SNIPS

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

Continue reading “Kentucky’s Receives EPA’s Final Decision on Water Quality Standards”

CLEAN DIESEL FUNDING ANNOUNCED

$90,000 Available to Reduce Diesel Emissions in Kentucky

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ)  is seeking proposals for projects to help clean up Kentucky’s diesel fleets.  Through this competitive funding opportunity, $90,000 is available for projects that focus on reducing diesel emissions from non-road and on-road, public and private diesel fleets.

These reductions of diesel emissions may be achieved through a number of strategies, including the installation of retrofit devices and idle reduction technologies on vehicles, engine repowers, and vehicle replacement. Eligible vehicles include non-road equipment; municipal vehicles; marine engines; locomotives; and transit or school buses. Continue reading “CLEAN DIESEL FUNDING ANNOUNCED”

Louisville Garbage Trucks Cleaning Up Their Act

Governor Steve Beshear announced today that the Kentucky Division for Air Quality has awarded Louisville Metro Government $54,000 to reduce diesel emissions from its waste-hauling fleet. The funds were made available through the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act.

“I applaud Louisville Metro for working to achieve cleaner air in Kentucky’s largest city,” said Gov. Beshear. “State and local partnerships like these benefit public health and economic development.”

The project will retrofit two refuse haulers with diesel particulate filters and closed crankcase ventilation systems, reducing emissions of particulate matter by nearly 90 percent. Particulate matter is linked to increased risk of Continue reading “Louisville Garbage Trucks Cleaning Up Their Act”

Division of Water Warns Leaky Pipes Drain Valuable Resource

The week of March 18 is “Fix a Leak Week,” and officials at the Kentucky Division of Water are encouraging residents to repair small water leaks in their homes.

Minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense program. Water leaks can account for an average of 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year – enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.

The EPA suggests the following steps to check if you have a leak:

  • Take a look at your water usage during a colder month, such as January or February. If a family of four exceeds 21,000 gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank or bowl.)
  • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks. 

Follow these tips to help prevent water loss by leaks:  Continue reading “Division of Water Warns Leaky Pipes Drain Valuable Resource”

DOW Sets Guidelines for Electronic CCRs

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) has established guidelines to be followed by community water systems opting to use electronic notification when issuing their Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs). In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of electronic issuance of CCRs in addition to other forms of notification currently in use.

The annual reports are required for those public drinking water systems serving populations of 10,000 and over. The reports notify customers of sources used, any detected contaminants, compliance with regulations and other educational information.

The new option is being offered as a cost-cutting measure, said Natalie Bruner, supervisor of the DOW Drinking Water Compliance and Technical Assistance Section.

“Prior to January, the EPA had required that drinking water systems mail their consumer confidence reports to customers,” said Bruner. “With the widespread availability of computers and the Internet, it has become much more Continue reading “DOW Sets Guidelines for Electronic CCRs”