Act funding jumpstarts new waste-to-energy facility
The United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) joined the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA)
to recognize a $1.95 million project funded in part through the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 in Lexington,
Kentucky. The Kentucky Horse Park received loans through the
Clean Water State Revolving Fund for the purchase and installation
of a manure bioenergy management facility.
The Kentucky Horse Park spends an average of $200,000 per year
to dispose of horse manure. The construction of the new manure
bionergy management facility is a practical and sustainable solution
that will eliminate costs associated with waste disposal while
providing many environmental benefits.
The productive reuse of horse manure to generate electricity
is expected to substantially offset electric charges incurred.
Energy from waste produces less greenhouse gases than the continued
transport of manure to the landfill.
The project will serve the North Elkhorn Creek watershed and
provide regional water quality benefits to the area. The on-site
storage of manure will not contribute to ground or surface water
pollution, which will help to maintain the unnamed tributaries
to Cane Run that flow into North Elkhorn Creek.
In 2009, the EPA distributed $49.9 million in ARRA funding to
KIA to help the state finance overdue improvements to water projects
that are essential for protecting public health and the environment.
The funding augmented Kentucky’s Clean Water State Revolving
Fund (SRF) program, which provides low-interest loans for water
quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, non-point
source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management.
The Kentucky Horse Park project received $1,950,000 in assistance
through the SRF, including $950,000 in ARRA funds.