Save the Date: The 2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy & the Environment is set for Oct. 19 and 20

The Energy & Environment Cabinet will hold its 41st yearly conference examining contemporary issues regarding energy and our environment.

We look forward to seeing you there. For more information please check our website periodically at http://eec.ky.gov/Pages/conference.aspx for more information.

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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Energy and Environment Cabinet Announces Winners of ‘Capture the Earth’ Photography and Video Contests

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2017) – Johnson County Middle School eighth-grader Meghan Grace Ratliff, 13, is the winner of the seventh-annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day.

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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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Two Top Officials Appointed at the Department for Natural Resources

James R. Wright has been appointed Director of the Division of Forestry and James M. Vicini has been appointed Director of the Division of Mine Safety. Both appointments are effective April 16.

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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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Three Kentucky Organizations Recognized for Energy Efficiency Programs

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely would like to recognize three Kentucky organizations/business for receiving the 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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