New! Online Asbestos Abatement Orientation
The option to attend the Division for Air Quality’s Asbestos Abatement Orientation online is now available. To register, please email email Emma Moreo. Include in the email a copy of your most recent EPA Supervisor training certificate. Please note that the online orientation instructions will only be sent to an individual’s email address and not a company wide email address.
Air Quality Awareness Week 2020
In celebration of Air Quality Awareness Week 2020, the division has created a new story map aimed at upper elementary students that explores the topic of air pollution and how we measure it in Kentucky. Story maps use Geographic Information System (GIS) tools to combine geospatial maps, photos, video and information to tell a place-based story. Our story map tells the story of air monitoring in Kentucky by focusing on one pollutant, particulate matter, to help students understand how we track air quality. The story map includes an interactive map of Kentucky’s air monitoring network showing what and where we monitor for air pollution across the commonwealth.
Ozone Season Begins
Ozone season has begun and for some Kentucky counties that means taking extra care to learn before you burn. From May 1 through September 30, open burning in Boone, Boyd, Bullitt, Campbell, Jefferson, Kenton, Lawrence, and Oldham counties is restricted to protect air quality. This is especially important this year as Kentucky fights through the Coronavirus pandemic. View the entire press release here.
Energy and Environment Cabinet Services and COVID-19 In-Person Closings
As we work together to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect our customers and employees, we are making every effort to maintain a consistent level of service during extraordinary times while maintaining social distancing protocols. Our goal remains to provide quality service, guidance and resources to the communities we serve. While our offices are closed to the public, our staff is working for you and we are available for your immediate needs. Information is provided below for each of our offices, with links to our website where additional details and contact information can be found.
Unless necessary to prevent or mitigate an imminent threat or risk to human health, safety and the environment, the Cabinet will not conduct regular inspections at some facilities during the Coronavirus health emergency. For those needing training, or certifications, late fees will be waived or delayed during this process and extensions will be granted for obtaining certifications. Until further notice, utility customers will not be charged for disconnections for non-payment of service and late-payment charges will be assessed.
All state offices are temporarily closed to the public. Meetings with the public will be done via video conferencing or by phone. Mine safety specialists will continue to respond to emergencies, however mine safety classroom training is suspended and a one-month extension of all training expiration dates has been granted. Some natural areas are temporarily closed; check the status of the nature preserve before visiting. Public events in April, including the Pine Mountain Nature Summit and the Wildflower Weekend, are cancelled.
Division for Air Quality COVID-19 Announcements
All division offices are temporarily closed to in-person meetings. Facility inspections will be done on a case-by-case basis according to the on-site visitor policies. Meetings with the public will be done via video conferencing. Memorandum related to Method 9.
2019 Annual Report Released
The Division for Air Quality's FY 2019 annual report is now available for viewing. The most recent report is in two formats: An entirely digital format that utilizes ArcGIS and Esri's "Story Mapping" platform, and a printable PDF version. Check it out here:
Land, Air, & Water
Read about the Division for Air Quality in the EEC's webzine, Land, Air, & Water.
Learn Before You Burn
Protecting Air Quality with a Unique Camera
Detecting Volatile Organic Compounds
Raising the Flag for Air Quality
Asbestos Detectives: Preparing the Capital Plaza Tower for Safe Demolition
Braving the Weather for Air Data
Students Design Air Quality Solutions
Teaching About Air Quality with Electric Cars