Deal sends strong signal to incoming Bevin administration
A coalition of citizens groups entered a settlement late Monday with Frasure Creek Mining and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet that resolves years of Clean Water Act violations numbering in the thousands at the company’s surface coal mines in eastern Kentucky. The violations include duplicated water pollution monitoring reports, failure to report pollution, and exceedences of pollution permit limits.
Four other local entities passed resolutions in the past week
Grassroots support for the Power+ Plan to accelerate the release of one billion dollars for land reclamation projects that support local economic diversification efforts is growing quickly. In the past week, five local government units in eastern Kentucky have apssed resolutions calling on U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers to support the plan.
Kentucky’s House economic development committee heard on Thursday that the clean-energy industry added 3,159 jobs in North Carolina last year and now employs 26,000 people; then the committee approved a bill authorizing new tax incentives for the coal industry in Kentucky.
The governor was playing a bit of bait and switch.
What kind of governor does Matt Bevin want to be? We will get our first real look Tuesday night, when the newly elected Republican delivers his budget plan to the General Assembly.