Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Offers Workshops for Contractors

Online and in-person workshops in June

The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is hosting three free workshops for those interested in bidding on projects. The workshops will be held:

June 9, 2022 online
via Microsoft Teams

June 14, 2022 in-person
London AML Field Office,
3rd Floor State Office Building, 85 State Police Road
London, KY 40741

June 21, 2022 in-person
Prestonsburg AML Field Office
3140 South Lake Drive, Suite 6
Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Topics will include:
• What is the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KDAML)?
• How to register with the commonwealth as a contractor
• Online planroom – How to view active project solicitations
• Online planroom – how to register with the state planroom
• The bidding process
• Required bid documents
• KDAML contractor expectations and responsibilities

Register at: https://forms.gle/PHS6B7kV1iut5ZTe8

For information regarding the project types and general scope of work involved, visit https://bit.ly/KY_AML

Questions? Contact an AML team member below:
SamanthaM.Johnson@ky.gov or
James.Cable@ky.gov

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Division of Waste Management announces $4,000 grants available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund

Kentucky counties urged to apply for funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 9, 2022) – Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants from money that is available through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.

“Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires,” said Darin Steen, manager of DWM’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch.  “Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible.” 

The grant period is July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.  Costs incurred by a county beginning July 1, 2022 for recycling or disposal of waste tires are eligible.  Counties must submit receipts for those costs with their close-out report form by July 15, 2023.

Waste tire grant applications must be submitted no later than June 7th, 2022.  These grants do not require a match.  Any unused funds must be returned to the cabinet by July 31, 2023.

The grant packets will be sent by email to county judge-executives and solid waste coordinators. For more information contact Jenny Carr at 502-782-4663 or jenny.carr@ky.gov.

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Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission to Meet May 10

Video conference will start at 10 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2022) – The Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission will hold its quarterly meeting May 10, 2022 at 10 a.m. EDT, in-person and through virtual conference. 

For those attending in person, the meeting location will be: 
Secretary’s Conference Room – 3rd Floor 
300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, KY.

For those attending virtually: Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://meet.goto.com/304035693 
You can also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (786) 535-3211
Access Code: 304-035-693
Please note: KRGF Commissioners (if attending virtually) must be visible in order to participate and carry out commission business. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Jeff O’Dell at 502-782-6724.

Agenda:

  1. Call to order and roll call
  2. Welcome and opening remarks 
  3. Approval of the minutes from Feb. 8, 2022 meeting
  4. DNR update: Gordon Slone, Department for Natural Resources commissioner
  5. Interest/Fund investment 
  6. Litigation – KRGF cost recovery
  7. Other business: 
    1. Staff update (Introduce new employee) 
    2. Financial reports and bond amounts
    3. 2022 annual classification update
    4. Actuarial study and audit update
    5. Board appointments 
  8. Adjournment

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Kentucky Division of Forestry to Recognize Local Ambulance Director, Firefighter

The Kentucky Division of Forestry will recognize Rowan County Ambulance Director and volunteer firefighter Danny Blevins who has received the National Wildfire Mitigation award, during Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 6, 2022.

The award ceremony will be held at the Area 9 State Fire and Rescue Training Center 99 Lake Park Drive, Morehead, KY at 1 PM. 

Blevins is the first Kentucky resident to be nominated and receive the award, which is co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the United States Forest Service (USFS).  Blevins received the award March 22 at the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in Reno, Nevada.

Kessley Baker, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist from the Kentucky Division of Forestry, nominated Blevins for the award. “We are extremely excited that Danny received this opportunity to be nationally recognized and bring to light all the progress this community has accomplished in wildfire risk reduction, prevention, and preparedness,” Baker said.

Blevins, and Route 377 Fire-Rescue, which also will be recognized at the May 6 event, have taken the lead in numerous local wildfire mitigation activities, including Firewise USA® recognition, wildfire hazard planning and training, and community events.

For more information about the event, please contact Kessley Baker at kessley.baker@ky.gov. Details for all the awardees can be found on the NASF website, stateforesters.org.  

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Kentucky Energy Affordability Dashboard Now Available

May 19 webinar will demonstrate dashboard capabilities

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office of Energy Policy (OEP) and the Kentucky Center for Statists (KYSTATS) have partnered to provide the Kentucky Energy Affordability Dashboard. This new resource allows users to access county-level data to better understand energy and water usage by households and the factors that contribute to consumption behaviors.

A tutorial to help stakeholders utilize the dashboard will be available Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Click here to register for this 30-minute webinar.

“Too often, high-energy burdens result in families choosing between keeping the lights on or paying for other basic needs such as food and prescriptions,” said Energy and Environment Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “We want to do more so our citizens don’t have to make this choice, and we hope this is one resource that can help.” 

Energy burden, the percentage of household income spent on energy bills, is one indicator of a household’s energy affordability. A high burden is defined as those households with a six percent or higher energy cost. Kentucky’s average energy burden is three percent, but can be in excess of 20 percent in some areas.  

“The data found in this tool will help state and local stakeholders analyze the complex factors that influence energy affordability in Kentucky,” said Jessica Cunningham, Ph.D., executive director of KYSTATS. “Our team was proud to collaborate for the first time with the Energy Cabinet on this project.”

The Kentucky Energy Affordability Dashboard is funded through a Kentucky’s State Energy Program grant.

For more information about the Energy and Environment Cabinet initiatives to address energy affordability in Kentucky, contact Ashley Runyon at ashley.runyon@ky.gov.   For information about the Energy Affordability Dashboard, contact KYSTATS’ Marketing and Analytics Director Jessica Fletcher at jfletcher@ky.gov.

