Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Recognized as Leader in Fleet Sustainability

The Kentucky Department Green Fleetsof Environmental Protection (DEP) has been recognized by the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition’s (KCFC) Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Program.  DEP received the leadership award at KCFC’s annual meeting on March 23, 2015 in Louisville.

In 2014, the Department added two hybrid vehicles to the fleet, bringing the hybrid fleet total to 27.  In 2011, the average fuel economy for DEP was 17 MPG. DEP’s average fleet fuel economy now stands at 20 MPG with the goal of 25.5 MPG by the year 2025. Continue reading “Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Recognized as Leader in Fleet Sustainability”

Division for Air Quality’s job doesn’t stop for winter weather

You’ve probably seen them as you drive down the road: small buildings topped with strange-looking contraptions, surrounded by a fence.  These are Kentucky’s air monitoring stations, and they are essential tools for telling us how clean our air is.

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) operates a network of these monitoring stations across the state, each with its own set of air sampling equipment to detect air pollutants. But the stations don’t run themselves; it’s up to DAQ staff to visit the stations regularly, to collect and replace filters and air samples and to make sure the equipment is working properly.  And their job doesn’t stop for bad weather. Continue reading “Division for Air Quality’s job doesn’t stop for winter weather”

DEP Annual Green Fleets Report Shows Progress

The results are in: Over the past year, the Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to improve its state-owned vehicle fleet performance.  DEP is a member of Green Fleets of the Bluegrass, a voluntary program that aims to improve the environmental performance of vehicle fleets across Kentucky by reducing petroleum fuel use. Green Fleets is administered by the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC).

According to the annual Green Fleets survey, submitted by the Division for Air Quality this week, the average fuel economy of DEP’s fleet rose from 19.0 to 19.79 miles per gallon in 2014.  The increased fuel economy is the result of strategic fleet management including: Continue reading “DEP Annual Green Fleets Report Shows Progress”

On Dec. 17, 2014, EPA published in the Federal Register its proposed revision to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone

The EPA is proposing to revise the primary ozone standard to a level within the range of 0.065 to 0.070 parts per million (ppm), and to revise the secondary standard to within the range of 0.065 to 0.070 ppm.

Written comments on this proposed rule must be received by March 17, 2015. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2008–0699, to the EPA by one of the following methods: Continue reading “On Dec. 17, 2014, EPA published in the Federal Register its proposed revision to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone”

EPA Proposes Revised Ozone Standard

On Nov. 26, EPA proposed revising the ozone standards, recommending a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) for both the primary and secondary standards. The current ozone standard is set at 75 ppb.

Ozone is the primary component of smog. It forms in the lower atmosphere when emissions of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds “cook” in the sun.  Emissions from sources such as transportation, industry, power plants, and products such as solvents and paints are among the major man-made sources of ozone-forming pollutants.

Why did EPA release a new draft standard now?  Continue reading “EPA Proposes Revised Ozone Standard”

Kentucky Submits Comments to U.S. EPA on the Proposed 111(d) rule for Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today submitted its comments regarding the proposed federal 111(d) rule to the Environmental Protection Agency. Currently, the rule is scheduled to be published June 1, 2015. States will have a year from that date to develop a compliance plan.

To download the full comment document, go to http://eec.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx. The following is a statement released today by EEC in regards to the comments it submitted. Continue reading “Kentucky Submits Comments to U.S. EPA on the Proposed 111(d) rule for Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions”

Getting the Most from your Wood Heating Appliance

Properly seasoned wood should contain less than 20 percent moisture. This wood is ready to burn.

Many of us turn to wood heat to stave off winter’s chill. But before you fire up that wood stove or fire place, make sure your wood is ready to burn. Burning wet or unseasoned wood can give you more smoke than heat, polluting the air for you and your neighbors. Burning wet wood can even damage your wood burning appliance or chimney by causing creosote build-up.

Wood smoke may smell good, but it’s not good for you.  Burning wood floods the air with fine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.  Study after study link fine particle pollution to serious health problems including heart and lung disease.  Burning wood improperly also releases hazardous chemicals such as dioxins, formaldehyde, and arsenic. Inefficient burning – either because of poor air flow or burning wet wood – creates more pollution.  Continue reading “Getting the Most from your Wood Heating Appliance”