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May 16, 2024 Metro Council - Louisville, KY - look on left and scroll down to #40 to click on the Floyds Fork Zoning Overlay District Metro Council Meeting and votes. Skip over the beginning ads.  You can skip over to 1:15:24 where the FF ZO 0-060-24 begins

FFEA did want the 4 amendments provided by MC Ben Reno-Weber and CW Jennifer Chappell; however, MC Piagentini had a cohort lined up to defeat all 4 amendments. Piagentini incorrectly told the Metro Council Members that a farmer could not build a barn in the floodplain; however, CM Ben Reno-Weber later stated that agriculture is exempt to prove CM Piagentini's information was not accurate.There are many other statements that needed rebutal or clarification.

The matters are too technical for Planners, Planning Commissioners, Metro Council Members and we will see if the Mayor will sign. 

FFEA believes a Floyds Fork Zoning Overlay District Advisory Community Committee should be formed to make recommendations to the Planning Commissioners and Metro Council Members who do not have the backgrounds on the issues

Attached are minutes of 5-16-24 but do not give the discussion testimony but does give the amendments and how every amendment was lost.  Big losses for FF Creek to now allow building in the floodplain. Even though the Planning Commission vote was NO, th Metro Council changed to allow building in the floodplain!  Even though science shows 20% impervious surface runoff from developments in the FF Watershed should be the %, CM Piagentini chose (arbitrarily) 40% impervious surface.

CW Ruhe was accurate to know that we are having more frequent flooding and that covering more land with impervious surfaces can affect those properties and homes downstream.Time will tell what effects will occur - especially downstream.If you did not get a notice for the public hearing from Planning and Design Services if you live or own property in the FF DRO for the Planning Commission to let you know about the zoning case to replace the FF DRO guidelines to FF ZOD (zoning overlay district), let us know. Did you get a notice at your home if you live in then FF DRO?  Yes or No

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Hello, 

This road info from State Rep. John Hodgson, District 36 as part of his newsletter.

Note that this first item is a POLL to choose new roads. One road would impact land that has been put into conservation which eminent domain would allow a new road to be built that would greatly impact Fisherville and this land conservation.

Therefore, option at the bottom for "None, ...." would help the Floyds Fork Watershed best. 

 Already two main thoroughfares from Shelbyville Road: 1. Hurstborne Pkwy. and 2. Blankenbaker. 

 Meetings are scheduled which the public can attend. 

KYTC Public Meetings on the proposed new I-64 Exit and connector road.

 Come out and give your input on this important issue!

Tuesday, April 16, 6-8 p.m.

·         Echo Trail Middle School (Gymnasium, use entrance on left side of school)

Wednesday, April 17, 6-8 p.m.

·         Christian Academy of Louisville (Cafeteria, use entrances 6,7, 8 at rear of school)

 

Here is additional information available with larger map from KY State Transportation: 

https://transportation.ky.gov/DistrictFive/Pages/I64-Interchange-and-Connector-Planning-Study.aspx

 

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John Hodgson

State Representative

District 36 Newsletter

April 2024

 

 

 

 

District 36 Road & Traffic Plans

 

 

POLL: Choose your preferred path for the proposed I64 New Exit + Connector Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

KYTC Public Meetings on the proposed new I-64 Exit and connector road.

I will attend these. Come out and give your input on this important issue!

Tuesday, April 16, 6-8 p.m.

·         Echo Trail Middle School (Gymnasium, use entrance on left side of school)

Wednesday, April 17, 6-8 p.m.

·         Christian Academy of Louisville (Cafeteria, use entrances 6,7, 8 at rear of school)

 

 

Jefferson County and District 36 did very well in the Road Plan:

2 year Road Budget 2025-26 over $331 Million in budget approved

Year 3-6 Road Plan 2027-30 nearly $1.5 Billion in planned priorities

 

The Road Plan includes all of our District 36 priority projects.

All of our local projects that are "moving dirt" now will be completed in the current 2023-24 budget-

·         I265/64 interchange

·         KY155 bridge widening @ Pope Lick

·         Old Henry extension and widening

·         Billtown Road improvements

 

  • Approved District 36 projects in the 2025-26 budget cycle and 6 year plan:

·         Gilliland Rd intersection at US 60

·         KY 155 widening from I265 to Fisherville

·         Johnson Road plan for reconstruction

·         US 60 widening to 6 lanes in Middletown

·         KY 155 widening from Fisherville to Spencer Co

·         KY 1819/Billtown Rd reconstruction

·         Eastwood-Fisherville I64 exit & Connector road study

·         I 265 pavement improvements

·         KY 1819 pavement improvements

·         Plantside Dr/Rehl Rd Extension to Taylorsville Rd

·         KY1819/Watterson Trail reconstruction

·         Clark Station bridge repairs

 

Frankly, we are doing just about as much construction as we can tolerate in the Eastern part of the county. Utility relocations for road construction (LGE and Water, etc) are ~2 years behind, and that is pacing new road projects even more than actual paving.

 

Major projects are underway at KY155, I265 and I64, and Old Henry road, with detours often. Sign up here for email ROAD CONSTRUCTION & DETOUR UPDATES

 

It is Pothole Season! Help Louisville Metro find them all by reporting online! NOTE: Hot asphalt plants do not open until April, so the "cold patches" you see applied over the winter will all have to be replaced with more permanent repairs. If asphalt is applied at less than about 185 degrees it does not stick.

Updating the Road Plan is a complicated and competitive process, as there are 99 other Legislators like me who are seeking the limited project funds for the next 2 years. Click here for an explanation of the process.



 

Constitutional Minute

 

Constitutional Amendments on Elections

 

US Constitution, Article 1 Section 4

"The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators."

 

The US Constitution leaves it up to the State legislatures how to conduct elections, although Congress can exercise some authority in the manner of electing Presidents, Senators and Congress members. The 50 states all have different state constitutions and voting laws. States can and do amend their constitutions, and have in fact made over 7000 amendments.

 

I serve on the House Committee that covers KY Constitutional amendments, and several are proposed this year for a public vote in November. One such amendment would make it even more clear that only US Citizens are allowed to vote in KY elections, from local to statewide.

 

KY Constitution Section 145 Persons entitled to vote.

"Every citizen of the United States of the age of eighteen years who has resided in

the state one year, and in the county six months, and the precinct in which he offers to vote sixty days next preceding the election, shall be a voter in said precinct and not elsewhere but the following persons are excepted and shall not have the right to vote.

1. Persons convicted in any court of competent jurisdiction of treason, or felony,

or bribery in an election, or of such high misdemeanor as the General Assembly may declare shall operate as an exclusion from the right of suffrage, but persons hereby excluded may be restored to their civil rights by executive pardon.

2. Persons who, at the time of the election, are in confinement under the judgment of a court for some penal offense.

3. Idiots and insane persons." [yes, I know, the jokes write themselves on this.... but these words actually have legal meaning pertaining to mental competency]

Text as Ratified on: November 8, 1955.

 

 

Legislative Update

Among the bills that were given final passage of both chambers before the veto recess deadline are:

 

House Bill 1 – This legislation makes historic, one-time investments in infrastructure and special projects by allocating nearly $3 billion from the budget reserve trust fund.

 

House Bill 3 – The legislation establishes a working group in the state attorney general’s office to address all aspects of human trafficking. The bill also requires hotels, bus stations, truck stops, rest areas, train stations and airports to post bilingual signage of the current National Trafficking Resource Center hotline number.

 

House Bill 5 – Also known as the Safer Kentucky Act, this bill makes comprehensive updates to Kentucky’s criminal code by cracking down on repeat, violent offenders; fentanyl trafficking, unlawful street camping, carjacking and more.

 

House Bill 7 – This bill regulates autonomous vehicles in the commonwealth.

 

House Bill 11 – This legislation brings Kentucky in-line with the FDA’s regulation on vapor nicotine products by prohibiting the sale of certain products and keeping all vapor nicotine products out of the hands of minors.

 

House Bill 87 – Certain adult family members will be allowed to inspect adoption records after both birth parents or the adoptee have passed away under this legislation.

 

House Bill 100 – This is a bipartisan bill that allows homeless youth who were born in Kentucky to obtain a copy of their birth certificate for free.

 

House Bill 142 – This bill bans all tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products in Kentucky public schools and requires school districts to adopt disciplinary procedures for violators.

 

House Bill 174 - When a parent or guardian is acting as the personal representative for a minor, they will have access to the child's medical record under HB 174. Currently, parents lose access to their child’s medical records when the child turns 13.

 

House Bill 179 – Private and public employers have the option to allow employees to purchase paid family leave insurance under this bill.

 

House Bill 194 – This bill makes assaulting any health care worker third-degree assault, which is a class D felony.

 

House Bill 258 – Also known as Ethan’s Law, HB 258 makes torture of a cat or dog a Class D felony on the first offense.

 

House Bill 278 – Penalties against individuals who sexually abuse, assault or exploit children are strengthened under this bill. This bill also requires age verification for access to websites that distribute or publish pornographic materials.

 

House Bill 293 – This bill regulates Kratom in the commonwealth by prohibiting anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing the addictive substance among other provisions.

 

House Bill 377 – This legislation establishes the Teacher Recruitment Student Loan Forgiveness Pilot Program and the Student Teacher Stipend Program.

 

House Bill 513 – Under this bill, any plans to install or remove statues, monuments or art on permanent display in the Capitol rotunda need to be submitted to and approved by the general assembly.

 

House Bill 535 – This legislation establishes new civics education standards for Kentucky high schoolers by requiring a half-credit course in civics and a passing grade of at least 70% on a civics exam.

 

House Bill 611Chronic absenteeism in public schools is addressed with this bill. School officials are required to file a complaint with the county attorney once a student misses more than 15 days of school unexcused.

 

House Bill 622 – In the event there is a vacancy for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, this bill lets voters decide who replaces the senator through a special election.

 

House Joint Resolution 56 – This resolution directs more than $62 million toward capital projects at Kentucky State Parks.

 

Senate Bill 2 – This comprehensive school safety bill allows school districts to employ guardians with basic SRO training. This bill also directs schools to form trauma-informed teams to support students impacted by trauma. Suicide prevention training for students and teachers is also expanded under this bill.

 

Senate Bill 11 – This bill sets up a process for schools to be notified in a timely manner if a student has been charged with a felony offense or certain misdemeanor offenses.

 

Senate Bill 20 – This bill seeks to address youth gun violence in the commonwealth. Juveniles charged with A, B and C felonies involving the use of a gun will have their cases transferred to circuit court under this bill. The circuit court could use a reverse waiver to send cases back to district court if the case meets certain criteria.

 

Senate Bill 128 – This legislation allows non-profits to employ youth at 12 and 13 years of age to help build life skills and employment skills. These programs will have state oversight. Youth will be paid minimum wage and will not be permitted to work on school days or more than 18 hours a week.

 

Senate Bill 140 – Some Kentuckians who applied for unemployment benefits during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic received notice they were awarded benefits in error. Those Kentuckians were ordered to pay those funds back. SB 140 gives amnesty for those who applied for benefits in good faith and will issue those who already started repayments a refund.

 

Senate Bill 151 – This bill would give relative or fictive kin serving as caregivers access to more state resources.

 

Senate Bill 240 – This legislation allows the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to give foster parents child-care benefits if the foster parent is working outside the home or teleworking inside the home.

  

The governor has 10 days to sign, veto or let the legislation become law without his signature.

 

My 4 Committee assignments are:



Watch live internet video of the session and committees on this KET link.

I welcome your input and perspective on legislative issues (online form here).

My office number is 351D in the Capitol Annex.

Office phone is 502-564-8100.

