William Shane, P.E.


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 […]


Highway Expansion Impact on Stormwater and Air Quality Not Fully Considered, Lawsuit Claims

William Shane, P.E.

Due to the increasing complexities of environmental programs, getting a permit, completing a study, or meeting a regulatory standard is not always quick or easy. Even once all the boxes have been checked, the permit has been issued, and approval has been granted, the challenges might just be getting started. Federal and state environmental programs […]


Changes Coming to KPDES Application Fees

William Shane, P.E.

The KPDES application filing fee, established by law in KRS 224.70-120, previously required the applicant to submit 20% of the individual permit fee with the application. The fees are identified in 401 KAR 5:310 Section 1 as:  Major Industry – $7,000 Minor Industry – $4,500 Non-Process Industry – $2,200 Large Non-POTW – $3,700 Intermediate Non-POTW […]


Dining Hall Food Waste Produces Electricity

William Shane, P.E.

A team of mechanical and civil engineering students at Virginia Tech University designed and built a system that uses food waste from a campus dining hall to generate methane gas. The methane gas is used to power a generator that produces nearly 5 kilowatts (kW) of electricity. 5 kW solar systems are the average size […]


Class I certified Wastewater Operator Exemption for Home Owners

William Shane, P.E.

One item in Smith Management Group’s March 21, 2017 Legislative Update caught my attention: Senate Bill 249, in which the Energy and Environment Cabinet proposed to eliminate the wastewater treatment certification requirement for home units. The bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed by Governor Bevin on March 27, 2017. A […]


WOTUS Rule to Be Rescinded or Revised

William Shane, P.E.

The Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) was published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2015 and became effective on August 28, 2015.  According to the EPA, the rule was developed “to respond to an urgent need to improve and simplify the process for identifying waters that are and are not protected […]


Upcoming Change to NetDMR Reporting

William Shane, P.E.

NetDMR is a web-based application that allows KPDES permittees to enter and electronically submit Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) data to the USEPA. Although NetDMR is operated by the USEPA, it wasn’t originally developed for federal use. NetDMR was initially designed by states and, in 2009, adapted by EPA for national use. Starting in January 2014, […]


MEK to Be Removed from Kentucky List of Hazardous Air Pollutants

William Shane, P.E.

On November 14, 2016, the Division for Air Quality (DAQ) filed an amendment to administrative regulation 401 KAR 63:060. This regulation establishes the list of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and source categories consistent with Section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). One important change included in the amendment is the removal of Methyl Ethyl […]


Important Change to Kentucky eForms Submission Process [UPDATE]

William Shane, P.E.

In a previous blog post, I discussed how future submissions made through the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) eForms website will require the facility contact to create a Kentucky One Stop Business Portal (KyBOS) account. Initially, the requirement to create an account was scheduled to take effect on January 13, 2017. However, implementation of […]


Important Change to Kentucky eForms Submission Process

William Shane, P.E.

Reports or applications that were submitted electronically to the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2016, were most likely completed using the eForms website. Examples include a Division for Air Quality (DAQ) semi-annual monitoring report, a Division of Water (DOW) notice of intent for industrial stormwater discharges, or a Division of Waste Management (DWM) […]