Gov. Bevin Announces $150,000 in Refunds to Coal Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin announced today fiscal courts in 29 counties will receive refunds totaling $149,425 from mining permit and acreage fees. The amounts of refunds are based on acreage fees paid by coal companies.

The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources collects mine permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of those fees to coal-producing counties for projects to be determined by the local fiscal courts.

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$4 Million in Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grants Announced for Economic Development and Job Creation in Eastern Kentucky

$2 million in U. S. Army Corps of Engineers grants for three infrastructure projects also announced

HAZARD, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2017) -U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced five grants worth more than $5 million to spur economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky.   Continue reading “$4 Million in Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grants Announced for Economic Development and Job Creation in Eastern Kentucky”

$4 Million in Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grants Announced for Economic Development and Job Creation in Eastern Kentucky

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (Aug. 2, 2017) – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced three grants worth almost $5 million to spur economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky.

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Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission to Meet

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2017) – The Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission will have its regular meeting on June 28 at 10 a.m., 300 Sower Blvd. Frankfort, Ky. in the Secretary’s Conference Room (third floor).

The agenda is as follows:

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Kentucky Mine Safety Director Earns National Award

Jim vicini picKentucky’s Division of Mine Safety Director Jim Vicini is the 2017 recipient of the National Holmes Mine Rescue Association Man of the Year Award.

He was presented the award at the national meeting in Traverse City, Michigan June 8.

This prestigious award, given once per year, dates back to the early 1900’s, when the Joseph A Holmes Safety Association (JAHSA) was created to modernize and improve mine safety across the nation.

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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Calls for Nominations for Annual Environmental Awards

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2017) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is calling for nominations for its annual environmental awards to be presented during the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment on Oct. 19-20 at the Lexington Convention Center.

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Division of Forestry Firefighters in Georgia to Battle Massive Blaze

The Kentucky Division of Forestry now has a total of 18 Kentucky firefighters assigned to the 152,515 acre West Mims fire on the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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Ranger Technician Dennis Woolard spraying out a hot spot during mop up in Saint George, Georgia.

Some of the initial crew is still there and some new staff added to fight the fires. Seven Division of Forestry engines and two bulldozers are also assigned to the fire.

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