State email is John.Hodgson@lrc.ky.gov

I will do my best to answer your questions and consider your input on District 36 issues if you would like to contact me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As tick season ramps up, experts offer

tips on how to prevent tickborne illness  

TicksTick sightings and bites dramatically increase during the spring months and into summer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nationally there has been a sharp incline in the number of emergency department visits for tick bites over the past month. The uptick in cases comes as public health recognizes National Tick Bite Prevention Week. During this time, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) is reminding people to protect themselves from tickborne illnesses by preventing bites and asking residents to share ticks with LMPHW to enhance its surveillance program.  

Ticks are small parasites that feed on the blood of mammals, birds and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. They are commonly found in wooded, brushy and grassy areas. However, people can be exposed to a tick in their own yard. Exposure to ticks can happen all year round, but they tend to be more active during warmer months. They can spread diseases to both pets and people. Diseases they carry include Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF)ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease.  

Most common tickborne diseases found in Kentucky are:  

  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever  
  • Ehrlichiosis   

Here are the T-I-C-K rules of thumb:  

Spot a Tick and Share Program  

In 2022, LMPHW launched its Spot a Tick and Share Program. If people are bitten by a tick or discover one, they are asked to share it with the department so environmental health specialists can further identify what types of ticks are in the Metro area and what diseases they may be carrying.  

To date, more than 300 ticks have been speciated and tested for disease through the program. Of those samples, nearly 70 have been brought in by Louisville Metro residents and the rest collected by LMPHW.  

Early results show the most common ticks found in the Metro area are: 

  • Lone Star tick – 85% of collected ticks  
  • American Dog tick – 12% of collected ticks  

Since the start of the program, three ticks have tested positive for disease, one with ehrlichiosis and two with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.  

To submit a tick, follow these steps

  1. Place the tick in an airtight container, not a plastic bag.  
  2. Cover the tick in rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.  
  3. Label the container with your name and contact information.  
  4. Complete and attach this form that you can also find on louisvilleky.gov.
  5. Drop off the sample at Public Health and Wellness headquarters at 400 E. Gray St. Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

For more information about ticks, prevention tips and proper removal, visit LMPHW’s webpage 

 

 

Greetings from United Nations Association-USA Kentucky Division V.P. Teena Halbig,

           You are cordially invited to this FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC documentary film screening at Louisville Speed Art Museum Cinema+ on SUNDAY, September 10 at 3:00 P.M. to see BURNED: Protecting the Protectors -  plus expert panelists and Q & A with attendees.

           This short film by Elijah Yetter – Bowman tells the story of how one woman’s persistence reached top elected officials to uncover firefighters’ turnout gear and toxic foam contains Forever Chemicals/PFAS. PFAS which have been linked to a plethora of firefighter’s dying of cancers; in fact, “occupational cancer is the #1 killer of firefighters”.

Clean  water, air, soil, food, are important to human health but virtually ALL of us have PFAS Chemicals in our bodies - but firefighters’ well being and lives are especially in peril.  

 This event is happening because sponsors are dedicated to "PFAS Awareness" (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).

 Please post on social media to let more folks know about the harms of PFAS chemicals and the plight of firefighters.

 

I don't know how the PUBLIC knowsabout this PUBLIC HEARING? to adjust fees charged by Planning. You can look at this link or go down to the blue PC Agenda for 8-17-23.

 

https://louisville.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=6314568&GUID=1FCBBE9C-9B52-4168-B60D-F7F6B41695E4

 

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Floyds Fork Special District Review Survey!

232323We want to hear from you. Below is a link to the Floyds Fork Development Overlay District (DRO) Review website. This site includes the presentation from last week's meeting. In addition, the surveys are included on the page, please complete the form as directed on the page and do not forget to hit the submit button when completed. Also, please feel free to provide this link to other interested parties so they can complete the surveys. The survey will close on June 9th. Once the survey has closed the Planning and Design team will gather all the surveys and begin the first draft of changes. 

https://louisvilleky.gov/government/planning-design/floyds-fork-dro

 

 

Subject:  Floyds Fork survey by June 9; let planners know what you think 

 

 

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15 killed this past week inLouisville, KY - all around Jefferson County and no central location.

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Several folks have asked for a water filter toremove PFAS toxic chemicals from drinking water.  This company's ClearlyFiltered.com looks like it removes PFAS and has other companies listed that do not remove PFAS.  This company can talk to a person, if needed. There is also a filter for refrigerators. 
https://www.clearlyfiltered.com/blogs/blog/effective-methods-to-remove-pfas-from-your-drinking-water?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInfaHg_Cu_gIVOxWzAB06JQ0LEAAYASAAEgJyTfD_BwE&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google 

 

what about ENVIRONMENTAL and CONSERVATION equity?  what about HEALTH EQUITY? What about Environmental Justice?

 

The Land Development Code Reform is an equity focused approach to revise the Land Development Code consistently with Plan 2040 to allow for increased housing choices and opportunities in new and existing neighborhoods, to create procedures and regulations that are easier to use and increase the quality of life by reducing the concentration of environmental hazards near housing.

City Planners from Louisville Metro's Office of Planning and Design Services will be available to answer questions from zoning and discuss the ongoing Land Development Code Reform project. We want to hear about your neighborhood and discuss what the reform means for you!


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please share widely and ask to SAVE FLOYDS FORK CREEK WATERSHED - concerns for cleaner water in the stream and flooding events - tell if you were flooded Feb. 15, etc.

Teena supports these bills in the 2023 KY General Assembly:

Ask Senator Karen Berg and KY Representative John Hodgson this Saturday to support:

HB197 PFAS Chemicals bill which would require the KY Energy and Environment Cabinet on or before Jan. 1, 2023 to establish maximum PFAS chemical limits and monitoring requirements for drinking water. Cleaner water means better health!  Your health and that of your family!

HB93 is listed as unemployment insurance but it is for victims of domestic violence, abuse, stalking, dating violence to be able to get unemployment for a cooling off period and to vary their routines to enhance their survival.


 

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Notice of Public Meeting

What action is the District taking?

The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District is announcing a public meeting on proposed amendments to Regulations 1.02, Definitions; 1.11 Control of Open Burning; 1.13, Control of Objectionable Odors in the Ambient Air; and 1.15, Version of Federal Regulations Incorporated by Reference.

The public meeting will be held via video teleconference, with an option to attend in the Edison Room of the Edison Center at 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., January 19, 2023.

Where can I get a copy of the proposed action?

A paper copy of the proposal may be obtained from the District by contacting us at (502)574-6000. Please specify that you are calling about Regulations 1.02, 1.11, 1.13, and 1.15, provide your name and mailing address, and allow time for processing and delivery via USPS. An electronic copy of the proposal and all related materials may be downloaded from the District’s website at https://louisvilleky.gov/APCD/Docket.

In addition to the proposed amendments for each regulation, there is also a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), as well as a more detailed Preliminary Regulatory Impact Assessment (PRIA) explaining the proposals and rationales in detail.

What is the difference between the Public Meeting and the Public Hearing already announced?

The public hearing previously announced on these regulations (see below for more information) is a formal opportunity to make oral comment on the proposed amendments to the regulations, and for the District to accept that comment and respond later in a formal response to comment document. The public hearing does not include opportunity for Q&A about the proposed action. The public meeting is an opportunity for the District to informally give information on the proposed amendments and have a discussion with the public regarding them, including answering any questions you may have. The public meeting does not include opportunity to submit oral comments on the proposed action.

How can I comment on this action?

You can now comment in writing online at https://louisvilleky.wufoo.com/forms/ comment-on-apcd-proposed-action, or by mail to the Board Secretary-Treasurer, Byron Gary, Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 303, Louisville, KY 40203, until 5:00 p.m., February 16, 2023. Oral statements will now be accepted at a public hearing held via video teleconferences at 6:00 p.m., February 9, and continued at 10:00 a.m. March 15, 2023. Oral statements will also be accepted at those times in the Edison Room of the Edison Center at 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40203. Instructions on attending the teleconferences will be posted at https://louisvilleky.gov/APCD/Docket before the hearing and emailed to subscribers of APCD Public Notices (https://louisvilleky.gov/government/air-pollution-control-district/subscribe-stay-informed-apcd).

Summary of proposal

The proposal would amend Regulation 1.02 to incorporate a list of trivial activities and update the definition of volatile organic compounds. Regulation 1.11 would be amended to allow for use of accelerants in prescribed burns only. Regulation 1.13 would be amended to more closely match KRS 77.155, Prohibited emission of air contaminants, and Kentucky common law. Regulation 1.15 would be amended to update the version of federal regulations incorporated by reference.

Who is affected by this rule?

What types of facilities does the rule cover?  The proposed amendments all fall within Part 1, General Provisions, of the District’s Regulations and apply to not only regulated facilities, but in some cases the public in general.

What are the demographics of those living in the area or impacted by the proposal?  The amendments, being general in nature, affect Louisville Metro at large. However, odor issues disproportionately tend to affect central and west Louisville, in particular the areas known as Butchertown and Rubbertown.

Will this action lead to an increase or decrease in emissions?

This action is not expected to lead to either an increase or decrease in emissions.

Will this proposal create patterns of advantage or disadvantage based on identity?

The District does not believe this proposal would lead to or create any patterns of advantage or disadvantage based on identity.

What is the timeline for this action?

The comment period began November 16, 2022, and runs through February 16, 2023. Oral comments will be accepted at a public hearing at 6:00 p.m., February 9, and continued at 10:00 a.m. March 15, 2023. The amendments are expected to be on the agenda under new business at the regular meeting of the Board to be held on March 15, 2023.

 


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Good News!

I was online in part of KIPDA meeting today and GREAT NEWS that Lou Water Co (LWC) is asking for $4.5 MILLION for powdered activated charcoal to remove PFOA and PFOS and some other things will be removed, too! This is only for the B.E. Payne Plant that serves Lou, Spencer, Oldham, Hardin but the Crescent Hill Plant serves other places like Fern Creek.

I talked with LWC PR/Communications Director Kelly Dearing-Smith at 5pm today and told her how happy I am and sharing that news with as many as possible, including my in person presentation to Lou Sierra Club on Jan. 17 at 7pm at 150 State Street, United Crescent Hill Ministries - open to the public.

United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 State Street, Tues, Jan. 17, at 7:00 P.M.

The KY Sierra Club has taken an interest also in PFAS - that is so exciting! I've been a Sierra Club Member since 1996.

LWC is acting per their grant application:
 "for purposes of complying with an impending Primary Drinking Water Rule under the Safe Drinking Water Act."

 

Understanding Lithium-Ion Batteries

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/technology/2022/what-will-it-take-to-recycle-ev-batteries?utm_source=email&utm_medium=knowable-event&utm_campaign=K_newsletter_2022-09-25

 

PFAS Awareness by Rob Weber, KY Academy of Science

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8539ph5lM10

Hello from Teena:

This notice below is from CM Stuart Benson's office but can affect the entire watershed which encompasses not just District 20, by also 19 and 22. And anyone living in Jefferson County and beyond needs to know that this can affect the amount of water which comes down as rainwater, snow, ice, etc. as land is covered over to create more impervious surfaces which will decrease the volume of groundwater (water under the ground) which flows to tributaries and to Floyds Fork Creek - thus a decrease of water in Floyds Fork Creek which then causes less water into the Salt River so that there will be less water into the Ohio River where many withdraw water for drinking, watering animals and crops, etc.  Overall, the covering of the land's surfaces in the Floyds Fork Watershed and removal of heritage trees and vegetation leads to a decrease of water quantity and quality which can be injurious to the welfare of so many citizens, animals, fish, fowl, crops, etc. Errors have been found in past calculations.

