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State announces grants to clean up illegal dumps in 29 counties;

FRANKFORT – The state Monday announced that about $2.1 million in grant funding has been awarded by the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 171 illegal dumps in 29 counties.

“Illegal dumping is a major problem that raises significant concerns with regard to safety, property values and quality of life in our communities,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release. “It is a major economic burden on local governments, which are typically responsible for cleaning up dump sites.”

The following counties received grants: Adair, Bath, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Clark, Clay, Cumberland, Green, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, Laurel, Lee, Lincoln, Logan, Magoffin, Marshall, Mason, Meade, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Rockcastle, Russell, Spencer, Warren, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.

As part of the grant funding, counties must agree to provide a 25 percent match when it costs less than $50,000 to cleanup an individual, illegal open dump. The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) may waive the 25 percent match on any individual illegal open dump costing more than $50,000 to remediate.

The Division of Waste Management administers the Kentucky Pride Fund to clean up county dump sites. Funding for the program comes from a $1.75 environmental remediation fee for each ton of garbage disposed of at Kentucky municipal solid waste disposal facilities. This “tipping fee,” authorized by the 2002 General Assembly under House Bill 174, is collected quarterly and placed in the Kentucky Pride Fund.

The Kentucky Pride Fund is the first legislated and ongoing source of state funding for dump cleanup. Previously, illegal open dump cleanup in Kentucky was primarily funded by county and federal money.

In 2006, Senate Bill 50 changed the reimbursement program to a grant program. The legislation also expanded the scope of the fund to address household hazardous waste collection and recycling infrastructure, in addition to illegal dump and old landfill projects.

Kentucky has made significant progress in addressing the illegal dump issue thanks to this funding, along with statewide cleanup and educational campaigns by local, state and federal agencies, Beshear said.

For grant amounts, call your local solid waste coordinator or Lisa Evans at 502-564-6716.

From the KPA News Content Service

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2011 – G.I. Jobs magazine has named American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) one of the nation’s top 100 “military-friendly” employers for the ninth consecutive year.

AEP is one of only five companies that the publication has honored each year since the recognition program began in 2003.

This year’s honorees were selected from among more than 5,000 employers with annual revenues of at least $500 million. The December 2011 edition of G.I. Jobs, which features the list of military-friendly employers, can be accessed athttp://www.gijobs.com/.

“AEP prides itself on hiring and supporting military veterans, who tend to have the technical skill sets and personal characteristics that make them a good fit for careers with our company,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP president and chief executive officer. “We are honored to receive this recognition from G.I. Jobs for the ninth year in a row.”The honored companies were selected based on their assets dedicated to military hiring, the percentage of new hires who are veterans and policies regarding National Guard and reserve service, among other criteria. 

Approximately 1,800 of AEP’s roughly 18,600 employees have served in the military. AEP’s military leave policy provides pay differential and benefits for up to two years for reservists and National Guard members who are called to active duty in emergency situations. The company’s family military leave policy allows employees to take up to 10 days of leave to spend time with a family member who has been called to or returned from active duty.G.I. Jobs helps provide training and career opportunities for veterans and those in transition from military to civilian employment.

 

The new chief executive of American Electric Power said this week he wants the company to burn less coal as it looks for alternative fuel sources, reports Ryan Tracy of Dow Jones Newswires. The company's current capacity of coal use is 65 percent; new CEO Nick Akins told Tracy "he expects the company's entire fleet of coal-fired power plants to eventually meet more stringent environmental regulations, despite its loud calls for more time to comply with pending Environmental Protection Agency rules."

"The only thing we are going to wind up with in the end are fully scrubbed and fully environmentally compliant units," Akins said during an industry conference hosted by the Edison Electric Institute trade group. He also told Tracy that the company would not be able to meet EPA requirements "within a few years." He blamed the government for not creating new energy policy goals and said AEP will better be able to move forward when they know what new policy goals are. Said Akins: "We are at a transformational stage where we need to spend a lot of new capital on what that new mix of resources is going to be."

He said AEP mitigates the risk of policy changes by diversifying its fuel sources, and this is the main reason for burning less coal and transitioning to other fuel sources. Tracy reports the company is currently looking into gas-fired power plants because natural gas is cheap right now. Nuclear generation is not on the table, though Aikins said the company would likely update its existing nuclear plant to add capacity. (Read more)
Written by Ivy Brashear