Save the Date: The 2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy & the Environment is set for Oct. 19 and 20

The Energy & Environment Cabinet will hold its 41st yearly conference examining contemporary issues regarding energy and our environment.

We look forward to seeing you there. For more information please check our website periodically at http://eec.ky.gov/Pages/conference.aspx for more information.

Energy and Environment Cabinet Announces Winners of ‘Capture the Earth’ Photography and Video Contests

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2017) – Johnson County Middle School eighth-grader Meghan Grace Ratliff, 13, is the winner of the seventh-annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day.

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Two Top Officials Appointed at the Department for Natural Resources

James R. Wright has been appointed Director of the Division of Forestry and James M. Vicini has been appointed Director of the Division of Mine Safety. Both appointments are effective April 16.

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Division of Waste Management Announces $4,000 Grants Available from Waste Tire Trust Fund

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 12, 2017) – Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 grants to be used for recycling and waste tire removal. The grants are funded through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.

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Energy and Environment Cabinet Celebrates Arbor Day

IMG_2044Hundreds of Energy and Environment Cabinet Employees enjoyed Kentucky’s 121st Arbor Day celebration event at the 300 Sower building in Frankfort on Friday.

It’s the first year for the Division of Forestry to be housed in its new home, and the Division wanted to spruce up the surroundings by planting three new trees. Just north of the building, the Division of Forestry planted a yellow poplar, a Kentucky coffee tree and a redbud.

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Division of Water Issues Certifications for Nationwide Permits

Every five years, the United States Army Corps’ of Engineers (USACE) issues a series of general Nationwide Permits (NWPs) to authorize federally permitted activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.

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New Resource Available for Farms Using Distillers Grain

Distilleries in Kentucky make 95 percent of the world’s bourbon, as well as a variety of other spirits. Distilling spirits requires the use of many different grains, including corn, wheat, rye, and barley.

After the grain is used in the distillation process, it is left over as a by-product. Distilleries often work with farmers to use the leftover grain as a livestock feed. Since the distillery industry has grown quickly over the past few years, there is much more distillers grains available than in the recent past.

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