It is alarming that perhaps around 6,000 housing units are being proposed for the Floyds Fork area and it is uncertain if sewer capacity is available. 

Anyone can send any comments to District 20 Councilman Stuart Benson's office stuart.benson@louisvilleky.gov, or if in Councilman Robin Engel's office robin.engel@louisvilleky.gov and Councilman Anthony Piagentini  anthony.piagentini@louisvilleky.gov,
or email all 3 using this:
stuart.benson@louisvilleky.gov, robin.engel@louisvilleky.gov, anthony.piagentini@louisvilleky.gov
 
The below does not seem an open process and many would like a hybrid of either webex on computer or in-person.

It seems that only certain persons will be able to speak and thus the need to ask for open meetings where the public can be present and speak.  I understand there may be two more meetings.  At this time, I am unsure that you or I will be afforded the opportunity to speak - thus the urgency to contact the above Metro Councilmen.

-----Original Message-----
From: Councilman Stuart Benson <stuart.benson@public.govdelivery.com>
Sent: Tue, Sep 20, 2022 5:24 pm
Subject: Conservation Form District Meeting 0n September 21, 2022

Since there was some confusion among the public with the conservation form district meeting and the Development Review Overlay (DRO) initiative the first 15-20 minutes will be an informative overview regarding the DRO process and then we will proceed to the official conservation form district language meeting.

To fulfill and implement the policies of Plan 2040, the Offices of Planning and Design Services (PDS) and Advanced Planning and Sustainability are currently developing two new form districts that were contemplated during the comprehensive plan process. One of these new Form Districts is the Conservation Form District. A Form District is an area with distinct boundaries to which a set of regulations governing the pattern and form of development and redevelopment applies. Form District regulations are predominately provided for in Chapter 5 of the Land Development Code (LDC) and supplement regulations associated with Zoning Districts.

How are Form Districts Different than Zoning Districts?

Plan 2040 and the LDC provide for a distinct, two-tiered approach to planning and zoning. The approach assigns to every parcel of land both a zoning designation as well as a form-based designation. The Zoning Districts regulate permitted land uses, density, and intensity of development. The Form Districts then govern the form of development by regulating building height, setbacks, and other design elements. The premise behind Form Districts is that compatibility is often determined by the physical form and pattern of development rather than the actual use of the land. Each Form District established in the LDC represents a unique pattern of development that can be defined by physical design criteria. Since Form District regulations address issues different than the issues addressed by Zoning Districts, the two sets of regulations do not conflict with one another.

 


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Subject: NDWAC MDBP Rule Revisions Working Group November 2022 Meeting

 

EPA is currently seeking input to inform potential regulatory revisions of eight National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs) included in Microbial and Disinfection Byproducts (MDBP) rules. The MDBP rules were identified as candidates for revision as part of the latest Six-Year Review of all of the NPDWRs.

As part of the potential regulatory revisions effort, EPA has requested that the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC), a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) established under the Safe Drinking Water Act, provide the agency with advice and recommendations on key issues related to potential revisions to MDBP rules. The work of the NDWAC will be supported by an MDBP Rule Revisions Working Group. To read EPA’s charge to the NDWAC and learn more about the Working Group, visit NDWAC MDBP Rule Revisions Working Group website. The Working Group will meet on November 3, 2022 from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time. The November 3rd  meeting is intended to include a discussion of the interdependencies across the Surface Water Treatment Rules and Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproduct Rules; and information on follow-up analyses requested by the Working Group. A future meeting is tentatively planned for December 13, 2022.

Registration for members of the public to listen to the November 3, 2022, virtual meeting is now available here. You will receive a confirmation email upon successful registration and a link to the meeting will be emailed to you no later than November 2, 2022, which will be hosted through Zoom for Government. Please note that the link and webinar information provided will be unique to the November 3, 2022 meeting. The agenda will be posted prior to the meeting to the NDWAC MDBP Rule Revisions Working Group website.

For any questions, please contact MDBPRevisions@epa.gov.

 

Speed Art Museum

ATRIUM Room - next to Grand Hall

2035 S. Third Street

Louisville, KY 40206

 

     "PFAS Awareness"

 

Forever Chemicals/PFAS (pronounce P-FAS for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) 

Please see attachments: Book signing 2-3pm, Movie 3-5pm, Panel 5-6pm, 6pm book signing

Famous American Hero, Attorney and Author, Robert ‘Rob’ Bilott who is portrayed by actor Mark Ruffalo in the documentary movie, DARK WATERS will be in Louisville at the SPEED ART MUSEUM, 2035 S. Third Street for a book signing of EXPOSURE:  Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed and One Lawyer’s Battle Against DuPont with Carmichaels for a special event focused on “PFAS Awareness”.

 

“PFAS Awareness” is a collaboration of UNA-USA Kentucky Division, Speed Art Museum, KY State Representative Nima Kulkarni and U of L Center for Healthy Air, Water and Soil.  Additional sponsors are U of L Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, U of L Superfund Research Center,  Rotary Club of Louisville.  Co-Sponsors are Floyds Fork Environmental Association, American Association of University Women of Louisville, AAUW at UofL, UNA-USA Louisville Chapter & UNA at UofL, UNA Women at UofL and individual donors Frances Aprile & Teena Halbig.

 

MEET PANELISTS: In addition to Rob Bilott, TWO PFAS EXPERTS are from North Carolina: Elijah Yetter-Bowman, Researcher, Founder and Director of Ethereal Films and Samantha Bauer, Ethereal Engagement Producer.  Additionally, U of L Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology Jamie Lynn Young, PhD will be a panelist. MEET MODERATOR: KY State Representative Nima Kulkarni who will tell of legislative efforts and “PFAS Awareness” KY House Resolution passage in 2022.  ###

 

 

 

Hi, Your help would really be appreciated to help save this historic house in the Floyds Fork Watershed from being demolished. Please read the petition. Attached are some photos of this BEARD HOUSE, a map, and a copy of this petition. If you live in District 20 of Stuart Benson (call 574-6100 to find your District if in doubt), each person should sign on one line; do not sign as Mr. and Mrs. one one line because each signature must be authentic and on one line to be counted.  We need 200 signatures. Thanks so much! Teena Halbig

PETITION                                Date: September      , 2022


We, the residents of Louisville Metro hereby request that the Louisville Metro Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission conduct a study and hold a public hearing to determine if the Historic BEARD HOUSE (photos attached) at 14803 Old Taylorsville Road built by Stephen Thomas Beard should be established as Individual Local Landmark pursuant to LMCO 32.260 (l) as amended on August 8, 2019. The boundaries are identified on the attached map.  We request designation in an effort to protect the significant historic structure and property in the face of anticipated change
/demolition. Copy of this petition is attached.

The Historical & Confederacy House (see house, map, copy of petition as attachments) at 14803 Old Fisherville Road, Fisherville, KY was built by master builder Stephen Thomas Beard who also built and owned the historic Blue Rock Hotel (1903) where many visited this mineral spring’s health spa. Beard also was the second owner of the Mill (razed in 1921) in Fisherville.  Beard contributed to the development and heritage of Fisherville and the area where he lived with his family in this house. However, Fisherville’s history has been underrepresented in this small community where some of his descendants live today. It is one of the few historic houses in the Floyds Fork Creek watershed.

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Floyds Fork Environmental Association:  Teena Halbig,  502 267-6883, TeenaHal@aol.com   www.floydsfork.net, facebook:  please view house and map photos that are attached and read petition language. Husband and wife please sign on separate lines. Only persons 18 years old & older may sign, scan & email to Savannah.Darr@louisvilleky.gov.  Please forward to District 20/Benson residents (574-6100 to find your District). Deadline for Signatures is 9/11/22 or a DEMOLITION notice of 10 days can be issued. Thanks! Petitions can also be mailed to: Savannah Darr, Historic Preservation Officer, Planning & Design Services, 444 S. Fifth St, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40202, 502 574-5705

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE Proposed Houses on Echo Trail,
in Floyds Fork DRO

Attend the Neighborhood Mtg @ 1st Baptist Church Eastwood
Aug 31, 6pm
16122 Eastwood Cutoff Rd

TWO MORE subdivisions along Floyds Fork on Echo Trail. Hosted by Bardernwerper, Talbott, & Roberts, this neighborhood meeting provides the applicants an opportunity to "show and explain both plans to neighbors so that we might hear what thoughts, issues, and concerns they may have." These plans entail 2 separate proposals, adding a total of 135 houses to an already-overloaded Echo Trail (approved for 600 homes & 1,000-student Middle School).

 

Primary Concerns with Plans:

  • Mounting pressure on Floyds Fork (FF)
  • Continued disregard of FF DRO
  • Zoning change in FF DRO
  • Storm water retention: use previously-approved basins designed for adjacent 600-home subdivision
  • Substantial reduction of existing tree canopy
  • Addition of ~1320 vehicle trips/day (per ITE) to Echo Trail--most of which will use the dangerous, stressed Eastwood Corridor

 

August 2022

31

6:00 pm
16122 Eastwood Cutoff Rd

The 104-house proposal, entirely in the Floyds Fork DRO,
requires a zoning change.
Therefore, the Planning Commission & Metro Council
are both allowed discretion.
This is NOT a lost cause. It can be disputed!
Let's tell them,
"Stop blowing out our waterways and roads!"

 

 

 

 

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EPA Releases Draft Revised Risk Determination for 1-Bromopropane for Public Comment

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment a draft revision to the unreasonable risk determination for 1-bromopropane (1-BP) pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 6(b). The draft revised risk determination proposes to find that 1-BP, as a whole chemical substance, presents an unreasonable risk of injury to human health under the conditions of use.

The 1-BP draft revised risk determination incorporates policy changes announced in June 2021 to ensure the public is protected from unreasonable risks from chemicals in a way that is supported by science and the law. EPA’s proposed revisions will ensure that, if finalized, the 1-BP risk determination better aligns with the objectives of protecting health and the environment under the amended TSCA.

1-BP is a volatile organic compound with a wide range of uses, including as a solvent in degreasing operations, spray adhesives and dry cleaning; as a reactant in the manufacturing of other chemical substances; and in laboratory uses. There are also a variety of consumer and commercial products that contain 1-BP such as aerosol degreasers, spot cleaners, stain removers, and insulation for building and construction materials.

EPA’s 1-BP risk evaluation identified adverse human health effects to workers, occupational non-users, consumers, and bystanders to consumer use from 1-BP, including developmental toxicity, from acute and chronic inhalation and dermal exposures to 1-BP. EPA also identified cancer as an adverse health human health effect of chronic inhalation or dermal exposures to 1-BP.

The draft revised risk determination for 1-BP does not reflect an assumption that workers always and appropriately wear personal protective equipment (PPE). This decision should not be viewed as an indication that EPA believes there is widespread non-compliance with applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. In fact, EPA has heard from industry respondents about occupational safety practices currently in use at their facilities. EPA will consider this information, as well as other information on use of PPE and other ways industry protects its workers, as potential ways to address unreasonable risk during the risk management process.

Not assuming use of PPE in its baseline exposure scenarios reflects EPA’s recognition that certain subpopulations of workers exist that may be highly exposed because they are not covered by OSHA standards, because their employers are out of compliance with OSHA standards, because OSHA has not issued a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for the chemical substance (as is the case for 1-BP), because OSHA’s chemical-specific PELs (largely adopted in the 1970’s) are described by OSHA as being “outdated and inadequate for ensuring protection of worker health,” or because the OSHA PEL alone may be inadequate for ensuring protection of worker health.

