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Kentucky halts authorization allowing discharge of industrial wastewater to Green River

Kentucky halted plans to pour millions of gallons of industrial wastewater into river hours after KRC, EIP, and other groups notified state officials of our intention to bring a civil lawsuit for violating the Clean Water Act.

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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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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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KRC Voices Concerns With Environmental Audit Bill

KRC testifies regarding bill extending state environmental audit evidentiary privilege to cover Jefferson County air pollution program.

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KRC Opposes Biosolids Regulations Proposed By Cabinet

In response to a 2023 bill adopted by the Kentucky General Assembly, the Energy and Environment Cabinet proposed a weak regulatory framework for land application of sewage sludges. KRC is opposing that effort.

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2024 Legislative Update 2

KRC's Legislative Update #2, complete through end of day January 12, 2024

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Aug,21 2023

Kentucky Is Ready to Close Aging Fossil Fuel Plants

Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is opening a public hearing on LG&E/KU's request to retire 4 coal-fired electric generating units and 3 natural gas units, and to replace them with 2 solar facilities and 1 battery storage facility.

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Jun,06 2023

Endow Kentucky Tax Credit

Act now to take advantage of the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit. Gifts to endowed charitable funds (like ours!) are eligible for up to 20% in state tax credits.

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May,26 2023

In response to U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Sackett v. EPA:

KRC responds to U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Sackett v. EPA: stating the decision "represents a disappointing setback for the decades-long national effort to restore, protect, and maintain water quality"

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Mar,20 2023

2023 Legislative Update #7

We at the Council are continuing to track environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions. We also publish this notice on our website weekly throughout the Session with updates on the bills...

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Mar,13 2023

2023 Legislative Update #6

There's only 6 legislative days remaining in the 2023 General Assembly and there are bills that need YOUR voice. Call today to oppose SB 226 and HB 4.

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Mar,11 2023

2023 Action Alert #3

Please act this weekend. Without your voice of opposition this bill could be voted on by the house early next week!

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Mar,10 2023

SB 213 - Assure Land Application of Sludge Doesn't Result in Contaminated Crops

SB 213 seeks to bring together the parties on an issue and to find a workable process for agency review and decisions on requests for approval to land apply municipal sewage sludges.

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Mar,10 2023

SB 226 - Weakening Protections for Endangered Species & Water Quality

SB 2 bill interferes substantially with the Cabinet’s ability to properly apply the state water quality standards when writing permits for discharges into waters with federally protected species.

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Mar,10 2023

SB245 - Ensure Affordable Utility Rates for Kentuckians

SB245 would allow significant expenditures for various capital projects with little to no meaningful PSC scrutiny.

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Mar,04 2023

2023 Legislative Alert #5

The 2023 General Assembly is underway! We at the Council are once again tracking environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions. We will publish this notice on our website weekly throughout the Session...

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Mar,03 2023

Action Alert - SB4, SB226, & HB4

ACTION ALERT! Act Today To Protect Kentucky Landowners, Utility Ratepayers, and Our Rivers & Streams Call 1-800-372-7181 and leave a message for your legislators.

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Mar,02 2023

2023 Testimony on SB226

SB226 would significantly interfere with protection of streams with federally-protected Threatened and Endangered Species by preventing Kentucky from properly applying its water quality standards when permitting discharges into streams cont

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Mar,02 2023

2023 Testimony on HB40

Tom FitzGerald, lobbyist for the Kentucky Resources Council provides testimony in opposition to HB40, and to ask that you not advance the bill to the floor in Kentucky General Assembly 2023.

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Feb,27 2023

2023 Testimony on HB4

There are two bases for our opposition – (1) the lack of need for the bill, (2) the constitutional problems with the attempt to delegate legislative and judicial authority to the Office of the Attorney General, and the incursion...

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Feb,24 2023

2023 Action Alert - HB4

Please Ask Your Senator - Improve HB 4 To Protect Landowners during the 2023 General Assembly.

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Feb,24 2023

2023 Legislative Update #4

The 2023 General Assembly is underway and we at the Kentucky Resources Council are once again tracking environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions. We will publish this notice on our website weekly.

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Feb,17 2023

2023 Legislative Update #3

The 2023 General Assembly is underway! We at the Council are once again tracking environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions. We will publish this notice on our website weekly throughout the Session wit

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2023 Legislative Update #2

KRC'S 2nd Legislative Update for the 2023 General Assembly looks out the most pressing environmental, energy, and public health bills.

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Jan,06 2023

2023 Legislative Update #1

The 2023 Kentucky General Assembly has begun and we at the Kentucky Resources Council are once again tracking environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions.

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Apr,29 2022

EPA Meeting to Discuss the Proposed Steam Electric Rule 

EPA will be meeting with community members to talk about ideas and strategies for limiting pollution from power plants, concerns from community members related to power plants or other sources of pollution, and more.

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Apr,29 2022

KRC and Allies Score a Win for Bernheim and Bats

The pipeline project that would cut through the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is now on hold! Read more about this important delay and how it benefits endangered bats.

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2022 Legislative Update #14

The final disposition of bills and resolution on which KRC took a position is here. Note that for several bills that were passed April 13 or 14th for the first time, they may be subject to veto during the next ten days.

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Mar,27 2022

2022 Legislative Update #10

The 2022 General Assembly has begun and we at the Kentucky Resources Council are once again tracking environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions.

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Mar,27 2022

2022 Legislative Update #9

This year is a “long” 60-legislative day session and began on January 4, 2022, with an anticipated final day on April 14, 2022. The General Assembly will not be in session on these dates: February 21, March 14, 21, and 28th.

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Mar,27 2022

2022 Legislative Update #8

The 2022 General Assembly has begun and we at the Kentucky Resources Council are once again tracking environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions.

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Feb,25 2022

2022 Legislative Update: #7

Kentucky Resources Council is once again tracking environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions during the 2022 General Assembly.

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2022 Legislative Update #5

This year is a “long” 60-legislative day session and began on January 4, 2022, with an anticipated final day on April 14, 2022. The General Assembly will not be in session on these dates: February 21, March 14, 21, and 28th.

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Feb,04 2022

2022 Legislative Update #4

There are only 38 days remaining in the 2022 Regular Session. Catch up on the environmental, energy, and public health bills we're supporting and opposing and then make a plan to contact your legislator!

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Jan,28 2022

2022 Legislative Update: #3

There are 42 days remaining in the 2022 session! You can read now the environmental, energy, and public health bills we're tracking through our third legislative update.

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Jan,26 2022

Action Alert: Ask to Oppose HB341

HB 341 threatens higher utility costs for residential, commercial, and industrial customers, and threatens to damage economic development and job creation due to increased rates and charges.

