William Shane, P.E.


Draft Stormwater General Permit Issued

William Shane, P.E.

The Draft Kentucky KYR00 stormwater general permit for discharges associated with industrial activity was issued by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) on April 2, 2018.  The current permit expires at midnight on May 31, 2018.  The draft permit and draft fact sheet can be downloaded . The public notice period started on March 30, 2018 and […]


Kentucky Emission Inventory Survey due April 13, 2018

William Shane, P.E.

On March 9, 2018, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) mailed notification letters to permitted sources that are required to complete a 2017 Emission Inventory Survey (EIS). Notification was also sent by email to the facility contact listed in DAQ’s database. The EIS contains a list of permitted operations and emission factors that allows […]


Stormwater General Permit KYR00 Expires May 31st

William Shane, P.E.

The Kentucky KYR00 general permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity expires at midnight on May 31, 2018. According to the Division of Water, the plan is to public notice the KYR00 draft permit sometime in March 2018 with the goal to not have a lapse in coverage. The public notice period is 30 […]


Can Kentucky Expedite Permits: An Introduction to Louisiana’s Program

William Shane, P.E.

The Division for Air Quality (DAQ) and Division of Water (DOW) issue air and water permits in Kentucky. When reviewing a permit application, each agency has a regulatory time frame (RTF) by which the agency must issue a final decision. The agency may issue (or deny) the permit prior to the deadline, or they may […]


Five Mile Policy Incorporated as Regulation by KY Division of Water

William Shane, P.E.

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) prohibits discharges from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) within 5 miles upstream from any public water supply intake. DOW also prohibits a public water supply from being located within 5 miles downstream of a WWTP discharge. These two analogous, yet independent, prohibitions were previously known as the Five Mile Policy. […]


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 […]