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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To Burn or Not to Burn?

The U.S. produces more than 250 million tons of solid waste each year.  Only about a AQ day 3quarter of that trash is recovered for recycling. For the rest of that trash, which is better for human health and the environment: burning or burying?

Today’s landfills are different than the old trash dumps of yesteryear. A modern landfill is engineered to capture runoff and protect groundwater, while the methane gas produced by natural decomposition is often captured for energy production.

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How “Green” is Your Lawn?

Each year, Americans burn more than 800 million gallons of gasoline mowing and manicuring their lawns. And those small engines found in mowers, trimmers, and leaf blowers produce a surprising amount of air pollution. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

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Celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week with Tips and Information about Kentucky’s Air

Welcome to Air Quality Awareness Week! All week long, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality will share daily emails about the air we breathe. Stay tuned for an amazing video on Friday that reveals the hidden world of air pollution like you’ve never seen before!

TODAY: Air Quality Improvements Visible from Space – scroll down to see it!

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