U.S. EPA Brownfield Grant Guidelines Released

Have a blighted property? Got properties with a questionable environmental history? Chances are you have brownfields. Brownfields are properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination. They include a variety of sites, including abandoned schools and hospitals, former factories, mine-scarred lands, gas stations and dry cleaning sites.

There are resources out there to assist communities, nonprofits and quasi-governmental agencies in assessing and remediating their problem properties, allowing communities to get those properties back into productive reuse.

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Low-Interest Cleanup Loans Available Through Brownfield Program

Frankfort, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2018) –– The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Brownfield Redevelopment Program is pleased to announce the availability of low-interest cleanup loans through its Cleaner Commonwealth Fund (CCF). Brownfields are properties are that abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination. The CCF makes funds available to qualified entities wishing to clean up brownfield sites and put them back into productive reuse. Entities and properties must meet certain requirements to be eligible.

• Loans are available to nonprofits and local governments.
• Applicants must adhere to proper Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser guidelines to be eligible for cleanup loan funds.
• Properties must be considered brownfields.
• While in most cases the applicant must own the property, there are some cases where the property can be owned by a partner organization.

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Drinking Water, Wastewater Advisory Council Subcommittee to Meet

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Operator and Recruitment and development Joint Subcommittee of the Drinking Water Advisory Council and Wastewater Advisory Council will be meeting on Tuesday Nov. 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Ky.

The agenda is as follows:

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Sustainable Spirits Summit Puts Environmental Improvement at Forefront of Distillers

Since 2011, the Division of Compliance Assistance, in collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, has been bringing members of the distillery, brewery and winery industries together via an annual Sustainable Spirits Summit.

This year’s summit had 63 attendees to hear presentations by Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely and other experts on topics such as:

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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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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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