Kentucky Water Treatment Plants Exceed Quality Standards

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 24, 2019) – The Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Water has recognized 37 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), for 2018.

AWOP is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of AWOP is to encourage drinking water systems to voluntarily achieve optimization goals that are more stringent than current regulations. Twenty-six states, including Kentucky, participate in AWOP. All of Kentucky’s public water systems are encouraged to participate in AWOP in order to provide the highest quality drinking water to their customers.

AWOP promotes improving the operation of existing facilities rather than implementing costly capital improvements. In doing so, the program provides tools and approaches for drinking water systems to meet water quality optimization goals and provide an increased and sustainable level of public health protection to consumers. In particular, the program emphasizes the reduction of turbidity and disinfection by-products through the drinking water treatment process. Turbidity, or cloudiness, is a measurement of particles in water including soil, algae, bacteria, viruses and other substances. Disinfection by-products are formed when chlorine, which is used for disinfection, reacts with organic material found in the source water.

Participating systems that meet the high standards of AWOP receive certificates in recognition of their accomplishments. “Together, these 37 drinking water treatment plants serve nearly one million Kentuckians,” said Jackie Logsdon, the Kentucky AWOP Coordinator. “This achievement demonstrates a high level of commitment to public health protection. The drinking water operators deserve our recognition and appreciation for optimizing operations and performance, allowing them to exceed requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.”

Two water treatment plants received an AWOP Champion Award. This award takes into account the high level of turbidity optimization achieved, as well as the system’s overall compliance record for the previous three years. Glasgow Water Company was awarded the 2018 Champion Award for a large drinking water treatment plant (designed to produce 3 million or more gallons of water a day). Burkesville Water Works received the 2018 Champion Award for a small drinking water treatment plant (designed to treat less than 3 million gallons of water a day).

Fourteen AWOP drinking water systems received special recognition for achieving the AWOP turbidity goals 100 percent of the time in 2018. These include Barbourville Water and Electric, Bullock Pen Water District, Cave Run Regional Water Commission, Glasgow Water Company – Plant A, Jackson County Water Association, Jamestown Municipal Water Works, Laurel County Water District No. 2, Lawrenceburg Water and Sewer Department, Liberty Water Works, London Utility Commission, Louisa Water Department, Rattlesnake Ridge Water District, Western Fleming Water District, and Wood Creek Water District.

The following drinking water systems also received a certificate for meeting the AWOP turbidity criteria in 2018:

  • Barbourville Water and Electric
  • Bullock Pen Water District
  • Burkesville Water Works
  • Cave Run Regional Water Commission
  • Central City Water and Sewer
  • Century Aluminum
  • Cynthiana Municipal Water Works
  • Franklin Water Works
  • Glasgow Water Company – Plants A and B
  • Hardin County Water District No. 2 – Plants A and B
  • Hodgenville Water Works
  • Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority
  • Jackson County Water Association
  • Jackson Municipal Water Works
  • Jamestown Municipal Water Works
  • Kentucky American Water – Plants B and C
  • Kentucky State Penitentiary
  • Laurel County Water District No. 2
  • Lawrenceburg Water and Sewer Department
  • Leitchfield Water Works
  • Liberty Water Works
  • Logan Todd Regional Water Commission
  • London Utility Commission
  • Louisa Water Department
  • Madisonville Light and Water
  • McCreary County Water District – Plant B
  • Monroe County Water District
  • Morehead State University
  • Ohio County Water District
  • Rattlesnake Ridge Water District
  • Stanford Water Works
  • Versailles Water System
  • Western Fleming Water District
  • Wood Creek Water District

The following drinking water system received a certificate for meeting the AWOP disinfection by-products criteria in 2018:

  • Franklin Water Works

Find additional information about AWOP here or contact Jackie Logsdon at jackie.logsdon@ky.gov or 270-824-7529.

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Division of Waste Management Announces Grants for Rubber-Modified Asphalt Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 22, 2019) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) announced that up to $502,838 in grant funding has been awarded to five counties for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires.

The grant funding will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay on county or metro government roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate, and can extend the life of a road by four to eight years. Asphalt overlay is a new layer of asphalt applied over an existing asphalt surface, and can extend the road life by seven to 10 years.

