Coal and Water News

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

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A bill that would have rescinded restrictions on the types of physicians who can diagnose black lung disease will likely not get a vote in the Kentucky House of Representatives this year … The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.

At a crossroads, Ohio River agency weighs dueling proposals on role

February 4, 2019
Energy News Network
An industry-backed effort aims to end ORSANCO’s role in setting and enforcing pollution standards.

Water Justice Field Hearing

February 4, 2019 at 03:24pm

More than 110 people turned out on February 2 to affirm the need for clean and safe drinking water.