The groups say Bardstown-based Nally and Hamilton Enterprises committed 12,000 violations of federal law by filling out water permitting reports with inaccurate or repetitive information. The groups say they discovered the violations while reviewing state documents earlier this year.
Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell are supporting legislation to try and force the Environmental Protection Agency to make faster decisions on permits. The legislation would also prevent the EPA from changing its decision and retroactively vetoing certain permits.
It’s been one week since a group of protesters ended their sit-in at Governor Steve Beshear’s office. A group of 14 protesters spent the weekend in Beshear’s office protesting the surface mining technique commonly called Mountaintop Removal. The sit-in ended with the annual I Love Mountains Day rally in Frankfort on the 14th.
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.”
Republican Senator Brandon Smith, who chairs the Energy and Environment Committee, says environmental regulation is hurting Kentucky, and he’s proposed legislation that would block the EPA from enforcing regulations in Kentucky.
But the bill is unenforceable.
Louisville Metro Government officials gathered in Newburg Tuesday to celebrate new environmentally-friendly projects in Louisville. Mayor Greg Fischer says he plans to focus on sustainability with all new city projects, but that could be a financially difficult task.
This winter, a Louisville-based team will launch five weather balloons, with the hope that at least one of them will cross the Atlantic Ocean.
The Level One White Star Balloon Project would set a record for the longest amateur balloon flight.
The University of Louisville will host a community forum tomorrow at 4:30 pm Wednesday on the effects of the environment on personal health. The event will help U of L develop new education programs.
James Ploeser and Jamie Trowbridge are making their way to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, which begins in late November. They say the trip is designed to raise awareness of how the modern global economy leads to climate change.
A dozen Kentucky school districts have purchased gas-electric hybrid buses, and hundreds more hybrids will be coming to Kentucky soon. The state received about 13 million stimulus dollars to purchase the hybrids, and districts must apply for the funds.