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Gov. Steve Beshear has announced that more than $2.9 million in illegal open dump grants have been distributed from the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 293 illegal dumps in 52 counties.
Taylor County Fiscal Court received $75,750.
Counties agree to provide a 25 percent match for the cleanup of individual illegal open dumps costing less than $50,000 to clean up. The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet may waive the 25 percent match on any individual illegal open dumps costing more than $50,000 to remediate.
State funding for the illegal open dump grant program comes from a $1.75 environmental remediation fee for each ton of garbage disposed of at Kentucky 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.
Senate Bill 50, which became effective in 2006, changed the illegal open dump reimbursement program to a grant program. The legislation also expanded the scope of the fund to address household hazardous waste collection and recycling infrastructure, in addition to illegal dump and old landfill projects.