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School districts can apply for funding to replace older buses through Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has announced the 2019 Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant Program, which will provide more than $320,000 to fund projects to reduce diesel emissions from aging school buses in the Commonwealth. All Kentucky public school districts and private schools that own and operate school buses are eligible to apply for funding through this grant program, which will...

Energy and Environment Cabinet recognizes state environmental award winners at annual conference

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet last week recognized a number of individuals and organizations for making positive contributions to Kentucky’s environment. Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely presented the environmental awards during a luncheon ceremony at the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment in Lexington. Conference sessions during the all-day event included...

Coal miner in Hopkins County is fourth fatality this year in Kentucky mines; he is Jeremy Elder, 39

Kentucky now has had its fourth mining fatality so far this year with the death of a Hopkins County miner on Thursday. 
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says 39-year-old Jeremy Elder of Providence, a miner helper with 15 years of experience, suffered critical injuries in a vehicle accident at the Alliance Resource Partners LP Cardinal mine in Madisonville.  He was brought to the surface...

More than $7 million in grant funding awarded for water issues, economic development in Martin Co.

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday announced $7.23 million in grant funding for four projects in Martin County to address the community’s failing water system and improve economic development opportunities. Two grants were awarded to help address the water crisis in Martin County, including: • $2 million from the Abandoned Mines Lands (AML) Pilot...

Kentucky lake monitoring program in need of volunteers across state, now through October

Are you an avid fisherman? A lake resident? A weekender who loves being on the water? You could be part of a growing number of citizens dedicated to improving the Commonwealth’s 440,000 acres of lake waters through the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. Offered through a partnership between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Watershed Watch in Kentucky, this program gives residents...

Officials urge caution against consuming fish From Kentucky River in wake of Jim Beam Distillery fire

Due to the July 2 fire at the Jim Beam bourbon warehouse in Woodford County, and the anticipated impact on the Kentucky River, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are anticipating impacts to the river, including foaming, discoloration, taste and odor. The agencies are already seeing fish kills, as well as distressed fish and impacts...

Lexington to test rubberized asphalt over 2,400-foot stretch of roadway on Southland Drive

In addition to new sidewalks, new trees and new art installations, Southland Drive will be getting something no other place in Lexington has — a 2,400-foot stretch of roadway using environmentally friendly rubberized asphalt. Rubberized asphalt consists of regular asphalt mixed with crumb rubber made from recycled tires. Asphalt rubber is the largest single market for ground rubber in the United...

Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission to vote on rolling back pollution rules

By Nadia Ramalagan Public News Service The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is slated to vote on loosening water-pollution regulations at its meeting this week in Covington. The proposed changes would give states the ability to opt out of pollution-control standards for the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to 5 million people. The Ohio River is 981 miles long and supplies drinking...

Kentucky water treatment plants exceed quality standards in 2018, meet state goals of AWOP

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Water has recognized 37 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) for 2018. AWOP is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of AWOP is to encourage drinking water systems to voluntarily achieve optimization...

Kentucky Division of Waste Management announces recipients of grants from Waste Tire Trust Fund

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has awarded $500,471 in grant funding for benches, picnic tables, landscaping, walking trails and pour-in-place surfacing projects that utilize recycled waste tires. The grants are available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly, which receives a $2 fee from the sale of each new tire in the state. The fund...

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

The Kentucky Energy and Environment has announced that approximately $1.15 million in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 77 illegal dumps in 20 counties across the Commonwealth. “This grant program has significantly reduced the number of illegal open dumps across the Commonwealth,” Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely said. “I encourage all counties to consider using this grant to...

Abandoned Mine Lands grant of $1.1 million marked for historic Stearns downtown revitalization, railway

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $1.1 million Abandoned Mine Lands grant to renovate and revitalize Stearns and construct railroad-related repairs and improvements to the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. The grant was awarded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to...

Registration open for 42nd Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment

Early-bird registration is now open for the 42nd Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, which will be held Oct. 11-12 in Lexington. This annual conference offers opportunities to hear about the future of Kentucky’s energy and environmental policies. Attendees will receive a chance to engage in networking, participate in discussions, and talk with Kentucky’s environmental...

State officials offer safety tips to stay healthy when enjoying Kentucky’s water ways this summer

With summer upon us, the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources. Despite many water quality improvements, there is the potential for human health risks in any body of water. By using common...

Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands funds Perry County waterline supply project

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands has announced that it will partner with the city of Hazard to construct a waterline system to supply potable water to approximately 125 Perry County homes. County residents in Puncheon Camp Branch, Walker Lane, Bob Hollow, Couchtown Road, Laurel Mountain Road and Forked Mouth Road, whose wells have been affected by AML-eligible mines, are expected to have...

Winners announced for state’s annual ‘Capture the Earth’ photography, video contests

Drakes Creek Middle School eighth-grader Julia Freeman is the winner of the eighth annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Keegan Hennessy, a 10th-grade student at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, won the “Capture the Earth” videography contest for high school students with...

Energy and Environment Cabinet encouraging students to enter “Capture the Earth” photo contest

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is inviting student photographers in middle school (grades 6-8) to submit an original photograph for the “Capture the Earth” environmental photo contest. The winner will receive one nights lodging at any Kentucky State Resort Park with his or her family. Second place will receive an Elk Tour for two at Jenny Wiley State Park. Judges will look for originality...

KDNR head Allen Luttrell announces resignation; John D. Small named acting commissioner

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely today announced the resignation of Kentucky Department for Natural Resources Commissioner Allen Luttrell. Allen Luttrell Luttrell, of Lawrenceburg, was appointed two years ago to the position by Governor Matt Bevin and provided strong leadership during his tenure that saw the department wage a highly successful campaign during the 2016...

Seasonal restrictions on outdoor burning in effect as fall forest fire season gets underway

The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is again preparing for an active wildfire season. Each year, there are nearly 1,500 wildfires in the state of Kentucky, based on a 10-year average. Last fall, the division responded to 520 fires that burned 52,216 acres with a timber value loss of $20,642,663. The majority of the fires occurred in November. Wildfires in Kentucky cause damage to homes, private...

Kentucky Division of Air Quality engineers design award-winning solution to track industrial emissions

The Division of Air Quality has been nationally recognized for developing a labor-saving tool for anticipating potential industrial air emissions. Dubbed the Pollutants of Concern or “POC” Table, the new process won a Best Practices Award from the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA). It has attracted attention from air agencies across the country. The award was presented Sept....