Gov. Beshear Announces $1.4 Million in EPA Awards to Three Kentucky Communities for Potential Brownfields Sites

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 18, 2022) – Governor Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced that three Kentucky communities have been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive over $1.4 million in grant funding to assess “brownfields” – industrial and commercial properties that are known or suspected to contain a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

Those receiving funding are:

  • City of Elizabethtown – $400,300

Community-wide Assessment grant funds will be used to inventory, prioritize and/or conduct environmental assessments of 22 sites, support community outreach activities and develop up to 10 cleanup plans. The city will target the East Dixie Avenue Corridor, where many commercial and industrial buildings are now unoccupied or underutilized. Priority sites include a 5.75-acre former automotive dealership, a former motel, a dilapidated 4-acre retail strip, and a former liquor store and office complex.

  • City of Paducah – $500,000

Community-wide Assessment grant funds will be used to inventory, prioritize and/or conduct environmental assessments of 19 sites, develop nine cleanup plans and support community outreach activities. The city will target the city’s riverfront, gateway and southside corridors. Priority sites include an 81,000-square-foot historic event space and music hall that is vacant and in disrepair, a 1.4-acre property with numerous vacant commercial service businesses, a 3.3-acre vacant and dilapidated hospital building, a former movie theater, an abandoned gas station, and a 2.8-acre abandoned and deteriorating warehouse.

  • Cumberland Valley Area Development District – $500,000

Community-wide Assessment grant funds will be used to inventory, prioritize and/or conduct environmental assessments of 19 sites, develop nine cleanup plans and three resource roadmaps, and support community outreach activities. The target areas for this grant are the cities of Cumberland, Benham, and Lynch, all of which have been severely impacted by the closure of coal mines in the area. Priority sites include a former power company, an unused section of rail line, an unused 8,500-square-foot building that once housed a medical clinic, a 61-year-old former gas station, and a 25,000-square-foot building that was formerly a high school.

“This funding will help these Kentucky communities take a great step towards turning vacant or abandoned property into sites that will bring jobs and take advantage of the emerging industries locating in the state,” said Governor Andy Beshear. “Making investments in the health of our infrastructure and our citizens is the best way to ensure that all of us thrive today and into the future.”

“These EPA grants will make it possible for these Kentucky communities to reimagine and eventually reuse their blighted properties,” said Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “This is essential not only for the environment but also for the health and vitality of these communities.”

EPA’s Brownfield Program has provided over $1.7 billion in grants nationwide since the program’s inception in 1995. Over the next five years, brownfields redevelopment programs nationwide will take on new opportunities to invest in infrastructure due to the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Infrastructure Law”). Because of the new Infrastructure Law, EPA’s Brownfields grants for FY 2023 have increased to:

  • $10 million for Brownfields Multipurpose Grants
  • $10 million for Brownfields Assessment Grants
  • $10 million for Brownfields Revolving Loan Funds
  • $5 million for Brownfields Cleanup Grants

Solicitations for the FY 2023 grants are expected to be announced later this summer. Both rural and urban entities, particularly in underserved communities, are encouraged to apply for this next round of EPA Brownfield grants. Eligible entities include local governments, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and quasi-governmental agencies. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Kentucky Brownfield staff for guidance and support prior to submitting their applications. In addition, a letter of support from the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program is required of all applicants.    

For more information about Kentucky’s grant recipients or to inquire about funding for restoring the environment and helping communities with economic recovery, contact Eric Eisiminger at 502-782-6601 or Lynn True at 502-782-6484.  For an overview of EPA’s Brownfields grants, please visit Types of EPA Brownfield Grant Funding | US EPA.  For information regarding solicitations for FY 2023 Brownfield grants proposals, please visit Solicitations for Brownfield Grants | US EPA.

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$4.7 Million Awarded in State Recycling, Composting and Household Hazardous Waste Grants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2022) – Governor Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced nearly $4.7 million in grants to Kentucky municipalities, fiscal courts and universities for 71 projects to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills, and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste.

“I am pleased that so many municipalities are stepping up to reuse and recycle to reduce the amount of solid waste piling up in our landfills,” Gov. Beshear said. “This promotes a healthy Kentucky and shows care for the environment and for each other.”

This program awards three types of grants:

  • The recycling grant provides funds for counties to purchase recycling equipment with the goal of promoting sustainable regional recycling infrastructure in Kentucky.
  • The composting grant funds the purchase of equipment to improve composting and promote creative solutions for managing food waste, lawn waste and other organic material. 
  • The household hazardous waste grant provides funds for counties to conduct annual drop-off events for their citizens to dispose of household chemicals, old electronics and other potentially hazardous wastes.

There were 30 recycling grants worth $2.77 million, 30 household hazardous waste grants worth $715,874 and 11 composting grants worth $1.21 million. These grants require a 25 percent local match in the form of cash or “in kind” labor, educational activities or advertising to promote the program from those receiving the awards. A complete list of grant recipients can be viewed here.

Secretary Goodman said some of these projects raise awareness about the importance of recycling home electronic equipment, which can contain metals such as mercury, which would be harmful to human health if put into landfills. “We all need to consider the life cycle of products and how we carefully dispose of them,” Sec. Goodman said.

Funding for the grants comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills.

In order to apply for the next round of recycling, composting and household hazardous waste grants, applications should be postmarked or hand-delivered to Division of Waste Management, Recycling and Local Assistance Branch, or emailed to williamt.collins@ky.gov by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2023.  The original application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for an application to be complete. Application materials and more information about the division’s recycling effort can be found here.

Keep up with Gov. Beshear and the administration’s advances in economic development and infrastructure improvements at governor.ky.gov, and on the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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Division of Waste Management announces $4,000 grants available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund

Kentucky counties urged to apply for funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 9, 2022) – Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants from money that is available through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.

“Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires,” said Darin Steen, manager of DWM’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch.  “Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible.” 

The grant period is July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.  Costs incurred by a county beginning July 1, 2022 for recycling or disposal of waste tires are eligible.  Counties must submit receipts for those costs with their close-out report form by July 15, 2023.

Waste tire grant applications must be submitted no later than June 7th, 2022.  These grants do not require a match.  Any unused funds must be returned to the cabinet by July 31, 2023.

The grant packets will be sent by email to county judge-executives and solid waste coordinators. For more information contact Jenny Carr at 502-782-4663 or jenny.carr@ky.gov.

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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”