Student nominations sought for EcoArt Contest Program to recognize high school artists

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is soliciting nominations for the 2017–18 EcoArt Contest. The contest, which is in its ninth year, provides an opportunity for students to gain statewide recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s environment. Used as a tool for environmental education, art supports DEP’s mission to protect Kentucky’s environment. Multiple...

Public Service Commission to take public comment in Hazard, Ashland in Kentucky Power rate case

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold two meetings next week to receive public comments on a rate increase proposed by Kentucky Power Co. The meetings will be Nov. 6 in Hazard and Nov. 8 in Ashland. Details of the meetings are as follows: Hazard Monday, November 6, 5:30 p.m. EST Auditorium Perry Central High School 305 Park Avenue Ashland Wednesday, November 8, 5:30 p.m. EST Auditorium Bellefonte...

Environmental Protection Cabinet announces grants to clean up Illegal open dumps in 25 counties

Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely announced that approximately $1.06 million in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 112 illegal dumps in 25 counties across the Commonwealth. “Illegal dumping affects safety, property values and quality of life across the commonwealth,” Snavely said. “This grant program is a great way to assist counties in improving their local communities...

Commonwealth Cleanup Week to promote personal responsibility, cleaner Kentucky

The first sign of spring for the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) is the upcoming Commonwealth Cleanup Week, slated for March 19-26. Volunteers from across Kentucky are set to fill trash bags and pick up old tires during the 18th annual event. The week-long initiative is implemented by the EEC and kicks off the Great American Cleanup, which spans from March through May. Its purpose is to provide...

State Energy and Environment Cabinet cites Ashland landfill for accepting radioactive waste

Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely announced Tuesday that a Notice of Violation containing four violations has been issued against Green Valley Landfill General Partnership in Ashland, Ky., after an investigation found that the landfill had accepted 26 loads (368.5 tons) of low-level radioactive waste, commonly known as TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive...

Division of Waste Management seeking applications for crumb rubber grants for landscaping projects

The Energy and Environment Cabinet is accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled waste tires for landscaping. Grant funds may be used to purchase crumb rubber mulch for landscaping projects. Grant funds may be used to purchase crumb rubber mulch for landscaping projects (Wikimedia Photo) Grant funding comes from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, an endowment established in 1998...

Supreme Court’s decision to stay Clean Power Plan results in delay of cabinet hearings

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to issue a stay on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Energy and Environment Cabinet is deferring its plans to conduct listening sessions on the rulemaking and gather input on compliance options. The Supreme Court’s decision reinforces the position Kentucky and the other 25 petitioning states have regarding the CPP. “Conducting listening sessions...

Environmental Protection Cabinet announces grants to clean up illegal open dumps in 26 counties

Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely announced that approximately $1.75 million in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 139 illegal dumps in 26 counties across the Commonwealth. The funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund. “Illegal dumping is a problem that raises significant concerns with regard to safety, property values and quality of life in our communities,” Sec....

Hopkins County miner Phillips becomes Kentucky’s first mining fatality for 2016, state announces

A mining accident has taken the life of a Hopkins County miner. Kentucky Office of Mine Safety officials say 36 year-old Nathan G. Phillips was operating a continuous miner when he became pinned between the machinery and the rib wall of the mine. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The accident occurred Tuesday at approximately 4 p.m. CT at the Webster County Coal...