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Important dates for the 2015 General Assembly

Kentucky's 2015 General Assembly is just around the corner! The 2015 session will be a short (30 day) session, but we are planning to pack a lot of citizen lobbying into that short period of time. Below is a calendar of our upcoming major lobby days and other important dates. Many of the details for our major lobby days are still being worked out, but we will share out additional information as we know more.

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Add your voice to the push for strong coal ash disposal standards

The coal ash pile at Louisville Gas & Electric's Cane Run plant pictured above is located in a residential area and has been the source of toxic ash blowing onto nearby homes. It's one of the concerns being addressed by the KFTC Jefferson County chapter's Air Quality Team.

Kentucky is fifth in the nation is coal ash generation. A 2011 study by Earthjustice found that Kentucky had 43 operating coal ash disposal sites, 21 of which exceed a height of 25 feet or impound more than 500 acre‐feet of ash. Professional engineers did not design 20 of the state’s 43 dams nor did they oversee construction of 27 of them.

For years, KFTC members have been working to eliminate public exposure to toxic coal ash. This includes leakage from coal ash lagoons and the blowing of ash onto neighboring houses.

It’s a major problem in Kentucky because of our unhealthy dependence on burning coal for electricity, with arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, boron among the dangerous chemicals found in pollution from the more than 40 coal ash disposal sites in Kentucky. A 2010 report co-authored by the Kentucky Waterways Alliance found:

“Every day in Kentucky, ponds and landfills leak into our groundwater and rivers, seeping out a slow-motion flood of contamination … every site in Kentucky for which groundwater data was available appears to be leaking. Kentucky is failing to control coal combustion waste contamination.”

Raise the Wage in Louisville

An ordinance filed in September to raise Louisville's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is very close to securing the 14 votes needed to pass a full vote of the Louisville Metro Council! But there is still work to be done. Both Metro Council Members and Mayor Fischer have said that they want to hear from their constituents. Your voice is crucial to getting the sponsors and the votes to pass this important legislation.

Vote! - Election Day - November 4

This is a big election year in Kentucky – with millions of dollars from outside the state trying to influence the outcomes and the eyes of the nation waiting for the results.

As Kentuckians, we have the opportunity to vote for candidates in a wide range of federal, state and local races on November 4. The outcomes will affect much that happens in our communities, state, nation and world in the years ahead.

Do you want to be a Power Raiser?

This fall KFTC is PowerRaising: registering, educating and empowering voters; developing a statewide network of community leaders; and inviting people to invest in Kentucky’s bright future. You can help build power for change. Please fill out the form below to indicate a role you would like to play in PowerRaising.

Sign on to protect Kentucky's water!

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Last week, members of KFTC and our allies told the Kentucky Division of Water at a public hearing that a new General Permit for Coal that allows the quality of our streams to get worse is simply unacceptable. 

Please join us in adding your name to a letter to state officials that says our water below coal mining operations must be protected.


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