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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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”

Public Survey Seeks Input

Not many people think about the impact that construction and maintenance of highways and bridges have on our air, water and land resources.  But we should.

In fact, the Clean Air Act requires local metropolitan planning organizations to consider air quality impacts when they develop their transportation plans.  The Division for Air Quality (DAQ) works closely with state and federal transportation representatives on those plans to ensure minimal impact on air quality.

Today’s cars and trucks are certainly cleaner and more efficient than their 1970 counterparts, but they are still responsible for up to half of all air pollution in the U.S.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), motor vehicles are responsible for 45 percent of all volatile organic compound emissions, 50 percent of nitrogen oxides emissions, 60 percent of carbon monoxide emissions, and 50 percent of hazardous air pollutants in urban areas.

A primary goal of any transportation plan is reducing the number of vehicle miles traveled.  Fewer miles traveled mean fewer emissions from all of those internal combustion engines on the road.  Timed traffic signals, bike lanes, public transportation, and even Continue reading “Public Survey Seeks Input”

Tools to Help Reduce Your Regulatory Requirements

Many regulated entities are faced with using, processing and tracking a variety of chemicals. Whether it is for Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) or air permitting, facilities are constantly faced with looking at Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to determine regulatory applicability and tracking emissions, waste generated or discharges. While asking what regulations apply to a specific chemical is very natural, an alternative approach may be to ask, how can my facility avoid this regulation by substituting a “greener” chemical? This is known as Green Chemistry. Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture and use.

While this concept sounds nice, in practice it can be rather daunting. Many plant managers are neither chemists nor do they have the time or expertise to research alternatives.  This is precisely why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked to provide resources to industries looking to reduce Continue reading “Tools to Help Reduce Your Regulatory Requirements”

Floyds Fork Public Meeting Set for Feb. 19

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 will conduct a public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. EST in the auditorium of Eastern High School, 12400 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville.

The DOW and EPA Region 4 will present information about the ongoing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development process. DOW also will provide an update on the Floyds Fork bacteria TMDL.

The Floyds Fork Technical Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST at the offices of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) located at 9818 Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville.

“Total Maximum Daily Load” is a term used to describe the amount of pollution a stream can receive and still meet water quality standards. Water quality standards are regulations based on federal or state law that set numeric or narrative limits on pollutants. TMDLs are required for water bodies that are determined to be impaired. Floyds Fork currently fails to meet state standards for recreation and aquatic life.

The Floyds Fork watershed is located in north-central Kentucky and drains portions of Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Jefferson, Spencer and Continue reading “Floyds Fork Public Meeting Set for Feb. 19”

$1.58 Million Available for Watershed Restoration

Grants totaling $1.58 million are available for projects that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater and for projects that protect water resources. The grants are for watershed restoration projects and for watershed plan development as well as for other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution.

Runoff pollution, also known as nonpoint source pollution (NPS), is the No. 1 contributor to water pollution in Kentucky, accounting 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.

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) administers the federal NPS grants, which are funded through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act. The funds are provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and can be used to pay for up to 60 percent of the total cost for each project; a 40 percent nonfederal match is required.

The DOW gives priority to projects involving watershed plan development and implementation in impaired waters, as well as the protection of Special Use Waters (e.g., cold water aquatic habitat, exceptional waters, state wild rivers and federal wild and scenic rivers) with identified threats.

To be considered for this competitive 2013 funding, Continue reading “$1.58 Million Available for Watershed Restoration”

Floyds Fork Technical Advisory Subcommittees Addressing Pollution Control Plan to Meet

Five public meetings set for later this month will provide opportunities for in-depth, technical discussion on the Floyds Fork Pollution Control Plan. The discussions will address high-level technical concepts regarding the development of nutrient total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for Floyds Fork.

Here is a schedule of the meetings, which will be conducted at the Kentucky Farm Bureau office, 9201 Bunsen Parkway, Louisville:

  • The Land Use/Septic and MS4 subcommittees will meet Jan. 22 in a combined session from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • The Agriculture Subcommittee will meet Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • The Groundwater/Hydrology Subcommittee will meet Jan. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • The Data Subcommittee will meet Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 25.
  • The Point Source Subcommittee will meet Jan. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 30.

These subcommittees of the Floyds Fork Technical Advisory Committee are composed of technical representatives from the Continue reading “Floyds Fork Technical Advisory Subcommittees Addressing Pollution Control Plan to Meet”