August 26 Workshop: How to Access Solar Energy and Manage Electricity

KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s environmental leadership program, invites you to join us for an interactive day of learning the “ins and outs” of how to access solar energy and manage electricity. This workshop, held in partnership with the Office of Energy Policy, is a great learning and networking opportunity for environmental professionals/educators, consultants, non-profits, local governments, manufacturing/industry representatives and anyone interested in learning more about solar energy and its potential.

During this full-day event, the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Schneider Electric, and other experts will share their knowledge and experience. Participants will learn what they need to know before including onsite and offsite solar options, tips for onsite demand management and energy storage and how to work with utilities. Attendees will gain insight from solar industry professionals and get to network with multiple solar installers.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST on August 26, in training room B at 300 Sower Blvd. in Frankfort, KY. Please see the workshop’s agenda for additional details. Registration for this workshop is free for KY EXCEL members and $25 for non-members. To register, please visit dca.ticketleap.com. For more information about this workshop, registration or how to become a KY EXCEL member, please contact Robyn Whitted at 502-782-6476 or robyn.whitted@ky.gov.

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Kentucky’s Drinking Water Demonstrates Continued Excellence in Quality, Reliability, Annual Report Shows

Health-based violations show decrease as a result of
technical assistance and cooperation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 1, 2019) – Kentucky’s 2018 Drinking Water Compliance Report shows that the Commonwealth’s 434 public water systems consistently produce excellent quality water, and have a high rate of compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements.

The annual report, released Monday by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW), summarizes compliance data and monitoring results of public water systems. Kentucky’s public water systems are required by the SDWA to test produced water regularly for more than 100 contaminants and to take corrective action and notify its customers when a contaminant exceeds standards.

“This report illustrates that Kentucky public water systems, which serve more than 95 percent of Kentuckians, continue to reliably provide high-quality drinking water to our citizens,” said DOW Director Peter Goodmann. “Given the fiscal, staffing and infrastructure challenges faced by many public water systems, this record of compliance is admirable.”

The annual report summarizes the violations issued by the DOW in 2018, most of which are administrative, and reflect issues with monitoring and reporting. Kentucky’s public water systems saw a decrease in monitoring and reporting violations in 2017 and that level of compliance was maintained in 2018.

While the number of health-based violations at public water systems increased in 2015 and 2016 with the implementation of new Safe Drinking Water Act requirements for some public water systems, these violations decreased during 2017 and again in 2018, the report showed.

The 2018 drinking water compliance data also indicated that there were no water systems that exceeded the federally established limits for metals, including lead, or volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Violations related to disinfection byproducts (DBPs), a class of contaminants that result from the interaction of disinfection chemicals, such as chlorine, with natural organic material in water, constitute 81 percent of all health-based drinking water violations in Kentucky. The report showed a decrease in these health-based violations, from 173 in 2017 to 122 in 2018. This decrease is attributed to the technical assistance efforts by the Division of Water and the Kentucky Rural Water Association, and the cooperation of public water systems in focusing on reducing DBP issues in challenged systems across Kentucky.

Kentucky’s DBP violations have decreased 46% since the initial increase in violations in 2015 and 2016. The surge in health-based violations seen in 2015 was anticipated due to the implementation of the federal rule for Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts, which required “consecutive” public water systems that purchase water from another public water system and re-distribute that water to its customers to monitor for and meet recently established standards for DBPs. The consecutive public water systems had previously been exempted from monitoring for DBPs.

Because water age is generally greater in consecutive systems, an overall increase in health-based violations occurred in 2015 and 2016 when consecutive systems came under the DBP rule. Since then, with technical assistance from the DOW and the Kentucky Rural Water Association, public water systems have addressed and mitigated many of these DBP occurrences.

In order to facilitate the DOW’s capabilities to provide technical assistance to public water systems, the division participates in U.S. EPA’s Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP). The skills learned through the AWOP have enabled the DOW to give technical assistance to public water systems that have been issued notices of violation but which fail to return to compliance.

The success of these protocols in assisting public water systems with DBP violations was recently evaluated by the U.S. EPA and is being developed as a best management practice to be used in the national AWOP program. 

The Kentucky Annual Drinking Water Compliance Report is online at:

https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Drinking/Pages/Annual-Compliance-Reports.aspx

For more information about the report, contact Alicia Jacobs (alicia.jacobs@ky.gov).

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July 18 Workshop: Introduction to Water Quality and Compliance

Do you have questions about water quality regulations? Want to know what to expect when an inspector visits your facility? Join us for this workshop, created to help facilities understand and comply with water quality regulations. Scheduled for July 18, the workshop will be held at the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office in Frankfort.

