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PO Box 1070, Frankfort, KY 40602  Phone 502.875.2428, Fax 502.875.2845
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  • Kentucky Senate Should Reject Proposed Amendment Allowing Limits On Recovery Of Damages For Pain and Suffering   
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Sixth Edition   
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Fifth Edition   
  • Groups petition U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. for review of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order Approving “Abandonment” and “Repurposing” of Tennessee Gas Pipeline   
  • Debunking The Myth That Solar Customers Are Freeloading   
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Fourth Edition   
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Third Edition   
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Second Edition   
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: First Edition   
  • Metropolitan Housing Coalition (MHC) Seeks To Intervene In PSC Case Where LG&E and KU Seek To Reduce Energy Efficiency and Demand Management Programs   
  • Constitutional Amendment Giving Legislative Committee Veto Power Over Regulations Is A Solution in Search of a Problem   
  • Allegheny Defense Project, Kentucky Heartwood, and KRC seek rehearing of FERC approval of Kinder-Morgan's Pipeline "Abandonment."   
  • KRC Comments On Investigative Phase Of Corrective Action Plan for Contamination At E.W. Brown Power Plant   
  • With Thanks On The Occasion of D. Todd Littlefield's Retirement!   
  • TENORM REGULATIONS TIGHTEN RULES ON MANAGEMENT OF OIL AND GAS-RELATED TECHNOLOGICALLY-ENHANCED NATURALLY-OCCURRING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL   
  • 40th Anniversary of passage of Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 is a time for sober reflection.   
  • Remembering Bonnie Biemer  
  • SETTLEMENT IN LG&E AND KU RATE CASES PROTECTS VULNERABLE RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS, MODERATES THE AMOUNT AND IMPACT OF RATE INCREASES   
  • REACT and KRC Comment On Request To Relax Air Toxics Standard   
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 7th Edition   
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 6th Edition!   
  • House Bill 246 Would Disrupt Solid Waste Planning In Louisville Metro  
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 5th Edition!   
  • Irony Abounds! Energy and Environment Cabinet Stresses Importance Of Protecting Groundwater, While Advancing Regulations To Gut Permitting Of Coal Combustion Ash Landfills   
  • Floor Amendment Does Not Fix Unfair, Unconstitutional Developers Dream Bill   
  • KRC Director Testifies On Bill Completing Deregulation of AT&T and Windstream Phone Services   
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 4th Edition   
  • House Bill 72, The Anti-Neighbor Zoning Appeal Bond Bill, Moved To Senate State Government Committee.   
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 3rd Edition  
  • KRC Testifies Before Senate Committee On AT&T's Bill Completing Deregulation Of Basic Phone Service   
  • KRC Opposes HB 332, Which Could Delay Implementation Of Regulations Protecting Human Health And The Environment   
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 2nd Edition   
  • Zoning Appeal Bill Is A Dream For Developers And Nightmare For Neighbors   
  • Statement Opposing Energy & Environment Cabinet Utility Coal Waste Rules  
  • KRC Opposes Bill That Would Require Appeal Bond As A Condition Of Appealing Rezoning Decision  
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching!   
  • KRC Comments On EPA Proposal to Delegate Authority For Oil and Gas-Related Injection Well Regulation to Kentucky   
  • KRC Opposes "Reckless" Proposal To Allow Coal Combustion Ash Generators To Self-Regulate  
  • Remembering Patty Wallace  
  • The Very Definition of Chutzpah  
  • KRC Provides Supplemental Comments Opposing LG&E Special Waste Landfill   
  • KRC Comments In Opposition To LGE Coal Combustion Waste Landfill   
  • Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission   
  • The Basics About Avigation Easements  
  • KRC Comments On Proposed Biodigester Zoning Revisions  
  • Remembering Mary Carol Cooper  
  • KRC Director Presents Sustainability Lecture At Centre College   
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We Watched: The Final Edition  
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 13th Edition!   
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Twelfth Edition!   
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Eleventh Edition!   
  • KRC Opposes Proposed Constitutional Amendment Giving Legislative Committees Veto Power Over Regulations   
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Tenth Edition!   
  • KRC Opposes Second Bill To Lift Nuclear Plant Moratorium   
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Ninth Edition!   
  • Remembering Two Who Made A Difference   
  • SB 89 Would Lift Kentucky Moratorium On New Nuclear Plants   
  • Bill Would Impose Appeal Bond On Appeals To Court of Appeals In Planning And Zoning Cases  
  • 2016 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: The Eighth Edition!   
  • Effort To Expand Net Metering in Kentucky Stalls  
  • KRC E-Mail Policy: No Attachments from KRC  Posted: August 30, 2003
    August 26, 2003