The following county governments received grants:  Clark, Fayette, Hardin, Hopkins, and Pulaski.

Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely said the grant program is valuable because it promotes the use of recycled rubber from Kentucky waste tires, while enabling counties to fix distressed roadways. “This is a win for both the communities that get better roadways and for the environment,” Secretary Snavely said.

Each county government will go through a standard bid process for their respective projects. After bids have been received, grant funds will be awarded to each county matching the amount of the winning bid.

The Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly, collects a $2 fee from the sale of each new tire in the state. This helps manage millions of scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and develops markets for recycled tire products.

This is the fourth year the Cabinet has offered this grant. Questions about the grant program should be directed to Byron Bland, Byron.bland@ky.gov 502-782-6556.

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Division of Waste Management Announces Grant Recipients

Program provides funding for projects that involve rubber mulch

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2019) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has awarded $500,471 in grant funding for benches, picnic tables, landscaping, walking trails and pour-in-place surfacing projects that utilize recycled waste tires. 

The grants are available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly, which receives a $2 fee from the sale of each new tire in the state. The fund helps manage approximately five million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and promotes the development of markets for recycled tire products.

Recipients, along with grant amounts, are as follows:  

grant recipients

For additional questions, contact Lisa Evans at 502-782-6355.

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Public comment sought on the 2019 Nonpoint Source Management Plan

Comment period ends June 20, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 20, 2019) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until June 20, 2019 on a draft of the Kentucky Nonpoint Source Management Plan: A Strategy for 2019-2023. The report details the Kentucky Division of Water’s (DOW) priorities, goals and strategies for addressing Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) in the Commonwealth for the years 2019-2023.

NPS pollution, also known as runoff or diffuse pollution is a major contributor of contamination in Kentucky’s waterways. When rainfall or snowmelt moves over and through the ground, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters, and ground waters (US EPA, 2018).

NPS pollution comes in many different forms. Oil and gas on roads and driveways, fertilizers on lawns, pesticides on crops, soap from car washes, and dirt from construction sites are just a few of the many sources that contribute to NPS pollution. It can also come in the form of things like animal waste from cattle in streams or collapsing stream banks. As these different pollutants build up in the water, the health of our waterways declines.

The DOW NPS Management Plan, updated every five years and required by the Clean Water Act Section 319(b), as well as the EPA’s Key Elements guidance, informs citizens of the work the agency and its partners are doing to reduce nonpoint source pollution. It helps potential partners understand the Commonwealth’s priorities for the NPS Program. And, the document serves as the DOW’s guiding strategy for reduction of nonpoint source pollution in Kentucky for the next five years.

The plan may be viewed on the Division of Water website at http://bit.ly/2w6pXEA. Comments should be sent in writing to Dale Booth, Division of Water, 300 Sower Blvd, Frankfort, KY 40601 or by email to DOWPublicNotice@ky.gov .

Despite fluctuating prices, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet encourages and promotes recycling

But each county must decide what’s best for its budget

Lexington’s moratorium on the recycling of paper products has created a number of questions from consumers and businesses. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Waste Management (DWM), works hand-in-hand with the county solid waste coordinators to encourage and promote recycling, while overseeing state government’s recycling efforts, which are required by statute.

Jon Maybriar, director of the DWM, said that the economics of recycling has recently shifted, making it a much greater challenge for counties, municipalities – and the state, to recycle.

Within the past few years, what recyclers will accept has narrowed. China and other countries that have historically purchased paper, cardboard, plastic and other recycled material from the U.S., now require up to a 95-percent purity standard, a difficult benchmark for many recycling facilities to meet.

Mixed recycling returns only a fraction of the money it used to bring, Maybriar said. Although the Commonwealth’s white office paper recycling program processes nearly 176 pounds of paper per state employee, the price paid by recyclers has decreased in the last eight months from $220 to $145 per ton. The price for recycled cardboard has dropped by 50 percent.

The elimination of any type of recycling will put more load on landfills, which now will be taking the unrecycled paper, as well as increase the likelihood of illegal dumps and open burning, he said.

Maybriar encourages each county to manage their recycling program to the best of its ability, according to its budget, understanding that prices will fluctuate. “We’ll need to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs, and look for other sources of recycling if needed.”

