Branch Manager - April Webb
The Hazardous Waste (HW) Branch oversees handling of hazardous waste "from cradle to grave." Authority to implement the hazardous waste laws has been delegated to Kentucky by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This involves the promotion of hazardous waste minimization, hazardous waste management and remediation of hazardous waste releases through permitting, corrective action, registration and reporting requirements.
Administrative Support Section - Supervisor Bill Schneider
This section issues EPA identification numbers for generators, transporters, recyclers, used oil handlers and universal waste handlers. It reviews annual reports and assessment returns from hazardous waste generators and facilities. It also conducts data management for the hazardous waste program. In addition, it reviews financial assurance submittals from hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal facilities.
Blue Grass Army Depot Section - Supervisor Vacant
This section has been entrusted to review, amend and approve the permit applications as well as keep stakeholders and the community informed of plant activities. It is the section's duty to ensure compliance during construction and operation of the Bluegrass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant as well as safe storage of the stockpile for enhanced protection of human health and the environment.
Corrective Action Section - Supervisor Bart Schaffer
This section provides oversight of the investigation and cleanup of hazardous environmental contamination. Under both the state and federal hazardous waste laws, all facilities that treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste must investigate and clean up all known or likely releases (spills) of hazardous wastes or materials with hazardous constituents. These requirements were established under the federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA). HSWA was an expansion of and amendment to the original federal hazardous waste law known as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, or RCRA. Kentucky was granted final authorization to implement the corrective action program on June 25, 1996 from EPA.
Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Section - Supervisor Todd Mullins
This section's mission is to protect human health and the environment by ensuring a comprehensive remediation of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant based on priorities established by the parties to the Federal Facilities Agreement (FFA) and by ensuring actions taken are consistent with applicable, relevant and appropriate regulations.
Permit Review Section - Supervisor John Jump
This section’s objective is a consistent evaluation of hazardous waste permit applications for technical accuracy and compliance with the state statutes and administrative regulations to ensure adequate protection of human health and the environment. This section reviews hazardous waste permit applications by evaluating the plans and designs for location, geology/ hydrogeology, transportation, construction and hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal processes pertaining to the facility, and makes recommendations to the division director to issue/deny permits for storage, treatment or disposal of hazardous waste. It also processes hazardous waste closure plans by reviewing technical documents pertaining to closure of hazardous waste facilities or units. This review involves evaluation of closure procedures, decontamination methods and cost estimation to ensure compliance with current environmental regulations. In addition, the section prepares documentation such as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Facility Assessment reports for hazardous waste sites; provides engineering assistance to other state agencies, regulated industries, consultants, public groups and private citizens; conducts public meetings and hearings; and makes presentations as part of the hazardous waste permitting or closure processes listed above.