Toxic Release Totals Continue to Decline

Analysis of data from the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) by the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shows a continued downward statewide trend in toxic pollutants entering Kentucky’s environment. With continued reduction in reported releases, the potential impact on communities that may be disproportionately impacted has also decreased.

The Kentucky DEP conducted an analysis of reporting data submitted by industries to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for calendar year 2014. Within Kentucky, there were a total of 431 facilities and 167 chemicals reported for the 2014 calendar year. It is notable that more than 91 percent of the TRI chemical waste generated during 2014 was recycled, treated, or used for energy recovery, rather than released or disposed of in environmental media (air, water or land).

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Dept. for Natural Resources Staff Announced

Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely announced the addition of two new people to the management team at the Department for Natural Resources.

William (Bill) Steele, Jr., has been appointed to Director for the Division of Forestry, effective Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.  Bill is a native of Columbia, Kentucky, and has been the President and CEO of Kentucky Tie and Lumber Company, a business he founded and built into an employer of 80 people, in Columbia.  Bill has a B.S. degree in Forestry from the University of the South and is a past President of the Kentucky Forest Industries Association.  Bill’s forestry business experience is a great addition to the excellent forestry management personnel at the Division of Forestry.

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Current Job Openings at the Department for Environmental Protection – February 4, 2016

If you are interested in working at the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection

  • 46119BR – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST IV – (02/11/2016)

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DCA Offering Agricultural Boot Camps and Other Workshops

Do you find that environmental regulations can be confusing? You’re not alone! Join presenters from the Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) and the University of Kentucky’s Biosystems & Agriculture Engineering Program for a workshop designed for the agriculture community and those who work with the community.

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Bankers, Others Offered Workshop on Brownfield Redevelopment

Focus on liability, exemptions, available incentives

FRANKFORT, Ky.  (Feb. 3, 2016) – Bankers and property development professionals can take a crash course in brownfield redevelopment through a workshop sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

The workshop will be conducted 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 24, 2016, at the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. Attendees will get a better understanding of brownfields– properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to real or perceived environmental contamination– and the issues surrounding contaminated property redevelopment.

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Compliance Assistance Offers Workshops for Manufacturers, Hazardous Waste and Clean Water Act

The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) is hosting a series of Environmental Assistance Workshops with the goal of assisting and educating regulated facilities so they understand and can comply with environmental regulations.

Speakers from the Division of Water, Division of Waste Management and Division of Compliance Assistance will be highlighting common permits and authorizations that are typically issued by the Department for Environmental Protection for industrial and manufacturing facilities.

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January Edition of Marketplace Available for Download

The January edition of the Marketplace is available for download here: http://waste.ky.gov/RLA/recycling/Marketplace/January%202016.pdf

The MarketplaceIn this month’s edition, you’ll find news about declining recycling numbers in several major categories and increasing numbers for paper exports.

Grant fund recipients are announced and the recycling market prognosis is examined.

All that and more in the January edition of the Marketplace.

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