Kentucky Environmental Protection Agency: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air pollution control laws: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.01-010 to 224.20.765

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Kentucky emergency response and planning: KRS 39E.010 to 39E.990

Emergency release notification: KRS 224.01-400

Voluntary environmental remediation: KRS 224.01-510 to 224.01-532

Hazardous waste management: KRS 224.46-012 to 224.46-870

Solid waste management: KRS 224.43-010 to 224.43-815

Underground storage tanks (UST) laws: KRS 224.60-100 to 224.60-160

Water quality laws: KRS 224.70-100 to 224.70-140

Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program: KRS 338.011 to 338.991

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (ECC)

EPA Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In Kentucky, ECC's Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is the counterpart to EPA. DEP has primary responsibility for protecting Kentucky's land, water, and air from pollution.

Administration and enforcement. Kentucky is authorized by EPA to implement its own state air, water, and waste management rules. To maintain federal authorization, the state's air, water, and waste management rules are required to be at least as strict as the federal requirements.

In many cases, both the state and federal government have the power to enforce the environmental regulations.

State Requirements

ECC is divided into three departments: DEP, the Department for Natural Resources, and the Department for Energy Development and Independence. DEP has primary responsibility for the protection of the state's public health and environment.


DEP contains the environmental permitting agencies for water, air, and ...

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