KY Department for Environmental Protection

Glossary

 

The following definitions are intended to assist individual when searching this database.  For the official definitions, the regulations or statutory definition should be consulted.   

 

Agency Interest
Agency Interest Identification Number (AI ID)
Air Program
Alternate/Historic ID
Alternate/Historic Name
Billing Party Name
Certificate of Coverage under a General Permit
Clean Water Act
Compost Facility (Compost Fac)
Conditional Major (Cond Mjr)
Conditional Major/Synthetic Minor (Cond Mjr/Syn Min)
Construction/Demolition Debris (CDD) Landfill
Construction Permit (CP)
Contained Landfill
Drinking Water Program
General Permit
Groundwater
Groundwater Assessment & Corrective Action (GW Corrective Action)
Groundwater Contamination Corrective Action (GW Contamin Cor Action Plan)
Hazardous Waste Program
Horizontal Expansion (HEX)
Licensee Name
KIMOP
KNDOP
KPDES
Major Source (Mjr Source)
Minor Source (Mnr Source)
Mod-Combustion
Mod-Ntf-Combustion
Mod req appr -Comb
Mod req appr-No Comb
Operating Permit (OP)
Post Closure (PC)
Residual Landfill
Resource Conservation and Local Assistance (RCLA)
Solid Waste
Solid Waste Program
Special Waste (SpW)
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code
Superfund
Synthetic Minor (Syn Minor) Operating Permit
Title V
Title V/PSD
Title V/Syn Mnr
Underground Storage Tank (UST)
Vertical Expansion (VEX)
Wastewater
Water Quality
Water Resources

Wild Card/Wild Card Character

 


 

Agency Interest - People, places or operations of interest to DEP. An agency interest is generally a location such as a site or facility that is regulated by DEP.

Agency Interest Identification Number (AI ID) - Unique identifier assigned to each Agency Interest.

Air Program - The program that issues permits for the management of air quality.

Alternate/Historic ID - An alternate or historic identifier for an Agency Interest such as a permit number or hazardous waste identification number.

Alternate/Historic Name - An alternate or historic name for an Agency Interest such as a legal corporate name, or a previous or historic name.

Billing Party Name -- The The person(s) or organization deemed responsible for the remitting payment to the Department

Certificate of Coverage under a General Permit -- The permission granted to a specific individual or company to operate under the terms of a General Permit.

Clean Water Act - The Federal Clean Water Act passed by the U. S. Congress to control water pollution.  It is formerly referred to as the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 or Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972.

Compost Facility(Compost Fac) - A permitted facility that takes wood and other plant debris (organic material) and holds it in a manner to allow naturally occurring bacteria to decompose (break down) the material.  The resulting "compost" can safely benefit plant growth in agriculture and landscape uses.

Conditional Major (Cond Mjr) - A category of industrial facility with an air permit that limits air emissions from the source to less than 100 tons per year of a criteria pollutant (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, SO2, VOC (ozone), CO and Lead) and/or less than 10 tons per year of a single hazardous air pollutant and/or less than 25 tons per year of a combination of hazardous air pollutants.

Conditional Major/Synthetic Minor (Cond Mjr/Syn Min) - a category of industrial facility with an air permit that limits air emissions from the source to less than major source thresholds (see definition of major source) to keep the company from falling under the applicability of the Title V operating permit program and/or the PSD (Prevention of significant deterioration of air quality), regulation.

Construction/Demolition Debris (CDD) Landfill- A permitted site for burial of solid waste from the construction, remodeling, repair, or demolition of structures and roads and/or vegetation resulting from land clearing, utility line maintenance, and seasonal and storm related cleanup.

Construction Permit (CP) - Permission or authorization issued by a DEP permitting program to construct a facility in accordance with specific rules and regulations.  Construction Permits do not include permission to begin operating the facility until construction has been certified as complete and an Operating Permit has been issued.

Contained Landfill - A permitted site for burial of solid waste from households and commercial/industrial facilities and constructed in a strict manner to prevent pollution from the waste from escaping into the environment.

Drinking Water Program - The program that issues approvals for the management of drinking water programs including both water treatment plants and distribution lines.

General Permit -A permit developed for a specific human activity without naming specific persons doing the activity.  Applicants are granted permission to operate within specific guidelines and conditions outlined in the General Permit.  General Permits are used in the Air Quality and Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) programs.

Groundwater - The program that approves groundwater protection plans, certifies well drillers and catalogues wells.

Groundwater Assessment & Corrective Action (GW Corrective Action) - The process of investigation (assessment) and repair (corrective action) of pollution of groundwater due to leaks of pollutants from a facility permitted under the hazardous waste program.

Groundwater Contamination Corrective Action (GW Contamin Cor Action Plan) - The plan for repair (corrective action) of pollution of ground water due to leaks of pollutants from a facility permitted under the hazardous waste program.

Hazardous Waste Program - The program that issues permits under Subtitle C of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for the transportation, storage, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste or issues registrations to businesses that generate (create) hazardous waste in the course of their day to day operations.

Horizontal Expansion (HEX) - An abbreviation for 'horizontal expansion' generally used in the solid waste program referring to an increase (expansion) in the volume of waste (airspace) at a landfill that extends horizontally from a previously permitted area.  [An increase in landfill volume resulting from a horizontal increase of the area of the waste disposal 'footprint]

Licensee Name - Name listed on the certificate or wallet card of an certified operator.

KIMOP - Kentucky Inter-municipal Operational Permit  is a wastewater discharge permit between two cities one of which has no sewage treatment plant. The city without a treatment plant gets this permit.

KNDOP - Kentucky No Discharge Operational Permits are issued to sewage treatment plants which do not discharge to waters of the Commonwealth.

