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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Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season Begins Monday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2018) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry is preparing for fall wildfire season. Wildfires in Kentucky threaten damage to homes, private property, trees and landscapes. More importantly, they place lives at risk, including those of firefighters. The vast majority of Kentucky’s wildfires are preventable, the result of arson and careless open-burning (burning of trash, debris and brush).

Despite a wet beginning to fall, with more than nine inches of rain falling in Lexington in the month of September, and nearly seven inches falling in Jackson County in September, weather conditions can change quickly and become favorable to wildfire activity.

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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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Firefighters Return Home after Two Weeks on Deadly Ferguson Fire

Forty-two Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDOF) firefighters dragged their gear off the white school bus that had brought them home, back to the Southern Interagency Fire Cache in London, Ky.

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Lem Johnson momentarily leans on a shovel while fighting the Ferguson fire last week.

 

They looked spent, many still wearing the Ferguson fire t-shirts earned by their recent weeks fighting one of the largest wildfires in California history.

The Ferguson fire, a wildfire in the Sierra National Forest and Yosemite National park in California, had pushed the team to their limits. It began Juy 13 and within a day had burned nearly 1,000 acres.A deadly and stubborn fire, it has burned for a month, consuming nearly 100,000 acres and killing two firefighters.

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Kentucky Firefighters Battle Wildfires in Western U.S.

With parts of the western United States ablaze, the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s  Kentucky Division of Forestry has dispatched aid in the form of firefighters and equipment to five western states.

Kentucky firefighters are fighting fires in Yosemite Park in California. Devestating fires are burning there and in other areas across Colorado, Nevada and Utah. The Goose Creek fire that spans northern Nevada and Utah has scorched 123,000 acres so far, while a fire in Carr, California has burned 132,000 acres.

“They’re right in the areas where fire has been and they’re in a very close proximity to the active fire,” Kentucky Fire Management Chief Brandon Howard told WAVE 3 News in Louisville yesterday.

To see an interactive map of where the fires are in the western states, you can go to the International Association of Fire Chiefs Wildfire Status Dashboard here to see where the fires are, how big they are and what percentage they are currently contained.

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