This introductory-level, one-day workshop will cover the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, Kentucky Pollution Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) permits, floodplain management and permitting, stormwater management, and environmental inspections. The full agenda is available here. The workshop will be beneficial for facility and environmental health and safety managers, small business owners, consultants, and representatives of construction companies.

General admission is $40 and $20 for KY EXCEL members. To register for this event, please visit dca.ticketleap.com/ no later than July 16. Contact Derek Bozzell at 502-782-6324 or derek.bozzell@ky.gov  with questions.

 

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Environmental Compliance Assistance Program’s 2019 Workshop Series

The Division of Compliance Assistance is hosting a series of workshops designed to help facilities understand and comply with environmental regulations. The workshop series is being held at the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office, 300 Sower Boulevard, in Frankfort.

The series began July 18 with a workshop focused on water quality, and included a discussion of major regulations, permits, floodplains and storm-water management.

On August 22, the series continues with a workshop on waste management which will cover solid waste disposal, hazardous waste determinations, recent regulation changes and universal waste.

The series will wrap up with a workshop covering air quality on September 22, which will include methods to conduct an air assessment, calculate potential emissions, and maintain proper record-keeping and reporting.

All workshops will include guest speakers from regulatory agencies, including the Department for Environmental Protection who will share ways to avoid common violations.

These introductory-level workshops will be beneficial for environmental or facility managers, small business owners, consultants and representatives of construction companies. Speakers will be highlighting environmental regulations and ways in which facilities can maintain compliance.

The cost of attendance is $40 for general admission and $20 for KY EXCEL members. For more details, and to register for any of these events, please visit http://dca.ticketleap.com/. Questions can be directed to the Division of Compliance Assistance at 502-782-6189 or envhelp@ky.gov.

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Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Receives National Award for Battlefield Preservation Efforts

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 7, 2019) – The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF) received a State Preservation Leadership Award from the American Battlefield Trust this week for its role in preserving and protecting battlefields and historic sites throughout the Commonwealth.

During the annual gathering of its members in Lexington this week, American Battlefield Trust president James Lighthizer recognized KHLCF for its “monumental contribution” to the Perryville Battlefield state historic site. The site, located in Boyle County, saw the most important Civil War battle in the western theater.

Zeb Weese, KHLCF chairman and executive director of the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves (KNP), said “we are honored to accept this award on behalf of the 40,000 Kentuckians who donate to the KHLCF each year through purchase of the nature license plates. They have made conserving these historic sites and natural areas possible.”

Since 1994, the KHLCF has funded the conservation of over 90,000 acres including portions of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, the Battle of Munfordville at Green River Natural Area, Blue Licks Battlefield State Park and Nature Preserve, Tebb’s Bend Battlefield Heritage Area, Camp Nelson National Monument, Fort Heiman National Battlefield, and the Lincoln Boyhood Home.

The KHLCF is a program of the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves (KNP) in the Energy and Environment Cabinet, and is funded in part by the sale of “Nature’s Finest” license plates.

During the event, three other awards were given. The Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award was given to Joni House, manager of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, the Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award went to Robert Hicks for his work in Franklin, Tennessee, and a second State Leadership Award was given to Kentucky State Parks.

The American Battlefield Trust is a national organization dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 50,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War, including 2,856 acres in Kentucky and 3,516 acres in Tennessee.

Learn more about areas funded by the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund at https://eec.ky.gov/Nature-Preserves/ and the American Battlefield Trust at https://www.battlefields.org/.

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State Division of Waste Management Announces $4.6 Million in Grant Awards to Counties

Recycling, household hazardous waste, composting programs funded

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2019) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management today announced 49 recycling, 6 composting, and 29 household hazardous waste grants to expand recycling and composting infrastructure, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills, and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste.

The Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills, is financing the 84 grants totaling just over $4.6 million.

The grants require a 25-percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” personnel, educational activities or advertising to promote the program from the cities or counties receiving the awards.

A complete list of grant recipients can be viewed here. Contact Grant White at grant.white@ky.gov or 502-782-6474 with any questions.

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Registration is Now Open for the 43rd annual Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2019) – Early Bird registration is now open for the 43rd Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.

This annual conference offers opportunities to hear about the future of Kentucky’s energy and environmental policies.  Attendees receive a chance to engage in networking, participate in discussions, and talk with Kentucky’s environmental leaders. Session topics will include legislative, natural resources and environmental protection issues.

Tickets and information about conference events at the Lexington Convention Center on Friday, September 20 can be found by visiting here.

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