Martin County Water District Workgroup to Meet August 11, 2021

Video conference will start at 11 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 27, 2021) – The Martin County Water District Workgroup will be meeting by videoconference on August 11, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Kim Greenidge at 502-782-6630.

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Agenda

  • Welcome and opening remarks – EEC Secretary Rebecca Goodman
  • Introductions and announcements – DEP Deputy Commissioner Amanda LeFevre
  • Update of MCWD operations – Alliance Water Resources Division Manager Craig Miller
    • Update of projects
  • Update from the Division of Water – Division of Water Director Carey Johnson
    • Technical Subcommittee Report
  • Update from the Public Service Commission – Vice Chairman Kent Chandler
  • Open discussion – Facilitated by Deputy Commissioner Amanda LeFevre
  • Future workgroup meeting proposed dates
    • December 8, 2021, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • March 15, 2022, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Adjourn

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Ky Drinking Water Advisory Council’s Compliance and Regulations Committee to meet July 8, 2021

Video conference will start at 1 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2021) – The Compliance and Regulations Committee of the Kentucky Drinking Water Advisory Council will meet July 8, 2021 from 1 – 2 p.m. EDT. The purpose of the committee is to make recommendations to the Drinking Water Advisory Council on compliance and regulatory related issues.

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Agenda:

  1. Call the meeting to order
  2. Review minutes
  3. Co-chairs of committees
  4. DOW updates
  5. DBPs and distribution system evaluations (DSE)
  6. Future topics and/or concerns
  7. Assignments with deadlines
  8. Date for next meeting
  9. Adjournment

Meeting Rules:

  1. Only one speaker at a time
  2. Speakers should speak clearly and in a courteous manner
  3. Speakers and participants acting in a disruptive manner will be asked to stop or leave the meeting
  4. Each speaker is given 3 minutes
  5. The speaker will be recognized by the facilitator or chair
  6. Proxy

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Kentucky’s Annual Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Report Demonstrates Continued Excellence in Quality and Reliability

Electronic reporting helps decrease violations during 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 28, 2021) – Kentucky’s 2020 Drinking Water Compliance Report shows that the Commonwealth’s 433 public water systems consistently produce excellent quality water, and have a high rate of compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements.

The annual report by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) summarizes compliance data and monitoring results of Kentucky’s public water systems. The systems are required by the SDWA to test produced water regularly for more than 100 contaminants and to take corrective action and notify its customers when a contaminant exceeds standards.

“DOW commends the efforts of public water systems that have collaborated with the division to implement new electronic submittal processes and for compliance assistance efforts that have drastically reduced monitoring and reporting violations.” said DOW Director Carey Johnson. “This annual compliance report demonstrates DOW’s ongoing commitment to providing safe, quality water to the citizens, businesses and industries of the Commonwealth.  It also is an indicator of DOW’s efforts to exceed the goals and expectations outlined in EPA’s National Compliance Initiative for Kentucky, EPA Region 4 and the nation,” “

The annual report shows Kentucky’s public water systems decreased monitoring and reporting violations by 80 percent in 2020. This decrease is attributed to the availability of an electronic submittal process implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic and increased compliance assistance by the DOW, technical assistance partners and the efforts of public water system personnel. 

Since 2016, overall health-based violations have decreased more than 81 percent. These violations are predominately disinfection byproduct rule violations (34) with the remaining eight  violations related to the Surface Water Treatment Rules and the Revised Total Coliform Rule.  No water systems exceeded the federally established limits in 2020 for volatile and synthetic organic compounds or inorganic compounds (VOCs, SOCs or IOCs).

Violations related to disinfection byproducts (DBPs), a class of contaminants that result from the interaction of disinfection chemicals, such as chlorine, with natural organic material in water, constitute 78 percent of all 2020 health-based drinking water violations in Kentucky. The report showed a decrease in these health-based violations, from 118 in 2018 to 49 in 2019 and a further reduction to 33 violations in 2020. The decrease in health-based violations is attributed to efforts by public water systems to reduce DBP issues in challenged systems through the technical support of the DOW, Kentucky Rural Water Association and other external technical assistance partners. 

The increase in health-based violations experienced in 2015 was anticipated due to the implementation of the federal rule for Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs). This rule required “consecutive” public water systems that purchase water from another public water system and re-distribute it to its customers to monitor for and meet recently established standards for DBPs. Those consecutive public water systems previously had been exempted from monitoring for DBPs. Because water age is generally greater in consecutive systems, an overall increase in health-based violations occurred in 2015 and 2016 when consecutive systems came under the DBP rule. Since then, public water systems have addressed and mitigated many of these DBP occurrences. Kentucky’s DBP violations have decreased nearly 86% since the initial increase in violations in 2015 and 2016.

