Energy and Environment Cabinet Celebrates Arbor Day

IMG_2044Hundreds of Energy and Environment Cabinet Employees enjoyed Kentucky’s 121st Arbor Day celebration event at the 300 Sower building in Frankfort on Friday.

It’s the first year for the Division of Forestry to be housed in its new home, and the Division wanted to spruce up the surroundings by planting three new trees. Just north of the building, the Division of Forestry planted a yellow poplar, a Kentucky coffee tree and a redbud.

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Division of Water Issues Certifications for Nationwide Permits

Every five years, the United States Army Corps’ of Engineers (USACE) issues a series of general Nationwide Permits (NWPs) to authorize federally 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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Renewable, Energy Efficiency Grant Applications Sought

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) is seeking applications for grant opportunities involving renewable and energy efficiency initiatives and technologies. Funds totaling $1.6 million are available from unused environmental mitigation funds from a 2012 Consent Decree.  Instructions and application materials are available on the EEC Website,

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New Resource Available for Farms Using Distillers Grain

Distilleries in Kentucky make 95 percent of the world’s bourbon, as well as a variety of other spirits. Distilling spirits requires the use of many different grains, including corn, wheat, rye, and barley.

After the grain is used in the distillation process, it is left over as a by-product. Distilleries often work with farmers to use the leftover grain as a livestock feed. Since the distillery industry has grown quickly over the past few years, there is much more distillers grains available than in the recent past.

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“Creating a Green Footprint” Workshop Coming to Lexington in April

If you have ever wondered how you, your business or your community could reduce greenhouse gas emissions daily, there is a workshop designed for you. KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s environmental leadership program, has organized a free “Creating a Green Footprint Workshop” to be held on April 26, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.

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Commonwealth Clean-up Week Draws Dozens of Volunteers at 300 Sower

The wind howled and the temperatures were brisk, but more than 30 eager volunteers pulled on their parkas and grabbed a trash bag to do litter pickup around the 300 Sower Building as part of Commonwealth Clean-up Week on Wednesday afternoon.

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EPA Delegates Regulation of Injection Wells to Division of Oil and Gas

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 22, 2017) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delegated the Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Oil & Gas to administer the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class II injection well program under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for UIC Class II wells located within the state.

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