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New data analysis service on endangered species offered free to Kentucky energy developers

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman has announced a new partnership between the Office of Energy Policy and the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves to provide a free, data analysis service to energy developers. The Kentucky Biological Assessment Tool (KY-BAT), developed and maintained by KNP, provides information to help projects avoid and minimize potential impacts to...

Sun-powered rickhouses reflect partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark

A new 560-panel solar array is now online in Loretto, marking a milestone in the partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark to produce electricity using the sun. The new array stands just east of the distillery’s rickhouses on its property in Loretto along Highway 52. Without compromising any part of the unique Maker’s Mark production process that makes its bourbon so distinctive,...

Grants available for road projects using rubber-modified asphalt; applications due April 1

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will provide up to $500,000 in grant funding for local road projects that utilize rubber-modified asphalt, rubber from finely ground waste tires. Grants are available to county or metro government entities. Applications must be received by April 1. Money for these projects comes from the Kentucky Waste Tire Trust Fund, which receives $2 from every new tire...

Toxic chemicals known as PFAS detected in many of Kentucky’s municipal water treatment plants

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Chemicals called PFAS have been found in Kentucky’s drinking water. Known as emerging contaminants, PFAS are found in the Teflon in non-stick cookware, food bags, some brands of dental floss and in fire fighting foam. There is evidence that PFAS can accumulate in the body over time, and are linked to cancer and disruption of the thyroid and immune system....

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...