Toxic Release Totals Continue to Decline

Analysis of data from the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) shows a continued downward statewide trend in toxic pollutants entering Kentucky’s environment. With continued reduction in reported releases, the potential impact on communities that may be disproportionately impacted has also decreased.

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Department for Environmental Protection Recognizes Employee Contributions to Environmental Protection

Every year the Department for Environmental Protection honors employees who have gone above and beyond their job titles and duties to protect the environment, educate the public and ensure Kentucky is using and preserving its natural resources in a responsible manner.

Last Monday, Environmental Protection Commissioner Aaron Keatley, Dep. Commissioner Tony Hatton Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely honored 19 individual employees and six teams with outstanding service to the environment.

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Nationwide Permits to Be Renewed by Division of Water

Every five years, the United States Army Corps’ of Engineers (USACE) issues a series of general Nationwide Permits (NWPs) to authorize federal permitted activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.

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KY EXCEL Members Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

Environmental stewards were honored Jan. 25 by the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) at the 2017 KY EXCEL Member Celebration in Lexington, Ky.

KY EXCEL offiimg_1950cials of the Ky. Dept. for Environmental Protection recognized the hard work and environmental achievements that allKY EXCEL members have accomplished in 2016, and over the past 10 years.

The evening was filled with networking opportunities, chances to see what other environmental leaders are doing with the state, highlights of KY EXCEL accomplishments and a tour of the event’s host, the Locust Trace AgriScience Center. The tour featured all that makes this facility “green.”

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300 Building Dedicated by Gov. Bevin, Officials

The 300 Building at Sower Blvd. in Frankfort got its official christening yesterday from Gov. Matt Bevin, Finance Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum, III, Frankfort Mayor Bill May and a host of other dignitaries.

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Air Permitting and Compliance Workshop Registration Open

The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) will host an Air Permitting and Compliance Workshop Feb. 8 in Frankfort at the DEP Training Center at 300 Sower Blvd. The workshop will educate attendees about air regulations and permitting so they understand and can comply with their environmental regulations. Speakers from DCA and the Division for Air Quality (DAQ) will be explaining how to obtain an air quality permit and follow the requirements of the permit.

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Kentucky Joins Legal Fight Against the Stream Protection Rule

Frankfort, Ky. (Jan. 17, 2017) – Kentucky today joined 12 other states in petitioning the United States District Court, in the District of Columbia, to enjoin the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) from enforcing the Stream Protection Rule it finalized late last year.

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