William Shane, P.E.


WOTUS Rule to Be Rescinded or Revised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) […]


DAQ Establishes Updated Title V Air Emissions Fee

William Shane, P.E.

On December 2, 2016, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) held a public hearing to establish the Title V air emissions fee for the upcoming year. The fees are used by DAQ to cover all reasonable costs of administering the state air permit program. During the hearing, Margaret Hunter announced that DAQ proposes to […]


EPA Issues Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS

William Shane, P.E.

In May 2016, EPA released drinking water health advisories for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). For many years, these chemicals were widely used in carpets, clothing, fabrics in furniture, food packaging, and other materials (e.g., cookware) to make them more resistant to water, grease, and stains. They are also used for firefighting at […]


Using Worms to Treat Wastewater?

William Shane, P.E.

Traditional methods of treating wastewater – such as an activated sludge plant – have been refined over time to become very effective. A typical activated sludge plant will include screening, sedimentation, aeration, clarification, disinfection, and sludge processing. Correctly size and situate the tanks, and the regulatory authority will have no problem approving the design. If […]


Going “Brown” to Power Our Cars

William Shane, P.E.

Imagine a seemingly unlimited source of “clean” fuel that could be used to power our cars. Better yet, imagine that this source is normally discarded in landfills. This, of course, would be an amazing discovery. Best of all, we no longer have to imagine; this scenario has become reality. So what is the source? Sewage […]


Gold King Mine Added to Superfund National Priorities List

William Shane, P.E.

In August 2015, EPA personnel and federal contractors breached a sealed mine entrance at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado and released approximately three million gallons of mine wastewater and tailings into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River. The effects of the spill, such as contamination of the Animas and San Juan […]