    To: KRC Members

    From: Tom FitzGerald

    Here at the Council, we take your e-mail privacy seriously. We attempt to avoid spreading any computer viruses, and never send or forward frivolous messages.

    Due to the recent concerns with virus attachments, KRC will NOT send any attached e-mails to our general mailing list. Instead, as issues or work of interest is generated by KRC, we will send you a message noting that the work has been posted (here) to our website, www.kyrc.org.

    If you receive any message from KRC that claims to have an attachment, or includes a questionable "subject," PLEASE let us know immediately in order that we may take steps to correct the problem.

    Thank you.

    Tom FitzGerald KRC


  • Where to take those old computers and monitors.  Posted: October 17, 2002
    There is an organization in Frankfort that will take old computers, as long as they are Pentium or above, and old printers and monitors. They will fix them, and in turn donate the equipment to needy families. The name of the organization is the Salvation Student Technology Center, 119 West Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601. The phone number is 502/226-6062.

    Cartridges that contain ink for inkjet printers and toner for laser printers and copying machines are being accepted in Jefferson County at:

    # 595 Hubbards Lane.

    # 3520 Newburg Road.

    # 7219 Dixie Highway (beind the Southwest Government Center).

    # 9300 Whipps Mill Road (behind police station).

    # 7201 Outer Loop (behind the Central Government Center).

    # 10620 W. Manslick Road (behind the police station).

    The Salvation Army of Frankfort will also take some type of gear.


  • KRC has a new office address  Posted: August 18, 2001
    KRC has moved. Our new street address is: 213 St. Clair St. Suite 200. Court Square, Frankfort, 40601. Our mailing address is still the same P. O. Box 1070, 40602.

