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PO Box 1070, Frankfort, KY 40602  Phone 502.875.2428, Fax 502.875.2845
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  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: Sixth Edition!   
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: Fifth Edition!   
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: Fourth Edition   
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: The Third Edition   
  • In Memory Of A Courageous Advocate  
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Well Be Watching: Second Edition!  
  • KRC Supplemental Comments On Proposed Anaerobic Digester Project   
  • An Alternative To The Star Energy/Heaven Hill Anaerobic Digester Proposal   
  • 2016 General Assembly in Regular Session: Bills We're Watching: The First Edition!   
  • Looking Back On KRC's Work In 2015  
  • 2016 Kentucky General Assembly In Regular Session: Bills We're Tracking - The Prefiled Edition  
  • KRC Statement Opposing Conditional Use Permit For Biodigester   
  • As Others See KRC 2015  
  • KRC Opposes Location of Four Anaerobic Biodigester Units In Louisville's California Neighborhood   
  • Challenge to EPA Approval of 2013 Kentucky water quality standards for selenium and for preventing eutrophication results in settlement agreement.   
  • Agreed Order Of Judgment Ends Suit Against Boyd County Landfill; Provides Better Control On Future Operations   
  • Scenic Kentucky Challenges Regulations Allowing Electronic Variable Message Billboards  
  • Timber Theft Is Topic Of Interim Committee Meeting   
  • Billboard Regulations Allowing Multiple Message Electronic Billboards And Tree-Cutting In Public Rights-Of-Way Seriously Flawed   
  • KRC Participates In Panel Discussion On EPA's Clean Power Plan At Governor's Conference On The Environment   
  • Statement of KRC Director Tom FitzGerald On Proposed Stream Protection Rule  
  • Remembering Deb Bledsoe  
  • Citizens Challenge 2005 Boyd County Fiscal Court Allowance of 42.9 Million Tons of Waste For Big Run Landfill  
  • KRC questions legality of proposed regulations allowing electronic multi-message billboards, and allowing destruction of trees in public rights of way to improve billboard visibility.   
  • Proposed Settlement in LG&E Rate Case Protects Low-and-Fixed Income Ratepayers; Encourages Energy Efficiency   
  • KRC Comments On Draft Billboard Regulation Revisions  
  • SOME BACKGROUND ON THE UTICA MARCELLUS TEXAS PIPELINE PROJECT   
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 7th Edition   
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 6th Edition!   
  • HOUSE BILL 240 WOULD IMPOSE AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL FINANCIAL BARRIER TO ACCESS TO THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR REVIEW OF ZONING DECISIONS   
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 5th Edition   
  • House Bill 386 Updates Oil and Gas Laws And Extends Protections For Landowners   
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 4th Edition   
  • AT&T Bills Would Impede, Not Expand, High Speed Rural Broadband Access   
  • Senate Bill 3: 2015 Version of AT&Ts Deregulation Bill Fails To Assure Continued Access To Reliable Basic Phone Service For All Kentuckians   
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 3rd Edition   
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 2nd Edition  
  • KRC Testifies In Opposition To AT&T Deregulation Bill  
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching   
  • Senate Bill 3 / House Bill 152: 2015 Version of AT&Ts Deregulation Bill Fails To Assure Continued Access To Reliable Basic Phone Service For All Kentuckians   
  • KRC Director Testifies Against Proposed Constitutional Amendment Allowing Legislative Committees To Veto Administrative Regulations   
  • 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 Were Watching: The Final Edition!   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills Were Watching: The Thirteenth Edition!   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills Were Watching: The Twelfth Edition   
  • ADT Letter Highlights Safety and Health Problems With AT&T Phone Deregulation Bill   
  • 2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills Were Watching: The Eleventh Edition   
  • 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.

  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: Sixth Edition!   Posted: February 12, 2016
    Click on the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2016 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of legislative day February 12, 2016.
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: Fifth Edition!   Posted: February 5, 2016
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2016 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of legislative day February 5, 2016.
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: Fourth Edition   Posted: January 29, 2016
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2016 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of legislative day January 29, 2016.
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: The Third Edition   Posted: January 22, 2016
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2016 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of legislative day January 21, 2016.
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Well Be Watching: Second Edition!  Posted: January 15, 2016
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, energy, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2016 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of legislative day January 15, 2016.
  • 2016 General Assembly in Regular Session: Bills We're Watching: The First Edition!   Posted: January 8, 2016
    Click the headline to read about the bills and resolutions that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2016 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of legislative day January 8, 2016. The list will be updated each Friday during the session.
  • KRC Statement Opposing Conditional Use Permit For Biodigester   Posted: December 8, 2015
    Click the headline to read KRC's written statement in opposition to the granting of a conditional use permit to allow construction of four anaerobic digesters within 125 feet of residential properties in Louisville's west end California neighborhood. The statement was presented to the Board of Zoning Adjustment at a December 7, 2015 hearing - a second hearing will will be held on January 21, 2016.
