Total Maximum Daily Load Approved for Pond Creek Watershed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved its review of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report for E coli, pH, Cadmium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Nickel and Zinc, 54 Pollutant-Waterbody Cominations on 25 stream segments in the Pond Creek Watershed in early Feb.

You can find the link to the entire TMDL report here.

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Division of Waste Management Requests Applications for Crumb Rubber and Tire-Derived Products Grant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2017) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet is now accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled waste tires. This grant has been used to fund 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.

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Toxic Release Totals Continue to Decline

Analysis of data from the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) shows a continued downward statewide trend 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.

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Department for Environmental Protection Recognizes Employee Contributions to Environmental Protection

Every 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.

Last Monday, Environmental Protection Commissioner Aaron Keatley, Dep. Commissioner Tony Hatton Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely honored 19 individual employees and six teams with outstanding service to the environment.

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Nationwide Permits to Be Renewed by Division of Water

Every five years, the United States Army Corps’ of Engineers (USACE) issues a series of general Nationwide Permits (NWPs) to authorize federal 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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Kentucky Joins Legal Fight Against the Stream Protection Rule

Frankfort, Ky. (Jan. 17, 2017) – Kentucky today joined 12 other states in petitioning the United States District Court, in the District of Columbia, to enjoin the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) from enforcing the Stream Protection Rule it finalized late last year.

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Drought, Wildfires Keep Division of Water Busy During Fall Season

Kentucky was a tale of two weather states, as we transitioned from record rain in the spring  to record drought through late fall. This year Kentucky saw one of the wettest summers on record, only to be followed by one of the driest falls on record.

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