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Charles Snavely: EEC has reduced bureaucracy without sacrificing environmental protection

The purpose of government in a free society is to serve the people. It is the responsibility of such government to provide that service in an ethical, diligent, and effective manner. For the past four years the agencies of the Bevin Administration worked each day to do just that. The Energy and Environment Cabinet often flies below the radar of public visibility. Our mission is to protect the health...

Statewide testing indicates no PFAS health concerns in Kentucky’s public drinking water supply

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has conducted a statewide study for the presence of Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the treated potable drinking water from municipal drinking water supplies. Based on the results of this study, and when compared to the federal Environmental Protection Agency health advisory of 70 parts per trillion, it has been determined that...

Bevin calls for Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District to end use of reformulated gas

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his strong endorsement for ending the mandated use of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in Louisville and the surrounding counties, noting that improvements in automobile technology and cleaner gasoline from refineries have resulted in the Commonwealth’s citizens paying far too much for too little benefit. “Today, I call on Mayor [Greg] Fischer to direct the Louisville Metro Air...

Energy and Environment Cabinet awards $465,000 in grants for rubber modified asphalt projects

The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) announced $465,753 in grant funding has been awarded for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires. Grant funding 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 one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers...

State Waste Management Division seeking applicants for illegal dump and litter abatement grants

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Waste Management (DWM) is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and the cleanup of litter along public roads. “These popular grant programs help Kentucky communities maintain their natural beauty and improve quality of life,” said EEC Secretary Charles Snavely. “The Illegal Open Dump...

Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grants totaling $5 million released for economic development projects

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) announced three grants worth almost $5 million to spur economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky. Two of the grants were awarded by the EEC’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, as part of the 2016 Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot program to revitalize the coalfields in Kentucky’s...

Energy and Environment Cabinet awards grants of more than $1.6 million to innovative energy projects

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely has announced that seven organizations will share more than $1.6 million in grant funding to promote efficient technologies and practices in public and private-sector buildings. Recipients include education, utility service, local government, and waste water treatment organizations. “These projects represent innovative initiatives that provide...

Bevin names Mathews to state Public Service Commission; two added to social work board

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Talina Rose Mathews, of Frankfort, to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Her appointment follows expiration of the term served by former Commissioner Daniel Logsdon, who resigned last month to pursue new opportunities. Mathews will take office immediately and serve a four-year term, subject to confirmation by the State Senate. Mathews holds a doctoral degree in economics...

Grant funding available for counties to use recycled waste tires in asphalt paving projects

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles G. Snavely announced that grant funding will be made available to counties for projects that use recycled Kentucky waste tires in rubber-modified asphalt paving projects. This grant can be used to fund either chip seal or thin asphalt overlay pavement projects. Counties may apply either for funding for up to 24,000 square yards of chip seal paving or...

Energy and Environment Cabinet seeking proposals for projects promoting use of recycled tires

The Energy and Environment Cabinet is now accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled waste tires. This grant has been used to fund 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...

Kentucky joins legal fight against the Stream Protection Rule, claiming state’s responsibility

Kentucky joined 12 other states in petitioning the United States District Court, in the District of Columbia, to enjoin the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) from enforcing the Stream Protection Rule it finalized late last year. The complaint, filed today, alleges that the Stream Protection Rule fundamentally rewrites the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (Act)...

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...

Company that illegally dumped fracking waste in Estill County agrees to $95,000 civil penalty

The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced that it has reached an agreement in principle with Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill, Inc. (Blue Ridge) on an agreed order with both remedial and penalty provisions regarding the Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM) that was illegally brought there last year. The proposed agreed order requires Blue Ridge...

Winners of Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment awards include city of Covington

The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced the individuals and organizations that will be honored this week at the 40th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment for making positive contributions to Kentucky’s environment. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will join Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely on Thursday, Sept. 22 to at an awards luncheon to present the annual Environmental...

State Energy and Environment Cabinet seeking nominations for first Secretary’s Award

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely has announced that the cabinet is seeking nominations for the first Secretary’s Award. The Secretary’s Award will be bestowed in two categories, one for an individual and the other for an entity such as a business, municipality, non-governmental organization, etc. Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely (Photo Provided) Nominees...

Former UK player Beckham named KEHP wellness director; Snavely announces three appointments

Twany Beckham, a member of the 2012 University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball National Championship team, has been named Wellness Director for the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP), Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens announced. In this role, Beckham will work to engage, encourage, and promote wellness activities for all public employees across the state. “Twany has a great story...

Kentucky’s Earth Day celebration April 21 brings attention to importance of conservation

Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed April 22 as Earth Day in Kentucky. Each year, Kentucky celebrates Earth Day to increase awareness of the importance of conservation, stewardship and protection of our natural environment. This year, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), the Kentucky Division for Air Quality and the Kentucky Environmental Education Council are co-hosting the 2016 Earth Day Celebration...

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...

Hazard business leaders, citizens talk coal economics with Bevin during town meeting

Gov. Matt Bevin met with local business leaders and members of the Hazard community Friday to discuss recent job loss in the area. The two-hour event was broadcast live on Perry County’s WYMT Mountain News. Bevin thanked a packed house at Hazard Community and Technical College, and those watching, for taking time out of their day to participate in the community meeting. He heard from a number of...

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...