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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CPR and First Aid Training Completed by Division of Forestry Personnel

IMG_1293The Kentucky Division of Forestry (DOF) now has the CPR and First Aid skills to assist personnel in the field thanks to the Division of Mine Safety (DMS), which recently conducted a BLS/Advanced First Aid Class for personnel with the forestry division.

Department for Natural Resources Commissioner Alan Luttrell initiated the higher level training after seeing up close the response to last year’s wildfires in southeast Kentucky during which multiple agencies within the Energy and Environment Cabinet were deployed to assist KY Division of Forestry with logistics.

Ten forestry personnel learned skills on Sept. 26-28 at the Department of Mine Safety office in Hazard, KY such as airway management, caring for soft tissue injuries and shock, caring for muscle and bone injuries and recognizing symptoms of heart attacks and strokes. During the instruction, the class split into two teams to practice their first aid skills.

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Kentucky Division of Forestry Sends Aid to Florida

FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 12, 2017) Twelve Division of Forestry personnel are leaving today for the hurricane-stricken areas of south Florida.

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Kentucky Division of Forestry Rushes to Help Texas

FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 29, 2017) Two 20-person interagency fire crews made up of Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF), Division of Mine Permits, and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), personnel are leaving today for the hurricane stricken areas of Texas.

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Division of Forestry Wildland Firefighters Aid Arizona

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 29, 2017) -The Kentucky Division of Forestry announced it is sending 15 firefighters to Arizona to assist with the fires near the city of San Carlos.

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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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