Division of Waste Management Announces $4,000 Grants Available From the Waste Tire Trust Fund

Kentucky counties urged to apply for funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 8, 2020) – Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants from money that is available through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.

“Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires,” said Gary Logsdon, manager of DWM’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch. “Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible.”

In accessing these grants, counties are urged to follow Gov. Andy Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative that guides the smart, safe and gradual reopening of the state’s economy. The initiative sets out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

Waste tire grant applications must be submitted no later than June 7, 2020. The grant period is July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Costs incurred by a county beginning July 1, 2020 for recycling or disposal of waste tires are eligible. Counties must submit receipts for those costs with their closeout report form by July 15, 2021. These grants do not require a match. Any unused funds must be returned to the Cabinet by July 31, 2021.

The grant packets will be sent by email to all county judge-executives and solid waste coordinators. For more information, contact Grant White at 502-782-6385 or grant.white@ky.gov.

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Kentucky Drinking Water Facilities Recognized

The Kentucky Energy and Environment (EEC) Cabinet has recognized drinking water treatment facilities across the Commonwealth that have achieved performance standards while participating in the Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP). This is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to facilitate drinking water systems in their voluntary efforts to achieve optimization goals that are more stringent than current regulations.

“Clean drinking water is a service we all take for granted until there is a problem,” said Alicia Jacobs, the Division of Water’s drinking water branch manager.  “Kentucky’s AWOP participants are committed to optimizing the treatment process in order to provide the highest quality drinking water to Kentuckians.”

The following water treatment facilities have met specific criteria to achieve exceptional drinking water treatment performance for 10 consecutive years:

  • Barbourville Water & Electric
  • Glasgow Water Company — Plant A
  • Hardin County Water District No. 2 —Plant A
  • Jackson County Water Association
  • Jackson Municipal Water Works
  • Jamestown Municipal Water Works
  • Lawrenceburg Water and Sewer Department
  • Leitchfield Water Works
  • Logan Todd Regional Water Commission
  • Madisonville Light & Water
  • Rattlesnake Ridge Water District

Two drinking water treatment plants received the AWOP Champion Award.  This award recognizes the system’s overall compliance record for the previous three years and takes into account the high level of turbidity optimization achieved.

  • Glasgow Water Company’s Barren River Lake water treatment plant (plant A) is awarded the 2019 Champion Award for a large drinking water treatment plant (designed to produce 3 million or more gallons of water per day).
  • Jackson County Water Association is awarded the 2019 Champion Award for a small drinking water treatment plant (designed to treat less than 3 million gallons of water per day).

Ten AWOP drinking water plants earned special recognition for achieving the AWOP turbidity goals 100 percent of the time in 2019:

  • Barbourville Water and Electric
  • Jackson County Water Association
  • Kentucky State Penitentiary
  • Laurel County Water District No. 2
  • Lawrenceburg Water and Sewer Department
  • London Utility Commission
  • McCreary County Water District – Plant B
  • Monroe County Water District
  • Rattlesnake Ridge Water District
  • Wood Creek Water District

Thirty-three drinking water facilities received a certificate for meeting the AWOP turbidity goals and criteria in 2019:

  • Barbourville Water & Electric
  • Bullock Pen Water District
  • Cave Run Regional Water Commission
  • Central City water & sewer
  • Danville City Water Works
  • Glasgow Water Company – Plants A & B
  • Hardin County Water District No. 2 – Plants A & B
  • Hartford Municipal Water Works
  • Henderson Municipal Water & Sewer
  • Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority
  • Jackson County Water Association
  • Jackson Municipal Water Works
  • Jamestown Municipal Water Works
  • Kentucky American Water – Plants B & C
  • Kentucky State Penitentiary
  • Laurel County Water District No. 2
  • Lawrenceburg Water & Sewer Department
  • Leitchfield Water Works
  • Liberty Water Works
  • Logan Todd Regional Water Commission
  • London Utility Commission
  • Louisa Water Department
  • Madisonville Light & Water
  • McCreary County Water District – Plant B
  • Monroe County Water District
  • Ohio County Water District
  • Rattlesnake Ridge Water District
  • Versailles Water System
  • Williamsburg Water District
  • Wood Creek Water District.

Three drinking water systems received a certificate for meeting the AWOP DBP goals and criteria in 2019:

  • Danville Water Works
  • Hardin County Water District #2 – Plant B
  • Paducah Water

Drinking water systems utilize AWOP tools and methods to increase the level of protection to consumers. In particular, AWOP emphasizes the reduction of turbidity and disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Turbidity, or cloudiness, is a measurement of particles in water including soil, algae, bacteria, viruses and other substances. DBPs are formed when chlorine, which is used for disinfection, reacts with organic material found in the source water.

