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2024 The Good, Bad, & Ugly

Our annual report, The Good, Bad, & Ugly, presents the highs and lows of the 2024 Kentucky General Assembly.

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2024 Legislative Session: The Sine Die Edition

Read about the final disposition of the bills that the Kentucky Resources Council supported, opposed, and tracked during the 2024 General Assembly in Regular Session.

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KRC's Legislative Update: The Penultimate Edition

We're nearing the end of the legislative session and KRC's Legislative Update: The Penultimate Edition is available here: https://loom.ly/gUi97do. Learn where key bills stand as Kentucky legislators break for the veto period until April 12.

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Legislative Update Through March 29 2024

Every week during the 2024 General Assembly regular session, we have provided a synopsis of bills we're tracking, supporting, and opposing, Here is the update complete through end of day March 29. The General Assembly will return on April 12.

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ACTION ALERT: PROTECT AFFORDABLE ELECTRICITY AND OPPOSE SB 349

Tell legislators to vote NO on Senate Bill 349 because it would raise utility bills for Kentucky ratepayers by stacking the PSC process against renewable energy, and in favor of keeping uneconomic, aging, and polluting fossil fuel power plants!

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Join KRC on Thursday, March 21 at the Public Hearing on Proposed Title V Construction Permit for Louisville Gas & Electric Mill Creek Generating Station

A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2024 on a proposed Title V Construction Permit for Louisville Gas & Electric Mill Creek Generating Station. Continue reading for all the details and a copy of KRC's written comments.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE #11 COMPLETE THROUGH MARCH 15, 2024

Each week when the General Assembly is in session, KRC posts and updates a list and description of the bills and resolutions we're supporting, opposing, and tracking. This list is complete through end of day March 15, 2024.

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Requirement For Animal Waste Permit To Include Nutrient Management Plan Is Upheld

In a decision issued on March 15, 2024, the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the revocation of an animal waste permit for a large hog feeding operation for lack of filing a nutrient management plan.

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KRC Opposes Bill Weakening Local Control Over Noise From Bitcoin Mining Operations

In comments, KRC expressed concerns with a bill overriding local control over noise associated with digital asset (bitcoin) mining. KRC believes local communities are best suited to determine when and where such activities should be allowed.

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KRC Supports Resolution On PFAs Guidance

In a letter from KRC Staff Attorney Audrey Ernstberger, KRC expressed support for a resolution calling on the Energy and Environment Cabinet to offer guidance on request on strategies for addressing PFAs contamination in water discharges.

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KRC concerns regarding waste hauler bill shared with committees

In written testimony, KRC Staff Attorney Audrey Ernstberger shared KRC's concerns with HB 135, which limits agency access to waste hauler route information. KRC believes such information should be available under seal to the state regulators.

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KRC And Allies Call For Improvements In Proposed Air Permit For TVA Shawnee Power Plant

Kentucky Resources Council, Inc., together with the National Parks Conservation Ass'n., Kentucky Conservation Committee, Sierra Club, and Earthjustice, commented on draft air permit seeking tighter limits and controls for TVA Shawnee power plant.

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KRC Opposes Resolution Declaring Kentucky A "Sanctuary State" From Federal Controls On Coal-fired Power Plants

In a letter to the sponsor and House Natural Resources Committee, KRC warns of possibility that resolution declaring Kentucky a "sanctuary" from federal air pollution controls on coal-fired power plants could provoke loss of air pollution program.

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Bill Limiting Provision Of Broadband By Municipal Utility Boards Opposed

KRC provided written and oral testimony in opposition to Senate Bill 220, which would seek to limit the ability of city joint water and electric boards to offer other public services such as broadband.

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Bill Selectively Moving Venue For Constitutional Cases Opposed

KRC provided written and oral testified in opposition to House Bill 804, which would arbitrarily and selectively mandate changes in venue for constitutional challenges to laws, regulations, and agency orders.

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Legislative Update #10 Complete through March 8, 2024

Each week when the General Assembly is in session, KRC posts and updates a list and description of the bills and resolutions we're supporting, opposing, and tracking. This list is complete through end of day March 8, 2024.

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KRC Testimony Suggests Changes To Solid Waste Bill On Access To Records

In comments to the Senate State and Local Government Committee, Staff Attorney Audrey Ernstberger suggested a better approach on HB 135 to shielding proprietary info on waste haulers information while allowing government access needed for planning.

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SB 349: Favoring Coal Interests Above Ratepayers And Environment

In testimony before the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on March 6, 2024, KRC Staff Attorney Audrey Ernstberger outlined why KRC opposes SB 349, a bill that seeks to stem utility use of renewable energy and would increase utility rates.

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KRC Commentary Calls For Rejection Of Sludge Landfarming Regulations

In a commentary published by the Kentucky Lantern on March 7, KRC called on the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee to reject proposed changes to state regulations that would weaken standards for use of city sludges on farmlands.

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Legislative Update #9 Complete Through March 1, 2024

Each week when the General Assembly is in session, KRC posts and updates a list and description of the bills and resolutions we're supporting, opposing, and tracking. This list is complete through end of day March 1, 2024.

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