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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Winter heating costs likely to be higher this winter than last

FRANKFORT, KY. (Oct. 13, 2017) –Kentucky households can expect higher home heating expenditures this winter (October through March) than the last two winters, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) recently released, Winter Fuels Outlook. Winter gas price graphicThe expected increase in heating costs is a result of more heating demand because of colder weather, and to a lesser extent, higher energy costs. Winter temperatures are predicted to be 13 percent colder in Kentucky, comparable to a 10-year average.

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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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Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season Began Sunday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2017) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is again preparing for an active wildfire season. Each year, there are nearly 1,500 wildfires in the state of Kentucky, based on a 10-year average.

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Kentucky Division of Air Quality Engineers Design Award-Winning Solution to Track Industrial Emissions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2017) – The Division of Air Quality announced today that it had won national recognition for developing a labor-saving tool for anticipating potential industrial air emissions.

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Stuart Spencer, (center) 2018 AAPCA President, presents the Best Practice Award to Ben Matar (left) and Melissa Duff (right) of the Kentucky Division for Air Quality.

Dubbed the Pollutants of Concern or “POC” Table, the new process won a Best Practices Award from the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA). It has attracted attention from air agencies across the country.

The award was presented Sept. 21, 2017 at the 2017 AAPCA Fall business meeting in Raleigh, N.C.  The POC table received the highest score of all submissions from the 20 AAPCA member states. AAPCA is a national organization representing more than 40 state and local air agencies, and senior officials from 20 state environmental agencies currently sit on the AAPCA Board of Directors.

“This new tool was developed by our own engineers,” said DAQ director Sean Alteri.  “In essence, it is an extremely sophisticated calculator that utilizes Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic. The POC Table also allows us to track changes in a facility’s air permit over time, which enables faster turnaround when a facility expands and has to modify its permit.”

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KY EXCEL Welcomes Leggett & Platt as Master Member

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2017) – Leggett & Platt, a partner member since 2012 and leading producer of drawn steel wire, has upgraded its Winchester, KY, facility membership in the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) environmental leadership program, KY EXCEL, to a Master Member – the program’s highest level.

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