apply for 2022 funds are highly encouraged, but not required, to watch the 319 grant funding informational video and submit a letter of intent. The earlier letters are submitted, the easier it will be for the NPS staff to help future applicants submit a successful application. Applications are due February 2023. All applications must still go through the rank and review process.

“We are excited to launch the 319 Grant Reporter”, said Watershed Management Branch Manager Joanna Ashford. “This tool will help applicants identify water quality information, HUC12 numbers and other needed information for the 319 Application.”

For more information about the 319 Grant Program please check out the Kentucky Division of Water’s 319(h) Grant Program Funding page.

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Gov. Beshear, Congressman Rogers Announce $24.4 Million in Funding for Economic Development Projects in Eastern Kentucky

Projects are expected to retain or create more than 200 jobs, train 300 Kentuckians

Pikeville, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2022) – Today during the annual SOAR Summit, Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced $24.4 million in Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program funds for economic development projects in nine Eastern Kentucky counties.

When completed, the projects in Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Knox, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary and Wolfe counties will enable cold storage of bulk apples, broadcasting equipment at the Mountain Arts Studio, an emergency services center, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and diesel-mechanics training facility, RV and industrial parks, a resort bordering the Jefferson National Forest, a wastewater treatment plant and a visitors’ center.

These 11 projects are expected to retain or create more than 200 jobs, train 300 Kentuckians and serve more than 100,000 people via tourism, infrastructure development or training opportunities.

“Once again, this program is funding innovative projects that are bringing jobs to Eastern Kentucky so more of our families can provide for their loved ones and live the lives they want and deserve,” said Gov. Beshear. “The foundation has been laid for diversified economic growth as each of these projects is completed, helping these communities not only rebuild following July’s historic flooding but also thrive for generations to come.”

“As we continue to rebuild from the catastrophic flood in Eastern Kentucky, these grant awards are more important than ever before to advance job creation and new opportunities,” said Congressman Hal Rogers, Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives. “These grants will give Eastern Kentuckians more opportunities to work and thrive in their hometowns.”

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Rebecca Goodman selected the projects for initial vetting by the U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). More than 86 applications for funding were received by the EEC’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands.

The projects selected for funding include:

  • Agricultural Apple Packing and Sorting Facility was selected to receive $6.6 million for the installation of an apple packing and sorting facility in an existing building in Martin County.
  • CMH 23 Workforce and Tourism Development Project was selected to receive $1 million to modify and equip the broadcasting studio at the Mountain Arts Studio in Floyd County.
  • Elliott County Emergency Operations Center and 911 Center was selected to receive $4.6 million to construct an emergency services center. 
  • Gifford Road Industrial Park was selected to receive $1 million to construct a build-ready certified site for a 50,000 square foot facility in Magoffin County.
  • Impact Outdoor Adventures RV Campground was selected to receive $900,000 to construct a multi-purpose building, yurts, and a tree-top adventure course in Clay County.
  • Southeast Transportation Training Center was selected to receive $1.2 million to develop a CDL and diesel mechanics training facility in Knox County.
  • Stearns RV Park and Campground was selected to receive $1.6 million to construct an RV park and campground in McCreary County.
  • Thunder Ridge Property Acquisition was awarded $3 million to purchase 58 acres to develop the Thunder Ridge Industrial Park, where Boxvana intends to construct a 200,000 square foot facility in Floyd County.
  • Raven Rock Resort was selected to receive $1.7 million to begin development on the Raven Rock Resort in Letcher County.
  • Hazel Green Wastewater Collection System Phase I was selected to receive $1.4 million to construct an 80,000-gallon-per-day wastewater treatment plant in Wolfe County. 
  • Royalton Trail Town Development Phase II was selected to receive $2 million to construct a visitors center, restaurant, entertainment space and parking in Magoffin County.

“These grants are providing the kind of job growth and economic stimulus that we’d hoped,” Secretary Goodman said. “We are excited to have helped launch these projects.”

More than $165 million in federal funding through the AMLER Program has been awarded to Kentucky since its inception in 2016. Seventy-five projects in 23 counties have been selected for the funding. Once completed, it is expected that these projects will have created more than 3,000 new jobs for the region.

