Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season Began Sunday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2017) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is again preparing for an active wildfire season. Each year, there are nearly 1,500 wildfires in the state of Kentucky, based on a 10-year average.

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Kentucky Division of Air Quality Engineers Design Award-Winning Solution to Track Industrial Emissions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2017) – The Division of Air Quality announced today that it had won national recognition for developing a labor-saving tool for anticipating potential industrial air emissions.

DAQ Award
Stuart Spencer, (center) 2018 AAPCA President, presents the Best Practice Award to Ben Matar (left) and Melissa Duff (right) of the Kentucky Division for Air Quality.

Dubbed the Pollutants of Concern or “POC” Table, the new process won a Best Practices Award from the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA). It has attracted attention from air agencies across the country.

The award was presented Sept. 21, 2017 at the 2017 AAPCA Fall business meeting in Raleigh, N.C.  The POC table received the highest score of all submissions from the 20 AAPCA member states. AAPCA is a national organization representing more than 40 state and local air agencies, and senior officials from 20 state environmental agencies currently sit on the AAPCA Board of Directors.

“This new tool was developed by our own engineers,” said DAQ director Sean Alteri.  “In essence, it is an extremely sophisticated calculator that utilizes Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic. The POC Table also allows us to track changes in a facility’s air permit over time, which enables faster turnaround when a facility expands and has to modify its permit.”

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KY EXCEL Welcomes Leggett & Platt as Master Member

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2017) – Leggett & Platt, a partner member since 2012 and leading producer of drawn steel wire, has upgraded its Winchester, KY, facility membership in the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) environmental leadership program, KY EXCEL, to a Master Member – the program’s highest level.

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FY 2018 EPA Brownfield Grant Guidance Announced—Applications Due Nov. 16, 2017

Have a blighted property? Got properties with a questionable environmental history? Chances are you have brownfields. Brownfields are properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination. They include a variety of sites, including abandoned schools and hospitals, former factories, mine-scarred lands, gas stations and dry cleaning sites.

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Energy and Environment Cabinet Requests to Opt-Out of Reformulated Gasoline Requirements in Northern Kentucky

Frankfort, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2017) – –Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely has formally requested approval from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to opt out of the federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) program in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties of Kentucky.

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Kentucky Division of Forestry Sends Aid to Florida

FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 12, 2017) Twelve Division of Forestry personnel are leaving today for the hurricane-stricken areas of south Florida.

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HJR 56 Committee to Meet Sept. 13

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2017) – The Kentucky House Joint Resolution 56 Committee will meet September 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 232, Department for Environmental Protection, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Ky. 40601. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda is as follows:

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