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Kentuckians are ready for a Just Transition and Green New Deal

May 13, 2019 at 10:54am

An enthusiastic and diverse crowd turned out on May 11 at an event in Frankfort in support of a Just Transition to a clean energy economy and a Green New Deal for workers and communities. 

Rep. Attica Scott and Cassia Herron

The main event, a stop on a eight-city tour organized by the Sunrise Movement, was planned in partnership with KFTC and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ. The event featured State Rep. Attica Scott, KFTC members Kevin Short, Cassia Herron and Scott Shoupe, Sunrise Louisville Hub member Jenny Bencomo Suarez, Sunrise Executive Director Varshini Prakash, Erin Bridges, who plays a leading role in the Sunrise Louisville Hub and on the national Sunrise Steering Committee; and music by Appalatin.

RECLAIM Act is approved by U.S. House committee

May 2, 2019 at 07:55pm

After reintroduction in April, the bipartisan RECLAIM Act was debated and voted on during the May 1 House Natural Resources Committee markup, where the bill was passed out of committee on a bipartisan basis.

ORSANCO hearing in Erlanger

April 10, 2019 at 02:37pm

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) held the last of three hearings on Monday, April 8, to gather public input on its latest proposal to change its mandate to monitor and enforce clean water standards on the river. The previous two had been in Pittsburgh on April 1, and Evansville, IN on April 4.

Monitoring would continue under the new proposal, but states could decide whether or not to adopt or enforce the standards. This opened a new front in the fight to protect water in the Ohio River that provides drinking water for more than five million people. Over 75 people gathered at the meeting in Erlanger to voice opposition to the organization’s proposal. KFTC members attended the public hearing along with a broad coalition of individuals, environmental, social justice, religious, public health and civic groups.

ORSANCO work continues, hearings in early April

March 29, 2019 at 10:07am

For more than a year, KFTC has worked with allies to protect the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission’s (ORSANCO) mission to clean and protect the Ohio River through monitoring and enforcement. This commission, made up of representatives of the federal government and 8 members states (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois) of ORSANCO maintains pollution control standards that are higher than the EPA or state enforcement agencies.

While these standards have not solved the Ohio River’s pollution issues, it has made considerable progress since the founding in 1948. Yet some political appointees in ORSANCO want to make these essential standards optional for states to enforce, giving states the ability to ignore damage to our water systems that disproportionately impacts lower income people and people of color across the region.

Many turn out to speak to the importance of water

March 15, 2019 at 10:49am

In February roughly 100 people filled the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission to comment on proposals that would weaken the ORSANCO water quality station.

Black lung is surging, but bill to undo limits on doctors stalls without a hearing

March 7, 2019
Lexington Herald Leader

A bill that would have rescinded restrictions on the types of physicians who can diagnose black lung disease will likely not get a vote in the Kentucky House of Representatives this year … The proposal’s likely failure comes amid the largest resurgence of black lung in decades, one that has left more than 20 perc

Utility PAC donations rolled in ahead of solar industry bill fight

February 25, 2019
The Courier-Journal

Four big utility interests pumped $327,050 into the political committees of legislative candidates and the political parties during the 2018 election cycle. 

That compares with the $6,500 contributed by the tiny political action committee of Kentucky’s solar industry.

Mitch McConnell is silent on coal while Kentucky miners suffer and die

February 22, 2019
The Courier-Journal

McConnell has repeatedly failed to do right by our coal workers and communities.

Exciting! Benham$aves energy efficiency project receives $200,000 pledge

February 13, 2019 at 01:51pm

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KFTC members took part in a special called meeting of the Benham Power Board on February 12 to share the good news that an anonymous donor pledged $200,000 to support the Benham$aves Program.

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