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Division of Waste Management announces grant recipients for rubber-modified asphalt projects

The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced that up to $444,988 in grant funding has been awarded for rubber-modified asphalt projects that use crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires. The grants will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay to county or metro government roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines asphalt with fine aggregate, and can...

Hatton appointed commissioner of Department for Environmental Protection

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles G. Snavely has announced the appointment of Tony Hatton as commissioner of the Department for Environmental Protection. Hatton, who was named the DEP’s deputy commissioner in 2016, replaces former commissioner Aaron Keatley, who recently accepted a job as chief deputy director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Hatton’s appointment...

Division of Waste Management announces grant funding for county waste-reduction programs

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management has announced 46 recycling, five composting, and 27 household hazardous waste grants to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills, and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste, which includes electronic scrap and mercury. Grant dollars from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for...

Community recipients named for landscaping, walking trail grants from Waste Tire Trust Fund

The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced $309,946 in grant funding awards for landscaping, walking trails and pour-in-place surfacing projects that utilize recycled waste tires. The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to receive a $1 fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund helps manage the approximately...

DWM announces $4K grants available from Waste Tire Trust Fund; counties urged to apply for funds

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 Gary Logsdon, manager of...

Inez native John Small appointed new commissioner of Kentucky Department for Natural Resources

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles G. Snavely today announced the appointment of John D. Small as Commissioner of the Department for Natural Resources (DNR). Secretary Snavely also announced the appointment of George L. Seay, Jr. as Deputy Commissioner of DNR. Both appointments are effective March 1. Small, a native of Inez, Kentucky who previously spent 38 years in management positions...

Rogers, Bevin announce $3.4 million project to address water supply issues in Martin County

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $3.4 million project to alleviate water supply issues within the Martin County Water District. The project will help secure clean water for the people of Martin County and will be administered by the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KY DAML), which has received preliminary approval from the U.S. Office...

Kentucky Division of Water seeking applications for watershed restoration projects to combat pollution

Funding is available for projects through the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater, and for projects that protect water resources. The funds can be used for watershed restoration projects, watershed plan development, and other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution. Also known as nonpoint source pollution (NPS), runoff pollution...

Division of Waste Management taking applications for crumb rubber and tire-derived products grants

The Energy and Environment Cabinet is now accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled waste tires. This grant has focused on funding crumb rubber mulch for landscaping projects in recent years, but the cabinet is encouraging applicants to expand the scope of potential projects for this grant cycle. In addition to landscaping mulch projects, the cabinet is seeking requests...

Department for Environmental Protection extends deadline for EcoArt Contest entries to March 2

The deadline for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s 2017-18 Eco-Art Contest has been extended due to recent adverse weather conditions. Kentucky high school students are encouraged to submit their nominations by midnight on March 2. 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...

Energy and Environment Cabinet announces grants to clean up illegal dumps in 20 Kentucky counties

Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely announced today approximately $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 108 illegal dumps in 20 counties across the Commonwealth. “This grant program has been very successful in helping counties clean up their communities, but Illegal dumping is still a problem that affects property values and quality of life across the commonwealth,”...

PSC orders for-profit utilities to track federal tax savings in effort to pass savings on to consumers

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has ordered for-profit utilities to track their savings under lower corporate tax rates that took effect yesterday, paving the way for those savings to be passed on to customers in the form of lower electric, gas or water rates. In two orders issued Dec. 27 the PSC noted that investor-owned utilities recover their federal tax expenses from ratepayers. Under...

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....