“The Division recognizes and is grateful for the commitment these water facilities have to protecting the health of the public by working to exceed Safe Drinking Water Act requirements,” Jacobs said.

For additional information about AWOP visit: https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Drinking/DWProfessionals/Pages/Technical-Assistance.aspx  or contact Jackie Logsdon at jackie.logsdon@ky.gov or 270-825-7513.

Ozone Season Has Begun

Outdoor Burning Restricted in Some Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2020) – Ozone season has begun and for some Kentucky counties that means taking extra care to learn before you burn. From May 1 through September 30, open burning in Boone, Boyd, Bullitt, Campbell, Jefferson, Kenton, Lawrence, and Oldham counties is restricted to protect air quality. This is especially important this year as Kentucky fights through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ground-level ozone is a summertime health risk, created when pollutants chemically react in the atmosphere in the presence of heat and sunlight.

“Outdoor or open burning contributes to ozone and particulate pollution, especially during the warmer months of the year,” said Melissa Duff, director of the Division for Air Quality. “That’s why most open burning is restricted in those counties that have historically exceeded air quality standards for those pollutants.”

From May through September, the open burning of household rubbish, brush, tree limbs, leaves and natural growth from land clearing are not permitted in Boone, Boyd, Bullitt, Campbell, Kenton, and Oldham counties. A portion of Lawrence County is subject to open burning restrictions during ozone season.  Open burning is restricted year-round in Jefferson County.

All of these counties have, at one time or another, been designated ‘non-attainment’ for ozone or particulate matter pollutants.

Many people may not realize that burning trash – at any time of the year – is illegal in all Kentucky counties. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food waste. In addition, the burning of trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation is prohibited.

Painted, stained or treated wood products such as fence posts, pallets, and furniture are illegal to burn, because they release dangerous toxins into the air. Items that cannot be recycled should be taken to a state-permitted landfill.

To report illegal open burning or to learn more about open burning restrictions in your area, please call the Division for Air Quality at 502-782-6592 or email burnlaw@ky.gov , or visit the division’s website at http://bit.ly/OpenBurningKY .

Keep up with information from Gov. Beshear and his administration about the Covid-19 pandemic at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and on the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Area 8 Meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Planned for May 12, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2020) – The Area 8 meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Commission will be held May 12, 2020, at 7 p.m. EDT by video conference. This area meeting will include conservation district supervisors from Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike and Rowan counties.

Anyone who wants to attend the meeting by video conference can join the meeting from their computer, tablet or smartphone by visiting this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/809285045.  Anyone who wants to attend the meeting by telephone can join the meeting by dialing +1 (646) 749-3122. Please use access code: 809-285-045.

If you have questions about connecting to the video conference, please contact Johnna McHugh at 502-782-6703.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Call for nominations for Area 8 commissioner
  • Voting for Area 8 commissioner
  • Adjourn

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New Applications Required for Permits and Water Quality Certification

A federal judge’s order will require Kentucky cities, counties and any utility industries performing construction, maintenance, repair and removal of utility lines to submit applications for individual permits and state water quality certifications.

A federal court judge for the U.S. District Court for the District Of Montana has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) to halt its Nationwide Permit #12 process for pipeline and power line projects over federally protected waters. The order also voids the use of the Kentucky Division of Water’s corresponding general certification.

Prior to the order, minor utility repairs and activities could be performed by complying with the provisions of the Army Corps of Engineers’ permitting and Kentucky’s General Certification process.

Any utility activities regarding pipelines for gas, liquid, liquescent, or slurry substance and transmission cable, lines or wires will now require submitted applications for Section 401 water quality certification to the Division of Water and will require at least a 30-day waiting period for public notices.

The application can be found on the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s website. Questions about the application process can be emailed to 401WQC@ky.gov.

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EEC responds personally and professionally to Covid-19 needs

Public service runs deep in the hearts of Energy and Environment Cabinet employees. Especially during the Coronavirus pandemic this #TeamKentucky works daily to support Kentucky’s environment and protect the health of our neighbors. Here are only a few examples of the personal and professional acts of kindness by our staff.

