Wastewater & Drinking Water Advisory Councils to Meet December 8, 2020

Video conference will start at 10 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2020) – The Drinking Water and Wastewater Advisory Councils will hold a joint meeting by videoconference on December 8, 2020 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. EDT. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Kim Greenidge at 502-782-6630.

Please join the meeting from your computer or tablet at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/748189525 or via smartphone by dialing +1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 748-189-525.

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Agenda:

  1. Welcome and opening remarks – Paul Miller, P.E., Director, Division of Water
  2. Introductions and announcements – Amanda LeFevre, Deputy Commissioner, Dept. for Environmental Protection
  3. Division of Water and Department for Environmental Protection updates
    1. Jory Becker, Manager, DOW Water Infrastructure Branch 
    2. Sarah Gaddis, Manager, DOW Field Operations Branch
    3. Jason Hurt, Manager, DOW Surface Water Permits Branch
    4. Alicia Jacobs, Manager, DOW Drinking Water Branch
    5. Jessica Wilhoite, Manager, DCA Operator Licensing Branch 
  4. Subcommittee status and reports (individual committee chairs) 
  5. Open discussion – facilitated by Paul Miller, P.E., DOW Director
  6. DWAC/WWAC meeting schedule for 2021 (Second Tuesday of the last month of the quarter): March 9, June 8, Sept 7 (on a Wednesday to accommodate Rosh Hashanah and Labor Day), and Dec 14.
  7. Adjourn

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Kenya Stump Receives 2020 Leadership Award from U.S. Green Building Council

Recipients recognized as leaders in green building and for their commitment to creating a healthy, sustainable future

FRANKFORT, KY. – (Nov .12, 2020) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Kenya Stump, executive director of the Office of Energy Policy, is among 10 companies, projects and individuals receiving a 2020 Leadership Award. The annual awards recognize exceptional work advancing sustainable, healthy, resilient and equitable buildings, cities and communities. USGBC will be honoring this year’s recipients on Tuesday, November 12 at 5 p.m. EST during the closing event at the Greenbuild Virtual conference.

The 2020 recipients represent leaders who are driving the adoption of LEED across business portfolios, higher education and green affordable housing, as well as helping to advance Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance, resilience planning and innovative waste management solutions.

Kenya played an integral role in helping Kentucky become the first state to leverage the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program funding to implement PEER. Her efforts led to certification for three facilities including Fort Knox, Electric Plant Board in the City of Glasgow and Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation. Stump has remained an advocate for bringing reliable, resilient power to America’s cities and has been integral in helping to replicate her success with PEER across other State Energy Offices.  

For more than a quarter century, USGBC has been defining global standards for designing, constructing and operating healthy, resilient and sustainable buildings and spaces through LEED. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building rating system and promotes strategies that reduce environmental impact, enhance human health and support economic development. USGBC’s Leadership Award recipients are a model for how LEED and other sustainability practices can be used to improve communities, support business, and contribute to a better future for all.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offeringsan international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Students Called to Explore Kentucky’s Mighty Oaks

Annual Jim Claypool Art and Writing Contest now open

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2020) – Students of all ages can explore Kentucky’s mighty oaks through this year’s Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests. 

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in cooperation with the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation sponsor the annual contest and provide materials that can be used in classrooms or at home to help students learn about the year’s topic. Articles, suggested projects, fun facts and trivia have been provided to help students understand the importance and benefits of trees, and the impact oak trees in particular have on Kentucky’s economy, environment and forest health.

“All Kentuckians benefit when our natural environment is preserved and thriving,” said Gov. Beshear. “By teaching our kids the importance of protecting trees and planting new ones, we set them up for a safer, healthier future.”

The art contest for students in grades one through five, and a writing contest for students in grades six through 12, allow students to use the knowledge they have gained about the topic and transform it into creative artwork and written essays.

Paulette Akers, director of the Kentucky Division of Conservation said, “Trees are so important to Kentucky’s biodiversity and our economy. It’s increasingly important that we teach our youngsters about forest conservation, and the important role trees play in our way of life. The Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contest allows those fundamentals to be taught in a fun and easy to understand manner.”

The art and conservation writing contests began in 1974 and 1944, respectively. James B. Claypool was the first assistant director of the Division of Conservation and was hired in 1947. He became director in 1960. A Warren County native, Claypool was a graduate of Western Kentucky University and taught vocational-agriculture at Bradfordsville and Greensburg High schools. As director of the division, he was instrumental in the establishment of conservation education. He died in February, 1974.

During this year’s contest, students will learn about the anatomy of and the numerous products made from trees, including bourbon barrels; how trees affect Kentucky’s water and soil; and specifics about oak trees and Kentucky’s champion trees. They will then create essays or posters to show what they have learned. 

