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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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KRC Shares Concerns With Sponsor And Committee On Lending Bill For Troubled Water Systems

In written comments, KRC Attorney Audrey Ernstberger shared concerns on parts of HB 563 providing a significant role for a non-governmental organization including rural water systems, in the selection of loans to troubled rural water systems.

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KRC Voices Concerns On HB 478, Which Allows Doubling Size Of CDD Landfills Lacking Key Protections

In written comments on House Bill 478, KRC Staff Attorney Audrey Ernstberger shared KRC concerns with allowing the doubling of size of construction/demolition landfills lacking liners and groundwater monitoring.

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2024 Legislative Update #8: Bills We're Watching, Complete Through February 23, 2024

The 2024 General Assembly has passed the halfway mark and KRC is again tracking environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions. This is the latest update on bills we're supporting, opposing and tracking.

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Working With Allies To Oppose Bill Lowering Safety for Underground Miners

HB 85 would reduce the number of emergency medical or mine emergency technicians required to be on shift from 2 to 1 for shifts with 10 or fewer underground miners. Reducing the required medical personnel compromises the safety of those miners.

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PREVENTING ZOMBIE MINES

KRC joined with 50+ other organizations in releasing a policy platform identifying the problems behind a new wave of unreclaimed coal mines, and the policy changes needed to address them.

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Legislative Alert #7 2024 General Assembly In Session

Each week we publish a summary of environmental, conservation, energy, and general government bills and resolutions of interest in the 2024 Session. This update of bills we're tracking, supporting, or opposing is complete through February 16, 2024.

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CELEBRATING OUR LOVE FOR MUSSELS

For Valentine's Day, we're sharing our love for mussels, which are important to Kentucky's water quality given their valuable abilities to filter water, stabilize substrate in the river, and provide habitat for other invertebrates.

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KRC Opposes Bill Criminalizing Citizen And Agency Pollution Monitoring

KRC presented testimony on February 13 against SB 16, which would make criminal the taking of photos or collecting of evidence by neighbors and government inspectors, of possible violations at food factories and animal feedlots.

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2024 Legislative Update #6 Complete Through February 9, 2024

The 2024 General Assembly is near the halfway mark and we are again advocating on and tracking environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions. This update is complete through February 9, 2024!

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KRC Comments On Proposed Air Permit For New Natural Gas Unit At LGE Mill Creek Location

In comments to the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, KRC called for tighter air pollution monitoring, recordkeeping, and consideration of environmental justice concerns regarding air permit for new LG&E gas power plant at Mill Creek.

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Legislative Update #5 Complete Thru February 2 2024

Read about the bills that KRC is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2024 General Assembly in regular session.

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Legislative Update #4 Through January 26, 2024

KRC's Legislative Update #4, summarizing and explaining the bills and resolutions we're supporting, opposing, and tracking, is now posted for your review and action!

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KRCs opposition to bill exempting environmental audit violations in the news.

In written and oral testimony, KRC has recently opposed the extension of the existing "environmental audit" privilege to Jefferson County's air pollution program. KRC seeks to assure that such exemptions don't incentivize pollution.

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KRC's efforts to end program allowing off-permit pollutant discharges is in the news.

Along with several allies, KRC joined with the Environmental Integrity Project in asking EPA to review Kentucky's program of allowing "off-permit" discharges of wastewaters into waters of the Commonwealth. Read the Courier-Journal's coverage.

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Legislative Update 3: Complete Through January 19!

Since 1984, KRC has tracked the General Assembly's work on bills and issues affecting your environment. Our weekly update on legislative actions affecting energy and the environment, complete through January 19, is ready for your review and action!

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Supreme Court To Hear Argument On Zoning Appeal Bond Law

KRC filed a "friend of the court" brief supporting the rejection of the zoning appeal bond law as unconstitutional. On February 7, 2024, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear argument on the punitive and unfair law.

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KRC Comments On Amendment To Harrod Concrete and Stone Non-Coal Permit

KRC commented on an amendment to the Harrod Concrete and Stone limestone non-coal permit in December 2023.

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KRC Comments On Proposed Air Pollution Permit For Ghent Power Plant

KRC submitted comments on the proposed Clean Air Act Title V operating permit for the Ghent coal-fired power plant, calling for consideration of environmental justice in the permitting decision.

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KRC Joins Allies In Petitioning EPA To End Off-Permit Water Pollution Discharges

On January 18, 2024, KRC, together with the Environmental Integrity Project, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, and Sierra Club Kentucky, petitioned EPA to end Kentucky's allowance of "off-permit" water pollutant discharges.

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