  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Sixth Edition   Posted: February 16, 2018
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2018 General Assembly Regular Session. This summary is complete through end of legislative activity February 16, 2018.
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Fifth Edition   Posted: February 9, 2018
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2018 General Assembly Regular Session. This summary is complete through end of legislative activity February 9, 2018.
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Fourth Edition   Posted: February 2, 2018
    Click the headline to read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2018 General Assembly Regular Session. This summary is complete through end of legislative activity February 2, 2018.
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Third Edition   Posted: January 26, 2018
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2018 General Assembly Regular Session. This summary is complete through end of legislative activity January 26, 2018.
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: Second Edition   Posted: January 19, 2018
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, energy, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly Session, complete through end of day January 19, 2018.
  • 2018 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: First Edition   Posted: January 17, 2018
    Click the headline to read about the bills and resolutions that KRC is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2018 General Assembly regular session, complete as of end of day January 17.
  • Metropolitan Housing Coalition (MHC) Seeks To Intervene In PSC Case Where LG&E and KU Seek To Reduce Energy Efficiency and Demand Management Programs   Posted: January 12, 2018
    Click the headline to read the Petition of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition for intervention in the pending Public Service Commission Case 2017-00441. MHC is represented by KRC.
  • REACT and KRC Comment On Request To Relax Air Toxics Standard   Posted: April 20, 2017
    Click the headline to read the joint comments of REACT and the Council in opposition to the request by American Synthetic Rubber Corp. to exceed health-based risk standards for emissions of 1/3 butadiene from its Rubbertown chemical plant. The company has indicated that it will be amending the application, and REACT and KRC will review and comment on any proposed changes.
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 7th Edition   Posted: March 31, 2017
    Click the headline to read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council supported, opposed, and tracked during the 2017 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of the session on March 30, 2017.
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 6th Edition!   Posted: March 16, 2017
    Click the headline to read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2017 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of session March 15, 2017.
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 5th Edition!   Posted: March 8, 2017
    Click the headline to read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2017 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of session March 8, 2017.
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 4th Edition   Posted: March 4, 2017
    Click the headline to read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2017 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of session March 3, 2017.
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 3rd Edition  Posted: February 24, 2017
    Click the headline to read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, and tracking during the 2017 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of session February 24, 2017.
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching: 2nd Edition   Posted: February 18, 2017
    Click the headline to read more about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is tracking during the 2017 General Assembly Regular Session, complete through end of session February 17, 2017.
  • Statement Opposing Energy & Environment Cabinet Utility Coal Waste Rules  Posted: February 9, 2017
    Click the headline to read the statement of the Council regarding the Cabinet's reckless utility coal ash disposal rules, which go before the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee as early as Friday February 10, 2017.
  • KRC Opposes Bill That Would Require Appeal Bond As A Condition Of Appealing Rezoning Decision  Posted: February 7, 2017
    For several years, a bill has been filed that would require prepayment by an individual or neighborhood group seeking review by the Court of Appeals of a rezoning decision. The bill would impose a financial barrier to an "of right" appeal guaranteed by the Kentucky Constitution, and would prevent meritorious appeals by individuals and groups that lack the financial wherewithal to post such a bond. To read more, click the headline.
  • 2017 General Assembly Regular Session: Bills We’re Watching!   Posted: January 8, 2017
    Click the headline to read about the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council is supporting, opposing, or tracking during the 2017 General Assembly Regular Session.
  • KRC Comments On EPA Proposal to Delegate Authority For Oil and Gas-Related Injection Well Regulation to Kentucky   Posted: December 9, 2016
    Click the headline to read KRC's comments concerning the EPA proposal to grant "primacy" to Kentucky for permitting and regulation of wells drilled or converted for injection of oil and gas-related wastewaters and produced waters for secondary oil recovery or disposal. KRC is concerned that the state regulations do not provide as rigorous a review process nor provide as much opportunity for public input as do the federal regulations, and is also concerned that Kentucky have sufficient staff to permit and inspection such wells.
  • Remembering Patty Wallace  Posted: November 21, 2016
    Over the weekend the Council received word that long-time social and environmental justice advocate Patty Wallace, had died. KRC Board Chair Joe Childers reflected on Patty's tenacity and courage in noting that "Patty Wallace and Ruth Colvin were fearless in travelling to Frankfort to lobby for environmental protection. They would make their weekly trips, getting up very early to drive from Louisa to Frankfort, and came to be known as 'Thelma and Louise' for the environment and rights of coalfield citizens. Patty had a wonderful way of cutting to the chase. She would simply not take no for an answer and every legislator knew her by name. She was truly a giant among advocates for environmental justice." Marian Wright Edelman penned a prayer in her book "Guide My Feet" that said "let me be a worker, not a whiner; let me not be a critic, but a catalyst for good." Patty was such a catalyst, patterning love and integrity and demanding accountability from those in power. We are so much the better as a Commonwealth, and as a community, for her life's work. Rest in peace, Patty. To paraphrase Timothy, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, and you have kept the faith.
  • Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission   Posted: August 30, 2016
    Click the headline to read the reflections of Tom FitzGerald on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission, July 21, 2016.

