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Groups Sue To Protect Herrington Lake from Toxic Waste

Coal ash piles at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown plant leaking pollution

Sierra Club and Kentucky Waterways Alliance filed a federal lawsuit today against Kentucky Utilities, seeking cleanup of toxic coal ash waste at the E.W. Brown Power Plant near Harrodsburg that is leaking pollution into Herrington Lake, contaminating the water, sediments, and fish.


KFC Announces Commitment to Eliminate Antibiotics Important to Human Medicine from its Chicken by End of 2018

Beyond Boneless to Chicken on the Bone, Broadening its Food Promise to Consumers

Kentucky Fried Chicken® extended its food promise to customers, announcing that, by the end of 2018, all chicken purchased by KFC U.S. will be raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. This move marks the first time a major national quick service restaurant (QSR) chain in the U.S. has extended an antibiotics commitment beyond boneless chicken to its chicken-on-the-bone menu items.

"We're constantly working to meet the changing preferences of our customers, while ensuring we deliver on the value they expect from KFC. Offering chicken raised without medically important antibiotics is the next step in that journey," said Kevin Hochman, president and chief concept officer for KFC U.S. "Making this change was complex and took a lot of planning. It required close collaboration with more than 2,000 farms, most of them family-owned and managed, in more than a dozen U.S. states where they raise our chickens."


Kentucky Has 11 Top Organizations Named in the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank’s Just Released New 2016 Good Food Org Guide


The third annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates 1,000 U.S.-based groups including 11 from Kentucky who are cultivating a better food system

The James Beard Foundation ( and Food Tank (, along with a prestigious advisory group of more than 70 food system experts, developed the third annual Good Food Org Guide featuring 1000 food related organizations across the United States. 11 initiatives from Kentucky were chosenincluding: The Food Literacy Project, GleanKY, Kentucky Women in Agriculture, Louisville Grows, New Roots, Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, Community Farm Alliance, Food Chain Lexington, Organic Association of Kentucky, Seed Capital KY, and Tallgrass Farm Foundation.


Agreement Reached Over Water Discharge Dispute at LG&E’s Mill Creek Power Plant


Sierra Club, LG&E reach an agreement that includes $1 million investment into watershed restoration in Kentucky

Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and the Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, have reached an agreement on the handling of direct discharges from Mill Creek’s ash pond to the Ohio River in southwest Jefferson County, pursuant to a Proposed Consent Decree filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville. If approved by the Court, this settlement will resolve the active lawsuit between the two organizations over discharged water at LG&E’s Mill Creek Generating Station under a permit issued by the Kentucky Division of Water.


USDA Announces Grants to Support Strategies to Reduce Child Food Insecurity in Rural Communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky awarded $1.3 million in grants to help reduce child food insecurity in 17 rural communities. The funding, ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, will help these rural communities implement creative strategies to improve access to federal nutrition assistance for families and children. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement during a panel discussion on the current state of food and nutrition in America hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center.


NAESCO to Host Technology and Financing Workshop in Louisville, Kentucky on June 2nd

The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) will host its 2016 Summer Workshop on June 2nd in Louisville, Kentucky at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The dual track Workshop will focus on innovative technologies and new financing opportunities as part of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) in energy efficiency retrofit projects common among universities, military facilities, hospitals and municipalities as well as commercial and industrial facilities. There will also be a Regional Report on State Energy Efficiency Initiatives featuring state officials from Kentucky, Georgia, and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.  See complete agenda.


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