As EPA moves forward with a risk management rule for 1-BP, the agency will strive for consistency with existing OSHA requirements or best industry practices when they are sufficiently protective, and EPA will propose occupational safety measures in the risk management process that meet TSCA’s statutory requirement to eliminate unreasonable risk of injury to health and the environment.

Overall, 23 of the 25 conditions of use EPA evaluated would drive the 1-BP whole chemical unreasonable risk determination. Removing the assumption that workers always and appropriately wear PPE in making the whole chemical risk determination for 1-BP would result in seven conditions of use in addition to the original 16 driving the unreasonable risk for 1-BP. Additional risks of cancer from dermal exposures would also drive the unreasonable risk to workers in six conditions of use; additional risks for  non-cancer effects from acute and chronic inhalation exposures would also drive the unreasonable risk to workers in two conditions of use; and additional risks for non-cancer effects and cancer from acute and chronic inhalation and dermal exposures to workers would also drive the unreasonable risk in one condition of use.

Two out of 25 conditions of use would not drive the unreasonable risk: the commercial and consumer use of 1-BP in insulation for building and construction materials, and distribution in commerce.

Separately, EPA is conducting a screening approach to assess potential risks from the air and water pathways for several of the first 10 chemicals, including 1-BP. For 1-BP, certain exposure pathways that were or could be regulated under another EPA administered statute were excluded from the 2020 risk evaluation. This resulted in the air exposure pathway not being fully assessed. EPA’s screening approach will identify if there are risks that were unaccounted for in the risk evaluation for 1-BP. While this analysis is underway, EPA is not incorporating the screening-level approach into this draft revised unreasonable risk determination. If the results suggest there is additional risk, EPA will determine if the risk management approach being contemplated for 1-BP will protect against these risks or if the risk evaluation will need to be formally supplemented or revised.

Note that EPA has not conducted new scientific analysis on 1-BP as part of today’s actions. The 1-BP risk evaluation continues to characterize risks associated with individual conditions of use to support any determination of unreasonable risk for 1-BP as a whole chemical substance and to inform risk management.

EPA will accept public comments on the draft revised risk determination for 30 days following publication in the Federal Register via docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0741 at www.regulations.gov.

Read the Draft Unreasonable Risk Determination

 

 

+ Learn about Land Development Code Reform

LDC

The Land Development Code (LDC) is a set of rules and laws that defines how land can be used, how a development such as a new shopping mall or apartment must be designed, and the procedures for approval. The LDC Reform is an equity-focused approach to revise the LDC consistently with Plan 2040 to allow for increased housing choices and opportunities in new and existing neighborhoods, to create procedures and regulations that are easier to use, and increase the quality of life by reducing the concentration of environmental hazards near housing.

Work to reform the LDC began in the summer of 2020. Initial recommendations, including accessory dwelling units, notification procedures, and urban agriculture were all adopted within the first year. The work continues and we encourage you to participate!

To learn about the currently proposed amendments to the LDC, please click HERE to view the content or copy the following link into the address bar of your web browser: https://arcg.is/05LCLX0.

Please contact Joel Dock, Planning Coordinator at 502-574-5860 or send an email to ldcreform@louisvilleky.gov with any questions or comments.

Microplastics - 2 links

Tips for living more sustainably and healthier by ingesting less plastic/microplastics; a person ingests 5 grams of plastic a week which is equal to 1 plastic credit card!

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/5-helpful-tips-to-reduce-your-plastic-use?slot_pos=article_1&utm_source=Sailthru%20Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=authoritynutrition&utm_content=2022-07-12&apid=33221272&rvid=afc1babc1b85f325d26efedca996a4457e0dd306d992590ae123f5b31b0e0455 

 

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-dangerous-are-microplastics-to-your-health 

 

SEA LEVEL RISE AND SEPTIC SYSTEMS

It is known that out of the 1500 Superfund/toxic sites, about 800 are close to rivers and waterways and the dangerous sites are in danger of flooding with rising water levels. This doesn't just flood the toxic site but sends the toxics in the water for some distance to get into houses, ground, groundwater, surface water, toxics/pollutants also can get into garden produce, etc. to threaten the health and well-being of the public.

Already when heavy rainfall comes, many sewage treatment plants cannot handle an onslaught of heavy rain - thus, the sewage plants cannot properly disinfect the wastewater because they would risk flooding the plant. Therefore, it is best not to be in streams and rivers after a heavy rain - maybe wait 2-3 days before having contact with these water bodies. Don't wade in the water and don't let kids play in it, either.

The article below tells how septic systems cannot work if the ground is flooded. Most concrete is not impermeable.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2022/06/29/sea-level-rise-from-climate-change-is-threatening-home-septic-systems-and-public-health/?utm_campaign=brookings-comm&utm_medium=email&utm_content=219272361&utm_source=hs_email

 

Teena Halbig, Floyds Fork Environmental Association Co-Founder spoke 4-12-22 to KIPDA

TESTING AND MONITORING FOR EMERGING CONTAMINANTS IN OUR REGION’S WATER AND WASTEWATER Ms. Halbig gave a presentation on the progress on PFAS and forever chemicals in the water supply. Polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, are considered to be forever chemicals. PFAS are a group of manmade, synthetic chemicals used to make fluoropolymer coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water. They have strong carbon-fluoride bonds. The two most common are perflorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), which was phased out in 2002 and perfluooctanoic acid (PFOA), which was phased out by 2015, but its Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living Area Development District Metropolitan Planning Organization replacement is GenX. PFOA was created by 3M in 1947, and in 1951, DuPont began using PFOA. In 1938, DuPont’s Dr. Roy J. Plunkett accidentally discovered Teflon, and its production began in 1970. These chemicals exist in many products today; the chemicals are ubiquitous throughout Kentucky, nationally, and globally, and there are at least 10,000 known derivatives. However, two sources where PFAS chemicals can be removed to protect the public’s health are drinking water and wastewater. PFAS chemicals are found in the wastewater of industrial facilities that produce or process those chemicals, leachate from landfills containing PFAS wastes, municipal wastewater, and contaminated storm water. The usual treatments of chemicals do not remove or destroy PFAS and a portion may partition to sludge. It takes high heat incineration of 1,000 degrees Centigrade or 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit to fully destroy PFAS, and it must be taken to places that are designated and approved to destroy it. According to data analyzed by the Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University, as of March 2019, there are at least 610 locations in 43 states that are known to be affected by PFAS contamination, including drinking water systems serving an estimated 19 million people. Louisville, Kentucky has the seventh highest PFAS contamination levels out of 31 states and D.C. at 42.5 parts per thousand per the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) and state data. Hexafluoropropylene oxide-dimer acid (HFPO-DA) and its ammonium salt are also known as GenX chemicals because they are the two major chemicals associated with GenX processing aid technology to make high-performance fluoropolymers without the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA/C8). The Environmental Working Group filed documents with the EPA in which DuPont reported that a next-generation chemical used to produce food contact paper, called GenX, could pose a substantial risk of injury including cancerous tumors in the pancreas and testicles, liver damage, kidney disease, and reproductive harm. Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living Area Development District Metropolitan Planning Organization The Environmental Working Group reported that Louisville, Kentucky has the second highest level of GenX in its drinking water out of 30 other cities. There has been legislation proposed to address PFAS chemicals in the water supply. PFAS Bills in the 2021 and 2022 Kentucky General Assembly did not pass; however, the Kentucky House Resolution written by Representative Nima Kulkarni for a PFAS Awareness Day passed in 2022. The proposed PFAS Action Act of 2021 – 2022 calls for several significant regulatory actions related to PFAS chemicals including requiring the EPA to set drinking water standards for two PFAS compounds for two years; designate PFOA as a hazardous substance under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act or Superfund (CERCLA) within one year; require the EPA to determine if all PFAS chemicals should be classified as hazardous substances under the CERCLA within five years; require testing of all PFAS for toxicity to human health under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); require the EPA to issue drinking water standards under the Safe Water Drinking Act (SWDA) for PFOA and PFOS, require the EPA to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous air pollutants pursuant to the Clean Air Act within six months; create labeling requirements for products to signify that they are or are not PFAS-free; and create effluent regulations under the Water Pollution Control Act. There are several federal and state politicians who are advocating to assist with the issue of PFAS chemicals including President Joe Biden, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and more. Some key actions and timelines include but are not limited to publishing a national PFAS testing strategy by the Fall of 2021, enhance PFAS reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory by Spring 2022, establish a national primary drinking water regulation for PFAS chemicals by Fall 2021 and ongoing, restrict PFAS discharges from industrial sources by 2022 and ongoing, and issue updated guidance on destroying and disposing of certain PFAS and PFAS-containing materials by the Fall of 2023.

 

Teena Halbig, Floyds Fork Environmental Association Co-Founder spoke 4-12-22 to KIPDA

TESTING AND MONITORING FOR EMERGING CONTAMINANTS IN OUR REGION’S WATER AND WASTEWATER Ms. Halbig gave a presentation on the progress on PFAS and forever chemicals in the water supply. Polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, are considered to be forever chemicals. PFAS are a group of manmade, synthetic chemicals used to make fluoropolymer coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water. They have strong carbon-fluoride bonds. The two most common are perflorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), which was phased out in 2002 and perfluooctanoic acid (PFOA), which was phased out by 2015, but its Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living Area Development District Metropolitan Planning Organization replacement is GenX. PFOA was created by 3M in 1947, and in 1951, DuPont began using PFOA. In 1938, DuPont’s Dr. Roy J. Plunkett accidentally discovered Teflon, and its production began in 1970. These chemicals exist in many products today; the chemicals are ubiquitous throughout Kentucky, nationally, and globally, and there are at least 10,000 known derivatives. However, two sources where PFAS chemicals can be removed to protect the public’s health are drinking water and wastewater. PFAS chemicals are found in the wastewater of industrial facilities that produce or process those chemicals, leachate from landfills containing PFAS wastes, municipal wastewater, and contaminated storm water. The usual treatments of chemicals do not remove or destroy PFAS and a portion may partition to sludge. It takes high heat incineration of 1,000 degrees Centigrade or 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit to fully destroy PFAS, and it must be taken to places that are designated and approved to destroy it. According to data analyzed by the Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University, as of March 2019, there are at least 610 locations in 43 states that are known to be affected by PFAS contamination, including drinking water systems serving an estimated 19 million people. Louisville, Kentucky has the seventh highest PFAS contamination levels out of 31 states and D.C. at 42.5 parts per thousand per the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) and state data. Hexafluoropropylene oxide-dimer acid (HFPO-DA) and its ammonium salt are also known as GenX chemicals because they are the two major chemicals associated with GenX processing aid technology to make high-performance fluoropolymers without the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA/C8). The Environmental Working Group filed documents with the EPA in which DuPont reported that a next-generation chemical used to produce food contact paper, called GenX, could pose a substantial risk of injury including cancerous tumors in the pancreas and testicles, liver damage, kidney disease, and reproductive harm. Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living Area Development District Metropolitan Planning Organization The Environmental Working Group reported that Louisville, Kentucky has the second highest level of GenX in its drinking water out of 30 other cities. There has been legislation proposed to address PFAS chemicals in the water supply. PFAS Bills in the 2021 and 2022 Kentucky General Assembly did not pass; however, the Kentucky House Resolution written by Representative Nima Kulkarni for a PFAS Awareness Day passed in 2022. The proposed PFAS Action Act of 2021 – 2022 calls for several significant regulatory actions related to PFAS chemicals including requiring the EPA to set drinking water standards for two PFAS compounds for two years; designate PFOA as a hazardous substance under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act or Superfund (CERCLA) within one year; require the EPA to determine if all PFAS chemicals should be classified as hazardous substances under the CERCLA within five years; require testing of all PFAS for toxicity to human health under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); require the EPA to issue drinking water standards under the Safe Water Drinking Act (SWDA) for PFOA and PFOS, require the EPA to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous air pollutants pursuant to the Clean Air Act within six months; create labeling requirements for products to signify that they are or are not PFAS-free; and create effluent regulations under the Water Pollution Control Act. There are several federal and state politicians who are advocating to assist with the issue of PFAS chemicals including President Joe Biden, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and more. Some key actions and timelines include but are not limited to publishing a national PFAS testing strategy by the Fall of 2021, enhance PFAS reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory by Spring 2022, establish a national primary drinking water regulation for PFAS chemicals by Fall 2021 and ongoing, restrict PFAS discharges from industrial sources by 2022 and ongoing, and issue updated guidance on destroying and disposing of certain PFAS and PFAS-containing materials by the Fall of 2023.

