Each year, Americans burn more than 800 million gallons of gasoline mowing and manicuring their lawns. And those small engines found in mowers, trimmers, and leaf blowers produce a surprising amount of air pollution. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
Welcome to Air Quality Awareness Week! All week long, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality will share daily emails about the air we breathe. Stay tuned for an amazing video on Friday that reveals the hidden world of air pollution like you’ve never seen before!
TODAY: Air Quality Improvements Visible from Space – scroll down to see it!
Clear sunny skies created the perfect day for the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s 2018 Earth Day celebration on April 27, at the 300 Sower Building in Frankfort, Ky. More than half a dozen divisions representing both the Department for Environmental Protection and the Department for Natural Resources had exhibits that were open to both the public and employees.
Other exhibitors included The Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Woods and Waters Land Trust, Franklin County Solid Waste, Kentucky State University, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Glean KY, Life Adventure Center, KET and Together Frankfort.
By: Charles Snavely
Secretary, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
As this is Public Service Recognition Week, (April 22-28), I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to you, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet employees who come to work each day and do your very best to serve the Commonwealth, often without recognition or appreciation from the public.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2018) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today it has selected the Lake Cumberland Area Development District to receive a $300,000 community-wide Brownfield Assessment Grant. The EPA selects recipients every year to receive funding for brownfield site revitalization. This helps local governments identify and redevelop vacant and unused properties, transforming communities and local economies.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2018) – Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely announced today that a third round of Rubber-Modified Asphalt Grant funding will be made available to counties for road projects across the Commonwealth. Counties can apply for funding for either chip seal or thin asphalt overlay projects. Chip seal is a pavement surface treatment that combines one or more layers of liquid asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate. Asphalt overlay consists of a new layer of asphalt applied over an existing asphalt surface.
Need help understanding environmental regulations and requirements? The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA), in partnership with Divisions of Air, Water and Waste, will be hosting a series of one-day environmental workshops in Frankfort, Ky. to help those who need to learn the basics or just want a refresher on regulatory expectations. These introductory-level workshops focus on assisting and educating regulated facilities, consultants, business owners, local governments and other environmental professionals about air, waste and water regulations.