Department for Environmental Protection Recognizes Employee Contributions to Environmental Protection

Every 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.

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

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Energy and Environment Cabinet Signs Agreed Order with Blue Ridge Landfill Owner Regarding Unpermitted Landfill Waste

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 3, 2017) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced that it has signed an Agreed Order with Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill, Inc. (Blue Ridge) that has both remedial and penalty provisions regarding the Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM) that was illegally brought there in 2015.

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Kentucky Division of Enforcement 2016 Annual Report Available Online

The Kentucky Division of Enforcement (DENF) is pleased to announce the release of the annual report for the 2016 state fiscal year. The mission of the division is to promote a fair, firm and consistent approach to gaining compliance through the resolution of enforcement cases through:  Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Enforcement 2016 Annual Report Available Online”

Notice of Violation Sent to Blue Ridge Landfill and Cease and Desist Letter sent to Advanced TENORM after Investigation Finds Improper Disposal of Radioactive Waste

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 8, 2016) – Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely  announced today a Notice of Violation containing four violations against Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill, Inc. in Estill County, KY after an investigation found the landfill accepted low-level radioactive waste commonly known as TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material).

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Kentucky Division of Enforcement 2015 Annual Report Available Online

The Kentucky Division of Enforcement (DENF) is pleased to announce the release of the annual report for the 2015 state fiscal year. The mission of the division is to promote a fair, firm and consistent approach to gaining compliance through the resolution of enforcement cases through:

  • Conducting administrative conferences;
  • Issuing Notices of Violation and Letters of Warning;
  • Negotiating civil penalties and Supplemental Environmental Projects;
  • Issuing Agreements in Principle, Demand Letters, and Agreed Orders;
  • Where agreements cannot be reached, referral to Cabinet legal representatives for formal hearings and legal action; and
  • Monitoring compliance with these agreements and orders including completion of remedial actions and collection of penalties.

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Environmental Protection strategic plan available

Plans strive for transparency in agency activities for coming fiscal year

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KYDEP) is pleased to announce the completion of its 2016 strategic operational plan. Each year, the six agency divisions, the Division of Water, the Division of Waste Management, the Division of Air Quality, the Division of Enforcement, the Division of Compliance Assistance, and the Division of
Environmental Program Support develop these plans to provide a transparent look into the agency’s activities and environmental priorities for the state fiscal year.

The plan can be found by clicking this link Strategic Operational Plan for State Fiscal Year 2016.

Air quality education offered in Carlisle, Jamestown

“Learn before you burn” and “Why care about air?” classes offered

How do you teach about something you can’t see, taste, or feel?  Teachers and non-formal educators can explore air quality education in a day-long workshop titled, “Why Care about Air?”, on Friday, July 24 at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Jamestown, Kentucky.

Credit: Virginia Lewis
Credit: Virginia Lewis

Led by Roberta Burnes and Kentucky Environmental Education Council Executive Director Elizabeth Schmitz, the workshop will explore air quality through hands-on, standards-based activities.  Whether you are a classroom teacher, 4-H or Scout leader, or homeschool parent, this workshop will provide you with lessons and resources that will make air quality come alive for your students.

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