Energy and Environment Cabinet Reminds Residents of Regulations on Removing Storm and Flood Debris

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As Hurricane Florence makes landfall today with an unpredictable path, the Energy and Environment Cabinet would like to remind residents of how to handle storm and flood debris, should the storm bring bad weather to the commonwealth.

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has specific guidelines for
proper disposal of debris left in the aftermath of severe weather. DEP wants storm-affected Kentuckians to be aware of health, safety, and compliance hazards associated with debris handling and disposal.

These hazards include, but are not limited to, burning of debris, asbestos removal, and mold growth.

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Reminder – Energy and Environment Cabinet Seeking Nominations for Awards

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is calling for nominations for its annual environmental awards to be presented during the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment on Oct. 11-12 at the Lexington Convention Center.

The awards will include the Secretary’s Award, the Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award, the Environmental Pacesetter Award, the Resource Caretaker Award, the Community Environmental Luminary Award, and the KY EXCEL Champion Award. Those selected to be honored will received their awards during the conference luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The deadline for all nominations is Aug. 1, 2018. The awards are as follows:

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Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Unveils Strategic Operational Plan for State Fiscal Year 2019

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KYDEP) is pleased to announce the completion of its 2019 strategic operational plan. Each year, the six agency divisions, the Division of Water, the Division of Waste Management, the Division of Air Quality, the Division of Enforcement, the Division of Compliance Assistance, and the Division of Environmental Program Support develop these plans to provide a transparent look into the agency’s activities and environmental priorities for the upcoming state fiscal year.

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Energy and Environment Cabinet Seeking Nominations for Awards

Award winners to be announced at the Cabinet’s 2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment in October

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 7, 2018) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is calling for nominations for its annual environmental awards to be presented during the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment on Oct. 11-12 at the Lexington Convention Center.

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State-of-the-Art Camera Lets You “See” Invisible Pollution

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 8, 2018) – You can’t see them with the naked eye, but volatile organic compounds, known as VOCs, might be present in everyday items or tasks you might be doing like filling your gas tank, painting, mowing your yard or putting burgers on the grill. Those VOCs, when mixed with nitrogen oxide and sunshine, create ground-level ozone.

And while we need ozone in our upper atmosphere to protect us from the sun’s harmful rays, down on the ground, it’s a human health hazard.

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Ozone Season, “VOCs”, and One Amazing Camera (video below!)

Depending on where it is, ozone can be either good or bad for human health. When it is high in Earth’s atmosphere, ozone protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. When it is at ground-level where we live and breathe, ozone is a harmful pollutant that irritates your eyes, nose, and lungs.  In other words, ozone is good up high, but bad nearby.

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What Color is the Air Today?

Kentucky’s air quality has showed steady and dramatic improvement over the past several decades – and we have the data to prove it. Air monitors across the Commonwealth sample and analyze the air for pollutants, providing accurate and detailed data about the air we breathe.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is how we make sense of all of that data. The AQI uses numeric and color-coded messaging to easily let people know at a glance how clean their air is, and the associated health effects of breathing that air.  Kentucky’s AQI, which can be found here, comes directly from real-time monitored levels of major pollutants such as particulate matter and ground-level ozone.

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