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PO Box 1070, Frankfort, KY 40602  Phone 502.875.2428, Fax 502.875.2845
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  • Public Service Commission Orders LG&E and KU to study development of energy efficiency and demand-management programs for industries.   
  • A Reminder About KRC's Email Policies  
  • Celebrating the Graduates of the Green Institute Class of 2014   
  • Looking Back At 2014: KRC As Others See Us   
  • A Note On The Passing Of A Great Man and Good Friend   
  • Remembering An Environmental Hero  
  • KRC Comments On Proposed Amendment to State Merchant Plant Siting Board Rules   
  • KRC Outlines Priorities For Reform Of Oil And Gas Laws And Regulations   
  • KRC Comments On Coal General Discharge Permits   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN REGULAR SESSION: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly   
  • Fitz Gives Keynote Address To 24th Annual Heartwood Forest Council Gathering  
  • Renewal of Landfaming Permit to Triple M Land Farms, Inc. Is Challenged   
  • Statement Of Tom FitzGerald on Being Nominated As A Federal Commissioner To The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission   
  • KRC Joins the National Parks Conservation Association and 26 other groups in filing a friend of the court brief supporting the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Clean Water Blueprint  
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Final Edition!   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Thirteenth Edition!   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Twelfth Edition   
  • ADT Letter Highlights Safety and Health Problems With AT&T Phone Deregulation Bill   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Eleventh Edition   
  • KRC Comments On Proposed Environmental Assessment for Texas Gas Abandonment Project   
  • KRC Presents Testimony To House Committee In Opposition To SB 99 Phone Deregulation Bill   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Tenth Edition   
  • KRC Letter to House Economic Development Committee Members Concerning SB 99 Misinformation  
  • Dormant Landlines In Rural Areas May Not Be Able To Reactivate Landline Service Under SB 99   
  • SB 99 Ends Public Service Commission Power Over Consumer Complaints In Many Kentucky Cities   
  • Reply Memorandum Filed In Bluegrass Pipeline Eminent Domain Case   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Ninth Edition   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Eighth Edition   
  • KRC Expresses Support For Removing Position of For-Profit Water Provider From Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Board   
  • KRC Expresses Concerns With Bill Stripping Public Service Commission of Power To Determine Value Of Acquired Utility Water And Sewer Assets   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Seventh Edition   
  • Motion Seeks Ruling That Bluegrass Pipeline Lacks Eminent Domain Power   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Sixth Edition!   
  • Updated Analysis Of Why AT&T Bill Is Bad News For Kentucky's Basic Phone Service Users   
  • THE 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Fifth Edition!   
  • Why AT&T's SB 99 Is Bad For Small Towns And Rural Areas of Kentucky   
  • Basic stand-alone phone service could be at risk for over 11,000 Kentucky households if SB 99 passes.  
  • Numbers Show Lack of Need For Senate Bill 1  
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Fourth Edition!   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Fourth Edition!   
  • KRC Opposes Bill That Would Lift Nuclear Plant Moratorium   
  • KRC Testifies Against New AT&T Phone Deregulation Bill   
  • KRC Testimony In Opposition To Senate Bill 1  
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Third Edition   
  • KRC Shares Concerns Regarding SB 1  
  • KRC Communicates Concerns With Phone Deregulation Bill Draft To AT&T   
  • 2014 AT&T Draft Bill Fails To Assure Continued Access To Reliable Basic Phone Service For All Kentuckians  
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Second Edition!   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The First Edition   
  • Counting Our Blessings  
  • Greenhouse Gas Regulations and their Effect on Local Communities and the Poor   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Prefiled Edition   
  • Complaint challenges EPA approval of selenium water quality standard for Kentucky   
  • Complaint Seeks Court Ruling On Whether Bluegrass Pipeline Company LLC Can Condemn Property For Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline   
  • Reflection on the passing of David Short  
  • Planning, Zoning And Hazardous Liquids Pipelines  
  • Planning, Zoning and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines   
  • A Conversation On Conservation And Stewardship  
  • KRC Comments On Proposed Brownfields Regulations   
  • “Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.” Voltaire   
  • KRC E-Mail Policy: No Attachments from KRC  Posted: August 30, 2003
    August 26, 2003

    To: KRC Members

    From: Tom FitzGerald

    Here at the Council, we take your e-mail privacy seriously. We attempt to avoid spreading any computer viruses, and never send or forward frivolous messages.

