KFTC Press Releases

Landmark settlement in Clean Water Act case

Citizens reach agreement with Kentucky cabinet and coal company
October 5, 2012

Nearly two years after an effort began to stop rampant violations of the Clean Water Act by the International Coal Group and a failure to enforce the law by the Beshear administration, several public interest groups reached an agreement with both parties that will provide ICG with an incentive to obey the law and independent auditing of its enforcement. The landmark agreement was filed today in Franklin Circuit Court and awaits a hearing before Judge Phillip Shepherd.

Northern Kentucky Loves Democracy!

Weekend events to encourage voter registration before Tuesday deadline
October 2, 2012

The Northern Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is hosting a weekend-long series of events they are calling Northern Kentucky Loves Democracy focused on voter registration and participation in the November 6 election.

Two water cases: citizens win in WV, EPA rebuffed by federal court

EPA must act through regulation, not guidance, to address pollution from mountaintop removal
July 31, 2012

Today mixed rulings were issued in both West Virginia and the U.S. District Court demonstrating the need for Environmental Protection Agency standards that are based on the scientific consensus that pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining and coal waste disposal threatens Appalachian streams.

Citizens occupy offices of Congressional mountaintop removal advocates

They demand that coalfield residents be protected
June 6, 2012

This morning residents from Kentucky joined residents from three other states severely impacted by mountaintop removal coal mining in congressional office sit-ins in protest of their congressional representatives’ refusal to protect their communities from the extreme impacts of mountaintop removal. “After seven years of going in circles, asking just for basic protections for our people and being blocked by our own representatives who are supposed to be passing legislation to protect our district, we don’t see any other way,” said Teri Blanton of Hal Roger’s district in eastern Kentucky.

National Survey Results: Bipartisan Majority of Americans Want Clean Energy

People who want a clean energy future are now the mainstream, not the fringe
April 25, 2012

Republicans, Democrats and Independents all favor policies that will move us from fossil fuels and nuclear power to clean energy, a survey released by the Civil Society Institute found.

Community groups file lawsuit for federal coal ash protections

EPA has failed to complete rulemaking for important national safeguards
April 5, 2012

Following two years of delays, a coalition of groups is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in order to get the agency to finalize rules to prevent public exposure to toxic coal ash.

Appeals Court rules procedural error in applying protections for Wilson Creek

State officials given opportunity to correct flaw
February 20, 2012

After being upheld on two previous appeals, restrictions placed on future strip mining in the Wilson Creek community of Floyd County were blocked by the Kentucky Court of Appeals after it voided the underlying regulatory authority. (February 20, 2012)

I Love Mountains Day draws big crowd at state capitol

Participants call for clean energy jobs and protection for water
February 15, 2012

The annual I Love Mountains Day drew more than 1,200 participants again this year, calling for an end to the destructive practive of mountaintop removal coal mining and asking the governor and legislators to quit ignoring the potential for tens of thousands of clean energy jobs. (February 15, 2015)

Partnership Statement on Tax Reform Commission

January 25, 2012

A coalition of Kentucky’s labor, education, and health sectors, faith communities, and families and individuals, represented by the Partnership for Kentucky's Future, have a plan for comprehensive tax reform that is balanced, adequate, and sustainable.

Delayed coal ash protections put public health at risk

Groups head to court to force issuance of important national safeguards
January 18, 2012

The U.S. EPA is required by law every three years to review and revise, as needed, disposal standards for various waste streams, including toxic coal ash. But despite promises over the past few years to improve coal ash standards to better protect nearby residents and the environmental, the EPA has not finalized its work. Legal action filed today by 11 state and national groups seeks to force the EPA to complete this work. (January 18, 2012)

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