(AP) — Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely has announced grants to help communities clean up illegal dumps across the state.
A news release from the agency says $1.75 million has been awarded to 26 counties to clean up 139 dumping areas. The grants are funded through a fee collected on each ton of garbage disposed of at Kentucky municipal solid waste facilities.
The statement says officials have made "significant progress" in cleaning up illegal dumps due to the fee that's been in place since 2002.
Counties that received grants include Adair, Breathitt, Calloway, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Garrard/Lincoln Solid Waste Management Area, Green, Harlan, Hart, Henderson, Jackson, Lee, Leslie, Lyon, Magoffin, Marion, Metcalfe, Owsley, Pendleton, Pike, Russell, Shelby, Warren, Whitley and Wolfe.