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

  • EPA Proposes Smog Standards The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed strengthening air quality standards to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb), while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. Written comments on the proposed standards are due Feb. 26, 2015, and can be submitted on the Federal Register website (Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0699). The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to review the standards every five years by following a set of open, transparent steps and considering the advice of a panel of independent experts. The EPA last updated these standards in 2008, setting them at 75 ppb.
  • PSC To Take Public Comments in Smart Grid Case – The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold two meetings to receive comments from the public on whether Kentucky should implement “Smart Grid” technologies – including smart meters – and electric prices that are tied to the time of usage. Both meetings will be held at the PSC offices, at 211 Sower Blvd. in Frankfort. The first session will begin at 6 p.m. EST on Dec. 16. The second session will begin at 10 a.m. EST on Dec. 17. Written comments in the case will be accepted through Feb. 27, 2015. They may be mailed to the PSC at P.O. Box 615, Frankfort, KY 40602; faxed to 502-564-9625; e-mailed using the PSC website or submitted in person at the PSC offices. For questions, contact Andrew Melnyknovych at 502-782-2564.
  • EPA Proposes Reconsideration of Clean Air Standards for Industrial Boilers and Certain Incinerators – On Dec. 1, 2014, the EPA issued a reconsideration that affects three air toxic standards. Reconsiderations and requests for public comment limit air pollutant emissions from large (major source) industrial, commercial and institutional boilers and process heaters and small (area source) industrial, commercial and institutional boilers; and commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units. See the link above for access to the proposed emissions standards and fact sheets regarding the reconsiderations for each affected rule.