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Jan,23 2022

2022 Legislative Update #2

Find the bills we're tracking. This summary is complete through end of legislative day 13, January 21, 2022. There are 47 legislative days remaining in the 2022 Regular Session.

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Jan,21 2022

2022 Legislative Update: #1

The 2022 General Assembly has begun KRC is once again tracking environmental, conservation, consumer, energy, and general government bills and resolutions.

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Jan,06 2022

Fighting for Increased Mining Operations Oversight

KRC represents Citizens Coal Council, Appalachian Voices, and the Sierra Club in U.S. District Court in a federal court challenge to the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement’s (OSMRE) revised Ten-Day Notice Rule.

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Oct,08 2021

Kentucky Resources Council Welcomes Ashley Wilmes as New Director

The Board and staff of the Kentucky Resources Council are pleased to announce the hiring of Ashley Wilmes as the new Director of the Council, effective October 1, 2021. Tom FitzGerald, better known as “Fitz,” Director of the Council for 37 years...

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May,21 2021

KRC Director to Participate in Net Metering Webinar

Learn about the New Net Metering Rates for Kentucky Power Company following the recent order from the PSC on net metering! Webinar is June 3 with KYSES.

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May,12 2021

KRC Supports Implementation Guidance for the Water Resources Development Act

The undersigned 74 conservation, faith, civic, social justice, and recreation organizations appreciate the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) implementation guidance (Guidance) for the Water Resources Development Act..

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May,11 2021

KRC Supports Whistleblower Protections

Government Accountability Project and the undersigned 264 organizations write to support freedom of speech protections for whistleblowers who strengthen our nation’s democracy, challenge abuses of power that betray the public trust, and catalyze...

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Apr,26 2021

2021 Legislative Update: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

As we have after each legislative session since 1984, we present “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly” - the highs and lows of the 2021 General Assembly in Regular Session.

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Mar,31 2021

2021 Legislative Update: #9

The Kentucky General Assembly reconvened March 29 and 30th for two final days and adjourned sine die (until January 2022 unless called into Special Session by the Governor before then) on March 30.

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Mar,29 2021

2021 Legislative Update: Action Alert 4 on HB272

Please email today and call Monday morning and ask Kentucky Representatives and Senators to "Let the veto of HB 272 stand." Take a minute to give yourself a hand, because you've done GREAT so far. Your calls and emails helped convince the Governor...

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Mar,19 2021

2021 Legislative Update: Action Alert 3 on HB272

House Bill 272 has gotten a lot of press because it allows small rural Water Districts and Water Associations to charge at 10% late fee on water bills, and prevents the Public Service Commission, which regulates them, from disallowing those late fees

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Mar,18 2021

2021 Legislative Update: #8

TWO DAYS LEFT! WHAT'S GOING ON IN FRANKFORT? This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer, and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2021 General Assembly...

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Mar,16 2021

2021 Legislative Update: #7

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer, and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2021 General Assembly Regular; complete through the end of day March 12. 

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Mar,09 2021

2021 Legislative Update: #6

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer, and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2021 General Assembly Regular Session. This list is current thru March 5.

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Feb,26 2021

2021 Legislative Update: #5

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer, and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2021 General Assembly Regular Session. This year is a “short” session...

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Feb,16 2021

2021 Legislative Update #4

This edition includes updates on those bills passed by the General Assembly during the first week which have either been vetoed or have become law since the GA recessed (there is only one, SB 9), and those whose veto has been overridden...

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Feb,05 2021

2021 Legislative Update #3

2021 Legislative Update: 3rd Edition. This edition includes updates on those bills passed by the Kentucky General Assembly during the 1st week which have either been vetoed or have become law since the General Assembly recessed.

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Jan,29 2021

PSC Rules On Rate Increases Sought By Kentucky Power Company

PSC Rules On Rate Increases Sought By Kentucky Power Company Commission defers decision on net metering, while providing important victories for ratepayers  on most issues.

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KRC Represents Sierra Club, Citizens Coal Council, Appalachian Voices

Citizens Coal Council, Appalachian Voices, and Sierra Club — filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement's final Ten-Day Notice Rule.

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Jan,14 2021

2021 Legislative Update #2

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2021 General Assembly Regular Session. This year is a “short” session, and

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Jan,11 2021

2021 Legislative Update #1

Kentucky's 2021 General Assembly is now in session and KRC is working hard to monitor the environmental, energy, and public health bills. Catch up on week 1.

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Request for Information on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

KRC joined 47 other consumer, civil rights, community, housing, & other public interest organizations in submitting comments in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s Request for Information on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

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KRC Partners to Request the Abandonment of the Yazoo Pumps Project

KRC Partners to Request the Abandonment of the Yazoo Pumps Project

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KRC Partners to Request Toxic PFAS a Remain a Priority in FY2021

KRC joined with over 80 other organizations across the Nation in calling on the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to continue to make addressing toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)...

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KRC Partners on Call to Stop the Weakening of Clean Water Protections

On November 16, KRC joined with 116 conservation, faith, and health organizations and businesses in urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw its rushed Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits.

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Oct,15 2020

Issues in Water and Energy Security

KRC Director, Tom FitzGerald, delivers Issues in Water and Energy Security at the 2020 Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment.

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Oct,14 2020

Kentucky Heartwood Files Formal Objection to South Red Bird Project

Kentucky Heartwood and the Kentucky Resources Council jointly filed an administrative objection (“predecisional objection”) to the South Red Bird Wildlife Enhancement Project on the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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KRC Partners on Call to Comprehensive Long-Term Flood Damage Reduction

56 conservation, civic, and faith organizations and businesses commented on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to work on flood damage reduction solutions.

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Oct,01 2020

KRC Files Amicus Brief on Kentucky Billboard Act

The amicus curiae brief, filed by KRC on behalf of long-time ally Scenic Kentucky, supports the constitutionality of the Billboard Act.

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Aug,27 2020

KRC Supports Clean Water

KRC was honored to be a signatory to a letter to United States Senators and Representatives highlighting water quality concerns and priorities of conservation organizations regarding the comprehensive water resources legislation pending.

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Aug,25 2020

KRC Comments on a Proposed Limestone Quarry

When KRC heard the concerns and received requests for assistance from a number of residents of Robertson County regarding a proposed limestone quarry that would be located adjacent to Indian Run, a tributary of the Licking River, KRC responded.

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Aug,20 2020

Model Ordinance: Kentucky Model Solar Zoning Ordinance

In response to the increasing interest in the development of solar energy resources in Kentucky, the Kentucky Resources Council has developed this Model Solar Zoning Ordinance to assist localities in adopting provisions to regulate the siting of sola

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Jul,29 2020

Relationship of local zoning and planning to Kentucky State Board On Electric Generation And Transmission Siting

With the recent increase in interest in siting utility-scale solar arrays in Kentucky, many communities with planning and zoning are considering adoption of specific provisions in zoning codes to address siting of solar arrays.

