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.

Travis Kavulla, Commisssioner of the Montana Public Service Commission led off the morning with a talk on utility regulation. Kenneth Wagner, Senior Advisor for Regional and State Affairs, U.S. EPA, then spoke about the changing climate at the agency and how science is driving everything the agency does.

Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Aaron Keatley led a panel discussion “Celebrating Our Past, Investing in Our Future.” On the panel were

Kell Kelly, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, U.S. EPA, Trey Glenn, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA, John Bevington, Deputy Director for Business Development, KY CED, Kate Shanks, Director of Public Affairs, KY Chamber of Commerce, Tony Hatton, Deputy Commissioner KY DEP and Pete Goodmann, Di

rector, Division of Water, KY DEP.

Issues surrounding the DEP’s regulation of water, wastewater and brownfields were discussed, as was the need for billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements just to keep the systems in their current shape.

thumb_IMG_5841_1024The discussion portion of the day was capped by a 30-minute talk by Gov. Matt Bevin and an exhortation by him to both Cabinet employees and those associated with the Cabinet to continue to make Kentucky “sparkle.”

Awards given out at the luncheon included:

1) The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Stewardship Award given by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission and presented to Oldham County Fiscal Court.

2) The Outstanding Kentucky Forest Steward Award given by the Division of Forestry and presented to Jerry and Portia Brown.

3) The Excellence in Reclamation Award given by the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands and by the Division of Reclamation and Enforcement and presented to the Peter Cave Mining Company.

4) The 2017 Department for Natural Resources Award for Excellence in Safety, given by the Department for Natural Resources and presented the Survant Mine, owned by Armstrong Coal Company, Inc., Madisonville, KY.

5) The KY EXCEL Champion Award, given by the Department of Environmental Protection, and presented to Sekisui S-Lec America.

6) The Environmental Pacesetter Award, given by the Department for Environmental Protection, and presented to L’Oréal USA Manufacturing, of Florence, KY.

7) The Resource Caretaker Award, given by the Department of Environmental Protection, and presented to the Marker’s Mark Environmental Team.

8) The Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award, given by the Department of Energy Development and Independence and presented to the Kentucky Army National Guard and Department of Military Affairs.

9) The Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award, given by the Department of Energy Development and Independence and presented to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

10) The Secretary’s Award, given by the Office of the Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet and presented to Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

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41st Annual Governor’s Conference Wraps Day One

Day one of the 41st Annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment began Thursday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. with a welcome by Cabinet Secretary CharlesSnavely at the Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, KY.

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Kentucky Division of Air Quality Engineers Design Award-Winning Solution to Track Industrial Emissions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2017) – The Division of Air Quality announced today that it had won national recognition for developing a labor-saving tool for anticipating potential industrial air emissions.

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Stuart Spencer, (center) 2018 AAPCA President, presents the Best Practice Award to Ben Matar (left) and Melissa Duff (right) of the Kentucky Division for Air Quality.

Dubbed the Pollutants of Concern or “POC” Table, the new process won a Best Practices Award from the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA). It has attracted attention from air agencies across the country.

The award was presented Sept. 21, 2017 at the 2017 AAPCA Fall business meeting in Raleigh, N.C.  The POC table received the highest score of all submissions from the 20 AAPCA member states. AAPCA is a national organization representing more than 40 state and local air agencies, and senior officials from 20 state environmental agencies currently sit on the AAPCA Board of Directors.

“This new tool was developed by our own engineers,” said DAQ director Sean Alteri.  “In essence, it is an extremely sophisticated calculator that utilizes Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic. The POC Table also allows us to track changes in a facility’s air permit over time, which enables faster turnaround when a facility expands and has to modify its permit.”

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Energy and Environment Cabinet Requests to Opt-Out of Reformulated Gasoline Requirements in Northern Kentucky

Frankfort, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2017) – –Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely has formally requested approval from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to opt out of the federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) program in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties of Kentucky.

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Grayson Air Monitoring Site Part of Rural Trends Study

For nearly two decades, Environmental Inspector Joe Boggs has tended to the air monitors at Grayson Lake in Eastern Kentucky.  This scenic site, located far from major emissions sources, serves as a baseline for air quality in a pristine environment. In this video, Boggs talks about his work and the role of air monitoring in understanding Kentucky’s air quality.

Grayson Air Monitoring Site Part of Rural Trends Study

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Air Monitoring in Kentucky: It’s all in the Plan

Day in and day out, a network of air monitoring stations keep watch over Kentucky’s air quality.  Scattered across the Commonwealth, these stations contain sophisticated instruments that sample and monitor for pollutants in the ambient (outdoor) air. Continue reading “Air Monitoring in Kentucky: It’s all in the Plan”

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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