 

US EPA AND PFOA's IN WATER

We agree that U.S. EPA is not moving to help.  In fact, they are making mighty moves and moving quickly to better protect the public's health regarding Forever Chemicals.  Unfortunately, it will still take time to educate the public and bring companies into compliance. 

Meanwhile, the deception by water companies, etc. to tout their water is soooooo good, they do not tell about the chemicals you are drinking daily which can harm your health or extinguish life. They have the money (actually, your money) to place ads and pay marketing personnel to spin their whitewashing of the truth. 

Sadly, these chemicals are in Louisville's Drinking Water - call and ask for free online report of how many forever chemicals are being tested for and what are the values. Ask to get the values along with your bill on an ongoing basis.

Recently, U.S. EPA moved to give several values.  PFOA chemical was 70 parts per trillion over the life of a person; however,
                                                        the value changed very recently to .004 parts per trillion!! Yes, an itsy-bitsy amount is harmful to human bodies, fish, and animals and the environment. Speak up now by signing the letter to Senators McConnell and Rand Paul plus U.S. EPA Administrator.

There is also deception by sewage companies selling biosolids/sludge in pellets to apply on yards, gardens, zoos, etc. because the biosolids/sludge not only contain heavy metals but also Forever Chemicals.  The metals and chemicals can get into the food that is grown; when purchasing produce or meats, etc, we are putting forever chemicals into our bodies. Forever chemicals are not good for human contact or dogs, cats, wildlife, etc. and can cause their illnesses and deaths.

All you need to do is get the FACTS.  Don't have the wool pulled over your eyes.  Please advocate to get these harmful/dangerous chemicals out of our water!  Therefore, please take the action at the above link.

 

MONKEYPOX UPDATE

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/3544371-advocates-warn-us-at-risk-of-losing-control-on-monkeypox/?email=fb92be4a39fc5a7dcd4c59d3ad1f01c335a22d81&emaila=33fe2593e0be136c293710e997d0a9cb&emailb=afc1babc1b85f325d26efedca996a4457e0dd306d992590ae123f5b31b0e0455&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=07.03.22%20KB%20Noon%20The%20Hill%20-%20News%20Alert&utm_term=News%20Alerts

The Top 5 Invasive Species Threatening Your Home

https://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/the-top-5-invasive-species-threatening-your-home/?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=discovery&utm_campaign=summer_2022&utm_content=invasive_species_threats&dicbo=v1-f2ba4f34b3348397e83b01f88e2f22eb-00e9fdccb1f999ad4ffce23b89c7a683fb-gi3dknrymm2wcljthaydkljtmyztcljygvstollfg5stezdegm3dmmryhe

 

COMMUNITY FAN DISTRIBUTION

FREE FANS TO OLDER ADULTS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES

Follow link for information

Community Fan Distribution (govdelivery.com)

 

The CONSERVATION FORM DISTRICTwill likely be applicable to the FLOYDS FORK Watershed.

NEW FORM DISTRICTS

A Form District is an area with distinct boundaries and a set of regulations governing the pattern of development and redevelopment, such as building heights, setbacks/yard requirements, and lot sizes. Form districts supplement zoning districts in Louisville Metro, which regulate permitted uses and allowable density.

The Offices of Planning and Design Services and Advanced Planning and Sustainability invite you to attend an informational session on two new form districts adopted in Plan 2040 – Conservation and Urban Center Neighborhood form districts. Please join us for this virtual event:

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Time: 6 P.M.

Meeting Link (click here):

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Meeting Number: 2316 765 2160

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Please email us at ldcreform@louisvilleky.gov or by phone at (502)574-6230 with any questions or comments. To learn more please visit our website at https://louisvilleky.gov/ldcreform .

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PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS PROTECTION

ACTION: Make a call to the Congressional Operator at 1-202-225-3121  to ask your congressional representative to support the Safer Beauty Bill Package now which includes bills HR5537, HR5538, HR5539 and HR5540!  We all deserve access to personal care and beauty products that are free from cancer-causing and other harmful chemicals.  Right now, companies can legally sell personal care products with chemicals that can cause serious harm to our health and our environment. From cancer-causing asbestos in baby powder, to hormone disrupting phthalates in body wash, to brain damaging lead in lipstick, this situation puts you at risk.  We need real cosmetics safety reform. 4 bills (HR5537, HR5538, HR5539, and HR5540) which have been introduced in Congress will:

1. Ban the worst first. Ban 11 of the most toxic chemicals including mercury, formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, phenylenediamines (hair dye chemicals), and the entire class of PFAS “forever” chemicals. All of these chemicals are already banned in California, Maryland, and the EU. Learn more

2. Defend the health of women of color and salon workers. These two vulnerable populations are among the most highly exposed to toxic chemicals because of the products marketed to them or commonly found in their workplaces. Learn more

3. Reveal fragrance and flavor ingredients. Require the disclosure of these secret, unlabeled and often toxic chemicals in our personal care products. This is already required in California. Learn more

4. Ensure supply chain transparency. So that cosmetics companies can get the information they need from their upstream suppliers to make safer products. Learn more

Please help get these important bills signed into law.

ACTION: Make a call to the Congressional Operator at 1-202-225-3121  to ask your congressional representative to support the Safer Beauty Bill Package now which includes bills HR5537, HR5538, HR5539 and HR5540!

Thanks for taking action now! You can protect yourself, your family and future generations.

ref: bcpp

 

Organization Sign-on Letter for EPA's Proposed Revised Definition of "Waters of the United States"

The Honorable Michael Regan
Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Mail Code 1101A

The Honorable Michael Connor
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
108 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0108

RE: Environmental Justice Community Comments on U.S. EPA’s Proposed Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States” (Docket: EPA-HQ-OW-2021-0602)

Dear Administrator Regan and Assistant Secretary Connor,

Thank you for your leadership in advancing climate and environmental justice priorities and making a commitment to permanently rejecting the Trump-era rollbacks of federal clean water protections, including the prior administration’s harmful and unlawful so-called “Navigable Waters Protection Rule.” We represent the environmental justice community including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other consistently overlooked and marginalized communities from across the country. To ensure our communities have access to clean, safe water, we urge your agencies to finalize the current rule proposal and then promptly move towards adopting stronger clean water protections in a second rulemaking to define “waters of the United States.”

Clean water is a fundamental human right, but many people living in underserved and underrepresented communities face the most harm when the federal agencies fail to protect critical wetlands, streams, and other waterbodies that filter pollution and reduce flooding. In rural and other lower-wealth areas, ill-funded or antiquated water systems lack the resources and technology to adequately remove harmful pollution from drinking water supplies.

Today, the unfortunate truth is that unsafe water is more common in communities of color. For decades, industrial dumping, agricultural runoff from industrial factory farms, and the ongoing deterioration of water infrastructure have put unprecedented pressure on local water systems to meet the demands of a growing population. Yet too often, low-income and communities of color are unable to filter out contaminants from their tap water. These families deserve better.

Urban communities also face unprecedented challenges in preventing toxic, industrial chemicals like PFAS from entering public water supplies. Additionally, we urge you to protect our wetlands and headwater streams. These water sources are some of our most effective tools for ensuring access for all to clean water for bathing, swimming, and drinking, ensuring physical and mental wellbeing.

Under the Trump-era rollbacks, however, thousands of stream miles and hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands in the United States were put at risk. As we unfortunately have learned, pollution into America’s network of waterways upstream causes trouble for everyone downstream. Nationally, the prior administration’s removal of clean water protections threatens the drinking water sources for 217 million people. A 2017 study found that over the preceding decade, at least 63 million Americans were exposed to unsafe drinking water at least once.

Your agencies should consider environmental justice first including the protections of the interests of Tribes and Indigenous peoples and foremost in determining how best to define clean water protections. As you know, Executive Order 12898 directs each federal agency “[t]o the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law” to “make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations[.]” EPA defines environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” In Executive Order 14008, President Biden called on his administration to “develop a strategy to address current and historic environmental injustice” and specifically called on EPA to “strengthen enforcement of environmental violations with disproportionate impact on underserved communities[.]”

The Agencies therefore must act quickly to restore robust clean water protections and defend clean water for the Nation’s most vulnerable populations. Accordingly, in their rulemaking efforts to restore and redefine federal clean water protections, we urge the agencies to:
Acknowledge the disproportionate harms the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” and weak clean water protections inflict on low-income communities, Tribes and Indigenous peoples and communities of color;
Identify and address the inequitable and disproportionate impacts of pollution and flooding on our communities;
Take meaningful actions to ensure that your agencies understand the concerns from marginalized, underserved, underrepresented, and disadvantaged communities;
Commit to restoring strong, science-based clean water protections that will protect wetlands, streams, egosystems, and other waters so critical to providing our communities clean, safe water;
Work to promptly finalize the current rule proposal and move to a subsequent rulemaking in which the agencies define “Waters of the United States” in a way that will vigorously protect the Nation’s waters and its most vulnerable communities.

Thank you for your consideration of these comments.
Sincerely,

We ACT for Environmental Justice
GreenLatinos
Indigenous Environmental Network
Southern Environmental Law Center

 

Tiny Wonders Wildlife Rescue

It’s official! We have started our own little volunteer wildlife rescue and are in the process of obtaining our non-profit status. Meet “Tiny Wonders Wildlife Rescue”… two friends who are permitted to accept orphaned squirrels (of all types), chipmunks, cottontail rabbits and groundhogs. If you find animals in need of help, visit our new website (still under construction) at www.TinyWondersWildlifeRescue.org or text our TWWR Helpline at 513-409-1331.

~Category I Wildlife Rehabilitators, Sarah Flohr (Lebanon, OH) and Shannon Pennington (Loveland, OH)

 

Amendment Allows Odor and Water Pollution from Hog Farms

Please call 1-800-372-7181 to ask ALL SENATORS to oppose HB 597 - only 2 days left. It was about dams but an amendment got added which would remove state protections for intensive hog farms which have been in place for years. This is your water - it is just re-used over and over but many things are not removed.  At this late time, it is best to oppose HB 597.  The Governor will no doubt need to VETO and the dams info can be submitted again in 2023 - without this harmful amendment. 
 
https://wfpl.org/ky-bill-would-scrap-odor-and-water-pollution-rules-for-intensive-hog-farms/?utm_source=Louisville+Public+Media+-+2022&utm_campaign=da2be2176e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_08_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3e123d2345-da2be2176e-167794449&mc_cid=da2be2176e&mc_eid=3b32417f82

 

EPA's "Fix a Leak Week" begins today, March 14th

https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week   lots of tips and guidance - also special area for kids to learn

 

Subject: EPA approves 2018/2020 303(d) list

 

Kentucky’s 2018/2020 Integrated Report was submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on January 28, 2022.  EPA approved Kentucky’s 303(d) list on February 24, 2022.  The 303(d) list was at public notice June 4 – August 3, 2021.