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Jul,03 2020

Kentucky Supreme Court accepts KRC's "Friend of the Court" brief in solid waste planning case.

KRC authored a "friend of the court" brief in the pending case of Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Waste Management District et al. v. Jefferson County League of Cities, et. al. to provide the Supreme Court with additional information.

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Jun,22 2020

The Fight To Assure Fair Representation For Low-Income Advocates In Utility Rate Cases Continues

The Circuit Court had determined that the Public Service Commission (PSC) acted arbitrarily when it denied requests from the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, Association of Community Ministries, Sierra Club, and Community Action Council, to intervene

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Jun,18 2020

Coalfield Advocates Oppose Federal Rule Reducing Federal Oversight of State Regulation of Coal Mining Operations

We fight to protect the land and people of our nation’s coalfields from environmental harm associated with surface coal mining operations. Read the comments in opposition to a proposed rule that would reduce federal oversight on coal mining operation

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20-01: Planning, Zoning and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines

What are the applicable state and federal laws concerning hazardous liquid pipelines? Make informed decision in planning and zoning to help keep communities safe.

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KRC Opposes Proposed EPA Rule to Weaken Standards On Coal Combustion Residuals

KRC was proud to join 73 other organizations in commenting in opposition to a proposed EPA rulemaking that would weaken environmental protections associated with the management of coal combustion residuals from coal-fired power plants. 

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2020 General Assembly: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

As we have for each legislative session since 1984, we look back on the bills that KRC supported and opposed during the recently ended 2020 General Assembly Regular Session. With apologies to Clint Eastwood, here is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

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Illegal Selling of Daniel Boone National Forest Trees

After surveying hundreds of acres Kentucky Heartwood found that the Forest Service marked and sold an estimated 13,163 more trees than what was approved in the 2017 project decision.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching #14

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council supported, opposed, and tracked during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through adjournment sine die.

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Request for Extension of Commenting Period during COVID-19 Pandemic

Kentucky Resources Council signed on with 79 other organizations to request from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) an extension of all commenting periods and postponement of public hearings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching #13

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through April 1, 2020.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching #12

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through March 27.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching #11

Read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through March 19th, 2020.

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KRC Joins In Call To Withdraw Regulations Weakening NEPA

KRC was proud to join with 330 other conservation, health, and justice organizations in calling for withdrawal of regulations that would weaken the National Environmental Policy Act.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching #10

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching #9

Every week, KRC profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session. Current through March 6.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching #8

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through February 28th.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching: #7

Read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching #6

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through February 14, 2020.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching #5

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2020 General Assembly, through February 7, 2020.

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2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching #4

Read the 4th edition of the 2020 General Assembly: Bills We're Watching.

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KRC Opposes Significant Expansion Of Criminal Liability Relating to Infrastructure

In testimony before the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee on January 30, 202, KRC voiced grave concerns regarding the expansive broadening of criminal liability with respect to "key infrastructure assets."

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Circuit Court Win In Clark County Zoning Case

Clark Circuit Court Affirms Board of Adjustment Decision That Scrap Facility Expanded Impermissibly

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2020 General Assembly: Legislative Update Week #3

2020 General Assembly: Legislative Update Week #3. Catch up on what's happened this week.

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KRC Voices Concerns With House Bill 247

KRC Expresses Concerns With Exempting Municipal Electricity And Natural Gas Purchases And Sales From Competitive Bidding

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KRC Endorses Sierra Club Comments In Opposition to Harlan County Strip Mine

KRC Endorses Sierra Club Comments In Opposition To Section 404 Permit for Proposed Harlan County Strip Mine

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Nucor Construction on the Bank of the Ohio River

KRC comments on the request by the Nucor Corporation for Section 404 Permit for their proposed Brandenburg, Kentucky steel plate mill.

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KRC Assists Residents of Powell County in Challenging Proposed Landfill

KRC represents Powell County citizens in challenging the issuance of a "less-than-one-acre" construction and demolition debris (CDD) landfill issued by the Energy and Environment Cabinet to Blaze Enterprises LLC.

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KRC Joins Kentucky Heartwood In Requesting Predecisional Review By DBNF Supervisor Of Pine Creek Forest Project 

In written comments filed, KRC joined Kentucky Heartwood in requesting that the Daniel Boone National Forest Supervisor conduct predecisional review of certain remaining issues.

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KRC Joins Kentucky Heartwood In Requesting Predecisional Review By DBNF Supervisor Of Pine Creek Forest Project

KRC Joins Kentucky Heartwood In Requesting Predecisional Review By DBNF Supervisor Of Pine Creek Forest Project

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Oct,25 2019

Host Agreements 101

Host Agreements 101 provides information to government solid waste management areas and to the public concerning the role that host agreements can play in assuring that the concerns of counties and communities hosting solid waste landfills

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Case Update: Bernheim Arboretum & I-65/I-71

Governor Bevin and Transportation Cabinet Secretary Thomas announced that the proposed I-65 / I-71 Regional Connector Planning Study will no longer consider crossing through property owned by the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

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KRC Member Comments On R&R Septic Permit Amendment

What verification is provided by the Division of Waste Mgmt. regarding.

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Sep,03 2019

Proposed Revisions to Kentucky's Oil and Gas Regulations

KRC comments on proposed revisions to Kentucky's oil and gas regulations. The Oil and Gas Workgroup,(KRC is a member) continues to develop consensus improvements in the regulation of the environmental impacts of oil and gas development in Kentucky.

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New Pipeline Regulations in Boyle County

On August 28, 2019, the Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously passed the increased regulations, providing a safer community for Boyle County residents.

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Aug,01 2019

Electronic Waste: Making the Case for E-Waste Recycling Programs

Despite the fact that almost all e-waste can be reused, refurbished, or recycled, only 20% is actually handled appropriately due in large part to the lack of regulation and recycling infrastructure.

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Ongoing Work to Protect Bernheim Forest in Bullitt County

In April 2019, LG&E, a utility company based in Louisville, Kentucky, announced the construction of a new natural gas transmission pipeline in Bullitt County. This pipeline was explained as necessary in order for LG&E to meet the growth in the area.

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Jul,10 2019

Environmental Justice 101

Environmental justice is a concept that proposes a more equitable distribution of pollution burdens throughout the United States. Kentucky Resources Council's policy team, Tom FitzGerald, and Liz Edmondson outline the steps needed to pursue this.

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KRC Joins 50 Environmental Groups Calling for Moratorium on Federal Coal Leasing

On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, we urge you to restore the 2016 moratorium on new federal coal leasing until the federal government can complete a thorough programmatic environmental impact review of the federal coal leasing.

