As a result of work done by ACLC and other environmental groups, in hearings beginning August 31st in Franklin County Circuit Court, Kentucky’s commissioner of Environmental Protection R. Bruce Scott was required to testify regarding the Cabinet’s procedures in assessing violations and fines.
From the Courier Journal, State tries to explain deal on fines in coal pollution trial:
Kentucky environmental regulators on Wednesday were forced to explain in Franklin Circuit Court how they came up with fines of $670,000 for two coal companies instead of $720 million as calculated by environmental groups.
From the Ashland Daily Independent, Clean Water Act hearing begins:
It took threats by environmentalists to sue coal companies operating in Kentucky for state regulators to realize the industry was polluting Kentucky waterways.
That’s what Bruce Scott, Kentucky’s commissioner of Environmental Protection, said Wednesday during testimony at a hearing in Franklin Circuit Court challenging an agreement between the state and Frasure Creek Mining and ICG over violations of the Clean Water Act.
“There’s no question there were a lot of issues centered around the water,” Scott said in response to questions by Mary Cromer, the attorney for a coalition of environmental groups who claim the proposed settlement is inadequate to discourage future violations.