Water Quality

Don’t hide from science. People near mines are dying; we need to know why

People in Appalachian Kentucky are dying at rates significantly higher than national averages.

We need to better understand why, through scientific research, to begin curing the health crises in the region. 

Laura Greenfield receives national youth warriors against poverty award

Laura Greenfield of Paris, Kentucky has been awarded the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award by the Marguerite Casey Foundation.

KFTC members speak out at hearing on mountaintop removal

On June 10, several members of KFTC went to Virginia for a congressional committee hearing on mountaintop removal in Virginia. This was a public forum with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), the ranking Democratic member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Grijalva was interested in hearing about the current and legacy impacts of mountaintop removal, including health impacts, and recent decisions by the Trump administration and Congress to take away stream protections and weaken environmental safeguards.

Trump’s climate denials take away opportunities for jobs and better health in Kentucky

The opportunity Kentuckians have to transition to a clean energy economy is being thwarted by President Trump’s abandonment of U.S. climate commitments to stop harmful pollution, Kentuckians across the state are pointing out.

“I’m stunned that any administration would disrupt 50 years of bipartisan efforts to improve the air we breathe and the water we drink,” said Steve Wilkins of Berea, a member of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. “How easy it is to forget days when people died from chemical hazes and when rivers burst into flames because our companies used our air and water as their dumping grounds.”

Scott County Residents Ready for Landfill Hearing

Residents of Scott County have concerns around the existing landfill near Sadieville. From concerns related to the trucks driving narrow roads, recent accidents in the community near the landfill, concerns over failure to guard against potential health impacts in the community, and the recent attempt to expand the landfill, neighbors are coming together to try to fight the landfill.

They get their next chance this Saturday, with a hearing with the Division of Waste Management. The hearing is about a proposed extension of the landfill for five years after it's current permit. This hearing is only about concerns from existing problems, such as odor, noise, operating oustide normal hours, as well as those listed before. Folks are encouraged to document only the concerns of the existing landfill, not to bring up the issues with the proposed expansion.

The hearing will start at 6 pm, and will be held at the Scott County High School gymnasium. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue.


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