Joint Meeting of the Waste Water and Drinking Water Advisory Councils Announced

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2018) – A joint meeting of the Kentucky Wastewater and Drinking Water Advisory Councils is scheduled for Dec. 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Training Room C of the Sower Building, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Ky.

The agenda is as follows:

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U.S. EPA Brownfield Grant Guidelines Released

Have a blighted property? Got properties with a questionable environmental history? Chances are you have brownfields. Brownfields are properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination. They include a variety of sites, including abandoned schools and hospitals, former factories, mine-scarred lands, gas stations and dry cleaning sites.

There are resources out there to assist communities, nonprofits and quasi-governmental agencies in assessing and remediating their problem properties, allowing communities to get those properties back into productive reuse.

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Low-Interest Cleanup Loans Available Through Brownfield Program

Frankfort, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2018) –– The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Brownfield Redevelopment Program is pleased to announce the availability of low-interest cleanup loans through its Cleaner Commonwealth Fund (CCF). Brownfields are properties are that abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination. The CCF makes funds available to qualified entities wishing to clean up brownfield sites and put them back into productive reuse. Entities and properties must meet certain requirements to be eligible.

• Loans are available to nonprofits and local governments.
• Applicants must adhere to proper Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser guidelines to be eligible for cleanup loan funds.
• Properties must be considered brownfields.
• While in most cases the applicant must own the property, there are some cases where the property can be owned by a partner organization.

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Drinking Water, Wastewater Advisory Council Subcommittee to Meet

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Operator and Recruitment and development Joint Subcommittee of the Drinking Water Advisory Council and Wastewater Advisory Council will be meeting on Tuesday Nov. 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Ky.

The agenda is as follows:

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Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers Honored by National Weather Service

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Cindy Minter, Campbell County Planning and Zoning Administrator and Carey Johnson, Ky. Division of Water are honored by the National Weather Service for their work in KAMM, promoting a weather-ready nation.

The Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers (KAMM) promotion of the National Weather Service (NWS) was honored by the NWS for promoting a weather-ready nation with an 2018 Ambassador Recognition.

KAMM was honored for its efforts at its September, 2018 conference, which exemplified its commitment to building a Weather-Ready Nation.

According to the citation, the NWS said of KAMM, “To actively encourage expansion of the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network in Kentucky, KAMM purchased 48 of the standard four-inch gauges required of the program, handing them out as speaker gifts and door prizes. Through this effort, KAMM truly served as a force multiplier, strengthening a valuable Weather-Ready Nation partnership.”

The citation went on to say KAMM has worked closely with the NWS offices in Kentucky for 14 years in an effort to mitigate the loss of life and property from flooding, and KAMM’s 2018 promotion is just the latest example of its commitment to the core mission of the NWS, and to its goal of creating a Weather-Ready Nation.

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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