Bills currently being tracked by the Kentucky Sierra Club in the General Assembly:
1. Bluegrass Pipeline- Eminent Domain SB14
limits eminent domain to utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission. This bill would prohibit Bluegrass Pipeline Partners from using eminent domain over property owners who refuse to grant easements to the company for a natural gas liquids pipeline.
2. COMPREHENSIVE CLEAN ENERGY OPPORTUNITY BILL HB195
calls for utilities to generate a certain % of electricity from renewable resources—done in increments until 12.5% is achieved by 2024; utilities are also required to invest a % of their resources in energy efficiency projects such as insulation for low income households; a feed-in tariff for small and large scale clean energy producers to sell electricity to utilities would be designed to increase use of clean energy sources. Check out the KY Sustainable Energy Alliance web site for excellent background information. http://www.kysea.org
3. SAFE COAL ASH DISPOSAL HB241
requires coal ash disposal ponds to have liners, groundwater and toxic substance monitoring. (EPA is also developing regulations on coal ash disposal to be issued later this year.)
4. STREAM SAVER BILL HB288
prohibits dumping of toxic mine wastes into intermittent, perennial, and ephemeral streams in the state.
5. NUCLEAR ENERGY PLANTS HB52/SB67
would remove a de facto ban on nuclear power facilities by providing ONLY a safe means for storage of nuclear waste rather than a plan for permanent disposal of wastes. (Sierra Club opposes this bill.)
6. KENTUCKY CONSERVATION TAX CREDIT PROGRAM (does not yet have a bill number)
would create a state income tax credit for landowners who make permanent gift of land or restrict the use of their land for public benefit.
The full text of bills is available on the Legislative Research Commission web site: http://www.lrc.ky.org