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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....

State environment cabinet will request extension to continue blocking federal Clean Power Plan

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) is working to request an extension to the Environmental Protection Agency related to the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. With a deadline of Sept. 6, 2016, this two-year extension will allow Kentucky to consider its options and continue its fight against this plan that will harm Kentucky’s affordable, reliable...

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...

Energy and Environment Cabinet asks for reconsideration of EPA ruling on carbon emissions

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has filed a petition for reconsideration with the federal Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) regarding the EPAs final 111(d) rule, the reduction of carbon emissions by existing power plants. In the letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, EEC Secretary Charles G. Snavely said the final rule differed greatly from the proposed rule on which Kentucky...