The Energy and Environment Cabinet is available for guidance, Maybriar said, should a county, municipality or business need it. The Recycling and Local Assistance Branch provides technical assistance, outreach, and training to public and private entities, and administers a number of grant programs. “We can do a lot to educate consumers and manufacturers. Now’s the perfect time to have those conversations.”

The changing recycling landscape is forcing a much-needed conversation, Maybriar said. “That is, how do we recycle better?”

The answer? “Buy less. Package less. Recycle smarter. This issue doesn’t just land on the shoulders of recycling facilities,” Maybriar said. “Industry, manufacturers, consumers all have to be smarter in how we reduce, reuse and recycle.”

Additional information is available at http://eec.kentucky.gov

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Your Chance to Recognize Environmental Stewards

Call for nominations now through July 1.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 14, 2019) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards of Excellence. The awards will be presented during the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment Sept. 20 at the Lexington Convention Center.

The Energy and Environment Awards of Excellence are presented in 13 categories and are selected by an independent committee. Those selected to be honored will receive their awards during the conference luncheon.

The deadline for all nominations is July 1, 2019. The awards for public nominations include:

The Secretary’s Award 
Awarded by the Office of the Secretary, this is given to a person, business, municipality or non-governmental organization that has demonstrated long-term leadership and commitment to sustainability, environmental protection, or conservation of natural resources, or who has been responsible for the development of energy resources. Access the nomination form here.

Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award 
Nominations for this award can include a person, company or organization that has made great strides in conserving energy, improving energy efficiency, and/or finding alternative energy sources in Kentucky. Access the nomination form here. Please email or send nominations to Susie Paul Susie.paul@ky.gov, DEDI, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Ky., 40601.

The Department for Environmental Protection will present four awards:
1. Environmental Pacesetter Award
This award winner must have made exemplary and innovative efforts to protect the environment and to set an example of environmental stewardship for the Commonwealth. Special consideration will be given to nominees that demonstrate a comprehensive approach to environmental issues and that highlight the relationship between environmental, social and economic benefits. Access the nomination form here.

  1. Resource Caretaker Award
    Nominees for this award should include those who have helped conserve Kentucky’s natural resources, and may include efforts that revitalized underutilized or contaminated land, or that involved land management and preservation, habitat restoration, recycling programs, pollution prevention, water-use reductions, or energy efficiency. Nominate someone here.
  2. Community Environmental Luminary Award
    This award recognizes achievements in community-based environmental education and outreach. This may include mentoring activities or organized efforts to educate others about natural environments and, particularly, how human behavior impacts the ecosystem. Nominations should identify the benefits to local or regional target areas. Find the nomination form here.
  3. KY EXCEL Champion Award 
    This award recognizes a KY EXCEL member that demonstrates outstanding stewardship and helps create positive benefits for Kentucky’s environment. Nominees must be currently active KY EXCEL members and should highlight activities that may include energy conservation, air quality improvement, waste reduction, or environmental stewardship programs. Nominate here.

Other awards to be presented at the Governor’s Conference on Energy & the Environment include:
Award for Excellence in Reclamation
Award for Excellence in Mine Safety
Award for Excellence in Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation
The Outstanding Kentucky Forest Steward Award
The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Stewardship Award
The Kentucky Nature Preserves Biodiversity Award

Learn more about the conference on the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s website.

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$4,000 Grants Available from the Division of Waste Management’s Waste Tire Trust Fund

Kentucky counties urged to apply for funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 13, 2019) – Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants from money that is available through the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.

“Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires,” said Gary Logsdon, manager of DWM’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch.  “Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible.”

The grant period is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.  Costs incurred by a county, beginning July 1, 2019 for recycling or disposal of waste tires, are eligible.  Counties must submit receipts for those costs with their close-out report form by July 15, 2020.

Waste tire Grant applications must be submitted no later than June 7, 2019.  These grants do not require a match.  Any unused funds must be returned to the Cabinet by July 31, 2020.

The grant packets will be sent by email to county judge-executives and solid waste coordinators. For more information contact Grant White at 502-782-6385 or grant.white@ky.gov.

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