How the Public Can Participate in Environmental Protection

In the year 2012 alone, the Department for Environmental Protection processed 4,441 complaints. Legitimate complaints are vital to protecting public and environmental health in the Commonwealth.

File a complaint with the appropriate contact from the phone numbers listed below. Since the contact likely has no prior knowledge of the specific complaint, essential information must be provided to best serve the complainant, such as:

  • Basic information of complainant, like name, phone number and address (This information will be kept anonymous if the complainant so chooses.)
  • Names of responsible party and location(s) of the incident, including the county (Details such as street name and closest intersection or GPS coordinates are most helpful.)
  • The nature of the complaint
  • The occurrence, frequency and/or duration of the problem (Dates and times are preferred.)
  • Other information that may be pertinent to the issue

After compiling the necessary information, contact Continue reading “How the Public Can Participate in Environmental Protection”

26 Counties to Receive Funds

Gov. Steve Beshear announced that approximately $2.1 million in grant funding has been awarded by the Energy and Environment Cabinet for cleanup of 172 illegal dumps in 26 counties across the Commonwealth.

“Illegal dumping is a major problem that raises significant concerns with regard to safety, property values and quality of life in our communities,” Gov. Beshear said. “Cleaning up dump sites also is an economic burden on our local governments. These grants offer local communities funding relief to their tight budgets.”

The following counties received grants: Continue reading “26 Counties to Receive Funds”

Open Dump Cleanup Program Showing Positive Results

The Division of Waste Management’s Illegal Open Dump Cleanup Program is a great example of the concrete ways the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) improves Kentuckians’ quality of life in efficient and cost effective ways.

This program uses the Kentucky Pride Fund to provide grants to counties to assist in cleaning up their open dumps. Counties are asked to provide 25 percent of the cleanup costs in most cases, either in matching funds or through in-kind services, and to coordinate the projects at a county level. This process allows for local control of each project, while harnessing a large, statewide funding source.

Since 2005 this program has funded the cleanup of 1,661 illegal open dumps at a cost of $10.7 million, which comes out to a bit more than $1,000 per dump. Discounting the first year of the program, during which participation was much lower than following years, Kentucky Pride funded cleanups have comprised over 65 percent of all illegal open dump cleanups across the state.

The chart below shows total dump cleanups in Kentucky since 2005, including those that were not funded by Kentucky Pride. Note that the number of Continue reading “Open Dump Cleanup Program Showing Positive Results”

Registration Opens for Governor’s Conference On Energy and the Environment

Registration for the 36th edition of the long-running Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment is now open. This year’s event will be conducted Oct. 8-9, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville.

The goal of the conference is to create a conversation among government, business and community leaders on how to take advantage of opportunities and tackle the energy and environmental challenges presented in today’s global economy.  Continue reading “Registration Opens for Governor’s Conference On Energy and the Environment”

Notice of Public Hearing Scheduled for Comments on SIP Revision

The Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet will conduct a public hearing on July 30, 2012 at 6 p.m. EDT in the conference room of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, 22 Spiral Drive, Florence, KY. This hearing is being held to receive comments on a proposed State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to update the 8-hour ozone motor vehicle emissions budget for the Kentucky portion of the Cincinnati-Hamilton, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana ozone maintenance area from the MOBILE6.2 model to the MOVES model. Click here for more information.

Summer Issue of Land Air and Water now Available

The summer issue of Land Air and Water is now available for download at http://eec.ky.gov/Pages/LandAirWater.aspx.  This issue highlights the following articles:

  • From Cooking Oil to Biodiesel – Students at Franklin County Career and Technical Center are producing biodiesel made possible by a $5,000 grant they received last year.  Read on Page 1 how the conversion process takes place and the uses found for the biodiesel products at their school.
  • And the winner is…Kentucky – For the first time, EPA has presented a state government agency with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award.  On Page 3, read how the cabinet’s Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI)
    rated such a high honor with its exceptional energy efficiency programs.  Continue reading “Summer Issue of Land Air and Water now Available”