On August 1, 2003 the Natural Resources Cabinet issued final revisions to the regulations governing non-coal mining (shale, limestone, clay, etc.)
The final regulations did not include all of the reforms that citizens had sought, but are a real improvement over the existing regulations in these ways:
* Requiring that performance bonds be posted in all cases.
* Requiring the applicant to identify the public roads to be used to haul the mined material and to provide a transportation plan describing the road capacity and amount and nature of hauling;
* Requiring improvements in barriers to prevent injuries;
* Expanding buffer zones around homes and other structure from mining; and
* Requiring that the permittee replace water supplies damaged by non-coal mining.
These regulatory changes must go through legislative committee review, and if disapproved, will sunset at the end of the next legislative session.
The non-coal mining industry will be testifying in opposition to the regulatory changes and seeking disapproval from the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee when the Committee meets this Thursday, August 7 at 9:30 a.m. in Frankfort (Room 149 of the Capitol Annex building).
PLEASE CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION REVIEW SUBCOMMITTEE and urge them to support these reasonable regulatory changes. Their contact information is below. Faxes and e-mails are great - also leaving a message at their Frankfort office works. Also, please contact your state legislator and ask him or her to contact the Committee chair, John Arnold, to indicate their support for these regulatory changes.
ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION REVIEW SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS Rep. John Arnold Jr., Co-Chair Sen. Damon Thayer, Co-Chair 1301 North Lee 102 Grayson Way P.O. Box 124 Georgetown, KY 40324 Sturgis, KY 42459 502-867-3046 (phone) (Office) 270-333-4641 502-868-6086 (fax) Frankfort 564-8100, ext. 709 Rep. James Bruce Rep. Jimmie Lee 6750 Ft. Campbell Blvd. 901 Dogwood Drive Hopkinsville, KY 42240 Elizabethtown, KY 42701 (Home) 502-886-2422 (Office) 270-765-6222 Frankfort 502-564-8100, ext. 657 (Home) 270-737-8889 Frankfort 502-564-8100, ext. 650 E-mail: JOLU25@msn.com Sen. Joey Pendleton Rep. Jon David Reinhardt 905 Hurst Drive 637 W. Poplar Thicket Road Hopkinsville, KY 42240 Alexandria, KY 41001 (Home) 270-885-1639 (Home) 606-635-3455 (Fax) 270-885-0640 Frankfort 502-564-8100, ext. 689 Frankfort 502-564-8100, ext. 647 Sen. Dick Roeding Sen. Gary Tapp 2534 Kearney Court 2154 Buzzard Roost Road Lakeside Park, KY 41017 Waddy, KY 40076 (Home) 859-331-1684 (Home) 502-829-9220 (Fax) 859-331-1238 Frankfort 502-564-8100, ext. 648 Frankfort 502-564-3120 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-Mail: email@example.com