Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presents Awards at its Conference on Energy and the Environment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presented 13 environmental awards October 12 at its annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Lexington Convention Center.

The awards reflect a commitment by those honored to preserving and enhancing the Commonwealth through energy efficiency, soil conservation, mine land reclamation, farmland stewardship or innovation.

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Duff Named Division for Air Quality Director

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Tony Hatton today announced the appointment of Melissa K. Duff as the Director of the Division for Air Quality (DAQ).

Duff, who most recently was the Assistant Director of DAQ, for Air Quality, joined the Division in June of 2002. She has served in the Program Planning Branch as an Engineer Assistant, Environmental Control Supervisor, and the Branch Manager.

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Environmental Advocate Fitzgerald Honored, 2018 Governor’s Conference Concludes

IMG_3605.JPGTom Fitzgerald, who has spent nearly four decades advocating for those, “downhill, downwind and downstream,” as was inscribed upon his award, was the recipient of the 2018 Secretary’s Award at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely presented “Fitz,” as he is widely known, with the award at the conclusion of the Awards Luncheon on Friday afternoon.

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2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and Environment Wraps Day One

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Kicked off the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment with remarks about the future of Kentucky’s energy profile, environmental regulations and continuing to keep Kentucky’s environment and citizens protected.

IMG_3483Governor Matt Bevin was the keynote speaker on the first day of the conference. The governor touted his energy policies, covered cyber security, the changing energy landscape and updating the power grid. He also took questions from the audience which included a discussion on subsidizing alternative energy forms.

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$275,689 in Grants Announced to Fund Clean Diesel

Program Will Reduce Diesel Emissions from Kentucky School Buses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2018) – Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely today announced the 2018 Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant Program, which will provide $275,689 for projects to reduce diesel emissions from aging school buses in the Commonwealth.

Funding is being made available through the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This competitive program is open to all public school districts and private schools located in Kentucky.

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Air Quality Improved, Emissions Down, Division for Air Quality Annual Report Shows

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) is pleased to announce the release of the 2018 annual report, which details DAQ’s mission, function and commitment to protecting human health and the environment.

Kentucky’s continued improved trend of air quality is shown in the charts and graphics found under Technical Services Branch of this report. These achievements are the result of effective regulations and control strategies by the Program Planning Branch, timely and appropriate permits containing all applicable requirements by the Permit Review Branch, and inspecting sources of air emissions and enforcing emission limitations by the Field Operations Branch.

Some highlights from 2018 include:

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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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