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Petition Filed to Protect Water Sources of Benham & Lynch from Strip Mining

Four residents of Harlan County have petitioned to designate the historic districts of the towns Benham and Lynch, Kentucky, the viewshed of those districts, and the water sources of the towns as unsuitable for strip mining.

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Protecting Benham and Lynch from Expanded Mining

A petition to designate the historic districts within the cities of Benham and Lynch Kentucky and the viewshed from those districts, and the watersheds that provide the water supply for the towns as areas unsuitable for mining has been drafted by KRC

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Public Service Commission Ordered To Allow Participation In LG&E Rate Case By Low-Income Advocates And Sierra Club

The Franklin Circuit Court granted a Temporary Injunction ordering the Public Service Commission to allow low-income and environmental advocacy groups to participate in pending LG&E and KU rate cases.

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Court of Appeals Decision Strikes Underprotective Coal Ash Regulations

In an August 21, 2018 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit remanded several regulations on coal ash disposal, promulgated under the Obama Administration, which the Court found to be underprotective of the environment.

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PSC Order Accepts Complaint Against Gas Utility Discontinuing Service

In a September 7, 2018 Order, the PSC has directed Peoples Gas Ky LLC to respond to a complaint by Georgia Johnson that their plan to discontinue gas service violates their duty to furnish adequate service. Peoples Gas has ten days to respond.

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KRC Assists In Challenge To VA Hospital Proposal

KRC is working with the StroboBarkley law firm in the City of Crossgate's challenge to decision of the VA to build a new hospital on Brownsboro Road. The suit raises questions of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act by the VA.

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LG&E/KU Tries to Trim Energy Efficiency Programs, Awaits PSC Ruling

LG&E and KU's most recent demand-side management and energy efficiency filing proposes to eliminate several programs for residential customers. KRC represents the Metro Housing Coalition in the case, which awaits decision by the PSC.

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PSC Denies LG&E and KU Application To Deploy "Smart Meters"

In an Order entered on August 30, 2018, the Kentucky Public Service Commission denied the request by LG&E and KU to Deploy Smart Meters, ruling that the utilities provided insufficient evidence to justify expense.

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Thousands Oppose ORSANCO's Proposal to Eliminate Water Pollution Control Standards for the Ohio River

KRC's Director, Tom FitzGerald, serves as a federal Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) commissioner and made comments opposing ORSANCO's proposal to eliminate water pollution standards for the Ohio River.

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State Withdraws Weak Air Toxics Regulations

The regulations had been criticized both by regulated industries and environmental organizations. KRC had recommended withdrawal of the regulatory proposal because it was underprotective of public health and the environment in many areas...

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Decision On Pine Mountain Petition

On April 27, 2001, Secretary James Bickford entered an Order - declaring that 2,364 acres of land within the area north of the Pine Mountain Settlement School as unsuitable for all types of surface coal mining operations.

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Division of Water Proposes Last Minute Changes In Selenium Water Quality Limits

KRS Chapter 13A is designed to assure that an agency regulation is subject to public notice and comment. The agency request plainly violates both the letter and spirit of KRS Chapter 13A and deprives the public of notice and comment.

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EPA Asked to Stay Effective Date of Closing Vehicle Testing

EPA Asked to Stay Effective Date of Closing Vehicle Testing in Northern Kentucky, pending judicial review

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Metropolitan Housing Coalition (MHC) Seeks To Intervene In PSC Case Where LG&E and KU Seek To Reduce Energy Efficiency and Demand Management Programs

Metropolitan Housing Coalition (MHC) Seeks To Intervene In PSC Case Where LG&E and KU Seek To Reduce Energy Efficiency and Demand Management Programs

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KRC seeks rehearing of FERC approval of Kinder-Morgan's Pipeline "Abandonment."

Allegheny Defense Project, Kentucky Heartwood, and KRC seek rehearing of FERC approval of Kinder-Morgan's Pipeline "Abandonment."

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40th Anniversary of passage of Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 is a time for sober reflection.

40th Anniversary of passage of Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 is a time for sober reflection.

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Settlement in LG&E/KU Rate Cases Protects Vulnerable Residential Customers

Settlement in LG&E/KU Rate Cases Protects Vulnerable Residential Customers

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KRC Opposes "Reckless" Proposal To Allow Coal Combustion Ash Generators To Self-Regulate

KRC Opposes "Reckless" Proposal To Allow Coal Combustion Ash Generators To Self-Regulate

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KRC Provides Supplemental Comments Opposing LG&E Special Waste Landfill

KRC Provides Supplemental Comments Opposing LG&E Special Waste Landfill

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An Alternative To The Star Energy/Heaven Hill Anaerobic Digester Proposal

An Alternative To The Star Energy/Heaven Hill Anaerobic Digester Proposal

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KRC Comments In Opposition To LGE Coal Combustion Waste Landfill

KRC Comments In Opposition To LGE Coal Combustion Waste Landfill

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Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission

Tom FitzGerald speaks on the 40th Anniversary of the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission

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Bill Would Impose Appeal Bond On Appeals To Court of Appeals In Planning And Zoning Cases

Bill Would Impose Appeal Bond On Appeals To Court of Appeals In Planning And Zoning Cases

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SB 89 Would Lift Kentucky Moratorium On New Nuclear Plants

SB 89 Would Lift Kentucky Moratorium On New Nuclear Plants

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KRC Supplemental Comments On Proposed Anaerobic Digester Project

KRC Supplemental Comments On Proposed Anaerobic Digester Project

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KRC Statement Opposing Conditional Use Permit For Biodigester

This facility does not fit under the definition of a non-accessory alternative energy system, which is defined as [a]ny facility or installation such as a windmill, hydroelectric unit or solar collecting or concentrating array.

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KRC Opposes Location of Four Anaerobic Biodigester Units In Louisville's California Neighborhood

KRC Opposes Location of Four Anaerobic Biodigester Units In Louisville's California Neighborhood

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Agreed Order of Judgment Ends Suit Against Boyd County Landfill

Agreed Order of Judgment Ends Suit Against Boyd County Landfill

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Challenge to EPA Approval of 2013 Kentucky Water Quality Standards

Challenge to EPA Approval of 2013 Kentucky Water Quality Standards for selenium and for preventing eutrophication results in settlement agreement.

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Sep,10 2015

KRC Participates In Panel Discussion On EPA's Clean Power Plan At Governor's Conference On The Environment

KRC Participates In Panel Discussion On EPA's Clean Power Plan At Governor's Conference On The Environment

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Billboard Regulations Allowing Multiple Message Electronic Billboards

Billboard Regulations Allowing Multiple Message Electronic Billboards And Tree-Cutting In Public Rights-Of-Way Seriously Flawed

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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.

