Nearly $1 million in Grants Awarded to 21 Kentucky Counties to Clean up Illegal Open Dumps
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced approximately $955,000 in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 121 illegal dumps in 21 counties across the Commonwealth.
“Illegal dump sites are a blight on this beautiful state of ours,” Gov. Beshear said. “Cleaning these will not only restore properties but will provide a healthier environment for Kentuckians.”
The following counties received grants: Breathitt, Butler, Calloway, Estill, Green, Hart, Henderson, Johnson, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Logan, Magoffin, Marion, Mercer, Metcalfe, Owsley, Pike, Warren, and Wolfe.
As part of the grant funding, counties must agree to provide a 25 percent match of the grant amount. The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) may waive the 25 percent match on any individual illegal open dump where cleanup costs exceed $50,000.
Lawrence County Judge/Exec. Phillip Carter released the following statement concerning the grant:
“The Lawrence County Fiscal Court is pleased to learn that Lawrence County has been awarded $19,250.67 from the state for illegal dump site removal,” Judge Phillip Carter said. “These funds will help with the fiscal court’s ongoing efforts to clean up Lawrence County.”
“Our office and the entire fiscal court is committed to making Lawrence County trash free. The fiscal court implores every citizen to help with these efforts and to take pride in their county and the way it looks,” Carter said. “The fiscal court graciously thanks Gov. Andy Beshear, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman, State Representative Kathy Hinkle and State Senator Phillip Wheeler.”
“This grant program has helped clean up over 2,000 dump sites across the state since its creation in 2006,” Secretary Goodman said. “I encourage all counties to continue to take advantage of this program.”
Grants for the Illegal Open Dump Grant program comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated through a $1.75 environmental remediation fee for each ton of garbage dumped at Kentucky municipal solid waste landfills. This “tipping fee” was first authorized by the 2002 General Assembly under House Bill 174, for use in a dump cleanup reimbursement program, and for the remediation of historic landfills. In 2006, Senate Bill 50 changed the reimbursement program to a grant program, and expanded the scope of the fund to address household hazardous waste collection and recycling infrastructure.
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.
For grant amounts, please call your local solid waste coordinator or Lisa Evans at 502-782-6355.
Grants Available for Road Projects Using Rubber-Modified Asphalt, Application deadline April 1, 2020
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2020) – 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, 2020. Money for these projects comes from the Kentucky Waste Tire Trust Fund, which receives $2 from every new tire sold in the Commonwealth. In addition to promoting the development of markets for recycled waste tires, the fund provides money for waste tire collection events, tire pile clean-ups, and grants for counties to manage waste tires.
“This is an incredible opportunity to work together with our local governments to foster another successful outlet for recycled tires in Kentucky,” said Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “Our goal is to improve both environmental and health impacts that waste tires create in Kentucky.”
Lawrence Co. Deputy judge/exec. Vince Doty commented on this story:
“We are currently researching this grant and its requirements not only for the county but what it might require from our asphalt provider,” Doty said. “Jim Burchett and myself will be traveling to Frankfort next week to learn more about this grant.”
“We are also waiting word on another grant that we applied for through Land and Water. I have spoken with DLG and it sounds favorable for us. I will let you know when we find out,” Doty added.
Conventional paving projects consist of a surface treatment that combines a layer of asphalt with a layer of aggregate, known as chip seal, or a thin overlay of asphalt applied over an existing road surface. Projects using rubber-modified asphalt have been found to increase road life, reduce long-term maintenance costs, and reduce road noise.
The Cabinet will be performing short-term and long-term testing of the approved projects to assess the effectiveness of rubber-modified asphalt. As a condition of the grant funding, counties must agree to pay for the application of conventional chip seal or overlay on a road in their county with similar characteristics to allow for a comparison between conventional and rubber-modified asphalt.
For more information or to apply for a grant, visit the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s website. For questions, contact Byron.Bland@ky.gov or call (502) 782-6556.