IN THE NEWS

KRC client, Kentucky Heartwood, brought to us the matter of illegal logging occuring in the Daniel Boone National Forest. In late April, our Environmental & Community Defense team sent a letter to the Daniel Boone National Forest supervisor calling for the suspension of further harvesting pending a review. Read about the issue that faces one of our valuable Kentucky forests.

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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.
 
 
December 18, 2019
Eight More Miles: A Podcast with Louisville Councilman Brandon Coan
By Ben Kleppinger, The Advocate-Messenger

Councilman Coan welcomes KRC Director, Tom TomFitzGerald – Fitz – to discuss the environment, government and justice.

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August 28, 2019
Zoning Amendment Passes with Increased Restrictions on Pipelines
By Ben Kleppinger, The Advocate-Messenger

After three months of public hearings, the Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission has finally approved a major overhaul of its zoning ordinance. Disagreements over how the zoning ordinance should regulate hazardous liquids pipelines surfaced last month. But those wrinkles had been ironed out by the time the commission met Wednesday morning. People who had been on opposite sides in July were in agreement that the new ordinance would make Boyle County’s protections against hazardous pipelines even stronger.

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August 14, 2019
Energy in Kentucky
By KET, Renee Shaw - Moderator

KRC Director Tom FitzGerald was featured on KET - Kentucky Educational Television's Kentucky Tonight panel discussing the state of energy in Kentucky.


June 27, 2019
Erosion, landslide and pollution. Coal industry's compliance with fedral rules down
By Bill Estep, Herald-Leader

Only 57 percent of surface coal mine permits in Kentucky were free of violations during oversight inspections in the most recent evaluation, a continued low rate of industry compliance on environmental and reclamation rules..."In any event, the continued slide in the number of sites that are not in compliance, and the number of OSM-observed violations, is a troubling trend,” - Tom FitzGerald, KRC Director

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May 30, 2019
LG&E spurned Bullitt County pipeline route recommended in 2015 study
By Marcus Green, WDRB

 In the summer of 2015, a contractor for Louisville Gas & Electric Co. finished studying possible routes for a new natural gas pipeline that would connect to an existing line in Bullitt County.  The firm, EnSite USA, reviewed 10 corridors for the new line and ranked them based on cost and impact on streams, land use, threatened and endangered species and other factors. EnSite recommended that LG&E build a 13-mile pipeline starting near Coxs Creek in Nelson County and running northwest to the Jim Beam distillery south of Shepherdsville, according to confidential documents recently made public. That route was slightly better than a 15.5-mile path between Bardstown and the distillery that also would travel northward.

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May 9, 2019
Lead and Other Everyday Environmental Dangers
By Patrick Reed, KET

Environmental factors such as air and water quality play a pivotal role in public health, as populations who live in areas with pollution, decaying buildings, and/or an unsafe, contaminated drinking supply are at a high risk of developing a myriad of health problems. How can we become educated about environmental issues to safeguard our own living spaces and also become effective advocates for better regulation of these essential ingredients to our ecosystem? Read more...


May 5, 2019
With or without Green New Deal, Kentucky's energy future is heading away from coal
By Matt Mencarini, Louisville Courier Journal

Over the past five years, the state has made its first significant shift away from coal power, thanks to cheaper natural gas. The move comes as the Green New Deal and its ambitious policy proposals push conversations about Kentucky's energy future further into the political arena. Read more...


April 18, 2019
Landfill amendment process reviewed
By Hannah Woosley of the Georgetown News-Graphic

Tom FitzGerald, director of the Kentucky Resources Council and attorney to advise the Scott County Fiscal Court regarding the solid waste management plans happening in the county, was back at a fiscal court special meeting on Monday. Read more...


April 12, 2019
Kentucky plan to reduce Mammoth Cave haze approved by EPA
By Stephanie Hill for The Herald-Dispatch

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Kentucky's plan to meet federal air pollutant and visibility requirements around Mammoth Cave National Park. Read more...


 

Kentucky Resources Council Director Tom FitzGerald at the 2017 KGS annual seminar
Kentucky Geological Survey