Sustainable Spirits Summit Puts Environmental Improvement at Forefront of Distillers

Since 2011, the Division of Compliance Assistance, in collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, has been bringing members of the distillery, brewery and winery industries together via an annual Sustainable Spirits Summit.

This year’s summit had 63 attendees to hear presentations by Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely and other experts on topics such as:

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$2.55 Million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant Announced for Portal 31 Exhibition Mine

BENHAM, Ky. (Oct. 18, 2018) – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05), U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Governor Matt Bevin today announced a $2.55 million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant to restore and enhance the Portal 31 Exhibition Mine and create a scenic overlook and parking area at Black Mountain.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands awarded the grant to Harlan County Fiscal Court as part of the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot Program to revitalize the coalfields in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.

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1,127 acres Conserved in Hancock and Bullitt Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2018) – The Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves’ Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF) program conserved over 1,000 acres of forest in October for both habitat and hiking. The Jeffrey’s Cliff Natural Area was created in Hancock County, along with additions to both Knobs State Forest and the neighboring Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Bullitt County.

The 494-acre addition to Bernheim Forest and the 496-acre addition to Knobs State Forest are part of an effort to create a wildlife corridor linking the nearby Apple Valley Glades State Nature Preserve, Bernheim Forest, Knobs State Forest, Fort Knox, and other natural areas. These Bullitt County natural areas also have restoration potential for Kentucky gladecress, an endemic federally endangered plant found at Apple Valley. The Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves is working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to recover this species and eventually remove it from the endangered species list.

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$4 Million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant Announced for EastPark Industrial Park

ASHLAND, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2018) – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05), U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Governor Matt Bevin today announced a $4 million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant to do site preparation work at the EastPark Industrial Park.

The grant was awarded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to Northeast Kentucky Regional Industrial Park Authority (EastPark), as part of the 2017 Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot Program to revitalize the coalfields in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.

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Oil and Gas Workgroup to Meet October 19

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2018) – The OIL and GAS WORKGROUP will meet from 9 a.m. – 12 noon on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 in conference room 332 at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

Please arrive early so that you can be checked in.

Agenda:

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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presents Awards at its Conference on Energy and the Environment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presented 13 environmental awards October 12 at its annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Lexington Convention Center.

The awards reflect a commitment by those honored to preserving and enhancing the Commonwealth through energy efficiency, soil conservation, mine land reclamation, farmland stewardship or innovation.

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Duff Named Division for Air Quality Director

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Tony Hatton today announced the appointment of Melissa K. Duff as the Director of the Division for Air Quality (DAQ).

Duff, who most recently was the Assistant Director of DAQ, for Air Quality, joined the Division in June of 2002. She has served in the Program Planning Branch as an Engineer Assistant, Environmental Control Supervisor, and the Branch Manager.

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