 

The Division of Water’s Integrated Report website has been updated with the following documents:

 

The Division of Water’s Approved TMDL Reports webpage has been updated with an excel file of all Waters with an Approved TMDL Report

 

Coming Soon!  Updated 305(b) layers and TMDL layers on the Kentucky Geography Network and an updated Water Health Portal with the 2018/2020 assessment results.  We’ll continue to reach out as resources are updated. 

 

Please feel free to distribute this email as appropriate.  If you have any questions about the 2018/2020 Integrated Report, 305(b) list, 303(d) list, or waters with a TMDL, email TMDL@ky.gov

 

Thank you,

Katie McKone

Kentucky 305(b) Assessment Coordinator

 

Subject: Docket ID No. EPA -HQ- OAR -2019-0055

 

Now is your chance to weigh in to help reduce air emissions - EPA is listening to you.  If you have asthma or a child with asthma or relative, it would be pertinent to use that as an example whose life will perhaps be extended due to EPA action on this.  Make your case for cleaner air - if you don't act, someone else will be emailing EPA

Email to
  a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov and must have in the subject line: Docket ID No. EPA -HQ- OAR -2019-0055

 

Meeting information at the bottom for:  Feb. 15 at 5:30 P.M. at West Jefferson Community Task Force


Notes from Teena Halbig:

1-10-22 A KY Open Records Request was sent from Floyds Fork Environmental Association and United Nations Association of the USA Kentucky Division when the board minutes of Lou. Water Co.'s (LWC) Board of Water Works on 2-18-2020 showed the
Communications and Marketing Report Given by Kelley Dearing Smith summarized the Communications and Marketing report for January:

"American Water Works Association (AWWA) provide us advanced notice that an environmental group would be releasing a report claiming Louisville's drinking water, along with other cities contains "potentially toxic chemicals."  Staff spent considerable time and effort to proactively highlight Louisville Water's research and water quality efforts in advance of the report. A communication plan included information to employees, key stakeholders, the media and conversations with dozens of customers through social media.  Based on the current available science, PFAS is not a public health concern for Louisville's drinking water."
 

Since I've spoken at the West Jefferson Community Task Force Meetings (2 presentations in the past few months plus comments and questions) about PFAS/Forever Chemicals, now LWC & MSD will speak Feb. 15, Tues. at 5:30 P.M. online. Note that 15 other states have set regulatory standards to mandate the parts per trillion (ppt) while the U.S. EPA is currently working to reset the amount over the lifetime of a person. The below bill will force standards to be set.

And the current House Bill in the KY General Assembly, HB338 An Act relating to PFAS, by KY Representative Nima Kulkarni would require/mandate the KY Energy and Environment Cabinet to set regulations which would then have to be followed. Nevertheless, business entities do not seem to want to protect the public's health and welfare and have lobbyists they pay who work to defeat, promote or change legislation.
This is why YOU need to be involved to listen and/or speak up and take action because cleaner water provides better health:    

Please call 1 - 800 - 372-7181 KY Capitol Operator (Mon - Thurs. 7am to 9pm, Fridays 7am to 6pm) to leave a message

for ALL HOUSE MEMBERS about HB338 regarding PFAS and/or speak to your legislators. Here is the summary of the bill.


Create a new section of Subchapter 10 of KRS Chapter 224 to define "PFAS chemicals"; require the Energy and Environment Cabinet on or before January 1, 2023, to promulgate administrative regulations establishing maximum PFAS chemical limits and monitoring requirements for drinking water provided by public and semi-public water systems and maximum PFAS chemical limits and monitoring requirements for discharges into the waters of the Commonwealth; require that maximum PFAS chemical limits be designed to protect public health and be updated; provide that nothing in the section interferes with the Energy and Environment Cabinet's responsibilities under the federal Water Pollution Control Act or the Safe Drinking Water Act.

NOTE: Click to read the text of HB338 https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/22RS/hb338/orig_bill.pdf

However, The American Water Works Association (AWWA) sent an ALERT! to Utility Members, including LWC on Jan. 16th, 2020,to expect a release by Environmental Working Group (EWG) on Jan. 22, 2020. AWWA anticipates that EWG, an advocacy organization, will release a report on PFAS likely on Jan. 22 - indicating EWG has found PFAS in drinking water in dozens of U.S. cities.  "... utilities should be prepared to answer questions from consumers and media arising from the report.

AWWA provided a new 16 page tool designed to help water utility professionals explain PFAS to general audiences in a simple way.  Utilities can also get "Trending in an Instant: A Risk Communication Guide for Water Utilities" (Members only).

Thus, LWC began an online advocacy campaign where a  wheel of PFAS sources was shown but is missing WATER (attached). Also a large glass of water: "Our drinking water is high-quality and meets all regulatory standards." Note by Teena: but none of the detection of PFAS chemicals is given to the public; "Meets all Standards" does not mean PFAS (also GenX) isn't present in our drinking water; does not mean our drinking water is free of all pesticides, herbicides (including atrazine), fungicides, antibiotics, hormones, antibiotics, prozac, etc. whereas removal of PFAS and GenX can also help remove other substances in drinking water. 

PFAS - LWC & MSD

WEST JEFFERSON COMMUNITY TASK FORCE

P R E S S   R E L E A S E

Virtual

COMMUNITY MEETING

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)

Contact: Arnita Gadson, Executive Director,

arnita.gadson@gmail.com, (502) 645-3588

Email: wjcctf.lou@gmail.com

Mission StatementThe Mission of the WJCCTF is to provide research and studies to validate or nullify environmental concerns and issues of residents of West Jefferson County to empower residents to make informed decisions.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.  Cick the link below

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/117194797

You can also dial in using your phone.

(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 117-194-797

You do not need an audio pin, just press #

“Update on PFAS/Forever Chemicals

A review of the status of PFAS and ourDrinking water

Chris Bobay, LWC (Louisville Water Company)

Pete Goodman, Director

Water Quality

Manager

PFAS in our waste water

Metro Sewer District

Erin Wagoner – MSD Environmental Partnerships Liaison. 

Wes Sydnor, PE

Director of Intergovernmental Relations

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

The WJCCTF is a 501c3 non-profit - Charitable donations are welcomed.

Copies of presentations available upon request

 

 

TICKS in Alleghany Front news

   
   

Deer Tick Virus was found recently at high levels in a township park in Clearfield County. The same tick that can be infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease is also the tick with DTV - the black-legged tick, also known as a deer tick. DTV, or Powassan virus, doesn't always cause symptoms. But for those that have symptoms, many end up with severe neurological diseases like encephalitis or meningitis, according to the CDC. Of those with severe symptoms, half are left with long-term illness, and one in 10 die. There's no medication for the infection.

The Allegheny Front's Kara Holsopple spoke with Christian Boyer who supervises the tick surveillance and testing program at DEP.

Listen to the interview.

Read more:

 

 

Forward Radio 106.5
Forever Chemicals; Exposure of the Massive Public Health Crisis
with Teena Halbig speaking with Single Payer Health.
Airing for one hour:
MONDAY,  Dec. 20 at   2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Tuesday,    Dec. 21 at   7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
Wed.          Dec. 22 at 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon

 

Gov. Beshear Warns of Powerful Storm Moving Through Kentucky Tonight

Entire commonwealth at risk for severe weather

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians that a powerful storm system is forecast to impact much of the commonwealth late tonight and into Saturday morning. The Friday night forecast calls for severe thunderstorms and the potential for high-level damaging winds. Tornadoes are likely in Western Kentucky and portions of Central Kentucky.

Intense downpours and high rainfall rates are likely to produce localized flooding issues. River flooding is also possible. Widespread power outages and roads blocked by debris are also possible across the state.

“Kentuckians should follow their local forecasts as this storm front moves through our state,” said Gov. Beshear. “Folks need to have plans for safely sheltering in place in the event of a tornado, and they need to be prepared in case there are disruptions to local utilities.”

Since this will be an overnight event, Kentuckians are advised to have ways to receive weather warnings during the night. Those living in vulnerable locations should consider finding lodging elsewhere. Everyone should stay away from any downed power lines.

In preparation for tonight’s storm, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will activate at 8 p.m. EST. Staff will monitor the storm system as it moves across the state and respond to any requests for assistance.

“The National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are forecasting a very strong weather system entering the western part of the state today at 8 p.m. CST and moving east throughout the late night into the mid-morning hours on Saturday,” said Michael Dossett, director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. “This is a dangerous system with conditions that are favorable for severe thunderstorms, longer-lived tornadoes, supercells and squall lines.”

Dossett continued, “Prior to the storm event is an excellent time to engage in a family review of your safety plan and emergency supplies, in preparation for any possible impact to your community. Make every effort to monitor news and weather reports for storm updates in your area.”

This storm is arriving during Kentucky’s Winter Weather Awareness Week, which underscores the importance of reviewing emergency plans, building or resupplying emergency kits, and educating others on the hazards of winter weather: “Be Aware – Be Prepared – Have a Plan!”

 

Virtual Public Meeting:  EPA and Army Take Action to Provide Certainty for the Definition of Waters of the United States(WOTUS)

Waters of the United States | US EPA

PFAS Pollution Could Last Millennia.  KY Officials Told Polluter, But Not Reaidents

PFAS pollution could last millennia. Ky. officials told the polluter, but not residents – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

 

Henderson Kentucky Grapples With Widespread Teflon Pollution

Henderson, KY humongous PFAS contamination heading to Ohio River

 

The most detailed map of cancer-causing industrial air pollution in the U.S.

The Most Detailed Map of Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution in the U.S. | ProPublica

 

FFEA is a Co-sponsor for this Free Zoom Meeting

Be sure to zoom in to know more about PFAS (per-and poly- fluoro - alkyl substances) which President Biden pledged to help with PFAS.  He is delivering since U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced Oct. 18, 2021 a PFAS Action Plan. In the years to come, this word will be known by most eveyone. Find out how dangerous and harmful these chemicals are because they cause serious illnesses and cancers! Learn more about PFAS for the sake of your children, babies, youths, the elderly and everyone - and especially COVID patients

Time: Oct 26, 2021 10:15 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting - click on this URL Link; if it does not work, copy the link and paste in your browser.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89132339719?pwd=UWVKQ2xZbTFZeURWTHlDWHVhMXRnQT09

Meeting ID: 891 3233 9719
Passcode: 859695

 

 

Louisvillehas the 2nd highest level of GenX.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/20/business/chemours-dupont-pfas-genx-chemicals.html

 

EPA Administrator Regan Announces Comprehensive National Strategy to Confront PFAS Pollution

 

Air Quality Info From WHO

https://www.wtnh.com/news/health/un-health-agency-sets-higher-tougher-bar-for-air-quality/

 

Whistleblowersneed you to ask Congressional Members to take action:
 
https://anh-usa.org/whistleblower-testimony-on-epa-corruption/

 

This is a link to Fish and Wildlife re: Chronic Wasting Disease(CWD) in Deer
KY is surrounded by areas with CWD and should become aware by going to this link:
https://fw.ky.gov/Wildlife/Pages/Chronic-Wasting-Disease.aspx

 

High levels of PFAS "forever chemicals" have contaminated the area around a plastics recycling company in Henderson, Kentucky. (WFPL News)
or use 
https://wfpl.org/concerning-levels-of-forever-chemicals-polluting-henderson-ky/   PFAS STORY LINK

 

Bayer to end residential sales of cancer-causing weedkiller glyphosate by 2023

Read the article in full using this link and also a petition:

https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news-release/2021/07/bayer-end-residential-sales-cancer-causing-weedkiller-glyphosate

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bayer-litigation-settlement-idUSKBN23V2NP

 

Dark Waters Movie

Here isthe passphrase for July 16 - 18. Make sure this is the one you use in order to access this weekend's viewing of Dark Waters.