  • Kentucky Senate Should Reject Proposed Amendment Allowing Limits On Recovery Of Damages For Pain and Suffering   Posted: February 16, 2018
    Senate Bill 2 is awaiting a vote on the Senate Floor. Click the headline to read KRC's Open Letter to Kentucky's Senators regarding why SB 2 is unfair and unconstitutional. Those injured in the workplace or by environmental polluters deserve justice, not efforts by legislators to deny their recovery for injuries suffered.
  • Groups petition U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. for review of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order Approving “Abandonment” and “Repurposing” of Tennessee Gas Pipeline   Posted: February 6, 2018
    Federal agency failed to consider unique safety and environmental hazards posed by conversion of aging natural gas pipeline to transporting hazardous liquids
  • Debunking The Myth That Solar Customers Are Freeloading   Posted: February 6, 2018
    Click the headline to understand why net metering customers are not being subsidized by other ratepayers.
  • Constitutional Amendment Giving Legislative Committee Veto Power Over Regulations Is A Solution in Search of a Problem   Posted: January 12, 2018
    Click the headline to read KRC's testimony in opposition to HB 10, which would allow a legislative committee to veto regulations when the General Assembly is not in session.
  • Allegheny Defense Project, Kentucky Heartwood, and KRC seek rehearing of FERC approval of Kinder-Morgan's Pipeline "Abandonment."   Posted: November 20, 2017
    Click the headline to read the Request for Rehearing by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of the decision to allow Kinder-Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to "abandon in place" one of their interstate natural gas pipelines. The approval is the first step to repurposing the pipeline to transport volatile "natural gas liquids" from the Marcellus Shale Play to the Gulf.
  • KRC Comments On Investigative Phase Of Corrective Action Plan for Contamination At E.W. Brown Power Plant   Posted: October 5, 2017
    Click the headline to read KRC's comments regarding the proposed site investigation plan for identifying and remedying the sources of selenium pollution of Herrington Lake from the E,W. Brown power plant.
  • With Thanks On The Occasion of D. Todd Littlefield's Retirement!   Posted: October 2, 2017
    Click the headline to read Fitz's Note Of Appreciation for D. Todd's years of service at LRC!
  • TENORM REGULATIONS TIGHTEN RULES ON MANAGEMENT OF OIL AND GAS-RELATED TECHNOLOGICALLY-ENHANCED NATURALLY-OCCURRING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL   Posted: August 30, 2017
    Click the headline to read more about the proposed regulations and to learn how to comment on them. Deadline for comment is August 31.
  • 40th Anniversary of passage of Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 is a time for sober reflection.   Posted: August 30, 2017
    Click the headline to read the press statement from the Citizens Coal Council and Kentucky Resources Council on the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the 1977 surface mining act.
  • Remembering Bonnie Biemer  Posted: July 28, 2017
    Fitz and the KRC Board and staff join with the Biemer family and the Louisville community in mourning the passing and celebrating the life of Bonnie Biemer, who died on July 16, 2017 at age 77. After years as a reporter, Bonnie became a lawyer, and joined the City of Louisville law department. She became the city's administrator for health and the environment, and was instrumental in the multi-year negotiations that preceded the enactment of Kentucky's Brownfields law, which assists in reclamation of polluted abandoned industrial sites for redevelopment. She also served on the Air Pollution Control Board for more than a decade after her 2005 retirement. Art Williams and Noel Rueff both worked with Bonnie over the years, and shared these remembrances: "We knew Bonnie for many years in many roles but her character and approach to life and to people and to problems was as consistent and true as the northern star. She was unfailingly kind. She was unflinchingly courteous and she endeavored as resolutely as anyone we have known to live all aspects of her life, personal and professional, directed by the values and beliefs of her faith. She had a heart as soft as putty but a spine as hard as titanium. She was slow to judge and always demanded as many facts as the situation allowed. She was a believer in the proposition put forth by Howard Baker, Jr. the ever-civil late US Senator from Tennessee that "the other fellow just might be right." Bonnie was a great listener. We never saw her interrupt anyone during a conversation of any type- whether at leisure such as at Lakeside swim club or around a negotiating session about a brownfield cleanup. Bonnie's approach to life was thus effective and strong though subtle and low key. This earned her much respect and admiration from her friends- and others- who fell woefully short of the standards she set and kept. And thus she earned a legacy to honor and remember." We will remember Bonnie, and in her memory and in honor of her husband Marty and children Daniel and Ellen, we at the Council rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work of restoring environmental health and justice - the work to which Bonnie unselfishly and effectively dedicated her career.