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.

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AT&T Bills Would Impede, Not Expand, High Speed Rural Broadband Access

AT&T Bills Would Impede, Not Expand, High Speed Rural Broadband Access

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KRC Outlines Priorities For Reform Of Oil And Gas Laws And Regulations

KRC Outlines Priorities For Reform Of Oil And Gas Laws And Regulations

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Address To 24th Annual Heartwood Forest Council Gathering

Address To 24th Annual Heartwood Forest Council Gathering

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Renewal of Landfaming Permit to Triple M Land Farms, Inc. Is Challenged

Renewal of Landfaming Permit to Triple M Land Farms, Inc. Is Challenged

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Tom FitzGerald on Being Nominated to ORSANCO

Tom FitzGerald's Remarks on Being Nominated by President Obama as aFederal Commissioner To The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission

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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

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

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Dormant Landlines In Rural Areas May Not Be Able To Reactivate Landline Service Under SB 99

Dormant Landlines In Rural Areas May Not Be Able To Reactivate Landline Service Under SB 99

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Reply Memorandum Filed In Bluegrass Pipeline Eminent Domain Case

Reply Memorandum Filed In Bluegrass Pipeline Eminent Domain Case

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KRC Expresses Support For Removing Position of For-Profit Water Provider From Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Board

KRC Expresses Support For Removing Position of For-Profit Water Provider From Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Board

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Motion Seeks Ruling That Bluegrass Pipeline Lacks Eminent Domain Power

Motion Seeks Ruling That Bluegrass Pipeline Lacks Eminent Domain Power

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Greenhouse Gas Regulations and their Effect on Local Communities and the Poor

The increasing inability of those on low- and fixed-incomes to meet utility costs is a dire situation that affects the health of those individuals and families, and also has financial impacts on the remaining ratepayer base.

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Greenhouse Gas Regulations and their Effect on Local Communities and the Poor

First, we must recognize that doing nothing is not an option. Climate change is occurring, the rate of GHG emissions are a significant factor, fossil fuel...

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Complaint Challenges EPA Approval of Selenium Water Quality Standard for Kentucky

Complaint Challenges EPA Approval of Selenium Water Quality Standard for Kentucky

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Complaint Seeks Court Ruling On Whether Bluegrass Pipeline Company LLC Can Condemn Property For Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

Complaint Seeks Court Ruling On Whether Bluegrass Pipeline Company LLC Can Condemn Property For Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

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A Conversation On Conservation And Stewardship

A Conversation On Conservation And Stewardship

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"Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.” Voltaire

"Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.” Voltaire

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Opening Memorandum Filed In Appeal Challenging Rejection Of Lands Unsuitable for Mining Petition For Lynch and Benham, Kentucky

Opening Memorandum Filed In Appeal Challenging Rejection Of Lands Unsuitable for Mining Petition For Lynch and Benham, Kentucky

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Karst and the proposed Bluegrass NGL Pipeline

Karst and the proposed Bluegrass NGL Pipeline

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KRC Urges Federal Energy Regulatory Commission To Conduct Full Environmental Impact Statement On Bluegrass Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

KRC Urges Federal Energy Regulatory Commission To Conduct Full Environmental Impact Statement On Bluegrass Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

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Drakes Creek Holding Limestone Permit Challenged

Drakes Creek Holding Limestone Permit Challenged

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Aug,04 2013

Eminent Domain Explored

Understanding Eminent Domain in Kentucky and how it relates to the Bluegrass Pipeline Project

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SOME BASIC INFORMATION FOR LANDOWNERS ON GRANTING AND RESCINDING SURVEY PERMISSION

SOME BASIC INFORMATION FOR LANDOWNERS ON GRANTING AND RESCINDING SURVEY PERMISSION

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KRC Calls On Bluegrass Pipeline Partners To Agree To A Comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement

KRC Calls On Bluegrass Pipeline Partners To Agree To A Comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement

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Bullitt County Quarry Case Briefed And Awaiting Court Review

Bullitt County Quarry Case Briefed And Awaiting Court Review

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Land Use, the Land Ethic, and the 50-Year Farm Bill

We have seen a significant expansion, since 1970, of federal laws and programs, and corresponding state and local programs, directed at pollution control, air, water, coal mining, drinking water, and other statutes and programs.

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Is AT&T's Wireless Home Service Comparable To Existing Wireline Basic Phone Service?

Is AT&T's Wireless Home Service Comparable To Existing Wireline Basic Phone Service?

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Council Expresses Concern That Costs Of Wheeling Purchased Power For Aluminum Smelter Not Be Shifted To Remaining Big Rivers Electric Co-operative Ratepayers

Council Expresses Concern That Costs Of Wheeling Purchased Power For Aluminum Smelter Not Be Shifted To Remaining Big Rivers Electric Co-operative Ratepayers

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KRC Expresses Concern With Bills Allowing Aluminum Smelters To Bypass Their Electric Generation Utility

KRC Expresses Concern With Bills Allowing Aluminum Smelters To Bypass Their Electric Generation Utility

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Will Multiple-Message Electronic Billboards Spread Along Kentucky's Highways?

Will Multiple-Message Electronic Billboards Spread Along Kentucky's Highways

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AT&T Gearing Up To Seek End To Obligation To Provide Stand-alone Basic Telephone Service

AT&T Gearing Up To Seek End To Obligation To Provide Stand-alone Basic Telephone Service

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AT&T Again Seeks To End Obligation To Provide Stand-Alone Basic Phone Service To Kentucky Customers

AT&T Again Seeks To End Obligation To Provide Stand-Alone Basic Phone Service To Kentucky Customers

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Council Opposes Reissuance of Permit To "Landfarm" Petroleum-Contaminated Soils

Council Opposes Reissuance of Permit To "Landfarm" Petroleum-Contaminated Soils

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KRC Signs Joint Letter With 94 Other Organizations In Seeking Reforms In Federal Water Resources Development Act

KRC Signs Joint Letter With 94 Other Organizations In Seeking Reforms In Federal Water Resources Development Act

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KRC Director Gives Commencement Address To 1st Green Institute Class

KRC Director Gives Commencement Address To 1st Green Institute Class

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KRC Comments on Proposed Changes to State Water Quality Standards

KRC Comments on Proposed Changes to State Water Quality Standards

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KRC Director Participates on Panel on Coal Mine Reclamation Bonding

KRC Director Participates on Panel on Coal Mine Reclamation Bonding

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Zoning Approval For Western Kentucky Strip Mine Is Challenged

Zoning Approval For Western Kentucky Strip Mine Is Challenged

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The Council Comments On Revisions To Public Service Commission Regulations