PASSPHRASE: (copy and paste)

32E57C9868ED489FAD2D5E78A59FD025

Start Watching (Friday - Sunday)

To watch, click the button or visit halttheharm.net/watch-dark-waters

; If you have any issues, simply reply to this email and I'll be available through the weekend to help. You can also view the FAQ here.

Want to share?

You are welcome to share and have a watch party – though all viewers need to sign-up to get their own passcode. Please share this link https://halttheharm.net/dark-waters

INSTRUCTIONS to Watch:

  1. Click here to open the film viewing page (Friday - Sunday)
  2. Enter the passphrase provided above.

UPCOMING EVENTS

More about the film.

From Participant (Spotlight, Green Book), DARK WATERS tells the shocking and heroic story of an attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.

Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies.

He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle.

Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Academy Award®-winner Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight—one that will not only test his relationship with his wife, Sarah (Academy Award®-winner Anne Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood.


Any questions or trouble accessing let me know. I'll be on stand by for technical support through the weekend.

Remember, to invite your friends to watch with you this weekend, send them to the sign-up page here – https://halttheharm.net/dark-waters so they can get a streaming link.

~ Ryan

Halt the Harm Network

 

12 Environmental Movies

https://www.thebrockovichreport.com/p/12-movies-to-inspire-action

 

New Information On Forever Chemicals

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/12/climate/epa-pfas-fracking-forever-chemicals.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage-NYT

 

 PFAS: map of KY; also Louisville's ranking on a graph

 

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/pfas-water-new-orleans-miami-philadelphia?bfsource=relatedmanual

 

10 Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Louisville, Ky., Tap Water

 

A sample of residential tap water in Louisville, Ky, contained 10 different compounds in the family of toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, according to laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group.

The sample, taken in July from a home served by the Louisville Water Company, was tested by an accredited independent laboratory for 30 different PFAS chemicals. Of the 10 PFAS detected, eight were at levels higher than the level recommended by the best independent studies and endorsed by EWG. 

PFAS are widely-used chemicals linked to health risks including pancreatic, kidney and testicular cancer; liver damage; reproductive and developmental harms; and reduced effectiveness of vaccines.

The combined total for all PFAS tested in the Louisville sample was 45.2 ppt. Expert studies say that PFAS exposure in drinking water should be limited to just 1 part per trillion,  or ppt.

The highest level of any single PFAS detected in the EWG sample collected in Louisville was 22 ppt of a compound known as GenX. It is a replacement chemical for PFOA, which was used to make Teflon before U.S. manufacturers phased it out of production under pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s research has found that GenX is nearly as toxic as the PFOA it replaced, and DuPont, its original manufacturer, has provided test results to the EPA showing that GenX caused cancer in lab animals.

10 PFAS Compounds in Tap Water Sample from Louisville, Ky.

PFAS

Level detected in Louisville sample (parts per trillion)

PFOS

2.6

PFOA

7.7

GenX

22.0

PFBA

3.4

PFBS

1.5

PFHpA

1.2

PFHxA

2.9

PFHxS

0.8

PFNA

0.6

PFPeA

2.5

Total PFAS

45.2

Source: EWG, from tap water sample taken in July 2019 and analyzed by an accredited independent laboratory

A potential source of the GenX contamination in Louisville is the Chemours Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, W. Va. The plant was operated for decades by DuPont before that company spun off its PFAS business to Chemours in 2015. Parkersburg is upstream from several Kentucky communities, including Louisville, Paducah and Covington.

The new PFAS detections in Louisville’s drinking water come as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is negotiating with other Congressional leaders on the final form of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020. The NDAA is a must-pass defense bill that includes a number of important PFAS-related provisions passed by the House and Senate.

Two provisions that are still under negotiation would designate PFAS as “hazardous substances” under the federal Superfund law and as toxic pollutants under the Clean Water Act. The inclusion of these provisions in the NDAA would kickstart the clean-up process of legacy PFAS contamination sites and limit industrial discharges of PFAS waste into drinking water supplies.

In 2014, researchers found that blood serum concentrations of PFOA in young girls in Northern Kentucky were above the 95th percentile—significantly higher than the national average, based on biomonitoring data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2017 study by the University of Cincinnati and CDC researchers found that blood serum concentrations of PFOA rose in Northern Kentucky residents throughout the 1990s, even as it  fell in other places along the Ohio River. The researchers hypothesized that the blood serum concentrations were higher in Kentucky because it took more time for the state to adopt water treatment technologies that can filter out some kinds of PFAS.

PFAS testing mandated by the EPA under the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Program during 2013-2015 showed two detections of PFOS —a type of PFAS formerly used to make Scotchgard — in Kentucky’s Pendleton County Water District at 50 ppt and 58.5 ppt, and two detections of PFOA at 20 ppt in Louisville.


 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, member of our community and beyond have struggled with paying their rent. The U.S. Department of Treasury has a new tool to help renters with Emergency Rental Assistance programs through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Through the website, renters can view an index of the websites associated with our grantees’ rental assistance programs to help tenants and landlords find programs in their areas. For more information, which the Department of Treasury will update regularly, visit the Emergency Rental Assistance Program website and to find your local community in California, visit: https://housing.ca.gov/covid_rr/index.html .

 

BirdDeaths in Kentucky and Indiana - link to report is enclosed in this report:

https://www.wlky.com/article/wildlife-officials-may-take-weeks-to-pinpoint-cause-of-unexplained-bird-deaths-in-kentuckiana/36819357

 

 

Much of US a Tick Time Bomb

https://weather.com/health/video/warm-wet-weather-making-much-of-the-country-a-tick-time-bomb

 

People in 43 Cities Are Drinking Toxic "Forever Chemicals" In Their Drinking Water

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/pfas-water-new-orleans-miami-philadelphia?bfsource=relatedmanual

 

See the real Erin Brockovich (not Julia Roberts!) and her water fights continue - now focusing on PFAS/Forever Chemicals: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/erin-brockovich-blasts-u-s-regulation-of-toxic-chemicals/

 

FEMA To Offer Financial Assistance For Pandemic Funeral Expenses

In early April, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized this week, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide.

To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states :
  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia;
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19; and
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified non-citizen who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020.
There are no residential or legal status requirements pertaining to the deceased person. An application for the assistance will require:
  • an official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia;
  • funeral expense documents such as receipts and funeral home contracts that include the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened; and
  • proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs.
FEMA’s financial assistance is limited to a maximum amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application. In the coming weeks, FEMA plans to establish a toll-free telephone number to assist applicants with their submissions.

For more details and information on this assistance program please visit the FEMA.gov COVID-19 Funeral Assistance webpage by clicking here .

 

Kentucky State Seal

 

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR ANDY BESHEAR

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Crystal Staley
502-545-3714

Sebastian Kitchen
502-330-0799
502-564-2611

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 3, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 731,000 Kentuckians have now had at least the first dose of one of the effective COVID-19 vaccines.

“These numbers continue a good trend that we see on declining case numbers. Even better, our positivity rate is now 4.60% as it continues to decline,” said Gov. Beshear. “But let’s remember as we work toward defeating this virus, we can’t quit. Yesterday, President Joe Biden announced he now believes there will be sufficient supply for every adult in America to get vaccinated by the end of May. That’s really good news and moves up the timeline.”

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 1,175
New deaths today: 33
Positivity rate: 4.6%
Total deaths: 4,704
Currently hospitalized: 680
Currently in ICU: 175
Currently on ventilator: 79

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Kenton, Fayette, Boone and Campbell. Each county reported at least 45 new cases.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccine Website, vaccine.ky.gov, shows Kentuckians which phase they are in specifically. Individuals can sign up for notifications so state officials can communicate with them when doses become available at new and existing sites. Vaccine.ky.gov also lists regional vaccination partners statewide, so Kentuckians can search their county or region and see how to schedule an appointment.

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246, has the same features as the website. Kentuckians can get assistance completing the vaccine eligibility questionnaire and scheduling an appointment when doses are available.

Free or reduced-cost transportation to and from vaccine appointments is offered by public transit agencies across the commonwealth. These services are already operating in over 90 counties, covering 75% of all counties across Kentucky. Kentuckians can find transportation services near them by heading to kycovid19.ky.gov for a full list of participating public transit agencies and their phone numbers, or by calling the Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline.

More Information
To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

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Invitation for zoom Oct 30, Friday 1:00 to 3:00 P.M on Forever Chemicals/PFAS

Thispresentation is to LWV of Louisville Natural Resources Committee but any are welcome to join to see the presentation and put questions in CHAT.


This will count as an FFEA meeting.

Floyds Fork Environmental Association, UNA-USA KY & Teena Halbig, Clean Water Chair
invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Topic: Teena Halbig's power point on
Forever Chemicals known as PFAS; A Massive Public Health Threat in Drinking Water & Wastewater

Time: Oct 30, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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                   United Nations Association of the United States of America Kentucky Division

 

UN Day & UN Human Rights Day Program:

 

75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Past, Present, Progress

&

72nd ANNIVERSARY of HUMAN RIGHTS

“HUMAN TRAFFICKING & SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (SDG #5)

&

FOREVER CHEMICALS/PFAS (SDG#6)”

 

October 20,2020 (Tuesday)

FREE Zoom REGISTRATION INFORMATION BELOW

10:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Break: 20 minute YouTubes/Videos during NOON LUNCH & resume at 12:20 P.M.

 

NOTE: SDG #5 = Sustainable Development Goal #5 Human Trafficking, equity, empowerment  &   SDG #6 = Sustainable Development Goal #6 clean water and sanitation        

 There are 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals/Global Goals voted on by 193 countries

Sponsors

American Association of University Women of Kentucky

Floyds Fork Environmental Association

Frankfort Rotary Club

Teena Halbig

Kentucky Foundation for Women

Sifa Ndusha

Rotary District 6710

Rotary District 6740

UNA-USA Bluegrass/Lexington Chapter

UNA-USA Frankfort Chapter

UNA-USA Louisville Chapter

UNA Women at U of L

UNA at U of L

 

PROGRAM

 10:00 A.M.  Moderator Teena Halbig: Welcome, Introductions of Sponsors, etc.

 10:05 A.M.  Aaisha Hamid: Invocation + Young Professional Trailblazer Book Project 

 10:15 A.M.  Bill Miller, journalist with www.globalconnectionstelevision.com: UNA-USA

10:20 A.M.  Governor JoAnn Heppermann, Rotary District 6710

10:25 A.M.  Governor James Glass, Rotary District 6740

10:30 A.M.  Dr. Gregory O. Hall: Gubernatorial Proclamation for UN Day

10:35 A.M.  Dr. Tricia Gray: Gubernatorial Proclamation for UN Human Rights Day                   

10:40 A.M   Elected Official (invited) “Battling Human Trafficking in Kentucky”

11:00 A.M.  Allyson Taylor, JD, A.M. Keynote: “Kentucky Human Trafficking Law” (bio at end)

Noon – 20 minute Break for LUNCH – just keep zoom on & return at 12:20 P.M. (youtubes    shown during this time)

12:20 P.M.  Tom Perez, Executive Director EPIK, P.M. Keynote: “Internet/Cyber Crimes; Reducing Demand and Human Trafficking”:  (bio to follow)

  1:20  P.M.  Satchel Walton, journalist, reporter, and author:  “What’s in Louisville’s Drinking Water? Is it Time for CHANGE?”