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Ozone Season Began May 1

Outdoor Burning Restricted in Some Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 2, 2022) – Ozone season began May 1 and for some Kentucky counties that means taking extra care to learn before you burn. From May 1 through September 30, open burning in Boone, Boyd, Bullitt, Campbell, Jefferson, Kenton, Lawrence, and Oldham counties is restricted to protect air quality.

Ground-level ozone is a summertime health risk, created when pollutants chemically react in the atmosphere in the presence of heat and sunlight.

“Pollution from open burning is more likely to cause problems during the warmer months of the year,” said Michael Kennedy, director of the Division for Air Quality. “For those counties that have historically had problems meeting air quality standards for ozone and particulate pollution, most open burning is restricted during this time to protect air quality and human health.”

From May through September, the open burning of household rubbish, brush, tree limbs, leaves and natural growth from land clearing are not permitted in Boone, Boyd, Bullitt, Campbell, Kenton, and Oldham counties. A portion of Lawrence County is subject to open burning restrictions during ozone season.  Open burning is restricted year-round in Jefferson County.

All of these counties have, at one time or another, been designated ‘non-attainment’ for ozone or particulate matter pollutants.

Many people may not realize that burning trash – at any time of the year – is illegal in all Kentucky counties. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food waste. In addition, the burning of trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation is prohibited. 

Painted, stained or treated wood products such as fence posts, pallets, and furniture are illegal to burn, because they release dangerous toxins into the air. Items that cannot be recycled should be taken to a state-permitted landfill.

To report illegal open burning or to learn more about open burning restrictions in your area, please call the Division for Air Quality at 502-782-6592 or email burnlaw@ky.gov , or visit the division’s website at http://bit.ly/OpenBurningKY .

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Lead in Drinking Water Working Groupto Meet May 9, 2022

Video conference will start at 2 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 2, 2022) – The Lead in Drinking Water Working Group will be meeting by videoconference on May 9, 2022 from 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern time. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Elizabeth Danks at elizabeth.danks@ky.gov or 502-782-0965.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/EECIT/lead-in-drinking-water-workgroup

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 303-077-005

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when the first meeting starts:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/303077005

Agenda 

  1. Call meeting to order and roll call of membership – Amy Stoffer, Northern Kentucky Water District 
  2. Introductions – Alicia Jacobs, Kentucky Division of Water 
  3. Approve minutes of January 10, 2022 – Amy Stoffer
  4. Discussion – lead service line inventories (includes summary of LSL inventory subgroup meetings) 
  5. Discussion – subgroups: subgroup-specific LCRR questions, meeting schedules, and roles 
  6. Public comment opportunity 
  7. Set next meeting date – propose June 27, 2022, 2 p.m. 
  8. Adjourn

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Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee to Meet May 4

Hybrid meeting begins at 9:15 a.m.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 29, 2022) 
– The Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee, a committee of the Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority, will hold a hybrid meeting on May 4, 2022 at 9:15 a.m. Eastern time.

Anyone who wants to attend the May 4 meeting in person can attend at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) office at 9818 Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville.

Those who want to attend by video conference can email Peter Cinotto (pcinotto@usgs.gov). 

For more information, please contact Peter Cinotto by email: pcinotto@usgs.gov.

AGENDA

  • Introduction
  • Update on floodplain conservation planning workshop
  • Updates to two interactive mapping platforms
  • Update on Mesonet program
  • Presentation on irrigation scheduling
  • Update on USGS super gages
  • Information requests
  • Open discussion
  • Adjourn

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Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority to Meet May 5

Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2022) – The Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority will hold its regular spring meeting on May 5 at 9:30 a.m. Central time. The meeting will be held at authority member Joseph Sisk’s farm (6493 Sisk Road, in Hopkinsville). If you have questions, please contact Johnna McHugh at 502-782-6703.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Farm tour
  • Lunch
  • Introduction of guests
  • Swearing in of new members
  • Approval of minutes
  • Old business
  • New business
    • Subcommittee reports
      • KASMC
      • Farmstead
      • Pesticides, fertilizers and other agriculture chemicals
      • Livestock and poultry
      • Crops
      • Silviculture
      • Education and outreach
    • Quarterly update of AWQA related violations
    • Updates from members
  • Adjourn

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GREAT IDEAS currently being accepted.

To better understand the needs of those in energy-related fields and to foster community engagement, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Office of Energy Policy (OEP) today announced The Kentucky Energy Project Idea Bank. The idea bank is an on-line resource for utilities, non-profits, organizations, and entities working in energy-related fields to submit project ideas.

The Energy Project Idea Bank compliments Kentucky’s energy strategy, KYE3: Designs for a Resilient Economy​​, a long-term strategic vision for Kentucky’s energy landscape built around community engagement and the link between energy, environment, and economic development.  

“It all starts with a great idea and teamwork,” said EEC Secretary Rebecca Goodman.  “Having a resource to gather ideas helps the cabinet identify focus areas, promote collaboration, foster continual improvement, and increase community engagement.”

The Idea Bank is available on the EEC website.

The easy, step-by-step process includes brief questions and space to include a project narrative.  Once submitted, the Office of Energy Policy will send a receipt confirmation.

Submitting a project idea is not an application for funding or guarantee notification about relevant funding opportunities. The Idea Bank is a new resource that helps the EEC stay current on ideas and better understand programmatic needs in Kentucky’s communities.   

“Our expertise is only valuable if we can help others make the connections needed to transform good ideas into great ideas,” said OEP Executive Director Kenya Stump.  “Creating a centralized location to gather information helps us to keep a pulse on energy related project ideas and concepts, and to connect project developers with resources and opportunities.”

If you would like to submit a project idea to the database, fill out the following Kentucky Energy Project Idea Bank form or visit the EEC OEP Website.

Questions about the Ky. Energy Idea Bank may be directed to Carol.Stringer@ky.gov.

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