SNIPSNot all news needs to be covered through an extended article. But it is still
important that you know about activities and decisions that may affect your business, communities and families. To help keep you informed, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) routinely compiles a short listing of state and federal topics that we affectionately call SNIPS. If you have questions about these items or need environmental assistance, contact DCA at 800-926-8111 or

  • Ky. USGBC Lunch & Learn in Frankfort: Brownfield Incentives, Resources and a New State Law Organized by the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), register now for the event on June 18, to learn ways to turn problem properties into economic and community development opportunities. Get an overview of the incentives and resources available to assist in the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields in Kentucky. Learn about a new state law that reduces environmental liability obstacles and provides increased certainty for brownfield redevelopers, and find out how brownfield redevelopment can qualify for Sustainable Sites credits within a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) project (Credit 3).
  • EPA Finalizes Standards to Protect Fish, Aquatic Life from Cooling Water Intakes The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized standards to protect an estimated 2.1 billion fish, crabs and shrimp drawn each year into cooling water systems at large power plants and factories. This final rule is required by Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act to address site-specific challenges and establishes a common sense framework, putting a premium on public input and flexibility for facilities to comply.
  • EPA Proposes Updates to Emissions Standards for Petroleum Refineries to Protect Nearby Neighborhoods The EPA is proposing to update the toxic air pollution standards for petroleum refineries to protect neighborhoods located near refineries. The agency’s proposal would further reduce toxic pollution from flaring and other processes and includes new monitoring requirements. Exposure to toxic air pollutants, such as benzene, can cause respiratory problems and other serious health issues and can increase the risk of developing cancer.
  • EPA Extends Comment Period for the Proposed New Safety Measures to Protect Farm Workers from Pesticide Exposure – The EPA is extending the comment period for the proposed revisions to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard for an additional 60 days, until Aug. 18, 2014, in response to requests from growers, industry, farmworker advocates and states for additional time to provide input.