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”

Governor urges citizens to protect groundwater

DOW to hold well maintenance workshop Sept. 10

Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed Sept. 10 as Protect Your Groundwater Day in Kentucky to help bring attention to the importance of groundwater to our communities and the need to protect this vital natural resource.

In signing the proclamation, the governor called upon Kentuckians to “help protect our source waters from pollution, to practice water conservation and to get involved in local water issues.”

Groundwater is a valuable resource for industry, commerce, agriculture and, most importantly, drinking water. In Kentucky, 2 million people rely on groundwater from wells and springs for their drinking water. Continue reading “Governor urges citizens to protect groundwater”

State and Federal Agencies Reach Agreement with Ashland Facility over Emissions Violations

Ends six-year long enforcement action

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) today joined with the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Justice Department in announcing a consent decree has been successfully negotiated with AK Steel Corporation. The decree addresses a 2007 joint action by the groups against the corporation’s coke facility in Ashland, Ky.

The consent decree resolved three Notice of Violations (NOVs) issued by U.S. EPA and 32 NOVs issued by Kentucky DEP which spanned from 2005 to 2010. The violations involved issues with opacity and fugitive emissions from the coke facility. Continue reading “State and Federal Agencies Reach Agreement with Ashland Facility over Emissions Violations”

Division of Waste Management announces $3,000 grants available for waste tire program

Kentucky counties urged to apply for funds

Kentucky counties can now apply for $3,000 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 Gary Logsdon, manager of DWM’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch.  “Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible.”  Continue reading “Division of Waste Management announces $3,000 grants available for waste tire program”

First Lady Jane Beshear Dedicates New Environmentally Friendly Governor’s Garden

New Environmentally Friendly Governor’s Garden at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville

First Lady Jane Beshear joined honored guests and campers to dedicate the state’s newest Governor’s Garden at the Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) in Scottsville, Ky.

Check out the press release. Continue reading “First Lady Jane Beshear Dedicates New Environmentally Friendly Governor’s Garden”

Safe Recreational Water Use Encouraged as Heat Continues

Swim advisories reissued for some Kentucky waterways

State water quality and public health officials are urging swimmers to continue to use healthy swimming behaviors that will help prevent waterborne illness.

“This information is provided to our citizens to help them make the best public health decisions about how and where they swim,” said Clark Dorman, manager of the Water Quality Branch in the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW). DOW works with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPG) to issue Kentucky’s swimming advisories.

Kathy Fowler, acting director of DPH’s Division of Public Health Protection and Safety, said safe swimming habits also are needed in public pools. Continue reading “Safe Recreational Water Use Encouraged as Heat Continues”

Gov. Beshear, Energy and Environment Cabinet Officials Mark Final Closure Phase of Maxey Flats Nuclear Disposal Facility

State funding allocated to place final cap on site

Gov. Beshear and State Sen. Walter Blevins

The final phase of the closure of the Maxey Flats nuclear disposal facility is underway, thanks to $35.2 million in funding requested by Gov. Steve Beshear and approved by the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly.

The allocation means the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) can move forward with plans for final capping of the site, which operated as a commercial disposal dump for radioactive waste from 1962 to 1977.

“In the 35 years since the Commonwealth purchased this site, state agencies have been working with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to ensure proper closure and long-term care of this site,” said Gov. Beshear. “Now, with the proper funding mechanisms in place, we can hire contractors to begin the final capping process. This will serve to significantly safeguard the Maxey Flats site for both workers and the public.” Continue reading “Gov. Beshear, Energy and Environment Cabinet Officials Mark Final Closure Phase of Maxey Flats Nuclear Disposal Facility”

Public Advised of Potential Health Risks with Exposure to Water in Taylorsville Lake

 Harmful algal bloom detected

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District has identified an algal bloom (HAB) in Taylorsville Lake in Spencer County that can be harmful to people and animals. The levels of the harmful algae are occurring at the threshold where health effects may be observed. Federal and state health officials are advising the public of potential health risks associated with swimming in or ingesting the lake water and using the lake for watering pets or livestock. Continue reading “Public Advised of Potential Health Risks with Exposure to Water in Taylorsville Lake”