In order to facilitate DOW’s ability to provide technical assistance to public water systems, the division participates in the U.S. EPA’s Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP). The skills learned through the AWOP are useful to provide targeted technical assistance to public water systems that fail to return to compliance after a notice of violation has been issued. The successful protocols instituted in Kentucky to assist public water systems with DBP violations were developed as a best management practice to be used in the national AWOP program. 

The Kentucky Annual Drinking Water Compliance Report is online:

https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Drinking/Pages/Annual-Compliance-Reports.aspx

For more information about the report, contact Alicia Jacobs (alicia.jacobs@ky.gov).

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$4.8 Million Awarded in State Recycling, Composting and Household Hazardous Waste Grants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 25, 2021) – Governor Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced nearly $4.8 million in grants to Kentucky municipalities, fiscal courts and universities for 75 projects across the Commonwealth to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste.

“Kentucky is fortunate that so many municipalities are stepping up to reuse and recycle to reduce the amount of solid waste piling up in our landfills,” Gov. Beshear said. “This shows care for the environment and for each other.”

This program awards three types of grants:

  • The recycling grant provides funds for counties to purchase recycling equipment with the goal of promoting sustainable regional recycling infrastructure in Kentucky.
  • The composting grant funds the purchase of equipment to improve composting and promote creative solutions for managing food waste, lawn waste and other organic material. 
  • The household hazardous waste grant provides funds for counties to conduct annual drop-off events for their citizens to dispose of household chemicals, old electronics and other potentially hazardous wastes.

There were 34 recycling grants worth $2.71 million, 29 household hazardous waste grants worth $707,839 and 12 composting grants worth $1.37 million. These grants require a 25 percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” labor, educational activities or advertising to promote the program from those receiving the awards. A complete list of grant recipients can be viewed here.

Secretary Goodman said some of these projects raise awareness about the importance of recycling home electronic equipment, which can contain metals such as mercury, which would be harmful to human health if put into landfills. “We all need to consider the life cycle of products and how we carefully dispose of them,” Sec. Goodman said.

Funding for the grants comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills.

In order to apply for the next round of recycling, composting and household hazardous waste grants, applications should be postmarked or hand-delivered to Division of Waste Management, Recycling and Local Assistance Branch, or emailed to williamt.collins@ky.gov by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022.  The original application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for an application to be complete. Each grant requires a 25% local match. Application materials can be found here.

For more information about the division’s recycling efforts, please visit the Kentucky Division of Waste Management website.

Keep up with Gov. Beshear and the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and on the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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More Than $500,000 Awarded to Six Counties for Sustainable Road Projects Reducing Noise, Maintenance Costs

All projects use waste tire chip seal or asphalt overlay on road surfaces

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2021) –  Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced that up to $502,497 in grant funding has been awarded to six counties for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing waste tires.

“This funding speaks to our administration’s commitment to invest in Kentucky infrastructure and become even better stewards of our environment,” said Gov. Beshear. “These projects will reduce maintenance costs and road noise, helping tax dollars go further and improving quality of life in these communities.”

Counties receiving grants include: Allen ($115,425), Grayson ($98,947), Hardin ($67,500), Henderson ($27,016), Muhlenberg ($105,720) and Marshall ($87,889).

The grant funding will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay to county or metro government roads. 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 road surface.

“Whether it is responsibly using waste tires or putting funding into aging drinking water facilities, we are constantly working to build a better Kentucky,” Cabinet Secretary Goodman said.

Roads being surfaced include: New Buck Creek Road, Allen County; Sulfur Wells Road, Grayson County; Smith Mill Road, Hardin County; Old Corydon Road, Henderson County; Dusty Trail, Marshall County; and Cleaton Road, Muhlenberg County. Selected roads have road culverts, shoulders and bases in good condition with minimal repairs needed.

The cabinet accepts applications for rubber-modified asphalt grants during March and April. Successful projects see a cost-effective, performance-enhancing additive for county paving projects and improve end-use markets for recycled tires.

The money for these projects comes from the Kentucky Waste Tire Trust Fund, which receives $2 from every new tire sold in the commonwealth.

“We are pleased to offer these grants to Kentucky counties,” said Division of Waste Management Director, Tammi Hudson. “We believe rubber-modified asphalt can provide several benefits, including promoting a cost-effective, performance-enhancing additive for county paving projects, and improving end-use markets for recycled tires which can lead to better waste tire management across the commonwealth.”