  • SETTLEMENT IN LG&E AND KU RATE CASES PROTECTS VULNERABLE RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS, MODERATES THE AMOUNT AND IMPACT OF RATE INCREASES   Posted: April 20, 2017
    Click the headline to read the details of the proposed settlement in the Louisville Gas and Electric rate case. KRC represented Metro Housing Coalition in the case. The Public Service Commission will consider the proposed settlement on May 9, 2017.
  • House Bill 246 Would Disrupt Solid Waste Planning In Louisville Metro  Posted: March 16, 2017
    Click the headline to read more about the bill, which was represented to the House and Senate Committees as being needed because the current Solid Waste Management District is a taxing district, when in fact it is not. KRC is requesting that the Governor veto the bill.
  • Irony Abounds! Energy and Environment Cabinet Stresses Importance Of Protecting Groundwater, While Advancing Regulations To Gut Permitting Of Coal Combustion Ash Landfills   Posted: March 8, 2017
    On the same day that the Cabinet's Coal Combustion Residual Regulations cleared the first legislative committee hurdle, the Cabinet announced the beginning of "groundwater awareness week." According to the press release, the Director of the Division of Water noted that "the groundwater of Kentucky is an important natural resource and should be protected year around. Groundwater is used extensively in Kentucky for drinking water and irrigation as well as by industry, and it is imperative that the groundwater be protected for current users and future generations[.]" Maybe the Cabinet could start respecting the need for groundwater protection by withdrawing the regulations that gut the current permitting process and eliminate agency review of critical aspects of utility coal ash landfill design and construction, like the design of groundwater monitoring systems.
  • Floor Amendment Does Not Fix Unfair, Unconstitutional Developers Dream Bill   Posted: March 8, 2017
    The Senate is poised to vote today, March 8, on House Bill 72, which would impose a mandatory appeal bond for zoning appeals to the Court of Appeals. Click the headline to read about Senate Floor Amendment 1 and why it does not fix this offensive bill.
  • KRC Director Testifies On Bill Completing Deregulation of AT&T and Windstream Phone Services   Posted: March 4, 2017
    Click the headline to read KRC's written testimony concerning SB 11, which would complete the deregulation of phone services in the AT&T and Windstream service areas.
  • House Bill 72, The Anti-Neighbor Zoning Appeal Bond Bill, Moved To Senate State Government Committee.   Posted: February 24, 2017
    Your calls to 1-800-372-7181 with the message to "all Senators" to "oppose House Bill 72, the developer's dream bill and neighbor's nightmare." Click the headline to read an op-ed published in Insider Louisville, authored by KRC's Director.
  • KRC Testifies Before Senate Committee On AT&T's Bill Completing Deregulation Of Basic Phone Service   Posted: February 23, 2017
    Click the headline to read KRC's cautionary comments regarding SB 10, which eliminates the "carve-out" protections that guaranteed a continued right to basic local phone service for phone exchanges with less than 15,000 households, and completes the retail deregulation of AT&T and Windstream in Kentucky.
  • KRC Opposes HB 332, Which Could Delay Implementation Of Regulations Protecting Human Health And The Environment   Posted: February 23, 2017
    Click the headline to read KRC's testimony before the House State Government Committee in opposition to House Bill 332.
  • Zoning Appeal Bill Is A Dream For Developers And Nightmare For Neighbors   Posted: February 9, 2017
    Click the headline to read about House Bill 72, which as modified in House Committee would require posting of a bond of up to $100,000 for meritorious appeals to the Court of Appeals in zoning cases.
  • KRC Opposes "Reckless" Proposal To Allow Coal Combustion Ash Generators To Self-Regulate  Posted: December 8, 2016
    Click the headline to read KRC's comments on the proposed coal combustion residual regulations of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, which would jettison the current permitting process for coal ash landfills and impoundments and allow utilities and other generators of coal combustion wastes to essentially self-regulate. Then call Governor Bevin at 502-564-2611 and ask that he direct the withdrawal of this extreme proposal.
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