CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

 KRC provides comprehensive research and analysis  on legislative bills and environmental issues of concern. During legislative sessions, we publish a weekly analysis, produced by our policy team, of bills we are supporting, opposing, and tracking, along with in-depth analysis of bills of particular concern.  We supplement these weekly postings and newsletters with action alerts.

Under the aegis of the Center for Environmental Policy, we focus on development of proactive policies and proposed laws and ordinances to promote healthy communities and a healthy environment in Kentucky.


2020 GENERAL ASSEMBLY & POLICY PIECES


January 30, 2020
Lawmakers push to ditch reformulated gas usage in Louisville
By Mark Vanderhoff, WLKY News
 
WLKY News interviwed KRC Director, Tom TomFitzGerald to discuss the House Joint Resolution 8 (Huff and others). This Joint Resolution would direct Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District to determine the environmental benefits, related costs, and potential alternatives to the federal reformulated gasoline requirements currently imposed in Jefferson County and partial areas in Bullitt and Oldham Counties.
 
KRC supports periodic review of all measures contained in “State Implementation Plans” that have been adopted in order to control levels of ozone and other air pollutants, in order to assure that they remain cost-effective in terms of the levels of reduction achieved. KRC opposes any state mandate directing, as the General Assembly once did regarding vehicle testing, termination or removal of any program that is part of the state or Metro Louisville SIP. In testimony before the House Committee, KRC requested that in assessing the benefits of maintaining RFG, the health as well as environmental benefits be evaluated, since elevated ground-level ozone is associated with pulmonary and respiratory injury, particularly to sensitive populations. The sponsor agreed to that inclusion, and it was incorporated into the bill before the resolution as sent to the Senate on January 23 by the House.
 

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