KPDES - The Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System is the wastewater discharge permit program authorized under the Clean Water Act.

Major Source (Mjr Source) - A category of industrial facility with an air permit that has air emissions equal to or greater than 100 tons per year of a criteria pollutant (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, SO2, VOC (ozone), CO, Lead) and/or that emits or that has the potential to emit 10 tons per year or more of a single hazardous air pollutant or 25 tons per year or more of any combination of hazardous air pollutants.

Minor Source (Mnr Source)- A category of industrial facility with an air permit that has air emissions of less than 100 tons per year of a criteria pollutant (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, SO2, VOC (ozone), CO, Lead) and/or that emits less than 10 tons per year of a single hazardous air pollutant or less than 25 tons per year of a combination of hazardous air pollutants.

Mod-Combustion - A modification to a Hazardous Waste permit for a facility that has combustion equipment.

Mod-Ntf-Combustion - A modification to a Hazardous Waste permit, for a facility that has combustion equipment, that does not require re-issuance of the permit, but only a notification by the permittee.

Mod req appr -Comb - A modification to a Hazardous Waste permit, for a facility that has combustion equipment, that does not require re-issuance of the permit, but does require approval from the Department.

Mod req appr-No Comb - A modification to a Hazardous Waste permit, for a facility that does not have combustion equipment, that does not require re-issuance of the permit, but does require approval from the Department.

Operating Permit (OP) - Permission or authorization issued by a DEP permitting program to operate a facility in accordance with specific rules and regulations.  Operating Permits often contain requirements, conditions, standards, and variances that are specific and unique to the facility because of its location or method of operation.

Post Closure (PC) - A permit type for the monitoring and maintenance phase associated with a RCRA hazardous waste unit that has closed with waste in place.

Residual Landfill - A permitted site for burial of a limited number of specific industrial wastes such as waste from manufacturing processes, air pollution control device residue, sludge from water and wastewater treatment, and Special Waste.

Resource Conservation and Local Assistance (RCLA) - The program charged with providing assistance and promoting proper management of solid waste programs in Kentucky. RCLA reviews the 5-year Solid Waste Management Plans and the Annual Reports submitted by the counties.

Solid Waste - Any garbage or other discarded material (including solids, semi-solids, liquids, and gasses).  There are five (5) categories of Solid Waste: household, commercial, industrial, municipal, and hazardous.

Solid Waste Program - The program that issues permits under Subtitle D of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for the transportation, storage, treatment and disposal of solid waste or issues certifications to persons who manage or operate solid waste facilities.

Special Waste (SpW) - A category of waste produced by industry in large volumes but is of low risk to human health and the environment and thus might be handled in a less stringent manner than "Solid Waste".  Special Waste can include: mining waste, waste from burning coal, air pollution control waste, sludge from water and wastewater treatment, cement kiln dust, gas and oil drilling waste, and other waste as authorized by the DEP.

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code - A numbering system used to identify various types of industrial activities.  The SIC Code is published by the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, C. C. 20402.  A particular industry may have more than one SIC code if it conducts several types of commercial or industrial activities.  

Superfund - The program charged with overseeing corrective action and post-closure monitoring at state and federal superfund sites. The branch also issues closures for non-regulated petroleum release sites, issues approvals for Voluntary Environmental Remediation Program and performs Targeted Brownfield Assessments.

Synthetic Minor (Syn Minor) Operating Permit - A category of industrial facility with an air permit that emits or has potential air emissions of greater than 250 tons per year of a criteria pollutant.  However, the facility has elected to accept federally enforceable emissions limitations on their air permit which will limit emissions to less than 250 tons per year.

Title V - A federal operating program that applies to a major air emissions source (see definition of major source above), an acid rain program source, or a source that is subject to a NESHAPS (National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants) regulation.

Title V/PSD - A category of industrial facility with an air permit that is subject to the federal operating program (see Title V definition above) and also emits or has the potential to emit 250 tons or more per year of a criteria pollutant(s) (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, SO2, VOC (ozone), CO, Lead).

Title V/Syn Mnr - A category of industrial facility with an air permit that is subject to the federal operating program (see Title V definition above) and also limits air emissions from the source to less than 250 tons per year of a criteria pollutant(s) (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, SO2, VOC (ozone), CO, Lead) to keep the company from falling under the applicability of the PSD (Prevention of significant deterioration of air quality) regulation

Underground Storage Tank (UST) - The program responsible for regulating petroleum storage tanks that are 10 percent or more beneath the surface of the ground. The UST branch issues annual registrations certificates. The program also performs reviews of tank and piping closures and oversees corrective actions.

Vertical Expansion (VEX) - An abbreviation for 'vertical expansion' generally used in the solid waste program referring to an increase (expansion) in the volume of waste (airspace) at a landfill that extends vertically from a previously permitted area.  [An increase in landfill volume that does not result in a horizontal increase of the area of the waste disposal 'footprint'.]

Wastewater - The program for regulating wastewater discharges to the environment.  This includes Kentucky specific permits and permits issued under the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA).  

Water Quality - The program that issues permits for 401 water quality certification.

Water Resources - The program that issues permits for dams, floodplains and water withdrawal.

Wild Card/Wild Card Character a character, typically (% or *), used to substitute any other character or characters in a string.  In traditional computer systems, a wild card character was required to substitute character(s).  For example:  “%a% will return any word(s) that contain letter A or a; while a non-wild card search would only return exact matches.  Many modern computer systems (especially web based systems) wild card characters are no longer needed and rely on the system’s designers to determine “if, or when” to apply wild card(s).  eSearch will automatically apply wildcards to textbox field searches.  For example, entering a search value of “Mi” will return values that contain MI:  e.g.  Mike”, “Smith”, “Ami”, etc…