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Scott County residents score victory against landfill!

Posted by: Beth Emery on July 3, 2020
Scott County residents attend hearing to oppose the proposed landfill expansion

This piece is written by member Beth Emery of Scott County. She and other members of the community led a fight against the Central Kentucky Landfill after it was proven there was illegal dumping in the landfill by the company that owns the landfill. Members in the Rolling Bluegrass KFTC Chapter joined the work in raising awareness about this issue, promoting and attending fiscal court meetings, zoning board meetings and more. The chapter is thrilled to be able to share what residents have won in Scott County, and celebrate their victory with them.

In 2015, Waste Services of the Bluegrass (WSB) was found to be improperly disposing of 22 000 tons of electronic waste in the Central Kentucky Landfill.

The state Division of Waste Management issued WSB the following notices of violations:

  • Allowing nonconforming waste in the CDD landfill
  • Failing to comply with permit conditions
  • Failing to implement a program for detecting and preventing hazardous waste
  • Failing to record daily work cell maps
  • Failing to restrict the working face to the smallest area practical
  • Failing to place minimum daily cover over exposed solid waste

In October 2016, WSB entered into an Agreed Order with the state. The Agreed Order included a fine, an order to fix all the problems listed above, an order to stop accepting waste in the CDD landfill, and an order to close the CDD landfill by February 2, 2018.

In January 2018, a month before the deadline, WSB requested an extension to the deadline for the CDD landfill closure. State officials amended the Agreed Order to give WSB a nine-month extension, changing the deadline to close the CDD landfill to October 30, 2018. The state also fined them $20,000 for failure to comply with the Agreed Order and added an additional penalty of $3,000 a day for every day the CDD portion remained open past the October 30 deadline.

In September, a month before the arrival of their new extended deadline, WSB got approval from state officials for a “minor modification.” The modification included an extension of an additional 2-3 years to close the CDD landfill and outlined two different options for closing it:

  • Option A: WSB wanted to expand the landfill to accept more out-of-county and out-of-state waste. If the Division of Waste Management approved the expansion, WSB would cover 11.94 acres of the 14 acre CDD landfill with an MSW (municipal solid waste) liner, which would act as both a cover for the CDD landfill and a liner for new trash that they could pile on top of it.
  • Option B: If the state didn’t approve the expansion, WSB would cover the CDD landfill with dirt.

In response to the state approving the minor modification, a group of local citizens filed a Petition for Review and Hearing. It was our hope that the state would be forced to revoke the minor modification permit and that WSB would be ordered to close the CDD portion of the landfill immediately.

Our efforts were eventually rewarded and on June 22, 2020 the Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary ordered WSB to begin construction to close all 14 acres of the CDD landfill within 30 days. We will continue to monitor the situation as we advocate for environmental justice in Scott County.

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RECLAIM Act and AML pass the House as part of The Moving Forward Act

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 3, 2020

Kentucky will have a better chance at seeing its $400 million backlog of mine reclamation projects move forward thanks to legislation passed by the U.S.

Booker not elected, but we're in this for the long haul

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 30, 2020

Thousands of us across Kentucky were honored to work for an amaz

Signature Cures for Mail-in Ballots

Posted by: Dave Newton on June 25, 2020

Voting Rights Rally DayEven after the last polls are closed, there are a few things we can do to make sure every vote is counted in this primary election.

Some Kentuckians will hear from their County Clerks this week because their signature won't look quite look like the signature on file. They'll have the opportunity to "cure" their signatures leading up to June 30th. If they don't, their ballots won't count.

KFTC members show up in big ways for primary election

Posted by: KFTC staff on June 24, 2020

KFTC members stepped up in remarkable ways this spring to participate in a unique election and support a true, grassroots progressive candidate – while looking out for each other.

Election Day is Today!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 23, 2020

photo 2 (21)Today (Tuesday June 23rd) is Election Day!

If you have your ballot but haven't mailed it back yet, please send it as soon as possible.  Sign and seal both envelopes (this is important - your vote will not count if the envelopes are missing signatures), read directions carefully, and get it postmarked June 23 at the latest.  Postage on ballots is already paid. There also will be local drop boxes at limited locations if you'd prefer to drop off your ballot (your county clerk can tell you where).

