Kentucky receives grant to study PAHs in urban settings

EPA) Office of Research and Development makes funds available via Regional Applied Research Effort (RARE) grants to EPA regions for research topics that are deemed to be of significant interest and/or impact to the region.

Last year, the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Superfund Branch (SFB) submitted a proposal for a regional study designed to determine the background concentrations of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in urban settings, where
long-term anthropogenic, population and industry-driven activities have likely increased the overall levels of PAHs in surface soil that cannot be directly attributed to a specific release. Continue reading “Kentucky receives grant to study PAHs in urban settings”


Geophysical Introductory Course Making Waves at DWM

Thomas B. Brackman, M.S., P.G., delivers the Geophysical Introductory Course to division staff.  Photo by Kim Greenidge.
Thomas B. Brackman, M.S., P.G., delivers the Geophysical Introductory Course to division staff. Photo by Kim Greenidge.

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Superfund Branch, in conjunction with Northern Kentucky University (NKU), held a one-day course providing staff with practical information on the benefits and limitations of geophysical techniques on hazardous waste and underground storage tank (UST) sites. The course covered the application and methods of shallow environmental geophysics. It was designed for those with little to no experience or background in geophysics who could use it in the course of site characterization and remediation.

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Cleanup Begins Aug. 19 Near Former Black Leaf Chemical Site

Author: C. Munday & B. Cary
Date 8/13/2013
All items subject to change

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin cleanup Monday, Aug. 19, at several residential properties next to the former Black Leaf Chemical site in west Louisville. This is the largest urban residential Superfund cleanup in Kentucky history.

The agencies have been working together to provide the most current information
to the public and answer questions. A public meeting was held June 27 in which
presentation was given and cleanup plans were discussed with the community. In case you missed it, see the details here. Continue reading “Cleanup Begins Aug. 19 Near Former Black Leaf Chemical Site”

Scrap Yard Scrapped, Transformed to City Park

busted concrete behind LS-2SAs time goes by and communities change, land use changes, too. The City of Crab Orchard in Lincoln County, Ky., used to be home to the Lincoln Scrap Yard, a property that operated as an automotive scrap yard for many years. In 2005, it was donated to the City of Crab Orchard by Judy and Cecil King.

With the site being in the heart of the city on Main Street, the city was interested in reusing the property. In 2006 the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection conducted Phase I and II environmental assessments on the property with Kentucky Targeted Brownfields Assessment funds. Continue reading “Scrap Yard Scrapped, Transformed to City Park”