Notice of Data Security Breach to Local, Regional and Statewide Media

Pursuant to KRS 61.933(2)(a)(2)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2021) – On September 8, 2021 the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) discovered that original un-redacted mining permit applications containing some mine owners’ and controllers’ personal information was available for public inspection at Department for Natural Resources’ field offices and on an EEC hosted and public-facing website. 

Under federal law (30 C.F.R. § 773.6), EEC is required to make permit information such as the owners’ and controllers’ identifying information available for public inspection. Although internal EEC policy and procedures require redaction of certain personal information (including SSNs) before permit information is made publicly available, some un-redacted permit materials have been available: since sometime in 2015 at public reading rooms located at DNR field offices, and 2) since January 16, 2021 on a public, internet-accessible database maintained by EEC. As a result, individuals or software programs may have accessed permit information.

On September 8, 2021, EEC discovered the security issue, and immediately disabled access to the files. After investigation, EEC was unable to determine whether personal information was accessed or downloaded during either the time in which it was available in EEC’s regional offices or when it was hosted on the EEC’s website.

In order to meet its obligations under federal and state law and prevent this issue from reoccurring, EEC has implemented further staff training, and reviewed and appropriately removed the subject materials such that documents containing sensitive personal information are no longer publicly accessible. Sensitive personal information will be redacted prior to providing those documents in response to an open records request.

EEC does not have any information indicating that any personal information has been misused. However, out of an abundance of caution, given that the files were hosted for an extended period of time, EEC initiated the personal information security breach protocols as required by Kentucky law, which includes notifying impacted individuals through personal communication and by notifying local, regional and statewide media, including broadcast media.

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Martin County Water District Workgroup to Meet December 8, 2021

Video conference will start at 1 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2021) – The Martin County Water District Workgroup will meet by videoconference on December 8, 2021 from 1 – 3 p.m. Eastern. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Kim Greenidge at 502-782-6630.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/616159845 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 616-159-845

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 – Bell Engineering Vice President Stephen Caudill
  • Update from the Division of Water – Division of Water Director Carey Johnson
    • Technical subcommittee report
  • Update from the Public Service Commission – Chairman Kent Chandler
  • Open discussion – Facilitated by Deputy Commissioner Amanda LeFevre
  • Future workgroup meeting proposed date and time
    • March 16, 2022, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Adjourn

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Kentucky Division of Forestry Joins White Oak Initiative Partners in Urging Industries, Policymakers, Conservation Organizations & Landowners to Work Together to Support White Oak Sustainability

FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 16, 2021) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry, a proud partner of the White Oak Initiative, today urged support for a newly released white oak conservation plan designed to bring sustainability to this highly important hardwood species.

The plan: Restoring Sustainability for White Oak and Upland Oak Communities: An Assessment and Conservation Plan, features 10 forest management practices that if adopted can keep a healthy supply of white oak trees that can be found on more than 104 million acres of public and private forestland across much of the eastern and central United States.

American white oak is the most commercially important timber oak, generating billions of dollars annually and supplying necessary material to American industries such as furniture, flooring, cabinetry and wine and spirits. White Oak barrel stave production is an important piece of the state’s $8.6 billion bourbon industry.

“In Kentucky, white oak logs are a highly important commercial species sought by primary and secondary wood industries within the commonwealth,” said Brandon Howard, Director, of the Kentucky Division of Forestry. “In addition, the white oak lumber and forest products are often exported overseas, generating $61 million dollars in yearly revenue for the state.”

Without intervention, the report states, the American white oak population will begin to decline significantly within the next 10 to 15 years. In order to prevent this, active, cross-boundary collaboration, participation and support from industry, resource professionals, policymakers, landowners and others is needed, before it’s too late.

“The Division of Forestry works with various federal, state and non-profit partners through the White Oak Initiative,” said Director Howard, adding the division has secured two competitive grants through the US Forest Service to begin funding the initiative and development of the conservation plan.

Directed by the White Oak Initiative steering committee and developed by the American Forest Foundation and the University of Kentucky, the white oak conservation plan features science-backed data as well as practices to provide long-term sustainability for oak forests.

Please review the full report on the White Oak Initiative website. For more information about the Kentucky Division of Forestry, please visit the division’s website at https://eec.ky.gov/Natural-Resources/Forestry

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Gov. Beshear, Congressman Rogers Award More Than $9 Million in Grants to Support Economic Development Projects in Eastern Kentucky

Funding supports projects in 10 Eastern Kentucky counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 15, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced $9.18 million in Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program funds for economic development projects in 10 Eastern Kentucky counties.