Debbie Graner Voted Yesterday!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 23, 2020

Debbie Graner

KFTC Leader Debbie Graner of Frankfort, KY voted for the first time yesterday after getting her right to vote back!  Debbie fought hard to restore voting rights and because of her work and others 152,000 people with felonies in their past can vote this election who could not vote last election.

People with felonies in their past who want to know if they got their right to vote back can visit CivilRightsResoration.ky.gov to check, then they can register normally.

If you have questions, call Dave Newton at 859-420-8919.

Everything you need to know about tomorrow's (June 23) Kentucky election

Posted by: KFTC staff on June 22, 2020

First,  you don't actually have to wait until Election Day to vote!  If you haven't already voted, polls are open today and you can beat the lines and vote now.  Find your county's "in-person absentee" voting location here.

If you have your ballot but haven't mailed it back yet, please send it as soon as possible.  Sign and seal both envelopes (this is important - your vote will not count if the envelopes are missing signatures), read directions carefully, and get it postmarked June 23 at the latest.  Postage on ballots is already paid. There also will be local drop boxes at limited locations if you'd prefer to drop off your ballot (your county clerk can tell you where).

Taking action for Black lives and a moral agenda

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 18, 2020

We are Kentuckians. We choose each other. And right now Kentuckians across our Commonwealth are in motion and taking sustained actions in defense of Black Lives, in support of a shared vision and moral agenda. We cannot, will not, let up.

KFTC supports and stands with Black-led racial justice movements and organizations in Kentucky and beyond our borders who are envisioning, demanding and building a just and liberated world. We celebrate recent Supreme Court decisions affirming the humanity and constitutional rights of LGBTQ+ people and upholding DACA protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrant young people. And on the eve of Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the emancipation of Black people from slavery in the U.S., we call on our 12,000 members to continue to commit time and resources in urgent and intentional ways to advance racial justice. 

In-person voting options for the June 23 primary election

Posted by: KFTC staff on June 16, 2020

There are options for voting in person before or on Election Day (Tuesday, June 23) if you were unable to request a mail-in absentee ballot by the June 15 deadline.

Quick Links

List of county clerks

In-person voting locations (on and before Election Day)

Check the status of your mail-in absentee ballot

Volunteer with KFTC to help turn out the vote

Find out more about candidates

First, if you were able to request a ballot, return it as soon as possible. Read the directions on your ballot carefully and follow all the instructions including signing both envelopes (this is important – your vote will not count if the envelopes are missing signatures). Mail it back (it is pre-addressed with postage paid) as soon as possible but it must be postmarked no later than June 23 and received by your county clerk by June 26. Or you can hand deliver it to the county clerk, usually to their courthouse office, no later than June 23.

If you requested but haven't yet received your ballot, or mailed it back in and want to make sure it's been received, you can check the status of your ballot here. This system is a little new and has a few problems, though. You have to enter your name exactly how it appears on your voter registration on the first page. If you get a "request does not exist" response at the end, go back to the beginning and type your name exactly how it appears on that last page. For Fayette County voters, your ballot request date will show accurately on here, but other dates won't show up. They're working on the system to improve it now.

There are additionally ways to vote in person in each county by appointment before Election Day or at a limited number of voting locations on Election Day (usually just one per county). Your local county clerk can give you more information about that. Allow for the possibility of long lines if you plan to voter in person on Election Day, and wear a mask.

You can use www.KentuckyElection.org to learn more about candidates and their stances.

TODAY is the deadline to request your ballot to vote by mail (June 15 11:59 p.m.)

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 15, 2020

TODAY – June 15 –  is the Deadline to Request your Ballot to Vote By Mail. Requests have to be in by 11:59 p.m. 

Every registered voter in Kentucky is encouraged to vote by mail, and you can request a ballot at www.GoVoteKY.com. This is the easiest way to get a mail-in ballot. For people having trouble with that website address, here's a direct link.

Please go ahead and request your ballot today while you’re thinking about it, double check your request if you're still waiting for your ballot, and encourage others to do the same!

When you get your ballot, go ahead and fill it out and return it right away. You can use www.KentuckyElection.org to learn more about candidates and their stances.

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