The Council Comments On Revisions To Public Service Commission Regulations

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Kentucky Heartwood and KRC comment on proposed Consent Decree affecting Daniel Boone National Forest

Kentucky Heartwood and KRC comment on proposed Consent Decree affecting Daniel Boone National Forest

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Council Voices Concerns Regarding Louisville Landmarks Ordinance Amendments

Council Voices Concerns Regarding Louisville Landmarks Ordinance Amendments

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KRC Comments Support EPA's Proposed Veto of 36 Coal Mining Discharge Permits

KRC Comments Support EPA's Proposed Veto of 36 Coal Mining Discharge Permits

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KRC Comments on Proposed Mining Regulation Amendment

KRC Comments on Proposed Mining Regulation Amendment

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Council seeks and receives assurances from Louisville Regional Airport Authority and FAA concerning easements at Bowman Field

Council seeks and receives assurances from Louisville Regional Airport Authority and FAA concerning easements at Bowman Field

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KRC Comments on proposed state surface mining regulation changes

KRC Comments on proposed state surface mining regulation changes

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State Agrees With Most of KRC's Comments On Proposed State Surface Mining Regulation Changes

State Agrees With Most of KRC's Comments On Proposed State Surface Mining Regulation Changes

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Discretionary Review Sought In Kentucky-American Water Case

Discretionary Review Sought In Kentucky-American Water Case

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Improvements Sought In Permit Renewal For Hog Feedlot Operation

Improvements Sought In Permit Renewal For Hog Feedlot Operation

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Court Asked To Narrow Scope of Zeon Class Action Settlement

Court Asked To Narrow Scope of Zeon Class Action Settlement

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Water Quality Certification for Paducah Dock Project Challenged

Water Quality Certification for Paducah Dock Project Challenged

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KRC Joins 64 Other Conservation Organizations In Joint Comments Opposing Reissuance Of Nationwide Fill Permits

KRC Joins 64 Other Conservation Organizations In Joint Comments Opposing Reissuance Of Nationwide Fill Permits

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Class Action Settlement in Zeon Case Opposed by Eboni Cochran of REACT

Class Action Settlement in Zeon Case Opposed by Eboni Cochran of REACT

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Council asks U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to re-notice project that would take over 500 of a federally-designated endangered mussel species

Council asks U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to re-notice project that would take over 500 of a federally-designated endangered mussel species

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KRC Opposes Request for "Valid Existing Rights" Finding That Would Allow Strip Mining Within Daniel Boone National Forest

KRC Opposes Request for "Valid Existing Rights" Finding That Would Allow Strip Mining Within Daniel Boone National Forest

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Natural Gas Supply Retail Competition Case Submitted to Public Service Commission

Natural Gas Supply Retail Competition Case Submitted to Public Service Commission

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Rejection of Benham and Lynch Lands Unsuitable for Mining Petition Appealed

Rejection of Benham and Lynch Lands Unsuitable for Mining Petition Appealed

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KRC Presents Comments On Proposed Coal Combustion Waste Rule

KRC Presents Comments On Proposed Coal Combustion Waste Rule

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PSC Hears Testimony on PPL Acquisition of LG&E and KU; Settlement Offers Additional Help for Low- and Fixed-Income Ratepayers

PSC Hears Testimony on PPL Acquisition of LG&E and KU; Settlement Offers Additional Help for Low- and Fixed-Income Ratepayers

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Memorandum Of Understanding Among Mining And Water Agencies Will Implement Fill Minimization Protocol and Reduce The Size and Number of Valley Fills

Memorandum Of Understanding Among Mining And Water Agencies Will Implement Fill Minimization Protocol and Reduce The Size and Number of Valley Fills

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KRC Comments on Proposed FY 2011Mine Regulation Performance Agreement

KRC Comments on Proposed FY 2011Mine Regulation Performance Agreement

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Petition Filed To Designate Water Sources for Benham and Lynch Kentucky As Unsuitable For Surface Coal Mining

Petition Filed To Designate Water Sources for Benham and Lynch Kentucky As Unsuitable For Surface Coal Mining

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Frasure Creek 404 Application in Buckhorn Creek Watershed Withdrawn

Frasure Creek 404 Application in Buckhorn Creek Watershed Withdrawn

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EPA Proposes Rule To Regulate Coal Combustion Waste

EPA Proposes Rule To Regulate Coal Combustion Waste

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KRC Comments On Proposed Underground Mine Near Water Supplies of Benham and Lynch

KRC Comments On Proposed Underground Mine Near Water Supplies of Benham and Lynch

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KRC Comments On Proposed Underground Mine Near Lynch Water Reservoir

KRC Comments On Proposed Underground Mine Near Lynch Water Reservoir

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Court Remands Permits For 9 West Kentucky Confined Hog Feeding Operations

Court Remands Permits For 9 West Kentucky Confined Hog Feeding Operations

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Notice of Intent to Sue Served Over Pennsylvania Mining Program

Notice of Intent to Sue Served Over Pennsylvania Mining Program

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KRC Comments On Revised Solid Waste Permit Fees

KRC Comments On Revised Solid Waste Permit Fees

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KRC Comments On Proposed Reissuance Of Coal General Water Discharge Permit

KRC Comments On Proposed Reissuance Of Coal General Water Discharge Permit

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Objections Lodged To Proposed Zeon Class Action Settlement

Objections Lodged To Proposed Zeon Class Action Settlement

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KRC Comments On Revisions To Kentucky Water Regulations

KRC Comments On Revisions To Kentucky Water Regulations

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Motions Challenge Kentucky-American's Condemnation Powers

Motions Challenge Kentucky-American's Condemnation Powers

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World of Coal Ash Conference Presentation

World of Coal Ash Conference Presentation

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Kentucky at the Crossroads: Adapting To A Carbon-Constrained World”

Kentucky is blessed with natural resources that are the envy of other states-more flowing stream miles than any other state save Alaska; a mixed mesophytic forest in Appalachia that is among the most diverse ecosystem on the globe...

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Earth Day In The Cumberlands: 2009

Earth Day In The Cumberlands: 2009

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The Challenges Ahead

This is a time of great crisis and great opportunity. We have reached an important point in Kentucky’utility policies, standing with one foot in the past where adding value for the coal industry was the preeminent political concern, and...

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Current Issues In The Regulation of Coal Ash

Current Issues In The Regulation of Coal Ash

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timony On Need To Better Control "Beneficial Reuse" of Coal Combustion Wastes

KRC Supplements Testimony On Need To Better Control "Beneficial Reuse" of Coal Combustion Wastes And For Federal Regulatory Framework For Managing Coal Combustion Ash

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EPA Expresses Concerns Over Issuance of Authorizations For Dumping Mine Fill Material in Headwater Streams.

