In this issue...
Do you have a non-gas fired boiler at your facility that burns biomass, oil or coal? If so, you may be subject to the Area Source Boiler Rule issued by the EPA.
Join the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, the Kentucky Division of Air Quality and the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance for one, or both, of these webinars to find out how to stay in compliance and avoid fines.
Webinar 1 - January 14 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Webinar 2 - January 16 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Who should attend:
Learn more about who must comply with the new rule at EPA's website.
The Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) initiative is a public/private community partnership for supporting manufacturing and economic growth that offers a unique opportunity for Kentucky's local economies. E3 is a collaborative effort to support sustainability, boost competitiveness and spur job growth and innovation in local and regional economies.
As a model for collaboration among manufacturers, local economic development organizations, utilities, local government and federal resources, E3 will:
E3 focuses on helping small- and medium-size manufacturers advance efforts to use lean, clean and energy-efficient practices to conserve energy, reduce environmental impacts, preserve jobs and enhance overall competitiveness. We are actively seeking community-based organizations located within a rural community to participate in E3 pilot projects.
The pilot projects can have significant benefits for participants and their communities, including economic growth; improved competitiveness of existing manufacturers; enhanced ability to attract new business; increased manufacturing jobs or job retention and a trained workforce with skills for a sustainable economy.
There is strong support at the local, regional and national level for the E3 initiative through state and local governments, utilities, manufacturers and six federal agencies: Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Small Business Administration; Department of Labor; and the Department of Agriculture.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity and learn how you can help your local community or business benefit from the E3 initiative by contacting:
KPPC - Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
From the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet - Division of Water
Federal matching grants are available for projects that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater and for projects that protect water resources. The grants are for watershed restoration projects and for watershed plan development as well as for other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution.
Runoff pollution, also known as Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS), is the number one contributor to water pollution in Kentucky, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the impairments of rivers, streams and lakes in the state. Runoff pollution occurs when water runs across the land and carries sediment, nutrients, pesticides, metals, and animal and human waste into streams, rivers, and groundwater.
The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) administers the federal NPS grants, which are funded through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act. The funds are provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and can be used to pay for up to 60 percent of the total cost for each project; a 40 percent non-federal match is required. The DOW gives priority to projects involving watershed plan development and implementation in impaired waters, as well as the protection of Special Use Waters (e.g., cold water aquatic habitat, exceptional waters, state wild rivers and federal wild and scenic rivers) with identified threats.
To be considered for this competitive 2014 funding, a project proposal form must be submitted by the Feb. 3, 2014, deadline. The DOW NPS staff will review the project proposals and rank them according to eligibility and priority criteria to determine if they warrant further consideration and formal applications. Grant applications will only be accepted by invited entities identified through the proposal process.
The project proposal form, along with supporting documents, can be found at the Cabinet's Division of Water website. For more information contact James Roe at 502-564-3410 or James.Roe@ky.gov.
Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet has recently released two documents that examine proposed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) standards for existing power plants, and how those standards could affect the state's economy. Kentucky’s historically low and stable electricity prices have fostered the most electricity-intensive manufacturing economy in the United States, making it particularly vulnerable to future electricity price increases. According to the GHG document, Kentucky ranks number one in the nation in electricity intensity.
The Cabinet's "Greenhouse Gas Whitepaper" and a report titled "Economic Challenges Facing Kentucky's Electricity Generation Under Greenhouse Gas Constraints" provide an in-depth look at Kentucky's energy future in light of anticipated new regulations. Both documents are available as pdfs on the Cabinet's website.