    Due to the recent concerns with virus attachments, KRC will NOT send any attached e-mails to our general mailing list. Instead, as issues or work of interest is generated by KRC, we will send you a message noting that the work has been posted (here) to our website, www.kyrc.org.

    If you receive any message from KRC that claims to have an attachment, or includes a questionable "subject," PLEASE let us know immediately in order that we may take steps to correct the problem.

    Thank you.

    Tom FitzGerald KRC


  • Where to take those old computers and monitors.  Posted: October 17, 2002
    There is an organization in Frankfort that will take old computers, as long as they are Pentium or above, and old printers and monitors. They will fix them, and in turn donate the equipment to needy families. The name of the organization is the Salvation Student Technology Center, 119 West Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601. The phone number is 502/226-6062.

    Cartridges that contain ink for inkjet printers and toner for laser printers and copying machines are being accepted in Jefferson County at:

    # 595 Hubbards Lane.

    # 3520 Newburg Road.

    # 7219 Dixie Highway (beind the Southwest Government Center).

    # 9300 Whipps Mill Road (behind police station).

    # 7201 Outer Loop (behind the Central Government Center).

    # 10620 W. Manslick Road (behind the police station).

    The Salvation Army of Frankfort will also take some type of gear.


  • KRC has a new office address  Posted: August 18, 2001
    KRC has moved. Our new street address is: 213 St. Clair St. Suite 200. Court Square, Frankfort, 40601. Our mailing address is still the same P. O. Box 1070, 40602.

  • A Reminder About KRC's Email Policies  Posted: December 15, 2014
    In light of a round of spurious emails purporting to be from "Fitz and Patti Fitzgerald," which is spam that should be deleted without opening, we're restating KRC's policy regarding emails. KRC will NEVER send an email with a link other than our newsletter, and does not send documents or attachments to general emails. KRC encourages you to never click on links in untrusted emails.
  • Celebrating the Graduates of the Green Institute Class of 2014   Posted: December 6, 2014
    Click the headline to read Fitz's keynote address to the Center for Neighborhoods Green Institute Class of 2014! Proud of those grads!!
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Final Edition!   Posted: April 16, 2014
    At midnight April 15, the 2014 General Assembly Regular Session adjourned sine die until January, 2015 unless called into special session before then. Click the headline to read of the final disposition of the bills that KRC supported, opposed, and tracked during the session. A post-session wrap up of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" will be posted on the weekend.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Thirteenth Edition!   Posted: April 1, 2014
    Click the headline to read about the bills and resolutions that the Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2014 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of day Monday, March 31, 2014. The General Assembly has adjourned until April 14, when it will return for two days in order to complete action on remaining bills and to consider any vetos of bills.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Twelfth Edition   Posted: March 29, 2014
    Click the headline to read about the bills and resolutions that KRC is supporting, opposing, and tracking, during the 2014 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through March 28, 2014.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Eleventh Edition   Posted: March 21, 2014
    Click the headline to read about the bills and resolutions that the Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2014 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through March 21.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Tenth Edition   Posted: March 14, 2014
    Click the headline to read more about the bills that KRC is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2014 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of day March 14, 2014.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Ninth Edition   Posted: March 7, 2014
    Click the headline to read more about the bills and resolutions that KRC is supporting, opposing, and tracking during this legislative session complete through end of day March 7, 2014.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Eighth Edition   Posted: February 28, 2014
    Click the headline to read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is tracking during the 2014 session.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Seventh Edition   Posted: February 21, 2014
    Click the headline to read more about the bills that KRC is supporting, opposing, and tracking during this 2014 Regular Session, complete through end of day February 21, 2014.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Sixth Edition!   Posted: February 14, 2014
    Click the headline to read about the bills and resolutions that KRC is tracking, supporting, and opposing during the 2014 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through February 14, 2014.
  • THE 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Fifth Edition!   Posted: February 7, 2014
    Click the heading to read about the bills and resolutions that we're tracking,supporting, and opposing during the 2014 General Assembly Session, complete through February 7, 2014.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Fourth Edition!   Posted: January 31, 2014
    Click the headline to read about the bills and resolutions that KRC is tracking, supporting, and opposing during the 2014 General Assembly Regular Session
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Fourth Edition!   Posted: January 31, 2014
    Click the headline to read about the bills and resolutions that KRC is tracking, supporting, and opposing during the 2014 General Assembly Regular Session
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Third Edition   Posted: January 24, 2014
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is tracking during the 2014 session, complete through January 24, 2014.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Second Edition!   Posted: January 17, 2014
    Click the headline to read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is tracking during the 2014 session, complete through end of legislative day 9, January 17, 2014.
  • Greenhouse Gas Regulations and their Effect on Local Communities and the Poor   Posted: December 18, 2013
    Click the headline to read the written text of KRC's presentation at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Energy Management Conference, December 18, 2013
  • KRC Comments On Proposed Brownfields Regulations   Posted: November 10, 2013
    Click the headline to read KRC's comments on the proposed regulations implementing the 2012 Brownfields Redevelopment statute, KRS 224.1-415.
  • Some things to think about before you grant a pipeline easement   Posted: October 10, 2013
    The Bluegrass Pipeline Partners have begun soliciting easements from landowners along the route of the proposed natural gas liquids pipeline. With the assistance of Terry Geoghagen, Commonwealth Attorney for Nelson, Hart, and Larue Counties, KRC has prepared a handout with some concerns that a landowner may want to address in negotiating an easement agreement. Click the headline to read more.
  • KRC Testifies On Bluegrass NGL Pipeline   Posted: September 9, 2013
    Click the headline to read the written comments submitted by the Council to the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment concerning the proposd "Bluegrass" Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

