The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) is pleased to announce the release of the Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report. Our Excellence in Motion shows how our actions reflect our mission. DCA increased their outreach efforts and the number of training events. We continue those efforts while we focus on doing things in more efficient and innovative ways. DCA improves regulatory compliance, achieves exceptional performance and enhances the quality of Kentucky’s environment and communities by:
- Certifying qualified environmental professionals
- Helping entities comply with Kentucky’s environmental requirements
- Facilitating environmental stewardship
- Assisting with redevelopment of brownfields
The programs within the division were able to accomplish a great deal through the dedication and hard work of the DCA staff. Some highlights from 2017 include:
- The Operator Certification Program administered 840 exams that resulted in the issuance of 280 new or upgraded wastewater licenses, 288 new drinking water licenses and 107 new solid waste licenses.
- Responding to 1,158 assistance requests through the Environmental Compliance Assistance Program for topics related to air quality, waste management, and water.
- Presented the 5th Annual Steve Crosman Award for Outstanding Environmental Professionalism for dedicated and professional service by an operator to Alan Todd, Superintendent at the Madisonville Wastewater Treatment Plant.
- As part of her work with the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO), Amanda LeFevre was asked to represent the organization and its member states and provide testimony to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding the importance of brownfield redevelopment in enhancing our infrastructure and rehabilitating our communities. Amanda appeared before the committee on March 28, 2017 as part of an expert panel.
- The Cleaner Commonwealth Fund (CCF) accepted its first loan application in FY17. Botanica, Inc. is receiving a $390,000 loan for the redevelopment of a landfill site, which will be the home of the Louisville Waterfront Botanical Gardens. The first phase of the project will begin construction in the fall of 2016.
- KY EXCEL staff in collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association coordinated the sixth annual Sustainable Spirits Summit. The 2016 Summit was hosted by Brown-Forman Distillers, in Louisville, on September 20, 2016. Over thirty participants listened to presentations covering a range of topics including sustainability for distilleries, air permitting, pollinators and the KY EXCEL program.
The 2017 report and all previous annual reports can be found at: http://dca.ky.gov/Pages/AnnualReport.aspx