EPA Expresses Concerns Over Issuance of Authorizations For Dumping Mine Fill Material in Headwater Streams.

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Updated Transition Paper On Surface Mining Includes Discussion of Rahall Remining Amendment

Updated Transition Paper On Surface Mining Includes Discussion of Rahall Remining Amendment

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KRC Director Testifies Before Congressional Subcommittee On Need For Comprehensive Regulation Of Coal Combustion Wastes

KRC Director Testifies Before Congressional Subcommittee On Need For Comprehensive Regulation Of Coal Combustion Wastes

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Margaret Mead Was Right!

MARGARET MEAD WAS RIGHT! A Conversation About Energy, Community, and Justice In A Time Of Great Turmoil

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KRC Develops Background Briefing Paper on Mining Issues For Incoming Administration

KRC Develops Background Briefing Paper on Mining Issues For Incoming Administration

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Kentucky American Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit Challenging Its Power To Condemn

Kentucky American Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit Challenging Its Power To Condemn

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Challenge To Kentucky Pioneer Merchant Power Plant Siting Dismissed

Challenge To Kentucky Pioneer Merchant Power Plant Siting Dismissed

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Declaratory Judgment Challenges Kentucky-American Water Company's Power To Condemn Land For Pipeline Project

Declaratory Judgment Challenges Kentucky-American Water Company's Power To Condemn Land For Pipeline Project

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6th Circuit Decision in Antidegradation Case Rejects In Part EPA's Approval of Kentucky Water Quality Rules

6th Circuit Decision in Antidegradation Case Rejects In Part EPA's Approval of Kentucky Water Quality Rules

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Sue Anne Salmon Honored For Her Many Years of Working For Justice

Sue Anne Salmon Honored For Her Many Years of Working For Justice

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Concerned About Strip Mining Abuses? Here Are Some Things You Can Do!

Concerned About Strip Mining Abuses? Here Are Some Things You Can Do!

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KRC Director Speaks At "Energizing Kentucky" Conference

KRC Director Speaks At "Energizing Kentucky" Conference

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Hazardous Waste Regulations Modified To Address KRC Concerns

Hazardous Waste Regulations Modified To Address KRC Concerns

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KRC and Citizens Coal Council Challenge OSM Rule Weakening Permit Block Sanction Against Mining Law Violators

KRC and Citizens Coal Council Challenge OSM Rule Weakening Permit Block Sanction Against Mining Law Violators

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MSD Variance Approving Relocation of Beargrass Creek on River Metals Property Is Remanded

MSD Variance Approving Relocation of Beargrass Creek on River Metals Property Is Remanded

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Agreed Order Entered in Challenge to DOE Water Discharge Permit

Agreed Order Entered in Challenge to DOE Water Discharge Permit

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What Utilities Can Do To Advance Energy Efficiency in Kentucky

What Utilities Can Do To Advance Energy Efficiency in Kentucky

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Floodplain Variance Allowing Beargrass Creek Relocation Is Challenged

Floodplain Variance Allowing Beargrass Creek Relocation Is Challenged

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Carbon Constraints and the Future of Coal

Carbon Constraints and the Future of Coal

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Upcoming KRC Events and Presentations

Upcoming KRC Events and Presentations

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Appeal Filed On Cabinet Order Upholding Issuance of Permits For Confined Hog Operations In Fulton, Carlisle and Hickman Counties

Appeal Filed On Cabinet Order Upholding Issuance of Permits For Confined Hog Operations In Fulton, Carlisle and Hickman Counties

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KRC Recommends Withdrawal of Proposed Air Toxics Regulation Package

KRC Recommends Withdrawal of Proposed Air Toxics Regulation Package

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Proposed National Rules On Coal Ash Disposal At Coal Mines Are Subject Of Comments

Proposed National Rules On Coal Ash Disposal At Coal Mines Are Subject Of Comments

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KRC Opposes Coal Mining Beneath City of Lynch Water Reservoir

KRC Opposes Coal Mining Beneath City of Lynch Water Reservoir

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Circuit Court Decision Assures Cell Tower Review In All Counties

Circuit Court Decision Assures Cell Tower Review In All Counties

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OSM Rules Weakening Permit Blocks For Outlaw Mining Companies Is Opposed

OSM Rules Weakening Permit Blocks For Outlaw Mining Companies Is Opposed

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KRC Argues "Business Case" for Energy Efficiency At Utilities And Energy Efficiency Conference

KRC Argues "Business Case" for Energy Efficiency At Utilities And Energy Efficiency Conference

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Reissuance of Nationwide Permit Allowing Filling Of Headwater Streams And Wetlands By Coal Mining Operations Is Opposed

Reissuance of Nationwide Permit Allowing Filling Of Headwater Streams And Wetlands By Coal Mining Operations Is Opposed

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Comments on Glasgow Landfill Water Discharge Permit

Comments on Glasgow Landfill Water Discharge Permit

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Broader monitoring and limits sought for wastewater discharge into Lake Cumberland

Broader monitoring and limits sought for wastewater discharge into Lake Cumberland

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Water Discharge Permit For DOE Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Challenged

Water Discharge Permit For DOE Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Challenged

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6th Circuit Affirms EPA Approval of Northern Ky. Vehicle Program End

6th Circuit Affirms EPA Approval of Northern Ky. Vehicle Program End

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CEMEX Asked To Provide More Data On Proposed Use of Tires And Sludge For Cement Kiln Fuel

CEMEX Asked To Provide More Data On Proposed Use of Tires And Sludge For Cement Kiln Fuel

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KRC Asks For Stricter Limits On Water Discharge Permit For DOE Paducah Facility

KRC Asks For Stricter Limits On Water Discharge Permit For DOE Paducah Facility

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KRC and Mountain Watershed Ass'n. Oppose Pennsylvania Coal Mine Blasting Rule Changes

KRC and Mountain Watershed Ass'n. Oppose Pennsylvania Coal Mine Blasting Rule Changes

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KRC Proposes Enhancements In Public Notice

KRC Proposes Enhancements In Public Notice And Input In Louisville's STAR Air Toxics Program

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KRC Comments On Proposed Renewal of DOE Landfill Permit

KRC Comments On Proposed Renewal of DOE Landfill Permit

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EPA's Nondiscrimination Regulations Apply to All Kentucky Permitting Actions

EPA's Nondiscrimination Regulations Apply to All Kentucky Permitting Actions

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KRC Comments On Draft Revisions to STAR Program Rules

KRC Comments On Draft Revisions to STAR Program Rules

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PSC Ruling Interpreting Cell Tower Law Could Affect Many Communities

PSC Ruling Interpreting Cell Tower Law Could Affect Many Communities

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Stack Testing & Lower Limits Better Controls On Mercury Proposed For Versailles Lighting Plant

