The Division of Compliance Assistance is hosting a workshop focusing on assisting and educating regulated entities so they understand and can comply with waste regulations. The workshop will be held at the Big Sandy Area Development District, 110 Resource Dr # 101, Prestonsburg, Ky., on March 20, 2018.
Each 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.
On Feb. 14, Environmental Protection Commissioner Aaron Keatley, Dep. Commissioner Tony Hatton and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely honored 19 individual employees and six teams with outstanding service to the environment.
The winners are:
Flash flooding can occur anytime there are sustained, heaving rains. These are dangerous events and can be life threatening. Kentucky, with 89,431 miles of rivers and streams, is especially susceptible.
With flooding already in parts of southeastern Kentucky, please remember the following regarding floods and post-flood cleanup:
A flash flood watch is an advisory that heavy rains may result in flash flooding.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2018) – The OIL and GAS WORKGROUP will meet from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2017 in conference room 332 at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.
Please arrive early so that you can be checked in.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 31, 2018) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet is now accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled waste tires. This grant has focused on funding crumb rubber mulch for landscaping projects in recent years, but the cabinet is encouraging applicants to expand the scope of potential projects for this grant cycle.
Analysis of data from the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to show a downward statewide in toxic pollutants entering Kentucky’s environment. With continued reduction in reported releases, the potential impact on communities that may be disproportionately impacted has also decreased.
The Kentucky DEP conducted an analysis of reporting data submitted by industries to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for calendar year 2016. Within Kentucky, there were a total of 421 facilities and 171 chemicals reported for the 2016 calendar year. Of those chemicals reported, 19 were not reported as releases to the environment. It is notable that more than 92 percent of the TRI chemical waste generated during 2016 was recycled, treated, or used for energy recovery, rather than released or disposed of in environmental media (air, water or land).
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2018) – Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely announced today approximately $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 108 illegal dumps in 20 counties across the Commonwealth.