MSECA meeting on IDEM Programs & Policies

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

I was really pleased to attend The Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association (MSECA) meeting last week on IDEM Programs and Policies. There was a great lineup of IDEM management speakers, and many relevant topics were discussed. Managers from the Offices of Air, Water, and Land Quality spoke about priorities and challenges. One overriding theme was […]

Wastewater Discharges from Wine Industry

William Shane, P.E.

Although Kentucky is most famous for bourbon, the wine industry has a growing presence in the Commonwealth and is gaining recognition internationally – in fact, a Western Kentucky winery won Winemaker of the Year at a recent international wine competition. According to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), there are currently 70 wineries in Kentucky […]

Waters of the US (WOTUS)- Here We Go Again

Josiah Frey

On July 27, 2017, the Federal EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule to re-adopt Waters of the US (WOTUS) regulations that pre-date the Obama-Administration’s 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Since the 2015 WOTUS rule was stayed by the courts in the Fall of 2015, the older definition from […]

USEPA Final Rule to Amend the AAI Rule

Ken Kirk, P.G.

On June 20, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published a Direct Final Rule in the Federal Register providing notice to amend the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule, 40 CFR Part 312. The direct final rule amends the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule to reference the recently updated ASTM E2247–16 ‘‘Standard Practice for Environmental […]


Shri Vani Sripada, E.I.T.

Phase II MS4 Permit: The Phase II MS4 Permit has been public noticed on July 3, 2017 by the Division of Water. Comments are due by August 2, 2017 which may be filed electronically at The permit documents can be found at (Agency Interest ID 35050):  Please note that the public notice also […]