Henderson and Crittenden Counties are among 26 Kentucky counties awarded funding to clean up illegal dumps.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet announced today approximately $1.75 million in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 139 illegal dumps in the 26 counties across the Commonwealth.
As part of the grant funding, counties must agree to provide a 25 percent match of the grant amount. According to the release, the Energy and Environment Cabinet may waive the 25 percent match on any individual illegal open dump costing more than $50,000 to remediate.
State officials indicate the funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is the first legislated and ongoing source of state funding for dump cleanup. Previously, county and federal sources primarily provided the funding.
State officials indicate legislation passed in 2006 changed the reimbursement program to a grant program, and also expanded the scope of the funding to address household hazardous waste collection and recycling infrastructure, in addition to illegal dump and old landfill projects.
The other 24 counties awarded funding include: Adair, Breathitt, Calloway, Clinton, Cumberland, Garrard/Lincoln Solid Waste Management Area, Green, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Lee, Leslie, Lyon, Magoffin, Marion, Metcalfe, Owsley, Pendleton, Pike, Russell, Shelby, Warren, Whitley and Wolfe.