Kentucky Presses EPA to Recognize Significant Air Quality Improvements in Northern Kentucky

On March 10, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified the Energy and Environment Cabinet of its “finding of failure to submit” a state implementation plan to address the primary 2010 SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for the Northern Kentucky and Louisville areas.

Missing from the EPA’s notification was the fact that Northern Kentucky is meeting the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide, and has been for the past two years.

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Kentucky Division of Water issues Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

On May 1, 2015, the Kentucky Division of Water issued the Kentucky Pollution Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) individual Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  The issuance is in accordance with Section 402 of the Clean Water Act and its corresponding regulations.

This permit allows for the operation of a MS4 in the urbanized area of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  June 1, 2015 is the effective date of the permit.  The newly issued permit will replace the current permit, which expired on August 31, 2014. Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Water issues Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government”

EPA Revises Fine Particle Designations for Five Kentucky Counties

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised air quality designations for fine particle pollution in five Kentucky counties. Air monitoring data demonstrates improved air quality in Campbell, Kenton, Boone, Jefferson and Bullitt counties.

“Air Quality in Kentucky continues to improve steadily,” said Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) director Sean Alteri.  “The most recent data demonstrates that the Louisville and Kentucky metropolitan statistical areas are in compliance with federal air quality standards for fine particulate matter.” Continue reading “EPA Revises Fine Particle Designations for Five Kentucky Counties”

Grant funds available for watershed restoration

Funds available for nonpoint source pollution control projects

Grant funds are available for projects designed to help clean polluted streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater and for projects that protect water resources throughout the Commonwealth. Funds aid in watershed restoration projects and watershed plan development as well as other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution.

Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS), also known as runoff pollution, is the No. 1 contributor to water pollution in Kentucky.  This type of pollution accounts for nearly two-thirds of the impaired rivers, streams and lakes in the state. Runoff pollution occurs when water runs across the land and carries sediment, nutrients, pesticides, metals, and animal and human waste into streams, rivers and groundwater.  Continue reading “Grant funds available for watershed restoration”

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SNIPSNot all news needs to be covered through an extended article. But it is still important that you know about activities and decisions that may affect your business, communities and families. To help keep you informed, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) routinely compiles a short listing of state and federal topics that we call SNIPS. If you have questions about these items or need environmental assistance, contact DCA at 800-926-8111 or envhelp@ky.gov. Continue reading “SNIPS”

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SNIPSNot all news needs to be covered through an extended article. But it is still important that you know about activities and decisions that may affect your business, communities and families. To help keep you informed, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) routinely compiles a short listing of state and federal topics that we call SNIPS. If you have questions about these items or need environmental assistance, contact DCA at 800-926-8111 or envhelp@ky.gov. Continue reading “SNIPS”

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SNIPSNot all news needs to be covered through an extended article. But it is still important that you know about activities and decisions that may affect your business, communities and families. To help keep you informed, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) routinely compiles a short listing of state and federal topics that we call SNIPS. If you have questions about these items or need environmental assistance, contact DCA at 800-926-8111 or envhelp@ky.gov. Continue reading “SNIPS”

EPA report shows Kentucky leads nation in online reporting of wastewater discharge data

An internal report provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that Kentucky leads the nation in the number of electronic discharge monitoring reports provided by facilities holding permits issued through the National Pollutant Discharge Monitoring System (NPDES).

In the eleven-month period between January and November 2013, of the 53,756 electronic reports received from NPDES-permitted facilities nationwide, approximately one-fourth of them (11,766) were submitted by facilities holding NPDES permits in Kentucky.

The NPDES program permits wastewater discharges as required under the Clean Water Act. In Kentucky, the Division of Water (DOW) is responsible for administering the Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES).  An essential part of the KPDES permit is the discharge monitoring report, or DMR. The DMR is a self-reporting tool that helps determine compliance with permit conditions and assess the quality of the wastewater discharge. Continue reading “EPA report shows Kentucky leads nation in online reporting of wastewater discharge data”

Kentucky’s Receives EPA’s Final Decision on Water Quality Standards

Kentucky has received EPA’s final decision  in response to the May 2013 revisions to Kentucky’s water quality standards done as a part of the Triennial Review of our water quality regulations. EPA has approved all changes made to Kentucky’s water quality standards with the exception of one item.

Details on Kentucky’s revision to its water quality standards can be found at this website: http://water.ky.gov/Pages/RegsInProcess.aspx

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