First the good news: Your hard work is making a difference:
HB 244, reauthorizing the state hazardous waste assessment fund, and HB 422, which reauthorizes the waste tire fund until July 31, 2006, and creates a waste tire amnesty program, will become law. HB 496, the bill mandating that the state Natural Resources Cabinet, on finding a violation of air, water or water laws, issue a preliminary written notice to violators and give time in which to correct the violation before issuance of a notice of violation, was recommitted by House Leadership to the House A&R Committee.
And Now Your Assignment For This Week:
We are in the home stretch. The next three weeks are critical in determining whether this session will be marked as another in which opportunities were lost on environmental matters, or one in which real progress was made in protecting the health of Kentuckians and our air, land, water resources.
Please take a few minutes and call and fax on these issues:
- To Senator Ernie Harris, Senator Dan Kelly and Senator David Williams, asking them to pass HB 174 with the funding mechanisms intact. Representative Stumbo's bill imposes a modest environmental impact fee of a ? of 1 cent on disposable cups and fast food packaging, and a $1 per ton tipping fee on municipal solid waste disposed at landfills, to fund the Kentucky Pride Fund" in order to generate revenues for old landfill closure, dump clean, education and litter control.
- To the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee (Senators Harris, Tori, Worley, Pendleton, Scorsone, Shaughnessy, Leeper, Moore, Herron and Kelly) asking them to pass meaningful electric power plant siting legislation, incorporating the changes recommended by the Kentucky Resources Council and requiring siting review and cumulative impact assessment for all plants that are not yet fully permitted and under construction.
- To Senators Dan Kelly and David Williams, asking them to recommit Senate Bill 193 for study during the interim in order to protect the environment and the public who paid into the underground storage tank fund, and not to allow the fund to be used to balance the budget and to become a new road fund tax. Despite the fact that around 100 additional leaking underground storage tanks cases are discovered each year needing cleanup, this bill would cut off new funding for cleanups of leaking tanks by July 2002 and reprogram this supposedly dedicated fee to the road fund, with some money for a landfill bond issue.
- To Senator Daniel Mongiardo, to withdraw SB 287, which would allow the Kentucky Pioneer Energy plant proposed for Trapp Kentucky to avoid review and local government approval as a solid waste disposal facility by mandating exemption of this plant siting and its handling of New York's wastes from solid waste laws. Also, ask Senator Harris not to call this bill for hearing.
- Ask Representative Larry Clark to amend HB 618, the House VET bill, to direct that the new and improved Louisville County Council review and make any desired changes in the frequency and scope of vehicle emission testing.
- To Representative Charles Geveden, chair of House State Government Committee, to ask him not to call for hearing Senate Bill 33. SB 33 seeks to curtail further the regulatory powers of the Executive Branch, preventing emergency regulations except where the threat to the public or environment is "imminent," and shackles the state to adopting no regulation more protective of the public than the minimum federal standard.
- To Senate State & Local Government Chair Albert Robinson, asking him not to call for a hearing and vote Senate Bills 103 and 120. SB 103 would limit recovery of punitive damages would deprive injured parties and juries of the ability to affect illegal corporate behavior. SB 120 is a constitutional amendment to repeal 12 sections of the state Constitution that control corporate power. A repeal of these provisions would vest considerably more power in the General Assembly to allow or prevent price fixing; to allow or prevent the sale of below value bonds and stocks; and to allow corporations to infringe on the rights of the state or the individual. The General Assembly would gain complete discretion in determining when or if a corporate charter would be revoked; and could eliminate or weaken controls on dissolution of corporations for abuse or misuse of corporate charter or power.
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The toll-free message line is 1-800-372-7181, to leave a message for a legislator or a committee. To send a fax, call 502-564-6543, and list the individual legislators' names on a cover sheet and asking that each get a copy of your letter. The good folks at the LRC fax room will copy your fax and distribute it to all that you list (the recipients must be listed by name.)