The cabinet will be performing testing and long-term monitoring to assess the effectiveness of rubber-modified asphalt in Kentucky. As a condition of the grant funding, counties agree to pay for the application of conventional chip seal or thin overlay on a road in their county with similar characteristics, to allow for comparison between conventional and rubber-modified asphalt.

This grants continue a string of strong economic announcements by the Beshear administration. Since the start of 2021, private-sector companies have announced 50 projects in the commonwealth totaling more than $2 billion in new investment and bringing more than 4,000 full-time jobs to the state in the coming years.

In addition, the Governor’s Better Kentucky Plan will boost the state’s economy by delivering clean drinking water, building new schools and expanding access to broadband. It allocates $1.3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds, which will create 14,500 new jobs for Kentuckians and help the commonwealth lead in the post-COVID economy.

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Latest Update: Nutrient Pollution in Kentucky’s Waterways

The Division of Water (DOW) just released its 2021 Update to the 2019 Nutrient Loads and Yields in Kentucky Study, which seeks to provide additional insight into nutrient pollution in Kentucky’s waterways. Nutrient pollution is a growing concern in Kentucky. While nutrients naturally exist in waterways, problems can arise when human activity produces too many nutrients, creating more nitrogen and phosphorus in a waterway than the ecosystem can manage.

Nutrient-rich waterways promote algae and plant growth, which often lead to toxic harmful algal blooms (HABs) and insufficient oxygen for fish. This also results in local impacts to tourism and drinking water, along with downstream impacts to fishing livelihoods and tourism in the Gulf of Mexico’s “hypoxic zone.”

The latest update adds two more years of data (2018, 2019) to the prior study, Nutrient Loads and Yields in Kentucky: 2005-2017, while still reviewing long-term statewide changes in nutrient pollution, and areas of greatest nutrient concern.

Data was gathered from an additional five monitoring locations at the mouths of major tributaries to the Ohio River, provided by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO). These additional monitoring stations allow DOW to expand coverage of Kentucky’s drainage area from 76 percent to 82 percent, while identifying out-of-state nutrient contributions. Loads from the remaining 18 percent were estimated by looking at the relationship between the portion of land area used for agriculture, and nitrogen and phosphorus yields. This estimate indicates that approximately  105,000 tons of nitrogen and 12,000 tons of phosphorus leave Kentucky to the Mississippi River Basin annually.

As with the earlier study, the 2021 update found higher nutrient pollution in areas of the state with greater amounts of agriculture activity. However, the additional data also introduced greater variability in loads and yields than the previous study period.

A look at rain patterns across the study period shows that, along with 2011, the two added years of 2018 and 2019 had unusually high precipitation totals. Additional investigation will help determine if changes in rain amounts resulted in greater nutrient runoff than in typical years, and if new climactic trends emerge.

As the DOW continues to look at the issue of nutrients in Kentucky’s waters, it seeks to fill in the nutrient monitoring gaps and more accurately determine the source and amount of nutrient loss. Interested persons can explore this study through the divisions’ interactive Nutrient Reduction in Kentucky story map. The division will continue tracking nutrient pollution to improve the management, protection and restoration of the commonwealth’s water resources.

Division of Water Seeks Comment on Draft Reports Addressing 90 Bacteria-Impaired Streams

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2021) – The Division of Water is seeking public comment through July 19, 2021 on two draft reports that address bacteria-impaired streams within the Big Sandy River, Little Sandy River, Tygarts Creek, and Kentucky River basins. These Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reports provide critical information needed to restore water quality in these waters.

“Total Maximum Daily Load” refers to the amount of a pollutant a water body can receive and still meet water quality standards. Standards for E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria are intended to protect the health of those using surface waters for swimming, wading, boating, and other recreation.

The Clean Water Act requires each state to periodically identify specific waters where standards are not being met and then to develop a TMDL for the pollutants not meeting standards.  TMDL reports are made available to the public for review and comment prior to submission to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The two new reports will complete TMDLs for 90 impaired stream segments in the following counties: Bell, Boyd, Boyle, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Estill, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Garrard, Grant, Jessamine, Johnson, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Martin, Mercer, Perry, Pike, and Wolfe.  The reports are part of the Kentucky Statewide Bacteria TMDL, an ongoing effort which will complete TMDLs for more than 350 stream segments by the end of 2022. 

To read the draft reports and find out how to comment, visit the Division of Water website at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Pages/Water-Public-Notices-and-Hearings.aspx. To learn more about how TMDLs help to support water quality restoration, visit the TMDL program website at https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Protection/TMDL/Pages/default.aspx.