  • Challenge to EPA Approval of 2013 Kentucky water quality standards for selenium and for preventing eutrophication results in settlement agreement.   Posted: November 24, 2015
    A settlement agreement between six conservation groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and industrial interests, has been submitted for review to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. If approved by the Court, the EPA approval of the 2013 revisions would be remanded back to the EPA for further actions. KRC's Tom FitzGerald was one of several counsel representing the six Plaintiff organizations. To read the Settlement Agreement terms, click the headline.
  • Remembering Deb Bledsoe  Posted: September 4, 2015
    Deb Bledsoe, long-time environmental advocate and former Director of Appalachia-Science In The Public Interest, died today after a long and courageous battle with cancer. In her honor and memory, KRC is reposting a tribute to her on the occasion of her receipt of the Stu Butler Award from Kentucky Heartwood in 2010.
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 7th Edition   Posted: March 12, 2015
    Click the headline to read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council has been tracking during the 2015 session, complete through end of legislative day March 11, 2015. Veto days began today, and the General Assembly will reconvene on March 23rd and adjourn sine die on the 24th.
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 6th Edition!   Posted: March 6, 2015
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is tracking during the 2015 session, complete through end of legislative day March 4, 2015.
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 5th Edition   Posted: February 27, 2015
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council will be tracking during the 2015 session, complete through end of legislative day February 27, 2015.
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 4th Edition   Posted: February 20, 2015
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is tracking during the 2015 session, complete through end of legislative day February 20, 2015.
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 3rd Edition   Posted: February 13, 2015
    Click the headling to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council will be tracking during the 2015 session, complete through end of legislative day February 13, 2015.
  • 2015 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills Were Watching: 2nd Edition  Posted: February 6, 2015
    Click the headline to read about environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is tracking during the 2015 session, complete through end of legislative day February 6, 2015.
  • Senate Bill 3 / House Bill 152: 2015 Version of AT&Ts Deregulation Bill Fails To Assure Continued Access To Reliable Basic Phone Service For All Kentuckians   Posted: January 9, 2015
    Click the headline to read KRC's analysis of this year's version of the AT&T Bill, Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 152.
  • 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 Were 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 Were 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.

  • In Memory Of A Courageous Advocate  Posted: January 21, 2016
    It is with sadness that the Council reports that long-time environmental health and justice advocate Corinne Whitehead of Benton, Kentucky, died on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at age 92. Corinne was the second recipient of the Sue Anne Salmon Award, which the Board of KRC approved with these words: "This award is given annually in memory and honor of Sue Anne Salmon to a person who, like Sue Anne, has patterned courage, tenacity, grace, and love of others, in her life and lifes work. The Board of the Kentucky Resources Council is proud to bestow this second Sue Anne Salmon Community Advocacy Award upon Corinne Whitehead, who through her many advocacy efforts as founder of the Coalition for Health Concern, has demonstrated principled and courageous effort for the betterment of community and the environment, and in particular for greater accountability in the generation, management, and disposal of hazardous wastes in our air, land, and waters." Council staff member Becky Raff noted on the occasion of Corinne's death that "She possessed the strength and determination to take on the big guys in Calvert City so many years ago. She truly was a pioneer in the environmental community in Kentucky." In Corinne's memory and honor, we at the Council rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work of restoring reason and justice to Kentucky's environmental policies.
  • KRC Supplemental Comments On Proposed Anaerobic Digester Project   Posted: January 8, 2016
    Prior to the announcement on January 7, 2016 by Star Energy that the biodigester plant proposed for 17th and Maple Streets in Louisville had been abandoned, KRC had researched the setbacks required in Germany and England; two nations identified by the project proponents as examples of the success of AD units. Click the headline to read the testimony that would have been presented on January 21, 2016, reflecting that for a plant the size of that proposed here, England would require a minimum setback from residences of 656 feet, and Germany, 984 feet. The proposed and now abandoned 17th and Maple project would have been a mere 120 feet from the nearest residence.
  • An Alternative To The Star Energy/Heaven Hill Anaerobic Digester Proposal   Posted: January 8, 2016
    Click the headline to read KRC's brief proposal, presented previously to local officials and Star Energy, on more appropriate siting of an Anaerobic Digestion Plant.
  • Looking Back On KRC's Work In 2015  Posted: December 29, 2015
    As we turn to the new year, we pause to look back on 2015 and the Council's work. We are ever grateful to the friends and members of the Council who give of their time and resources to help advance our common goal of restoring environmental health and justice. Click the headline to read more about the Council in 2015.
  • 2016 Kentucky General Assembly In Regular Session: Bills We're Tracking - The Prefiled Edition  Posted: December 22, 2015
    Click the headline to read about the bills prefiled for the 2016 Session that KRC will be tracking.
  • As Others See KRC 2015  Posted: December 8, 2015
    As we wind down the calendar year, we share some notes we've received from KRC members, friends, and those whom KRC has helped during 2015. Click the headline to see "How Others See Us"
  • KRC Opposes Location of Four Anaerobic Biodigester Units In Louisville's California Neighborhood   Posted: December 2, 2015
    Click the headline to read the Council's position paper on the proposed biodigester units in Louisville's west end California neighborhood.