“When completed, these projects will help support local communities and spur economic growth in Martin, Letcher, Floyd, Leslie, Knox, Knott, Owsley, Boyd, Pike and Perry counties,” said Gov. Beshear. “This program has a proven record of creating jobs in Eastern Kentucky, and these grants are another solid building block to help us build a better Kentucky for all of our families.”

Congressman Rogers, along with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has championed $665 million in federal funding for the AMLER Program since 2016, of which $140 million has been awarded to Kentucky.

“This grant program is creating jobs, advancing vital community projects and restoring hope in Eastern Kentucky. I am proud of what we have accomplished through these grants thus far and the ongoing work to meet the needs of our people,” said Congressman Rogers. “This program is a great example of how federal, state and local governments can work together to invest in projects that greatly benefit our communities across Southern and Eastern Kentucky.”

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman selected the projects for initial vetting by the U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). More than 70 applications for funding in 2021 were received by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Abandoned Mine Lands.

The projects selected for funding include:

  • Cold Storage LLC was awarded $2.5 million for construction of an agriculture cold storage facility in Martin County in which an underutilized existing spec building will be converted into a refrigerated commercial facility allowing apples to be stored up to a year after picking.
  • Cowan Community Action Group Inc. was awarded $1 million to equip the Farmers Market Pavilion with cold storage, commercial equipment, restrooms, an office and stage, and to expand the Cowan food service kitchen as well as equip a food truck.
  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare was awarded $750,000 to equip the Highlands ARH Medical Center in Prestonsburg with a diagnostic CT scanner and mammogram equipment.
  • Leslie County Fiscal Court was awarded $1 million to expand the Leslie County Recreational Facility by constructing a camping complex with 114 picnic tables, stationary grills and fire pit rings. Almost 70 RV pads will be constructed, as well as a 40,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion that will include an event stage, roadway and parking.
  • The City of Booneville was awarded $600,000 for construction of cabins to allow for overnight accommodations at the Sag Hollow Golf Club.
  • KCEOC Community Action Partnership Inc. was awarded $750,000 to purchase an existing 20,000-square-foot building on 10 acres in Knox County for a diesel mechanics shop and CDL test site. KCEOC will lease the facility to Southern Kentucky Community and Technical College, which will operate the training facility.
  • The City of Ashland was awarded $1 million to engineer and design a parking garage and convention center in downtown Ashland.
  • Pike County Fiscal Court was awarded $700,000 to install 3,000 feet of electric lines at the Wolfpit Industrial & Technology Park.
  • The Knott County Water District was awarded $600,000 for the purchase of two backup generators for the system that produces water for three counties, servicing 7,000 citizens.
  • Hazard Community & Technical College was awarded $280,000 for equipment purchases for the expansion of its successful lineman training program.

“These grants are highly sought after and are providing the kind of job growth and economic stimulus that we hoped this funding program would produce,” Secretary Goodman said. “We are excited to have helped launch these projects.”

AMLER grants are available for projects in 54 Appalachian counties in Kentucky with historic coal mining sites that have the potential to create long-term economic benefits.

Since the AMLER program’s inception in 2016, 63 projects in 23 counties have been selected for the funding. The program has generated 143 jobs so far, including 83 new positions at the Dajcor aluminum extrusion project in Perry County and more than 258 workers trained at the East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) and at Hazard Community and Technical College. In addition, officials report a good volume of reservations being made at Impact Outdoors and the Prestonsburg-to-David Rails to Trails projects. Once completed, these 63 grantees are projected to have created more than 2,800 new jobs.  

Information about the AMLER Program can be found at AMLER or by contacting Justin Adams, director, Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, KY 40601. Office: 502-782-6761, e-mail: Justin.Adams@ky.gov.

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Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission  to Hold Meeting to Vote for Representation, December 8

Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in person or by video conference 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2021) – The Soil and Water Conservation Commission will hold a meeting to vote for representation. The Area 1 voting meeting will be held December 8 at 7 p.m. Central time at the Marshall County Extension Office, 1933 Mayfield Hwy., Benton, Kentucky. 

This meeting will include supervisors from the Area 1 counties: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg counties. 

