Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

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Kentucky Waterways Alliance spokesperson Bijaya Shrestha said the possible repeal of the Clean Water Rule could make it harder to keep wells safe.

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Kentucky officials say they have completed work on the largest non-utility solar array in the state.

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Kentucky officials say grants totaling $4.6 million have been awarded to Kentucky counties for recycling, household hazardous waste and composting.

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The non-profit group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth has released a new set of recommendations for the state’s energy future. KFTC created the Empower Kentucky plan after more than two years of meetings with more than a thousand people around the state.

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The Senate Natural Resources Committee voted Wednesday to give the State Division of Mine Safety flexibility in carrying out their evaluations of Kentucky mines.

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A bill moving through the Kentucky General Assembly would establish a new board that would advise the state Energy and Environment Cabinet on water resources issues like drought preparedness.

House Bill 529 has already passed the Kentucky House and has received two readings in the Senate.

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The secretary of Kentucky’s Energy and the Environment Cabinet has provided hints of how state budget cuts will affect his agency. Along with most sectors of state government, the Energy and Environment cabinet’s spending will be reduced by 9% over the next two fiscal years and 4.5% this year under Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget.

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Kentucky’s head environmental regulator says the state is hopeful the courts will rule upcoming federal carbon dioxide regulations are illegal.

But if not, the state will likely create a state plan to comply, he said.

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Kentucky environmental advocates are worried that budget reductions called for by Gov. Matt Bevin will make it impossible for the Energy and Environment Cabinet to perform its basic functions.

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  The Secretary of Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has officially submitted his resignation to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. Secretary Len Peters’ last day in his position will be Dec. 7, which is also Beshear’s last day in office.

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