Stack Testing & Lower limitsBetter Controls On Mercury Proposed For Versailles Lighting Plant

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KRC Challenges Landfill Permit At DOE Plant In Paducah

KRC Challenges Landfill Permit At DOE Plant In Paducah

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KRC TESTIFIES IN OPPOSITION TO PHONE DEREGULATION BILL

KRC TESTIFIES IN OPPOSITION TO PHONE DEREGULATION BILL

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KRC Asks 6th Circuit Court of Appeals To Stay End of Northern Kentucky I/M Program

KRC Asks 6th Circuit Court of Appeals To Stay End of Northern Kentucky I/M Program

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Hearing Regulation for Storage Tank Claims Finalized

Hearing Regulation for Storage Tank Claims Finalized

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What Do We Really Value? An Exploration Of Our Environmental Ethic

What Do We Really Value? An Exploration Of Our Environmental Ethic

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KRC comments on new leachate treatment facility proposed by DOE

KRC comments on new leachate treatment facility proposed by DOE

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Complaint Is Filed - Challenging Weakened Controls on Swine Feeding Operations

Complaint Is Filed - Challenging Weakened Controls on Swine Feeding Operations

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Fulton County Officials Issue Permit For Confined Hog Operation, Ignoring Public Comment and Applying Unlawfully Adopted Regulations

Fulton County Officials Issue Permit For Confined Hog Operation, Ignoring Public Comment and Applying Unlawfully Adopted Regulations

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KRC Opposes Mining Rule Change Weakening Scrutiny Over Changes In Control of Mine Companies

KRC Opposes Mining Rule Change Weakening Scrutiny Over Changes In Control of Mine Companies

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EPA approves Kentucky Antidegradation Standard, Groups Sue To Void Rule

EPA approves Kentucky Antidegradation Standard, Groups Sue To Void Rule

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KRC URGES EPA TO SET LIMITS ON COAL ASH DISPOSAL IN MINES

KRC URGES EPA TO SET LIMITS ON COAL ASH DISPOSAL IN MINES

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KRC Comments On Proposed Louisville Air Toxics Regulations

KRC Comments On Proposed Louisville Air Toxics Regulations

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Federal Circuit Rejects Takings Claim In Stearns Case

Federal Circuit Rejects Takings Claim In Stearns Case

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KRC Responds To EPA Petition for Rehearing In Mining Case

KRC Responds To EPA Petition for Rehearing In Mining Case

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Post-Hearing Brief Filed In Estill County Power Plant Case

Post-Hearing Brief Filed In Estill County Power Plant Case

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Governor Restores Reclamation Bond Pool Funds; Averts Threatened KRC Suit

Governor Restores Reclamation Bond Pool Funds; Averts Threatened KRC Suit

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KRC SERVES NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE TO FORCE REIMBURSEMENT OF MINING BOND POOL FUND

KRC SERVES NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE TO FORCE REIMBURSEMENT OF MINING BOND POOL FUND

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KRC Comments On Proposal To End Vehicle Testing In Northern Kentucky

KRC Comments On Proposal To End Vehicle Testing In Northern Kentucky

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KRC Files Amicus Brief in Stearns Takings Case

KRC Files Amicus Brief in Stearns Takings Case

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State Revises Power Plant Ash Landfill Permit To Address KRC Concerns

State Revises Power Plant Ash Landfill Permit To Address KRC Concerns

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Gathering Line Regulation Status

Gathering Line Regulation Status

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Oral Arguments Heard In Remining / Western Mine Case

Oral Arguments Heard In Remining / Western Mine Case

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Opening Brief Filed In Joint Tenancy - Strip Mining Case

Opening Brief Filed In Joint Tenancy - Strip Mining Case

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OSM Urged To Reject Haul Road Exemption From Coal Mining Laws

OSM Urged To Reject Haul Road Exemption From Coal Mining Laws

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Briefing Complete in Thoroughbred Siting Challenge   

Briefing Complete in Thoroughbred Siting Challenge   

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KRC challenges agreed order between Natural Resources Cabinet and DOE

KRC challenges agreed order between Natural Resources Cabinet and DOE

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KRC Opposes Removing Required Amendment To Kentucky Mining Regulations  

For the reasons set forth below, OSM should withdraw the proposed program amendment as being inconsistent with federal law and regulations, and should instead enforce the existing federal obligation that the state regulatory authority submit...

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KRC DISCUSSES ABANDONED MINE LAND PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION

KRC DISCUSSES ABANDONED MINE LAND PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION

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KRC WELCOMES DECISION BY UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY PRESIDENT TO FOREGO MINING THE MAIN BLOCK OF THE ROBINSON FOREST

KRC WELCOMES DECISION BY UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY PRESIDENT TO FOREGO MINING THE MAIN BLOCK OF THE ROBINSON FOREST

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Sep,11 2003

KRC Serves Notice of Intent To Sue Kentucky, EPA Over End To Vehicle Testing Program In Jefferson County, Kentucky.

KRC Serves Notice of Intent To Sue Kentucky, EPA Over End To Vehicle Testing Program In Jefferson County, Kentucky.

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Quecreek Mine Report Calls For Mine Mapping Reforms

Quecreek Mine Report Calls For Mine Mapping Reforms

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KRC Requests OSM To Set Aside State Law Provisions Stripping Protections From New Pine Mountain Trail State Park

KRC Requests OSM To Set Aside State Law Provisions Stripping Protections From New Pine Mountain Trail State Park

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Comment today on proposed non-coal mining regulation revisions!

Comment today on proposed non-coal mining regulation revisions!

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Comment Today on Non-Coal Regulation Revisions

Comment Today on Non-Coal Regulation Revisions

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Cabinet Supports Revocation of Nugent Permit

Cabinet Supports Revocation of Nugent Permit

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Gallatin County Residents Prevail in Permit Challenge

Gallatin County Residents Prevail in Permit Challenge

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Citizens Coal Council and KRC Challenge EPA Rule Relaxing Sediment Controls On Mining

Citizens Coal Council and KRC Challenge EPA Rule Relaxing Sediment Controls On Mining

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Nugent Case Underscores Weakness In State Regulation of Non-Coal Mining

Nugent Case Underscores Weakness In State Regulation of Non-Coal Mining

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Oct,10 2002

Energy & the Environment

Tom FitzGerald, director of KRC, presents. The regulatory goal for state and federal agencies regulating coal extraction, combustion, and disposal should be conservative design, not minimum compliance.

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KFTC/KRC Citizen Complaint Spurs Federal Enforcement Action

KFTC/KRC Citizen Complaint Spurs Federal Enforcement Action

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Opening Brief Filed in Case Challenging Issuance of Mine Permits

Opening Brief Filed in Case Challenging Issuance of Mine Permits

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