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ORSANCO hearing in Erlanger

Posted by: Robin Gee on April 10, 2019

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.

Address health issues, help us create a bright future, Carl Shoupe tells Congress

Posted by: KFTC staff on April 10, 2019

A Congressional subcommittee on April 9 heard testimony on ways to help Appalachian communities recover from more than a century of coal mining as they build a new and more diverse economy.

“We can build a bright future,” Carl Shoupe told committee members.

Shoupe, a third generation coal miner from Harlan County, described how residents in the small towns of Benham and Lynch planned and built for their future by creating the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, the School House Inn and an underground mine tour.

“Our mountains are mostly intact and covered by some of the most diverse hardwood forests in North America. Our communities have developed some excellent tourist attractions,” Shoupe said. “But all of that is now at risk. Destruction is knocking on our door.”

Despite grassroots power, utility money sways legislators in the solar fight

A home with solar panels on its roof
Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 10, 2019

Anyone who has followed the progress of Senate Bill 100, which attacked ordinary Kentuckians’ access to rooftop solar during the 2019 General Assembly, knows that this legislative session, monopoly

House subcommittee told of the benefits of AML, RECLAIM

Posted by: KFTC staff on March 30, 2019

The federal RECLAIM Act, legislation to boost economic transition efforts in the nation’s coal communities by accelerating the release of $1 billion for mine reclamation projects tied to

ORSANCO work continues, hearings in early April

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on March 29, 2019

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.

Primary voter registration deadline April 22

Posted by: KFTC Staff on March 27, 2019

The voter registration deadline for the May 21 Primary Election is Monday, April 22.  On this year's ballot is the Governor's electionVoter Registration at Roller Derby and elections for 5 other statewide offices - Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, and Agricultural Commissioner.

If you're not registered, or need to update your voter address, get down to your local County Clerk's office or register online.

If you want to check your voter registration status just to be safe, or to register online start by visiting KFTC's own www.KentuckyElection.org

Note that students who are away from home going to school have the right to either use a permanent home address or temporary local address as their voting address. If you're a student, consider being registered where you'll actually be living on May 21.

Voices of people fighting to restore Voting Rights

Posted by: KFTC Staff on March 27, 2019

Quotes from the Rally For Voting Rights from some of the people who have lost the right to vote fighting to have their voices heard

“I’m a Kentuckian, I’m a citizen of the United States. How are you going to tell me that somebody who does all that doesn’t have the right to vote? How are you going to tell me that 312,000 should be weighed by these men and women to see if they have their god given right to vote?”
— Michael Hiser (Louisville)

Video - Rally for Voting Rights Makes an Impact

Posted by: KFTC Staff on March 27, 2019

Powerful video from our Rally for Voting Rights sharing the voices of people who have lost the right to vote.

NKY students register voters

Juli Russ helps orient other students for their canvass that day.
Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on March 18, 2019

This weekend northern Kentucky members helped support students in Fort Thomas do voter registration as part of the March For Our Lives movement.

The pies that bind

Posted by: By Matthew Frederick on March 15, 2019

This year’s Madison County KFTC pie auction on March 14 was an amazing success that brought together the community and built up grassroots energy. People came out, baked pies, ate pies and joined each other in fellowship.


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