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”

Kentucky Division of Water issues two new Kentucky Pollution Discharge Elimination System General Permits for coal mining operations in Kentucky

On September 1, 2014, the Division of Water issued two Kentucky Pollution Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) general permits for coal mining in Kentucky in accordance with Section 402 of the Clean Water Act and corresponding regulations.

These two new general permits are KYGE40000 for coal mining operations in eastern Kentucky and KYGW40000 for coal mining operations in western Kentucky. These two general permits will become effective on October 1, 2014 and replace the general permit for Coal Mining (KYG04000) that expired on July 31, 2014. Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Water issues two new Kentucky Pollution Discharge Elimination System General Permits for coal mining operations in Kentucky”

Kentucky Division of Water proposes issuance of Kentucky Pollution Discharge Elimination System General Permits

On April 1, 2014, public notice will be provided by the Surface Water Permits Branch regarding the proposed issuance of two general permits. The permitting action will include non-coal Mineral Mining and Processing Activities, and Concrete Products, Asphalt Paving and Ready-Mixed Concrete Operations. These permits cover activities conducted in all 120 counties of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Amendment for selenium water quality standards filed with LRC

Division of Water files Statement of Consideration responding to public comments received regarding  proposed amendments to water quality criteria for selenium

On April 3, 2013, the Division of Water (DOW) filed with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) a Letter of Agency Amendment and an Agency Amendment proposing to modify the water quality criteria for selenium. The filing includes the division’s technical document outlining the process it used in developing the proposed water quality criteria for selenium and a Statement of Consideration (SOC) summarizing comments received by the division and the agency’s response. These documents are available at http://water.ky.gov/waterquality/Pages/WaterQualityStandards.aspx

The regulation, 401 KAR 10:031 Amended after Comment, including the Agency Amendment proposing to Continue reading “Amendment for selenium water quality standards filed with LRC”

Public Comment Period for KPDES Stormwater Industrial Permit Extended to Nov. 21

On Sept. 13, the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) released the draft KYR00, “Industrial Stormwater Permit from Other Facilities,” for public comment. In this draft permit, DOW has proposed twice-a-year sampling, use of the electronic Discharge Monitoring Report system and filing of an electronic Notice of Intent in order to gain coverage under the permit.

The period for public comment will end at 4:30 p.m. CST on Nov. 21. Comments may be sent electronically to DOWPublicNotice@ky.gov or in writing to Continue reading “Public Comment Period for KPDES Stormwater Industrial Permit Extended to Nov. 21”

KPDES Facilities Get Ready for NetDMR

In the age of the Internet, it’s no surprise that the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mapped out a nationwide plan to move to electronic reporting for NPDES facilities. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program permits wastewater discharges as required under the Clean Water Act. In Kentucky, the Division of Water (DOW) is responsible for administering the KPDES program.  An essential part of any KPDES permit is the Discharge Monitoring Report or DMR. DMRs are a self-reporting tool that helps determine compliance with permit conditions and assess the quality of the wastewater discharge. This DMR data is housed in the EPA’s Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS) and available to the public via the EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO).

With the EPA’s announcement that regulations would be developed requiring transition to an electronic reporting system for DMRs in early 2014, Kentucky was quick to take action. Now fully deployed for NetDMR, the national EPA tool for electronic reporting, Kentucky is actively notifying and educating facilities on the use of the new system. DOW anticipates having 100 percent of KPDES facilities transitioned by mid-2014. With more than 10,000 facilities currently permitted, this is no small task for DOW.  A combination of online tools, classroom training and working through the trade associations are being Continue reading “KPDES Facilities Get Ready for NetDMR”