Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission to Meet

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2018) – The Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission will meet Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Secretary’s Conference Room (332), 3rd floor, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Ky. The public is invited to attend.

WHO:             Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission

WHEN:          Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018; 10:00 a.m. EDT

WHERE:         3rd floor, Secretary’s Conference Room

300 Sower Boulevard

Frankfort, KY 40601


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Oil and Gas Workgroup to Meet November 30

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 27, 2018) – The OIL and GAS WORKGROUP will meet from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in conference room 332 at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

Please arrive early so that you can be checked in.


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Governor Bevin Declares October 30 as Mine Rescue Day

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin has declared Oct. 30, 2018 as Mine Rescue Day in Kentucky in honor of all mine-rescue team members who risk their lives performing rescues during mine emergencies.

As Gov. Bevin noted in the proclamation, Kentucky is home to the nation’s second largest number of coal miners and employs 12.1 percent of the nation’s miners, all of whom depend on mine rescue teams in the event of a mine disaster.

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1,127 acres Conserved in Hancock and Bullitt Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2018) – The Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves’ Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF) program conserved over 1,000 acres of forest in October for both habitat and hiking. The Jeffrey’s Cliff Natural Area was created in Hancock County, along with additions to both Knobs State Forest and the neighboring Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Bullitt County.

The 494-acre addition to Bernheim Forest and the 496-acre addition to Knobs State Forest are part of an effort to create a wildlife corridor linking the nearby Apple Valley Glades State Nature Preserve, Bernheim Forest, Knobs State Forest, Fort Knox, and other natural areas. These Bullitt County natural areas also have restoration potential for Kentucky gladecress, an endemic federally endangered plant found at Apple Valley. The Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves is working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to recover this species and eventually remove it from the endangered species list.

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Duff Named Division for Air Quality Director

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Tony Hatton today announced the appointment of Melissa K. Duff as the Director of the Division for Air Quality (DAQ).

Duff, who most recently was the Assistant Director of DAQ, for Air Quality, joined the Division in June of 2002. She has served in the Program Planning Branch as an Engineer Assistant, Environmental Control Supervisor, and the Branch Manager.

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Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season Begins Monday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2018) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry is preparing for fall wildfire season. Wildfires in Kentucky threaten damage to homes, private property, trees and landscapes. More importantly, they place lives at risk, including those of firefighters. The vast majority of Kentucky’s wildfires are preventable, the result of arson and careless open-burning (burning of trash, debris and brush).

Despite a wet beginning to fall, with more than nine inches of rain falling in Lexington in the month of September, and nearly seven inches falling in Jackson County in September, weather conditions can change quickly and become favorable to wildfire activity.

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Work Safety Tips from the Energy and Environment Cabinet- Always Wear Personal Protective Equipment


Make sure you’re always wearing the personal protective equipment (PPE) provided to you by your employer. Wearing the correct PPE for the job you’re performing is just another way to keep you safe from injury.