Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Ky.gov An Official Website of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Energy and Environment Cabinet

Compliance Assistance Banner

Division of Compliance Assistance
Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked compliance assistance questions. You can filter questions via topic---air, waste, water and general---in the last column. Hover over "topic" until an arrow appears. Click on the arrow and the pull-down menu will appear. You can then sort by topics. To restore the full menu, simply click on "remove filter" in the pull-down menu.   

 

 Compliance Assistance FAQs

 
Question
Answer
  
I would like to register a complaint with the Division of Water. How do I do it?
Complaints can be registered with the Division of Water (DOW) at 502-564-3410. Ask to speak with the complaint coordinator; your complaint will be logged and assigned to an inspector. If the complaint concerns an environmental emergency involving gasoline, oil, or other hazardous pollutants, contact the Environmental Response Team (ERT) at 502-564-2380 or 800-928-2380.
Water
Is it possible to review draft Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System on the Web?
The DOW posts documents related to public notices of wastewater discharge permit application, water quality certifications, socioeconomic demonstration and alternatives analysis and state planning and environmental assessment reports. Information can be found at the Public Notices and Hearings page at the DOW website.
Water
I'm interested in the laws that govern water issues (drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, etc.). What regulations and statutes are involved?
Most statutes and regulations are covered in Kentucky Revised Statutes Title XVIII, Chapter 224 and Kentucky Administrative Regulations Title 401, Chapters 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11. These laws can be found on the Kentucky Legislature website under Kentucky Law.
Water
I'm having difficulty understanding how to complete my Discharge Monitoring Report. Is guidance available?
The Discharge Monitoring Report Manual (DMR) can assist you. If further guidance is needed, call 502-564-0323 and ask to speak with a compliance assistance specialist in the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA).
Water
I want to become a drinking water or wastewater operator. I was told that I have to be certified by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Is this true?
Yes. The Kentucky Operator Certification Program is managed by DCA. Qualifications for certification include education and experience requirements. Information on the topic can be found at http://dca.ky.gov/certification/Pages/CertifiedOperator.aspx.
Water
How do I determine if my waste is hazardous?
The hazardous waste identification process involves four steps. Is the material a solid waste? (See 40 CFR Part 261.2) Is the waste specifically excluded from RCRA? (See 40 CFR Part 261.4) Is the waste a listed hazardous waste? (See 40 CFR Part 261.30) Does the waste exhibit a characteristic of hazardous waste? (See 40 CFR Part 261.20). 


Waste
What are typical permits required for a manufacturing facility?

DCA has developed a "Typical Permits" document that summarized the air, water and waste requirements.

 
General
What form do I use for my semiannual report?
There is no official form for the semiannual reports that are due every Jan. 30 and July 30. Normally the report takes the form of a letter certifying all monitoring requirements have been conducted for the reporting period. DCA can provide you with example letters.
General
I am filling out my air permit application and need information on potential-to-emit calculations. Where do I find it?
Potential-to-emit (PTE) calculations are required for every permit application. There are several resources available on DCA's website that help with PTE calculations. Calculations should be facilitywide in order to determine what type of permit is best for your facility. All calculations should be based on 8,760 hours of operation, regardless of how you actually operate. See the PTE Guide.
Air
How can I ensure that my air permit application is complete?
Each air permit application undergoes an administrative and technical review. All applications must include process flow diagrams, facility layouts, emission calculations, material safety data sheets, equipment specifications, etc. More importantly, all forms must be filled out completely. At a minimum, you must complete DEP7007AI, N and V forms. The other forms are process-specific. The key to a complete application is proper documentation and consistency throughout the application. It is a good idea to include a process description and application summary at the beginning of every application.
Air
Where do I go to check the progress of air permitting activities?
Air
Where do I find my SIC or NAICS code?
General
What is SCC and where do I find the codes?
SCC is a source classification code and they are process-specific with specific units. These codes can be found at http://cfpub.epa.gov/oarweb/index.cfm?action=fire.main#sccs.
General
Where can I find a topographic map?
General
How can I get my latitude and longitude?
Google Earth provides and easy way to get your coordinates as well as http://www.batchgeocode.com/lookup/. To convert coordinates, you can visit http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/DDDMMSS-decimal.html.
General
Where can I go to easily convert all type of units?
General
Where can I go to see if I am registered with the Kentucky Secretary of State?
General
How do I properly dispose of oily rags?

Wrung-out oily rags are solid waste and a hazardous waste determination must be made for them just like any solid waste. However, any used oil wrung-out from the rags will be subject to used oil regulations. Basically what this means is, you'll want to have the rags tested to make sure they don't come back with any hazardous waste characteristics. Assuming they don't come back positive, then they can be disposed of as solid waste. Once the determination has been made, you'll want to dispose of them accordingly (either as hazardous waste or solid waste).

Waste
What are the personnel training requirements for generators of hazardous waste?
Waste
If a waste such as used oil or scrap metal is recycled, is it exempt from all other waste regulations?
Yes, the details can be found at the following link: 40 CFR 261.6(a)(4).
Waste
I am considering demolishing my home to build another one on the same property, not in the same location. I have had it tested for asbestos and the test came back negative. There is no insulation in the walls and I have a metal roof. Can I bury the old home or does any part of it have to be hauled away? I plan to remove the metal from the roof.
This is allowed and is considered a Permit-By-Rule according to our Solid Waste Regulations. Be sure to note that you'll want to make sure the construction waste is not being buried near a stream where erosion can occur and that if weathering causes the waste to become exposed, you could get issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) from the Department for Environmental Protection. Here is a link to the specific regulation: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/401/047/150.htm.
Waste
Is there a requirement to maintain a manifest log for shipping hazardous waste?
Hazardous waste labels usually have a place for writing a manifest sequence number.
Waste
Is there a specific method to record a manifest sequence number or is this the same as a manifest number?
Yes, there is a requirement to maintain a manifest log for shipping hazardous waste and a company is required to keep the logs onsite for three years. The manifest sequence number is the same as the manifest number.
Waste
I have just been issued an air quality permit. What are the key things I need to know?
Below are a few key points, and DCA has developed an air permit guide with more detailed information. Read your permit. Make notes of testing, monitoring and recordkeeping requirements. Know how to notify the Division for Air Quality (DAQ) in the event of an upset or malfunction. See https://dep.gateway.ky.gov/ePortal/DesktopDefault.aspx. Send in your semiannual and annual compliance reports on time. Implement basic recordkeeping requirements specified in the General Conditions of every permit. Complete and submit your electronic emissions inventory survey every year. Train employees on their responsibilities to ensure compliance. Don't let your permit expire, and reapply six months prior to expiration.
Air