Division of Forestry helps rebuild
Only one day of reserve power (propane) remained after recent storms in Whitley County severed electricity to the KEWS (Kentucky Emergency Warning System) radio tower. Division of Forestry (DOF) personnel went to work and cut a new road for access to the tower. Seasonal dozer operators Burley Blanton and Johnny Mills, with the assistance of Forest Ranger Russell Brown, dug the four-mile road in about nine hours. KEWS supplied gravel, and seed and straw were provided by Wade Parker of the KEWS team. To finish it off, DOF planted pine, oak and persimmon trees along the new roadside.

Division of Forestry has also been providing support to Kentucky Emergency Management, and assisting in other parts of the state hard hit by recent storms, all while responding to this season’s busy wildfire season.

Division of Water delivers
In early April, employees from the Division of Water’s regional offices distributed hand sanitizer to 394 separate drinking water and wastewater facilities across the state. During the three-day blitz, approximately 4,000 bottles of sanitizer, produced and donated by Buffalo Trace Distillery, were distributed. Water and wastewater facilities were prioritized by Kentucky Emergency Management to receive the hand sanitizer because of their essential role in delivering safe drinking water to Kentucky’s residents and keeping Kentuckians safe and healthy at home.

Pictured is Lindsey Bibbee of the Madisonville Regional Office (left) and Abby Harris (right) from the Florence Regional Office, delivering hand sanitizer.

RLA employee provides a little sunshine
Anita Young, #TeamKentucky member of the Recycling and Local Assistance Branch, woke up on March 18, her birthday, and decided to do something for the residents of a Lawrenceburg nursing home. It had just been announced that residents were no longer allowed to receive visitors due to COVID-19. After contacting the nursing home director for approval, Anita made 60 vases of flowers and delivered them to the nursing home. The director later called Anita to tell her how much the residents appreciated them.

ERT always on-site and on the go
Our Emergency Response Team, along with the Division of Forestry and the Office of Energy Policy have been supporting Kentucky’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) throughout the pandemic.  This #TeamKentucky continues to work with agency partners in Frankfort, supporting Kentucky Emergency Management and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services‘ Department for Public Health by staffing workstations at the EOC, and helping to package and move supplies throughout the Commonwealth. With the help of Department for Environmental Protection trucks typically used for state recycling, they picked up face shields manufactured for healthcare workers by Clayton & Crume leather goods in Louisville. They also helped move supplies and prepare them for distribution to counties.

 

Supporting those who support you
Those who work on the front lines and those working at home could not support Kentucky’s environment nor its citizens without the behind-the-scenes efforts of #TeamKentucky members like those in the Division of Information Services and the Division of Human Resources. From helping employees secure remote computer connections, to making sure paychecks continue, providing much-needed health insurance benefits, and helping to keep workers safe, they provide the foundation for #TeamEEC to function.

Members Dean Tomlinson and Jim Neal who are working tirelessly to provide VPN access and troubleshoot issues for employees who are working remotely.

                     

Energy Assurance Toolkit Webinar Series, May 18 – 22, 2020

Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Kentucky Energy Assurance Toolkit webinar series, May 18 – 22, 2020.  This four-part on-line education series delivers the methods and tools necessary for advanced energy planning, community resilience, and emergency response coordination. The Office of Energy Policy and the Electricity Infrastructure Security Council present this educational program with grant funds awarded through Kentucky’s State Energy Program.

Local emergency planning committees, regional planners, and local government officials are encouraged to participate in this educational program. There is no cost to attend, but registration for each of the webinars is required.

Webinar 1 – May 18, 2020, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
The Commonwealth Energy Picture
Introduces critical planning concepts to improve resilience, energy planning and response and overview of Ky. Energy production, supply, distribution, challenges to energy grid, and more.
Register here for Monday’s Webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1242286917395812108

Webinar 2 – May 19, 2020, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Kentucky Energy Resilience Overview
Presents various threats, hazards and vulnerabilities that may threaten energy production, supply and distribution in Kentucky and concepts and techniques to improve local and regional collaboration for energy assurance.
Register here for Tuesday’s Webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1351975296894421516

Webinar 3 – May 20, 2020, 2  – 3:30 p.m.
Kentucky Energy Assurance and Resilience Tool Kit V1 Wednesday Session
Presents the core concepts contained in the Tool Kit. This session will cover each of the steps that form the ten-step model. The webinar focuses on the planning, data acquisition, and operational elements to achieve a higher level of preparedness and resilience.
Register here for Wednesday’s Webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1370926479310822156

Webinar 4 – May 22, 2020, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Kentucky Energy Assurance & Resilience Toolkit V1 Friday session
Focus on planning, data acquisition and operational elements to achieve higher level of preparedness and resilience.
Register here for Friday’s Webinar
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6300376855723702540