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Sustainable Economic Development

Protecting human health and the environment is the Department for Environmental Protection's (DEP) primary mission. DEP works closely with the Cabinet for Economic Development to accomplish this mission by ensuring sustainable and environmentally sound economic growth in Kentucky. Our efforts promote clarity and certainty of environmental regulations and requirements to allow for continued economic development across the Commonwealth.

For new and expanding Kentucky businesses, DEP provides resources and technical support in a variety of ways:

  • Pre-application meetings and site visits
  • Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
  • Small Business Ombudsman 


Small Business Ombudsman​

The Department for Environmental Protection's Small Business Ombudsman is responsible for responding to environmental and regulatory questions from small businesses.  Please contact the ombudsman if you need additional assistance with small business compliance with environmental regulations.
The ombudsman strives to serve as a neutral resource to facilitate fair, equitable and expeditious conflict resolution between the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) and small businesses across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  If you have a complaint needing review please contact the small business ombudsman at the information listed below.

Department for Environmental Protection
Commissioner's Office
300 Sower Blvd. 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

DEP utilizes the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet’s “Vendor Self Service” System to post solicitations for services, equipment and supplies to be purchased with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant funds.

If you are a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (a minority or women-owned business), you may register on the system to receive notifications of postings by DEP (Department code 129) or you may search the site for postings at any time.

To become certified as a DBE, view the EPA regulations at 40 CFR Part 33.  We encourage all DBEs to take advantage of DEP opportunities to provide services, equipment or supplies to assist DEP in meeting DBE contracting goals.