Information about the AMLER program can be found at AMLER or by contacting Mr. Justin Adams, Director, Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, KY 40601. Office: 502-782-6761, e-mail: Justin.Adams@ky.gov.

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Gov. Beshear Announces More Than $74 MillionTo Create Good-Paying Jobs Through Clean-upof Historic Mine Sites 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky has been awarded more than $74 million through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to create jobs and clean up hazards left by historic mining such as subsidence, slides, open portals, refuse piles and mine seam fires. 

The $74,252,680 award, issued through the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), is the first of 15 years of BIL funding that will go to the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (DAML). The funding will also be used to rebuild ailing water infrastructure and to address water supply issues.

“This grant will go a long way to help close dangerous mine shafts, reclaim unstable slopes and improve water quality,” Gov. Beshear said. “This will attract new industry to the region while creating good-paying jobs for many, including engineers, environmental experts, GIS specialists, geologists and contractors and their crews.”

Last year, DAML completed 70 projects at almost $9 million. This grant will allow the agency to more than double the number of projects completed each year. The funding also will enable DAML to revive its Water Supply Replacement Program (WSRP), which provides clean water to areas impacted by historic mining.

“We have already held workshops so that contractors can hit the ground running,” Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman said. “There is much work to be done.”

Land and water problems that are eligible to receive BIL funding in Kentucky are those affected by coal mining that ceased before May 18, 1982.

Earlier this week, OSMRE announced that Kentucky’s AML program received the 2022 AML Reclamation Appalachian States Award for work at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in McCreary County. The $1.6 million project reopened a portion of the Big South Fork Railway that had been closed due to unstable track and ensured the safety of more than 22,000 passengers who ride the line annually. 

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Lead in Drinking Water Working Groupto Meet October 31, 2022

Video conference will start at 2 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2022) – The Lead in Drinking Water Working Group will meet by videoconference on October 31, 2022 from 2 – 3 p.m. EST. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Elizabeth Dowling at elizabeth.dowling@ky.gov or 502-782-0965.

Agenda

1.  Call meeting to order and roll call of membership – Amy Stoffer 
2.  Approve minutes of August 22, 2022 – Amy Stoffer
3.  Subgroup report out
     Small systems
     Funding/financing
     Lead service line inventories and replacements
     Public communications
4.  SRF info / call for projects – Russell Neal
5.  Public comment opportunity
6.  Set next meeting date – propose January 23, 2023, 2:00 pm
Adjourn

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Gov. Beshear Announces $310,000 Available in Clean Diesel Grants to Replace Aging School Buses

Local communities, environment also benefit when school districts replace buses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear today announced the 2022 Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant Program, which will provide $310,643 towards reducing diesel emissions by replacing aging school buses in the Commonwealth.

All Kentucky public school districts and private schools that own and operate school buses are eligible to apply for funding through this grant program, which will reimburse up to 25 percent of the total cost of the purchase of a replacement school bus. Grant recipients are responsible for the remaining 75 percent.

“Let’s make it a priority to replace these older buses,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “By reducing diesel school bus emissions and improving air quality, we’ll be protecting the health of our most valuable resource – our children.”

Diesel exhaust contains a mixture of fine particles, nitrogen oxides and more than 40 hazardous air pollutants. These pollutants have a negative impact on human health, especially for children who have a faster breathing rate than adults and whose lungs are not yet fully developed.

“This is an excellent opportunity and I encourage Kentucky school districts to take advantage of it,” Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca W. Goodman said.

Priority will be given to awarding grants to applicants that are in an area not meeting current air quality standards, proposals that achieve the most cost-effective emission reductions, and applications that demonstrate the greatest reductions in emissions.

“This program will make it easier for school districts to replace older, more polluting buses with newer, cleaner ones,” said Division for Air Quality director Michael Kennedy. “Not only do our communities benefit from cleaner air, but so do bus passengers, since exhaust is often pulled into the vehicle cabin when doors are opened.”

The deadline to apply for funds is November 4, 2022.  Successful applicants will have until September 30, 2023 to complete their projects. To apply, visit the Division for Air Quality’s web-site at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Air/Pages/Clean-Diesel-Grant-Program.aspx .

For more information, please email Benita Stephens at Benita.Stephens@ky.gov or call 502-782-6781.

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