The Hazardous Waste Management Fund (HWMF) was created by the General Assembly to provide the Energy and Environment Cabinet (Cabinet) with the funds necessary to protect the health of the citizens and environment of the Commonwealth from threats associated with releases of hazardous substances, pollutants and contaminants. Since 1980, nearly $50 million has been spent specifically for cleanup of more than 550 contaminated sites, making the Commonwealth of Kentucky a cleaner and safer place to live. The HWMF also has cumulatively provided more than $7.1 million in funding for the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC).
The Division of Waste Management recently released the most recent Hazardous Waste Management Fund Report.This biennial report is required by KRS 224.46-580(13) (c) and includes information from FY 2011 and FY 2012. Read about selected Kentucky hazardous waste sites, view before and after photos, and learn about cleanup methods, in addition to the required information regarding the expenditures and revenues of the HWMF.
The Cabinet uses proceeds from the HWMF for a variety of activities including the following:
- Emergency response to address releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, and contaminants.
- Small purchase removal projects with costs less than $20,000.
- Assessment and remediation of contaminated sites for which there is no viable responsible party.
- As required by statute, transfer funds to the KPPC. KPPC provided a biennial report which is attached as Appendix A.
- Technical oversight costs to conduct state-lead cleanups and to review cleanup documents submitted for sites for which there is a viable responsible party and technical oversight of environmental emergencies.
If you have questions or would like additional information, visit the Division of Waste Management website at http://waste.ky.gov or contact Cassandra Jobe at 502-564-6716, ext. 4621 or Cassandra.Jobe@ky.gov.