  • Agreed Order Of Judgment Ends Suit Against Boyd County Landfill; Provides Better Control On Future Operations   Posted: November 24, 2015
    The settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Citizens of Boyd County Environmental Coalition against River Cities Disposal, the Energy and Environment Cabinet, and the Boyd County Fiscal Court, will end shipment of wastes by rail in June 2016 and will provide better controls on the landfill operation, resulting in a reduction of the odors that have plagued residents living near the landfill. Click the headline to read the terms and conditions of the agreement, which was filed in and approved by the Boyd Circuit Court today.
  • Scenic Kentucky Challenges Regulations Allowing Electronic Variable Message Billboards  Posted: November 12, 2015
    Click the headline to read the text of a complaint filed in Franklin Circuit Court on behalf of Scenic Kentucky by KRC, seeking a declaration that the regulations adopted by the Kentucky Department of Transportation allowing multiple message electronic billboards and removal of trees in public rights-of-way in order to improve visibility of billboards.
  • Timber Theft Is Topic Of Interim Committee Meeting   Posted: October 5, 2015
    Click the headline to read KRC's written testimony on the difficulties faced by victims of timber theft in finding justice, and our recommendations going forward.
  • Billboard Regulations Allowing Multiple Message Electronic Billboards And Tree-Cutting In Public Rights-Of-Way Seriously Flawed   Posted: September 10, 2015
    Click the headline to read KRC's July 14, 2015 Letter Concerning the Final Regulations Proposed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet which would reverse long-standing state policy and allow multi-message electronic LED billboards along highways and would allow destruction of trees in public highway rights of way in order to increase billboard visibility.
  • KRC Participates In Panel Discussion On EPA's Clean Power Plan At Governor's Conference On The Environment   Posted: September 10, 2015
    Click the headline to read the written statement of KRC Director Tom FitzGerald on the Clean Power Plan, presented at the Conference in Lexington on September 10, 2015.
  • Statement of KRC Director Tom FitzGerald On Proposed Stream Protection Rule  Posted: September 4, 2015
    Click the headline to read the statement presented at the September 3 Lexington, Kentucky hearing on the Office of Surface Mining's proposed steam protection rule.
  • Citizens Challenge 2005 Boyd County Fiscal Court Allowance of 42.9 Million Tons of Waste For Big Run Landfill  Posted: August 14, 2015
    The Citizens of Boyd County Environmental Coalition (CBCEC) today filed suit in Boyd Circuit Court, challenging the adoption of a Resolution in 2005 by the Boyd County Fiscal Court that granted 42.9 million tons of waste capacity to the Big Run Landfill, paving the way for a substantial expansion of that landfill. The landfill has been in the news recently because of long-standing odor problems associated with the landfill and associated transfer station. The lawsuit claims that the 2005 action constituted a franchise or privilege that should have been competitively bid and subject to a 20-year maximum. The CBCEC is represented by the Kentucky Resources Council's Tom FitzGerald. To read the Complaint, click the headline.
  • KRC questions legality of proposed regulations allowing electronic multi-message billboards, and allowing destruction of trees in public rights of way to improve billboard visibility.   Posted: May 23, 2015
    Click the headline to read KRC's comments regarding proposed Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regulations allowing removal of trees in public rights of way to increase billboard visibility, and to allow electronic multi-message billboards. Comments period on the proposed regulations runs through June 1.
  • Proposed Settlement in LG&E Rate Case Protects Low-and-Fixed Income Ratepayers; Encourages Energy Efficiency   Posted: May 18, 2015
    Click the headline to read more about the proposed settlement of the LG&E and KU rate cases, which are under review by the Public Service Commission. KRC represented the Metro Housing Coalition in the case.
  • KRC Comments On Draft Billboard Regulation Revisions  Posted: April 1, 2015
    During the past year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and stakeholders have been meeting to discuss the Cabinet's proposal to allow changeable electronic message billboards, and to issue permits allowing the cutting of trees and vegetation in public rights-of-way in order to increase billboard visibility. Click the headline to read KRC's comments on the most recent set of Cabinet proposed regulation revisions.
  • SOME BACKGROUND ON THE UTICA MARCELLUS TEXAS PIPELINE PROJECT   Posted: March 20, 2015
    Click the headline to read more about the proposed "repurposing" of one of the Tennessee Gas natural gas pipelines for transporting natural gas liquids through Kentucky.
  • HOUSE BILL 240 WOULD IMPOSE AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL FINANCIAL BARRIER TO ACCESS TO THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR REVIEW OF ZONING DECISIONS   Posted: February 27, 2015
    Click the headline to read KRC's analysis of HB 240, which would allow a circuit court judge to require an appeal bond before allowing a neighborhood association or individual to appeal a zoning decision to the Court of Appeals.
  • House Bill 386 Updates Oil and Gas Laws And Extends Protections For Landowners   Posted: February 20, 2015
    The product of six months of multi-interest negotiations, House Bill 386 would amend current oil and gas law to improve protection of the public and the environment. Click the headline to read more about HB 386, which is a consensus bill supported by KRC, the Energy and Environment Cabinet, and the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association.
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