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EPA awards $1.1 million to Kentucky to help address leaking underground storage tanks throughout state

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1,170,000 grant to the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to assist the state in cleaning up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks throughout the state. This grant is funded through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to support state efforts to address this type of contamination. States...

Kentucky American Water reminds customers every drop wasted adds up during ‘Fix a Leak Week’

Kentucky American Water is leveraging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Fix a Leak Week” to help customers decrease water waste and better manage their water bills. The annual Fix a Leak Week campaign, organized by the EPA’s WaterSense program, will be observed this week (March 18-24). The national campaign helps to raise awareness about small leaks and other water issues...

Snavely announces $275K in grants for Clean Diesel Program to reduce emissions from aging buses

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely has announced the 2018 Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant Program, which will provide $275,689 for projects to reduce diesel emissions from aging school buses in the Commonwealth. Funding is being made available through the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This competitive program is open to all public...

KCTCS sustainability, conservation efforts project $66 million in energy savings over ten years

Sustainability and conservation are on everyone’s minds, especially in the middle of summer when HVAC systems traditionally are working hard. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has set its sights on ways to conserve and save money, not just during the summer, but long term. KCTCS is realizing big savings on energy costs because of energy savings performance contracts and...

Energy and Environment cabinet recognizes 42 water treatment plants with optimization awards

Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 42 surface water treatment plants in the Commonwealth for meeting the 2017 goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP). AWOP is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which encourages drinking water systems to voluntarily achieve optimization goals that go beyond regulatory requirements....

Lake Cumberland Area Development District receives $300,000 federal EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it has selected the Lake Cumberland Area Development District to receive a $300,000 community-wide Brownfield Assessment Grant. The EPA selects recipients every year to receive funding for brownfield site revitalization. This helps local governments identify and redevelop vacant and unused properties, transforming communities and local economies....

Wind-powered grain drying system developed by UK students could have international impact

A wind-powered grain drying system developed by students in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment could improve grain quality and people’s health in sub-Saharan Africa. The student team, the UK Windcats, designed a prototype of a wind turbine and grain drying system with funds they received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s P3 — People, Prosperity...

During Fix a Leak Week, Kentucky American Water reminding customers that each drop adds up

Kentucky American Water and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are reaching out to promote Fix a Leak Week, which runs from March 19 through March 25. The national campaign, part of the EPA’s WaterSense program, helps to raise awareness about small leaks and other water that may be inadvertently wasted within homes. With more than 110 million households in this country, a seemingly minor...

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...

UK Cooperative Extension offices to offer dicamba applicator trainings in wake of EPA restrictions

After various crops across the United States received significant injury from products containing the herbicide dicamba during 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made it a restricted use pesticide for 2018. That designation means a new set of rules, regulations and an educational component for those who want to continue to apply products containing the herbicide. Extension weed scientists...

University of Kentucky agricultural engineers offer to assist farmers with new EPA air emissions reporting

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward With Nov. 15 approaching, some Kentucky farms will have to begin reporting emissions of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Agricultural engineers at the University of Kentucky have developed some useful resources to help livestock and poultry farmers stay in compliance. This information is available at www.uky.edu A recent appeals...

Lexington-Fayette Health Department marks Radon Awareness Month with free at-home kits

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in urging residents to learn more about the dangers of radon, particularly in the home. Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that is found naturally in rocks and soil. It enters homes through cracks and other openings in foundations....

EPA awards $1.2 million in Brownfield Grants to three Kentucky communities

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Brownfield Redevelopment Program announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected three projects to receive a total of six grants in Kentucky for brownfield community-wide assessments. Over the past 11 years, with the help of the Kentucky Brownfields Redevelopment Program, Kentucky communities have received $12.9...

Harnessing the potential of citizen scientists, use of technology is aim of NKU conference

NKU Biological Sciences Professor Richard Durtsche is one of those attending a citizen scientist conference at Northern Kentucky University. (Photo provided)   By Feoshia H. Davis KyForward contributor   Every day thousands of regular people with nonscientific backgrounds monitor our environment. They collect data on everything from water and air quality to animal and plant health. These...

FCPS among 13 organizations to receive TVA grant, will use funds to collect live energy data

Fayette County Public Schools has been awarded $335,000 to help finish an integrated live-energy metering project, which includes monitoring equipment, live data analysis software and a districtwide, public-facing energy and sustainability education portal. The completed project is expected to save more than $1.1 million a year in energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 11,000 tons per year.   “We’ll...