Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Calls for Nominations for Annual Environmental Awards

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2017) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is calling for nominations for its annual environmental awards to be presented during the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment on Oct. 19-20 at the Lexington Convention Center.

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EPA Awards $900,000 in Brownfield Grants to Kentucky Communities

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2017) –– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected four projects to receive a total of five grants in Kentucky for brownfield assessment or cleanup, the Energy and Environment Cabinet announced today.

Grants awarded to Kentucky communities include:

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Citizens Reminded of Kentucky’s Open Burning Regulations

For many Kentuckians, burning was just how you got rid of things in the old days. But times have changed, and so has the garbage we generate.  When you burn garbage, you create toxic smoke that can endanger the health of you, your family and your neighbors.  Burning that garbage is also illegal.

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Division of Forestry Firefighters in Georgia to Battle Massive Blaze

The Kentucky Division of Forestry now has a total of 18 Kentucky firefighters assigned to the 152,515 acre West Mims fire on the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Division of Forestry Firefighters
Ranger Technician Dennis Woolard spraying out a hot spot during mop up in Saint George, Georgia.

Some of the initial crew is still there and some new staff added to fight the fires. Seven Division of Forestry engines and two bulldozers are also assigned to the fire.

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Student Artists Honored for EcoART Contest

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 17, 2016) – The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has selected its 2017 EcoART Contest student winners.

The winners are as follows:

  • Kaylee Thornsbury, Morgan County High School, West Liberty
  • Yedarm Lee, Somerset Christian School, Somerset
  • Savannah Wilder, Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Louisville
  • Heather Bensinger, Mercer County High School, Harrodsburg

Winning artwork can be viewed online at

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Surface Water Treatment Plants Recognized for Meeting AWOP Goals

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 17, 2017) – Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 36 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), for 2016.

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Water Recreation Guidelines Issued for Summer Season

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2017) –– With summer approaching, The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources.

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