Department for Environmental Protection Recognizes Employee Contributions to Environmental Protection

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Each year the Department for Environmental Protection honors employees who have gone above and beyond their job titles and duties to protect the environment, educate the public and ensure Kentucky is using and preserving its natural resources in a responsible manner.

On Feb. 14,  Environmental Protection Commissioner Aaron Keatley, Dep. Commissioner Tony Hatton and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely honored 19 individual employees and six teams with outstanding service to the environment.

The winners are:

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Air Permitting and Compliance Workshops Announced

The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) will host an Air Permitting and Compliance Workshop on Feb. 23, 2018 in Prestonsburg at the Big Sandy Area Development District office.

The workshop will educate attendees about air regulations and permitting so they understand and can comply with their environmental regulations. Speakers from DCA and the Division for Air Quality (DAQ) will be explaining how to obtain an air quality permit, understanding your permit requirements and what to expect during an inspection.

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Toxic Release Totals Continue to Decline

Analysis of data from the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to show a downward statewide in toxic pollutants entering Kentucky’s environment. With continued reduction in reported releases, the potential impact on communities that may be disproportionately impacted has also decreased.

Toxic Release Totals Decline2016.jpgThe Kentucky DEP conducted an analysis of reporting data submitted by industries to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for calendar year 2016. Within Kentucky, there were a total of 421 facilities and 171 chemicals reported for the 2016 calendar year. Of those chemicals reported, 19 were not reported as releases to the environment. It is notable that more than 92 percent of the TRI chemical waste generated during 2016 was recycled, treated, or used for energy recovery, rather than released or disposed of in environmental media (air, water or land).

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Division for Air Quality Shares Best Practices with Mongolian Visitors on Cross-cultural Tour

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) was delighted to host some international visitors recently – all the way from Mongolia! Their visit was part of a cross-cultural tour of American cities to learn best practices in air monitoring and pollution prevention at the state level.

The visit was made possible by the U.S. Dept. of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and was organized by the World Affairs Council (WAC) of Kentucky & Southern Indiana.  Members of the Mongolian delegation included:

  • Nyamdavaa Shagdar, Sr. Officer of the Environmental Monitoring Department, Nat’l. Agency for Meteorology & Environment Monitoring of Mongolia;
  • Narmandakh Luvsandorj, Information Technology and Public Affairs Officer, Air Quality Agency of Ulaanbaatar
  • Erdenetsogt Jamiyansuren, Board Chair, Mongolian National Committee on Green Development and Clean Technology

To read more about our visitors, click here.

2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment Video Online

If you missed part or all of the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, or just want to experience it again, now is your chance to read about it, or to see it all, session by session on video through the Cabinet’s website.

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The Kentucky Division of Air Quality’s 2017 Annual Report now Available

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 annual report (, which details the division’s mission, function and commitment to protecting human health and the environment.

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Energy’s Future, Gov. Bevin Headline Final Day of Governor’s Conference in Lexington

Day Two of the 41st annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment saw both the theoretical, the practical and a call to action by Gov. Matt Bevin to close out the sessions.

More than 200 people then attended the awards luncheon at the Lexington Convention Center at which 10 awards were given out to those individuals or businesses honored for preserving and enhancing this beautiful state of ours through energy efficiency, soil conservation, mine land reclamation, farmland stewardship or innovation.

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