“We’re proud to be a part of this cooperative effort,” said Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “This is a creative project that encourages students to get outside, learn more about conservation and the environment, and it supports our educators and students alike during an otherwise difficult and challenging time.”

Schools and home school students should choose their winning entries and submit those to the local conservation district by December 1. The county will then narrow the entries and send finalists to the Cabinet for state judging.

Students can earn monetary prizes at the school, county, regional and state levels. County winners will receive $25 from the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. Area winners receive $50. State first, second and third place winners receive $250, $150 and $50 respectively. Many local conservation districts and other sponsors also provide prizes. 

For more information about the contest, please visit your local conservation district office or http://bit.ly/ClaypoolArtWritingContest.

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Martin County Water District Workgroup to Meet November 18

Video conference will start at 11 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2020) – The Martin County Water District Workgroup will meet by videoconference on Nov. 18, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Jennifer Taimi at 502-782-7087.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/459704949 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3112 Access Code: 459-704-949

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Agenda:

  • Welcome and opening remarks – EEC Secretary Rebecca Goodman
  • Introductions and announcements – DEP Deputy Commissioner Amanda LeFevre
  • Update and announcements from PSC – Staff Attorney Brittany Koenig
  • Update of MCWD operations – Alliance Water Resources Division Manager Craig Miller
  • Technical subcommittee report – KRWA Executive Director Gary Larimore
  • Status report of projects – Bell Engineering Vice President Stephen Caudill
  • Open discussion – facilitated by Deputy Commissioner Amanda LeFevre
  • Future workgroup meeting proposed dates
    1. Feb. 10, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    2. May 12, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Adjourn

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All Aboard! Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Project Moving Full-Steam Ahead

A one-of-a-kind revitalization project in Estill County that is expected to create a unique tourist attraction and an influx of visitors is now underway. In May, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Brownfield Redevelopment Program provided $120,000 to the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation (KSHC) to help begin construction of an outdoor amphitheater and concert venue, the first phase of the multi-year Kentucky Rail Heritage Center project.

The Cleaner Commonwealth Fund loan will support the managed reuse of the former working rail yard, and will be used to remove and/or cap contaminated soils and assess indoor air quality. When completed, EEC’s program will forgive $20,000 of the $120,000 loan. The remainder, financed over a 15-year period, qualifies for 0 percent interest.

The Eastern Kentucky attraction will eventually include a working rail museum, a vocational/technical shop for local students learn about the railroad, a full-service restaurant and possible micro-brewery, the outdoor amphitheater, and rides on a refurbished steam locomotive, one of the largest, most powerful in the nation. 

Residual contamination qualified the former working rail yard for brownfield designation and program eligibility.  The Cleaner Commonwealth Fund, administered through the Kentucky Brownfield Program, provides financial assistance for projects that clean up brownfield sites, including old factories, former gas stations and other properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to environmental contamination. It is a grant-and-loan fund established with an $850,000 EPA Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund grant in 2012.

If you are interested in brownfield revitalization and brownfield grants, visit http://bit.ly/KYBrownfields or email envhelp@ky.gov.

WEKU radio recently spoke with Kentucky Steam Heritage President Chris Campbell about the project

https://www.weku.org/post/eky-railroad-based-economic-stimulus-plan-gains-state-support. Visit the non-profit’s website at https://www.kentuckysteam.org/.

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Gov. Beshear: $300,000 in Clean Diesel Grants Will Protect Kids

Local communities, environment also benefit when school districts replace buses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2020) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced the 2020 Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant Program, which will provide $298,708 to reduce diesel emissions by replacing aging school buses in the commonwealth.

“This year, kids across Kentucky have had to adapt so much to be healthy at school, and every parent has felt especially anxious about our children’s health and well-being,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “That’s why this news couldn’t come at a better time: with these grants, our families will have cleaner air in communities across Kentucky and cleaner air as our kids get on and off school buses.”

All Kentucky public school districts and private schools that own and operate school buses are eligible to apply for funding through this grant program, which will reimburse up to 25 percent of the total cost of the purchase of a new replacement school bus. Grant recipients are responsible for the remaining 75 percent.

“This is an excellent opportunity and I encourage Kentucky school districts to take advantage of it,” Cabinet Secretary Rebecca W. Goodman said. “By reducing diesel school bus emissions and improving air quality, we’ll be protecting the health of our most valuable resource – our children.”

Diesel exhaust contains a mixture of fine particles, nitrogen oxides and more than 40 hazardous air pollutants. These pollutants have a negative impact on human health, especially for children who have a faster breathing rate than adults and whose lungs are not yet fully developed.

