Senate Committee Approves Anti-EPA Bill

by Tony McVeigh on February 17, 2011

A joint resolution declaring Kentucky a sanctuary state, not subject to the regulatory actions of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, has cleared a Senate committee.

Tom Fitzgerald of the Kentucky Resources Council spoke against the resolution, which mostly is a symbolic protest against stepped up EPA enforcement of federal Clean Water standards regulating coal mining.

“I understand your frustration,” he says to the bills supporters. “My concern is just that the remedy here is really to look at changing mine design in order to address the strata that have the sulfates and carbonates, rather than provoking what I think is a federal assumption of the water program.”

The resolution, sponsored by Senator Brandon Smith of Hazard, unanimously cleared the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee and awaits a Senate floor vote.

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Sherry February 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I am disappointed in the KY legislators that crafted and voted for this bill. Kentuckian tax dollars are paying for our public servants to do real work on serious issues, not clown around drafting preposterous bills just to make a point.

Mary February 18, 2011 at 9:26 am

Hey KY Senate Natural Resource Committee – get back to work protecting Kentucky’s Natural Resources please! If I spent time on a symbolic stunt at work, I would get written up. Use your skills and power to create a solution that will serve all Kentuckians.

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