Recycled Tire Asphalt Grant Funding Available to Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2017) – Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles G. Snavely announced today that grant funding will be made available to counties for projects that use recycled Kentucky waste tires in rubber-modified asphalt paving projects. This grant can be used to fund either chip seal or thin asphalt overlay pavement projects.

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Boltz Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Lowered to Watch Level

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2017) – The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) have reduced the harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational public health warning for Boltz Lake to the “watch” level. The lake is located in Grant County, Ky. near Dry Ridge.

A Recreational Public Health Watch means algal toxins present are at elevated levels. Swimming, wading, and water activities that create spray are not recommended because water ingested during recreational activities in this lake may increase the risk of gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Skin, eye and throat irritation and/or breathing difficulties may also occur after contact.

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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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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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“Creating a Green Footprint” Workshop Coming to Lexington in April

If you have ever wondered how you, your business or your community could reduce greenhouse gas emissions daily, there is a workshop designed for you. KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s environmental leadership program, has organized a free “Creating a Green Footprint Workshop” to be held on April 26, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.

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Commonwealth Clean-up Week Draws Dozens of Volunteers at 300 Sower

The wind howled and the temperatures were brisk, but more than 30 eager volunteers pulled on their parkas and grabbed a trash bag to do litter pickup around the 300 Sower Building as part of Commonwealth Clean-up Week on Wednesday afternoon.

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