  • Public Service Commission Orders LG&E and KU to study development of energy efficiency and demand-management programs for industries.   Posted: December 15, 2014
    In a November 14, 2014 Order, the Public Service Commission directed Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric to study the development of utility-sponsored energy efficiency and demand-management programs for industrial customers. Despite a statutory exception allowing high-usage industrial customers to opt out of utility-sponsored DSM and EE programs only if they had their own similar programs, LG&E and KU had categorically excluded industries from DSM and EE programs. The Commission Order, which can be read at http://www.psc.ky.gov/order_vault/Orders_2014/201400003_11142014.pdf, could significantly benefit both industrial electric users and all classes of customers by making industrial customers, who are 30% of the LGE/KU load, more efficient. KRC represented the Metropolitan Housing Coalition in this case.
  • Looking Back At 2014: KRC As Others See Us   Posted: December 6, 2014
    Click the headline to read some of the notes that KRC received in 2014! The kind words of friends, clients, and allies is a tonic to us!
  • A Note On The Passing Of A Great Man and Good Friend   Posted: August 19, 2014
    It was with sorrow that we read of the death at age 84 of Charles Bracelen Flood on August 15, 2014. "Brace" was a long-time friend and ally, and worked closely with KRC's Director to oppose incineration of the stockpile of chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Kentucky. His wit, his insight, and his thoughtful approach to advocating on behalf of his family and community for alternatives to incineration will be remembered, as will his meticulous and accessible history of the post-war life of Robert E. Lee, and his other historical works. We join with Brace's wife Kathy and his children and grandchildren, in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.
  • Remembering An Environmental Hero  Posted: August 18, 2014
    We at the Council join with people across the Commonwealth in mourning the passing and celebrating the life of Dan Kash, who died on July 11, 2014 at age 73. As John Hornback noted, "Dan was a one-of-a-kind guy. As supervisor of the Ashland Regional Office, he dealt with some of the longest-term complex issues that the Division of Air Quality faced in the 1980s and 90s." Another colleague remembered Dan pointing to the yellowish purple sky in Ashland and saying "we have a lot of work to do here." In Dan's memory, we rededicate ourselves to the goals of improving environmental health and justice.
  • KRC Comments On Proposed Amendment to State Merchant Plant Siting Board Rules   Posted: July 9, 2014
    Click the headline to read KRC's comments on the proposed amendment to the state electric generation siting board rules. KRC is encouraging the Board to adopt electronic case filing and service requirements similar to those of the Public Service Commission, with an opt-out provision for those without web access.
  • KRC Outlines Priorities For Reform Of Oil And Gas Laws And Regulations   Posted: July 3, 2014
    KRC is participating in a workgroup along with members of the oil and gas industry in Kentucky, to revise and improve state laws and regulations and to address some emerging issues within the industry. Click the headline to read KRC's recommendations on priority issues that need to be addressed.
  • KRC Comments On Coal General Discharge Permits   Posted: July 3, 2014
    Click the headline to read the comments that the Council submitted seeking improvements in the proposed coal general water discharge permits.
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN REGULAR SESSION: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly   Posted: May 30, 2014
    Continuing a tradition 30 years in the making, the Kentucky Resources Council has been active in promoting legislation to protect the environment, conserve natural resources, protect the public in matters relating to public utility regulation, and to safeguard and advance the rights of the public to be involved in matters of governance. We have also been active in opposing bills and resolutions that would adversely affect these values. Click the headline to read a synopsis of the 2014 General Assembly Actions Affecting The Environment
  • Fitz Gives Keynote Address To 24th Annual Heartwood Forest Council Gathering  Posted: May 28, 2014
    "CHANGING THE CLIMATE: ACTIVISM IN THE ERA OF SHALE GAS" was the topic of the keynote address, delivered on May 24th in Ozark, Illinois. Click the headline to read the text.
  • Renewal of Landfaming Permit to Triple M Land Farms, Inc. Is Challenged   Posted: May 28, 2014
