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Grants awarded to cleanup illegal dumps

Funds will eliminate 102 illegal dumps in 20 counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2014) — The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced that $876,730 in grant funding has been awarded by the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 102 illegal dumps in 20 counties across the commonwealth.

dumpsGrants were awarded to Bath, Breathitt, Calloway, Campbell, Crittenden, Cumberland, Elliott, Green, Hart, Henderson, Jackson, Jessamine, Leslie, Lyon, Madison, Owsley, Powell, Warren, Whitley and Wolfe counties.

As part of the grant funding, counties must agree to provide a 25 percent match on illegal open dumps costing less than $50,000 to cleanup. EEC may waive the 25 percent match on any individual 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.