Governing Law and Regulations
Air pollution control laws: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.01-010 to 224.20.765
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
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.
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 ...