  1:50  P.M. Teena Halbig, U of L B.S. and Certificate in Medical Technology, MT(ASCP), Microbiologist, Virologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, U of L Researcher (retired)   “ What is in YOUR Water?  Forever chemicals/PFAS in Drinking Water & Health Impacts”

   2:20  P.M.  Closing Remarks

 

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Topic: Teena Halbig's Zoom Meeting

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FOREVER CHEMICALS BRODCAST & PODCAST FORWARD RADIO 106.5 FM

https://soundcloud.com/wfmp-forward-radio/truth-to-power-teena-halbig-sheron-lear-satchel-walton-pfas-forever-chemicals-10-11-20

 

WATER AND HEALTH

https://waterandhealth.org/healthy-pools/hygiene-health/why-shower-before-swimming-in-a-pool/?utm_campaign=perspectives&utm_source=email&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=shower-before-swimming

Important:

Pre-swim showers can be rinse showers, taken while wearing your bathing suit, or cleansing, naked showers, which afford more opportunity to clean the perianal area, a source of fecal pathogens. In fact, the experts report the average person has 0.14 g of fecal matter in the perianal area and that children may have as much as 10 g. Doing the math, a pool containing 15 unshowered adults and 30 unshowered children could contain an average of 152 g of fecal matter (about 1/3 lb.) Based on the fact that there are approximately 1,000,000,000 virus particles in 1 g of feces,2 a typical community pool (about 19,000 gallons) could contain about 8,000,000 virus particles per gallon from these 45 bathers!

Fecal microorganisms can spread waterborne illnesses. One of the most problematic of these is the chlorine-resistant parasite, Cryptosporidium.

 

 

In KY, www.govoteky.org is where to go to order your application for vote by mail - must do prior to Oct. 5 and can use COVID as reason for voting by mail. Your ballot will be mailed around Oct. 28 and you must fill out and provide signatures and return in the pre-paid postage envelope right away. You can always vote in person - but please wear a mask.

 

*****   GET OUT THE VOTE  *****

 

UNA Advocacy Chair Jay Sjerven and Vice Chair Teena Halbig reminder that it is time to work on GOTV:

Here is a novel way to highlight voting using the creation of Karen Mulhauser's Votemeal Cookie Recipe.  Feel free to send this to anyone you can to encourage voting. Some states will have vote by mail but there are deadlines to apply over the internet to request an application. Any voting information you need can be found from your Local Board of Elections or State Board of Elections. You can also ask who your representatives are in local, state and federal offices by giving your address. Attend election forums to hear candidates and ask questions.
Meanwhile, enjoy these cookies yourself - or write VOTE on them or the election date to give to friends, family, etc.!

Votemeal Cookie Recipe

[a creation of Every Woman Vote 2020]

 

Yes, Votemeal.

 

As we lead up to the November 3, 2020 national elections, we have some work to do.  We need to reflect on our values and how we want them reflected in governing policy. We need to inform ourselves about the policies of candidates up and down the ballot. We need to be registered to vote and to check to see if our registration is current. We need to make sure we share this information with family, friends, colleagues and social media. And, yes, we need to vote and get out the vote.

 

We are trusted sources of information for these people and we can make a difference. The most important demonstration this year will be the demonstration November 3 at the ballot box

 

As the centennial of women’s suffrage and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act aimed to overcome legal barriers at all levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote, 2020 is the year to inspire every woman to vote – women of all races, ages and regions of the country.  

 

Making those phone calls and sending the messages to people we know and who trust us is more fun if we are eating Votemeal cookies.

 

Karen’s Votemeal Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

·       1.5 cups flour

·       1 teaspoon ground cinnamon [optional]

·       1 teaspoon baking soda

·       1 teaspoon salt

·       1 cup [2 sticks] soft butter

·       1 cup brown sugar

·       ½ cup granulated sugar

·       2 large eggs

·       2 teaspoons vanilla extract

·       1 tablespoon molasses

·       3 cups rolled oats

·       1 ¾ cups combination chocolate chips, peanut butter chips & chopped pecans. And sometimes shaved coconut

 

What to do

·       Preheat the oven to 355°F. Lightly grease baking sheet(s).

·       Beat together the butter until smooth. Add sugar and beat about 2 minutes

·       Beat in the egg, then the molasses and vanilla.

·       Combine in separate bowl the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt

·       Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well

·       Add and mix well the oats and chips, nuts & coconut

·       You can cover a chill in the refrigerator.

·       Drop 1” dough balls on the prepared baking sheets,

·       Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes.

·       Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool right on the pan, or on a rack.

Made especially for you by Karen Mulhauser

 

South Floyds Fork Vision Meeting

6 pm Monday March 25. 2017

   Check out this link - paste in your browser (https://louisvilleky.gov/events/south-floyds-fork-vision-plan-open-house-councilmen-benson-piagentini-engel-host-meeting).
   This South Floyds Fork Vision Plan that was worked on by a committee of 15 - but BIA = building industries association (formerly Home Builders Assn.) came in the last 4 meetings and have been actively pushing their agenda.  Also changes were made so that the VP of BIA obtained the seat of another BIA committee appointee who was said to be retiring.
   This plan can be googled (South Floyds Fork Vision) to see the nearly 40,000 ACRES which it encompasses.
   This is your chance to vote (either by clickers or colored round stickers, etc.).  This is your chance to weigh in and meet the Louisville Metro Planning & Design Planners (Michael King, Gretchen Milliken, etc. This is your chance to provide comments. Next, the plan will go before the Planning Commission for a vote, then on to Metro Council.
   I am unsure if the Fregonese Associates consultants will be present? (I doubt it) but Fregonese was paid $250,000 by Councilman Stuart Benson for this study.  Unfortunately, the Fregonese owner passed away unexpectedly during the study which brought it to a halt for several months - meanwhile, developments went thru planning or are in the stages of going thru the planning process that amount to many hundreds of acres where no sewer infrastructure, etc. is present in the hinterlands of the Floyds Fork Watershed.
   However, MSD is apparently working now to appease developers wants for sewers in these remote locations which changes the entire planning because, Fregonese consultants met with MSD earlier and MSD showed the two areas MSD intended for sewer expansion.
   How does this affect you? When the sewers built by developer's chosen construction companies are turned over to MSD, all rate payers in Jefferson County will have additional fees toward this infrastructure upkeep, etc.
   I won't mention the roads and traffic as well as costs - you can!
   I will mention the need to preserve TREE CANOPY - you can! Floyds Fork Watershed is 70 - 100% (i.e., 100% if forest) and please ask for 50% TREE CANOPY to remain.  If not, there will be drastic changes related to wind changes, climate (generally 3 to 10 degrees cooler out here), temperature changes and a lot of the ecology can be lost.  But it looks like only 20% will remain without your voice and vote.  Unfortunately, large trees will come down and be replaced by maybe 1 1/2 inch caliper tiny trees that will not have the tree cover/tree canopy lost for 20 - 30 years. This will increase temperature in the area.
   A fee in lieu is planned. Please ask that any development that will not put back in the required number of trees have any trees planted off site or paying into a tree fund - that those trees be planted withing 1/2 mile of the original site.
   Please ask for a description of Parklands to include all entities involved. Currently, Lou Metro Planners have refused to do this.  I've given them all the info and shortened it to 27 words. 

Parklands of Floyds Fork area is composed of 21st Century Parks, Future Fund, Metro Parks, KY Heritage Land Conservation Trust, Louisville Water Company, MSD and private property owners.

NOTE: There is a compact agreement between the first 3 above with 21st owning 1,100 acres, Future Fund owning over 2,000 acres and Metro Parks about 400 acres.

  
I have REPEATEDLY asked Lou Metro government planners and Fregonese planner to be truthful, transparent and correct to let the public know (and not deceive the public) that 21st Century Parklands does not own and does not control all the properties shown; however, the stage was set at the beginning when they were given the impression that all the Parklands is under the control of all the properties which is false. It seems local government can't or won't decipher the land holdings to provide accurate information which can be referred to for decades! 

   One of the planners at the last meeting (after planners/government reneged on agreement in the prior meeting to list all parties at the beginning of the plan and thus, within the green area designating Parklands on the mapping) said reasoning was the other entities might go out of business! I had to laugh and say, "This is LOCAL and STATE GOVERNMENT we are talking about and the entities were set up via legislation - they will NOT go out of business. Future Fund was established in mid - 1990's and 21st later on in 2004 or 5". I believe all the entities preceded 21st Century in being established - so how do you know 21st Century will not go out of business?" 

   It is also improper for the plan to send any person with land or trees (they are worth MONEY, so government must be fair and list all entities who can accept or purchase) for donation or sale to Parklands when all parties should be listed, including JCET = Jefferson county Environmental Trust which is local government and PACE = Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements which is a state program plus all the other entities. 

   So do as you want and if you get a chance to comment on these points above or ask questions about them, please do.
  
   See you Monday - tomorrow at 6pm in Beckley Creek Park (formerly named William F. Miles Park and still owned by Metro Parks/local government - but a Memorandum of Understanding for 21st Century for Operation and Management for 5 years which is renewable or can be canceled by either party with one year's notice; note: same deal for the other Metro Park.). 

   Please take time to attend or at least email in comments to Michael.King3@louisvilleky.gov.

Sincerely,
Teena Halbig
6 years Metro Parks Advisory Commissioner
3 years PACE Board Commissioner and Honorary Agricultural Commissioner bestowed by James Comer
South FF Vision Plan Advisory Commission

South Floyds Fork Plan Meetings

Advisory Group: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 6-8:30 Jeffersontown Firehouse

Advisory Group: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 6-8:30 (Jeffersontown Firehouse)

SFFV Open House: Monday, March 25, 2019 from 6-9 (Gheens Foundation Building, The Parklands; 1421 Beckley Creek Parkway)

 

Children of One of Our Members Have Been Working to Improve Floyds Fork Creek, Meeting With Govenment         

Officals and Working With Kentukey Heirs To Our Oceans

See photos and follow link below for more information

https://www.kentuckyheirstoouroceans.com/

                                                                                          

 

Invasive Fish With Teeth Threatens Endangered Kentucky Mussels

(Click Above Link to Read About Invasive Fish with Teeth 89.3 WFPL)

 

Look what happened.

        FFEA works in Bullitt County with Neighbors fighting Rogers Rock Quarry to keep this business further away from their homes in a karst area along Floyds Fork Creek and for more transparency from the company for a few years. Teena said, "Only with the great help of Tom FitzGerald, Director of Kentucky Resources Council's legal expertise was this outcome possible (see his Newsletter article of 9-1-17). 

    Chris Sansbury, neighborhood leader of Bullitt Citizens NeighborhoodS Coalition said, "KRC and a community effort by neighbors, Teena Halbig and the FLOYDS FORK ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATION made all those things possible!"

KRC Newsletter article of 9-1-17:

Rogers Group dba Bullitt County Stone

A settlement agreement in non-coal permit challenge brought by Chris Sansbury and Grover Vorbrink against Bullitt County Stone will result in additional protections for Petitioners and their neighborhood outside of Shepherdsville.

Under the Settlement, the Petitioners gain the ability to enforce compliance by Rogers with zoning restrictions that had previously been enforceable only by the City of Hillview.  Additionally, a 1,000-foot setback on any surface operations or facilities, excepting ventilation shafts required by MSHA can be within 750 feet provided that they are bermed to limit noise.  A state permit amendment is required for any proposed surface operations or facilities.  All residents on Castlerock Drive will be offered a pre-blast survey, and Rogers will share a blasting schedule and provide email notice for any unscheduled blasts.  Finally, certain roads are agreed upon as off-limits for truck traffic, and the parties have agreed to monthly local meetings to share information and concerns – an effort to build a more positive relationship apart from regulatory matters.

In a recent email, