Citizens Reminded of Kentucky’s Open Burning Regulations

For many Kentuckians, burning was just how you got rid of things in the old days. But times have changed, and so has the garbage we generate.  When you burn garbage, you create toxic smoke that can endanger the health of you, your family and your neighbors.  Burning that garbage is also illegal.

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Student Artists Honored for EcoART Contest

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 17, 2016) – The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has selected its 2017 EcoART Contest student winners.

The winners are as follows:

  • Kaylee Thornsbury, Morgan County High School, West Liberty
  • Yedarm Lee, Somerset Christian School, Somerset
  • Savannah Wilder, Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Louisville
  • Heather Bensinger, Mercer County High School, Harrodsburg

Winning artwork can be viewed online at

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Surface Water Treatment Plants Recognized for Meeting AWOP Goals

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 17, 2017) – Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 36 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), for 2016.

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Water Recreation Guidelines Issued for Summer Season

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2017) –– With summer approaching, The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources.

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Division of Waste Management Announces Grant Recipients

Program provides funding for purchase and installation of tire-derived products

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2017) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced that $210,123 in grant funding has been awarded for landscaping and walking trail projects that utilize recycled waste tires.

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Division of Waste Management Announces $4.6 Million in Grants

Recycling, Household Hazardous Waste, Composting programs funded

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2017) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management today announced that 53 Recycling grants, 28 Household Hazardous Waste grants, and five Composting grants totaling $4,619,960 have been awarded to Kentucky counties. The purpose of these grants is to expand recycling infrastructure, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills, ensure proper management of household hazardous waste, and help grow and improve composting operations across the state.

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Workshop for Waste Management and Reduction Held

If your company needs help in dealing with waste, then the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) has help for you. DCA is hosting a workshop for regulated facilities to understand and comply with waste regulations.

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