Announcement is first round of Kentucky Pride Fund
Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that $4,578,000 in matching funds will be distributed from the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 82 illegal dump sites in 34 counties.
“The sites selected for the first round of reimbursements from the Fund pose the greatest threat to human health and the environment,” said Governor Fletcher. “It is very gratifying to be able to partner with the counties and get these dangerous dumps cleaned up.”
The Kentucky Pride Fund is administered by the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. The sites were selected by Division of Waste Management staff working from a list of 1,173 open dumps reported to the state by counties. The illegal dump sites were ranked based on factors including proximity to water sources and schools as well as the contents of each dump.
State funding for the dump cleanup is derived from a $1.75 environmental remediation fee for each ton of garbage generated in Kentucky and disposed of at municipal solid waste disposal facilities. The “tipping fee,” authorized by the 2002 General Assembly under House Bill 174, is collected quarterly and placed in the Kentucky Pride Fund to help combat illegal dumping and finance the closure of old landfills.
The Pride Fund marks the first time there has been a legislated and ongoing source of state funding. Illegal dump cleanup has been an ongoing project in Kentucky for several years, primarily using county and federal money. The estimated cost of the first-round cleanup is $6,105,000. Participating counties will provide a 25% match.
* Attached is a chart listing the counties participating in the first-round cleanup of the Kentucky Pride Fund.