    On behalf of local residents who have been affected by a facility that has accepted food industry wastes and petroleum-contaminated soils for "landfarming" in Simpson County, KRC filed an administrative challenge on May 27 to the permit reissuance action. Click the headline to read the petition.
  • Statement Of Tom FitzGerald on Being Nominated As A Federal Commissioner To The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission   Posted: May 22, 2014
    Click the headline to read the statement in its entirety.
  • KRC Joins the National Parks Conservation Association and 26 other groups in filing a friend of the court brief supporting the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Clean Water Blueprint  Posted: April 24, 2014
    A coalition of environmental and conservation associations, including KRC, filed a amicus curiae brief today before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, supporting the District Court decision upholding the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint TMDL Plan, and opposing the efforts by the Farm Bureau and 21 state Attorneys General (including Kentucky) seeking reversal of the District Court's well-reasoned decision. The position advocated by Attorney General Jack Conway and his fellow Attorneys General would significantly weaken efforts to restore impaired waterways in and around Kentucky. The critical restoration plan for cleaning up the Chesapeake was supported by all Chesapeake states. The amicus brief can be read at http://www.npca.org/assets/pdf/NCPA-Amicus-Brief-Chesapeake.pdf.
  • ADT Letter Highlights Safety and Health Problems With AT&T Phone Deregulation Bill   Posted: March 24, 2014
    Click the headline to read the text of a letter sent from ADT Security Services to state Representative Palumbo opposing SB 99 because of potential impacts on alarm services and medical monitoring.
  • KRC Comments On Proposed Environmental Assessment for Texas Gas Abandonment Project   Posted: March 18, 2014
    The southern part of the proposed Bluegrass Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline would be a pipeline currently used by Texas Gas to ship natural gas north from Louisiana to Hardinsburg, Kentucky. As part of the process of approving the "abandonment" of the pipeline for natural gas, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must evaluate the environmental impacts of such approval. Click the headline to read KRC's comments on the environmental assessment prepared by FERC.
  • KRC Presents Testimony To House Committee In Opposition To SB 99 Phone Deregulation Bill   Posted: March 15, 2014
    Click the headline to read the text of the written testimony presented to the House Economic Development Committee in Opposition to the AT&T Bill, SB 99.
  • KRC Letter to House Economic Development Committee Members Concerning SB 99 Misinformation  Posted: March 14, 2014
    Click the headline to read KRC's letter to all members of the House Economic Development Committee concerning two significant represesentations made by AT&T concerning the impact of the phone deregulation bill that were inaccurate.
  • Dormant Landlines In Rural Areas May Not Be Able To Reactivate Landline Service Under SB 99   Posted: March 13, 2014
    Supporters of SB 99 Claim That Any Rural Homes With Landlines Will be Able to Reactivate Basic Local Phone Service. SB 99 Does Not Clearly Protect That Right. Click the headline to learn more.
  • SB 99 Ends Public Service Commission Power Over Consumer Complaints In Many Kentucky Cities   Posted: March 13, 2014
    Minutes before the House Economic Development Committee voted on March 13 to approve the AT&T telephone deregulation bill, AT&T was asked whether the Public Service Commission would lose authority over consumer complaints, and was told that the bill didn't do away with any of the PSC's jurisdiction over consumer complaints. Click the headline to read the truth of how the bill guts PSC power over consumer complaints in many cities.
  • Reply Memorandum Filed In Bluegrass Pipeline Eminent Domain Case   Posted: March 7, 2014
    Click the headline to read the Reply Brief filed in support of the motion by Kentuckians United To Restrain Eminent Domain for a declaration from the Franklin Circuit Court that Bluegrass Pipeline may not avail itself of the eminent domain grant in KRS 278.502. The matter will be argued in Franklin Circuit Court on Monday, March 10 at 1:30 pm.
  • KRC Expresses Support For Removing Position of For-Profit Water Provider From Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Board   Posted: February 28, 2014
    Click the headline to read the letter of support sent to the sponsors of House Bill 381.
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