Anyone who wants to attend these meetings by video conferencing can follow this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86598617600?pwd=ZmFMUHUxNVVDMTlHb3IvQUQ4TERLUT09) or join with Zoom meeting ID 865 9861 7600 and password Vote. 

 AGENDA 

  • Welcome 
  • Voting for area representatives 
  • Adjourn 

If you have questions about connecting to the videoconferences, please contact Johnna McHugh at 502-782-6703. 

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Initial Meeting of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Workgroup Scheduled for December 7

Meeting will begin at 10 a.m. via Teams

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2021) – The Kentucky Oil and Gas Workgroup will hold an initial meeting on December 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern time via Teams. If you would like to attend, please contact JanE.Velez@ky.gov to receive an email invitation and link. 

Agenda:

  • Kentucky Revised Statutes and Kentucky Administrative Regulations relative to acquisitions of equity in existing corporate entities operating oil and gas wells in Kentucky.
    • Impact on transfers of wells and status of bonds.
  • 2019-2020 repeal of KAR 5090 and potential need for legislative and/or administrative action to address gaps in the regulatory scheme.
    • Division of Water efforts to develop a template for a groundwater protection plan for oil and gas operators.
  • Other topics for the workgroup to address.

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Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority to Meet November 18

Videoconference begins at 9:30 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2021) – The Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority will hold a meeting November 18 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. 

Anyone who wants to attend the meeting virtually can follow this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83646051552?pwd=K3h5NjdLSkV1cElKVkZ6Z2ZTK1lHdz09) or join with Zoom meeting ID 836 4605 1552 and password AWQA. 

 AGENDA 

  • Welcome 
  • Roll call of authority members 
  • Introduction of guests 
  • Swearing in of new members 
  • Approval of minutes from April 8, 2021 
  • Old Business  
  • New Business 
    • Marketing the new AWQ Planning Tool 
    • Meeting format discussion 
    • Meeting schedule for 2022 
    • Strategic Plan 
  • Subcommittee Reports 
    • KASMC 
    • Farmstead 
    • Pesticides, fertilizers and other agriculture chemicals 
    • Livestock and poultry 
    • Crops 
    • Silviculture 
    • Streams and other waters 
    • Education and outreach 
  • Quarterly update of AWQA related violations 
  • Updates from members 
  • Adjourn  

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Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee to Meet November 16

Videoconference begins at 10 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2021) – The Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee, a committee of the Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority, will hold a meeting November 16 at 10 a.m. Eastern time by videoconference.  

To attend the videoconference, please follow this link: https://bit.ly/3H6nnl6  

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

AGENDA 

  • Introduction 
  • Presentation on statewide stream assessment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) 
  • Overview of Ag Water Quality planning tool 
  • Update on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 
  • Update on super gages 
  • Open discussion 
  • Adjourn 

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Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission  to Meet Nov. 15

Meeting will begin at 9 a.m. by video conference 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2021) – The Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission will hold a meeting November 15 at 9 a.m. Eastern time by videoconference. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Johnna McHugh at 502-782-6703. 

Anyone who wants to attend the November 15 meeting by video conferencing, can follow this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84553623580?pwd=NTFSMUZCak5tVG9GcG5YcTN6eFFaUT09) or join with Zoom meeting ID 845 5362 3580 and password SWCC. 

AGENDA 

1. Call to Order and Introductions 

2.  Minutes of the Last Meeting 

3.  Correspondence 

4.  Equipment Report and New Loan Requests 

5.  Approval of vacancy petitions and incentive per diem 

6.  Agriculture District Program  

7.  Old Business 

8.  New Business 

    a.  Meeting schedule for 2022 

    b.  Nicholas County issues 

9.  Agency Reports 

10. Adjourn

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Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission to Meet November 16

Video conference will start at 10 a.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2021) – The Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission will hold a quarterly meeting November 16, 2021 at 10 a.m. EDT by videoconference. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Danielle Crosman at 502-782-6590.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/679800125 
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 679-800-125

  1. Call to order and roll call
  2. Welcome and opening remarks 
  3. Approval of the minutes from August 24, 2021 meeting
  4. AML Funding Requests:
    1. Whymore Coal Company, Inc., Permit Number 861-0480
  5. DNR update: Gordon Slone, DNR Commissioner
  6. Other business:
    1. Financial reports, bond amounts and delinquent fees
    2. Set 2022 meeting dates
  7. Adjournment

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