Kentucky Files Petition with EPA to Re-Open Comment on final Clean Power Plan

Petition states final rule drastically differs from proposed rule

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has filed a petition for reconsideration with the federal Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) regarding the EPAs final 111(d) rule, the reduction of carbon emissions by existing power plants. In the letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, EEC Secretary Charles G. Snavely said the final rule differed greatly from the proposed rule on which Kentucky and other states were asked to comment.

“Many of these changes are so dramatic and unanticipated that it would have been ‘impracticable,’ if not impossible, for the Commonwealth to raise objections about these changes during the public comment period,” Secretary Snavely said in the petition. Continue reading “Kentucky Files Petition with EPA to Re-Open Comment on final Clean Power Plan”

Harmful Algal Bloom recreational advisory issued for the Ohio River and tributaries

Advisory area stretches from W. Va. Line to Markland Dam

The Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) are re-issuing a harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational advisory for the Ohio River, extending the advisory downstream from the West Virginia state line to the Markland Dam located 3.5 miles downstream from Warsaw, Ky.

HAB

Water swallowed during recreational activities in this body of water may increase the risk of gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Skin, eye and throat irritation and/or breathing difficulties may also occur after contact. Continue reading “Harmful Algal Bloom recreational advisory issued for the Ohio River and tributaries”

Division of Water, Public Health offer tips for a safe and healthy summer enjoying Kentucky’s water resources

This holiday weekend, many Kentuckians will flock to one of the many rivers, lakes and creeks across the state to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy the water. The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help you safely enjoy Kentucky’s abundant water resources.

Over the past several years, concerted efforts have been made to improve the quality of Kentucky’s natural waterways. Many federal, state and local programs have been implemented to reduce water pollution from various sources, including those that are industrial, residential and agricultural in nature. Reducing pollutants is critical to providing safe recreational opportunities for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Continue reading “Division of Water, Public Health offer tips for a safe and healthy summer enjoying Kentucky’s water resources”

Swimming advisory issued for Levisa Fork above Fishtrap Lake

Recent tests show E coli numbers exceed water quality standards

Frankfort, Ky. (June 12, 2015) – The Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) have issued a swimming advisory for the Levisa Fork of Fishtrap Lake in Pike County, from the Virginia state line (river mile 126.4) to river mile 114.8 (the headwaters of Fishtrap Lake) as a result of high E. coli levels Continue reading “Swimming advisory issued for Levisa Fork above Fishtrap Lake”

Workshop to promote energy efficiency, leaner manufacturing to be held

Attendees will learn to improve quality, service and delivery while watching out for the environment

Strength Through Innovation:
Economy, Energy and Environment Strategies for Kentucky Industries

The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, Advantage Kentucky Alliance and Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance are co-hosting a workshop designed to help Kentucky manufacturers.  To be competitive in today’s global marketplace, businesses must look at their processes critically to ensure that they are efficient, innovative and sustainable. This workshop will focus on helping manufacturers advance efforts to use lean, clean and energy-efficient practices to conserve energy, reduce environmental impacts, preserve jobs and enhance overall competitiveness. See our agenda.

What Attendees Will Learn:

  • Creating efficient processes through LEAN––a business model that identifies non value-added activities (waste) while focusing on rapid, continual improvement in cost, quality, service and delivery
  • Increasing your bottom line and reducing waste through efficiency
  • Integrating LEAN, energy-efficient and environmental efforts into your operations
  • Successful sustainability programs
  • Technical assistance resources and recognition opportunities

Who Should Attend?

– Facility Engineers

– Plant Managers

– Operations Managers

– Energy Managers

– Environmental Health and Safety Managers

To promote lean, clean and sustainable business practices in Kentucky, one no-cost facility assessment will be awarded to a qualified attendee of this workshop. See the required qualifications to apply for the assessment award.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. EDT at the DEP Training Center at 300 Fair Oaks Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Admission:  General $15; KY EXCEL members $10.  This fee includes light continental breakfast and lunch.

To register, visit http://dca.ticketleap.com/. You must register by June 11.

Workshop sponsored by Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, Advantage Kentucky Alliance and the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance.

Kentucky Division of Water unveils new water health portal

Provides detailed information on the health of Kentucky waters

Kentuckians can now find out if their favorite spot on the water is safe to swim or if the fish there are healthy enough to eat with a few clicks of the mouse.

Kentucky’s Water Health Portal — http://watermaps.ky.gov/  — is an interactive Web-based map application that enables users to learn about the health of the streams in their area and across the Commonwealth.  Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Water unveils new water health portal”

Student Artists Honored for Eco-Art Contest

Contest inspires focus on environmental themes through art

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has selected the student winners of the 2015 Eco-Art Contest.

The annual contest is open to high school students who create artwork in the categories of conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection through the mediums of media drawing, painting, or print; mixed media; sculpture and photographs.

The winners are Continue reading “Student Artists Honored for Eco-Art Contest”

Gov. Beshear Proclaims September ‘Disaster Preparedness Month’

Division of Water can help with preparedness planning

Governor Steve Beshear has declared September “Disaster Preparedness Month” in Kentucky. The theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” As communities begin preparing for America’s PrepareAthon! on Sept. 30, the Division of Water (DOW) reminds Kentuckians that DOW is a resource that can help them prepare for the next emergency or natural disaster.

Kentucky is prone to natural hazards such as flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes and landslides, and DOW plays an important role in helping citizens and communities prepare for these emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. The DOW administers much of Kentucky’s critical water infrastructure, such as drinking water systems, wastewater treatment plants, dams, water supplies and flood management. Many of these programs’ actions directly support the National Preparedness Month activities.  Continue reading “Gov. Beshear Proclaims September ‘Disaster Preparedness Month’”

State Agencies Continue Swimming Advisories for Kentucky Lakes and Streams

E.coli threat creates potential for illnesses

The Kentucky Division of Water and the Department for  Public Health today announced  that swimming advisories, in place because of high levels of E. coli bacteria, will remain in effect until further notice.

People should avoid recreational contact with waters in the areas specified because of the bacteria which occur in human and animal waste and indicate the presence of untreated or inadequately treated sewage. The bacteria create a potential for diarrheal illnesses and other infectious diseases. The swimming advisories will remain in effect for the following areas: Continue reading “State Agencies Continue Swimming Advisories for Kentucky Lakes and Streams”

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”