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Energy Affordability Working Group to Meet June 24

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 10, 2021) – The Energy Affordability Working Group will meet by videoconference on June 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT.  If you are interested in joining, or have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Ashley Runyon at Ashley.runyon@ky.gov. A link to the videoconference will be sent upon request. An informal survey will also be sent.

Agenda:

  • Welcome remarks – Secretary Rebecca Goodman
  • Office of Energy Policy – overview and introductions
  • Review of energy affordability website, LEAD tool, affordability presentation, affordability study
  • Review of survey results completed by participants
  • Impact stories
  • Community action – call center story 5 min-10min
  • United Way – data info on how many calls they receive and percentage on utility assistance 5 min-10min
  • Key focus areas
  • Data sharing
  • Education
  • Resource gaps
  • Policy
  • Creation of energy affordability guide
  • What is next?
  • Questions – dialogue

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Secretary Goodman and #TeamEEC Participate in Grain Tour

Secretary Goodman joined the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and the Kentucky Soybean Association in their recent Grain Tour throughout western Kentucky. On the tour Secretary Goodman, Deputy Secretary John Lyons, Deputy Commissioner Amanda Lefever and Executive Advisor Anne Marie Franklin visited six farms within the region where they observed the implementation of innovative agriculture practices that allowed for outstanding environmental stewardship. The group also visited the Commonwealth Agri-Energy plant where they were able to share insight on the energy byproducts from corn grown within the region. Attendees consisted of Kentucky Corn and Soybean Association members and local small grains producers.

During a reception at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Office, Secretary Goodman held an open discussion with producers and industry leaders as well as specialists from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment regarding current cabinet policies and regulations. Moving forward, the EEC team is working to better serve the industry through permitting, guidance and resources.

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Notice of Kentucky Water Quality Standards 2021 Triennial Review Listening Session and Comment Period

In accordance with the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), Congress gave states the responsibility to establish objectives or goals for managing, maintaining, and enhancing water quality. States are required to review state water quality standards (WQS) and hold a public hearing every three years, known as a “Triennial Review” pursuant to Section 303(c)(1) of the CWA.

The Kentucky Division of Water hereby gives notice of its intent to conduct a public listening session to satisfy the requirements of CWA Section 303(c)(1). The listening session will be recorded and will assist the division in determining what revisions, if any, may be appropriate for Kentucky’s WQS regulations which are located in 401 KAR Chapter 10 (Water Quality Standards – links are provided below). The division will provide a link to the recorded session once available. Depending upon the outcome of the 2021 Triennial Review, the division tentatively anticipates pursuing any proposed regulatory changes pursuant to KRS Chapter 13A in 2022.

At the beginning of the listening session, the division will provide a brief overview of Kentucky WQS and the topics the division is considering for revision (https://eec.ky.gov/EnvironmentalProtection/Water/Documents/2021%20Triennial%20Review%20Listening%20Session1.pdf). In evaluating updates to WQS, the division will consider the latest recommended water quality criteria updates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Topics for the 2021 Triennial Review include:
 Updating criteria for aquatic life for ammonia
 Establishing aquatic life criteria for aluminum
 Updating human health criteria for 94 pollutants
 Designating new Outstanding State Resource Waters (OSRW) and Exceptional Waters

Following the brief overview, the division will receive comments on topics and issues from the public until the end of the listening session, and encourages participants to also provide a written copy of their comments. The division will also accept written comments through August 6, 2021. Please note that written and verbal comments will receive equal consideration.

The division invites comments from interested parties and members of the public regarding any WQS that it should consider for potential revision, even if it is not listed above. Comments should include the regulation and topic, whether 401 KAR Chapter 10 already covers the topic, and any suggested revisions and basis of support for the suggested revision. Any technical or scientific information, reports, or data should be included.
Listening session date, time, and location: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EST
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Send comments: Via email (preferred) to: water@ky.gov (Subject line: “2021 Triennial Review”)
Via U.S. Mail to: Water Quality Branch (ATTN: 2021 Triennial Review)
Kentucky Division of Water
300 Sower Blvd., 3rd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

The division will pursue any final proposed changes as a result of the 2021 Triennial Review through the regulatory process established in KRS Chapter 13A. Existing Kentucky WQS regulations may be accessed online at:
401 KAR 10:001- Definitions for 401 KAR Chapter 10
https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/kar/401/010/001.pdf

01 KAR 10:026 – Designated Uses of Surface Waters
https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/kar/401/010/026.pdf

401 KAR 10:029. General Provisions –
https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/kar/401/010/029.pdf

401 KAR 10:030. Antidegradation Policy Implementation Methodology
https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/kar/401/010/030.pdf

401 KAR 10:031. Surface Water Standards
https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/kar/401/010/031.pdf

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