“This program will make it easier for school districts to replace older, more polluting buses with newer, cleaner ones,” said Division for Air Quality director Melissa Duff. “Not only do our communities benefit from cleaner air, but so do bus passengers, since exhaust is often pulled into the vehicle cabin when doors are opened.”

Priority will be given to awarding grants to applicants that are located in an area not meeting current air quality standards, proposals that achieve the most cost-effective emission reductions, and applications that demonstrate the greatest emissions reductions.

The deadline to apply for funds is November 30, 2020.  Successful applicants will have until August 31, 2022 to complete their projects. To apply, visit the Division for Air Quality’s web-site at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Air/Pages/Clean-Diesel-Grant-Program.aspx .

For more information, please email Kelly Lewis at Kelly.Lewis@ky.gov or call 502-782-6687.

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Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission to Meet November 2

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2020) – The Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission will hold its quarterly meeting November 2, 2020 at 10 a.m. Eastern time by videoconference. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Danielle Crosman at 502-782-6590.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/993270493

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 993-270-493

  1. Call to order and roll call
  2. Welcome and opening remarks
  3. Approval of the minutes from August 11, 2020 meeting
  4. AML funding requests:
    1. B R C Coal 848-0144
    2. Carr Fork Development Inc. 860-0409 
  5. DNR update: Gordon Slone, DNR Commissioner 
  6. OLS update: Della Justice, DNR General Counsel 
  7. Other business:
    1. Financial reports, bond amounts and delinquent fees
    2. Draft annual report
    3. Audit update
    4. Actuarial study update
    5. Staff update
    6. By-laws update 
  8. Schedule 2021 meetings and adjournment

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Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority to Meet November 12

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2020) – The Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority will hold a special meeting November 12 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time by videoconference. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Johnna McHugh at 502-782-6703.

Anyone who wants to attend the November 12 meeting by video conferencing, can follow this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83006995620?pwd=VVh1VTA2RUhkTGVTOWNPMTd3MDNHQT09) or join with Zoom meeting ID 830 0699 5620 and password AWQA.

Anyone who wants to attend the November 12 meeting by telephone, use either of these numbers can call either 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Oath of office for new members
  • Introduction of guests
  • Approval of minutes
  • Old business
    • Elections of committee chairs
    • Biennial report submission
  • New business
    • Meeting dates
    • Identified Ag Water Quality Plan issues
    • Subcommittee reports
      • KASMC
      • Farmstead
      • Pesticides, fertilizers and other agriculture chemicals
      • Livestock and poultry
      • Crops
      • Silviculture
      • Education and outreach
    • Quarterly update of AWQA related violations
    • Updates from members
  • Adjourn

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Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission Meeting Planned November 16, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2020) – The Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission will hold a special meeting November 16 at 9 a.m. Eastern time by videoconference. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Johnna McHugh at 502-782-6703.

Anyone who wants to attend the November 16 meeting by video conferencing, can follow this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84295259984?pwd=UDNFN1JqVVZpNG15eVFWQXJQSzdPdz09) or join with Zoom meeting ID 842 9525 9984 and password SWCC.

Anyone who wants to attend the November 16 meeting by telephone can call 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099.

AGENDA

  • Call to order and introductions
  • Minutes of the last meeting
  • Correspondence
  • Equipment report and new loan requests
  • Approval of vacancy petitions and incentive per diem
  • Agriculture district program
  • Old business
    Districts in good standing
  • New business
    2021 meeting dates
  • Division of Conservation report
  • Agency reports
  • Adjourn

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Sustainable Spirits Webinar Planned Oct. 29

Lean Approaches for Water Efficiency for Spirits, Brewing and Wine Making

As part of the Sustainable Spirits Initiative, the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) invite you to participate in an upcoming webinar: Lean Approaches for Water Efficiency. This webinar is a complement to the Sustainable Water Consumption webinar held in the spring of 2020 where baselining, benchmarking, and mapping water use were discussed.

The upcoming webinar will provide training on lean manufacturing principles and best practices for increasing the efficiency of water usage during production. Attendees will gain guidance from experts on ways to save water and reduce operation costs.

Topics to be covered include
Water Use Ratios in Kentucky Distilleries and Breweries
Overview of Lean Manufacturing Principles
Application of Lean Principles to Improve Water Efficiency
Examples of Best Practices

Who should attend?
Facility Managers and Owners
Environmental, Health and Safety Professionals
Representatives of the Winery, Distillery and Brewery Industries
Production and Process Engineers

Webinar Details
Date: October 29, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Eastern
Fee: none
Register online: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6339743774069962765

Additional resources, including best management guides, infographics, videos and past webinars are available at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Compliance-Assistance/Pages/sustainable-spirits.aspx.

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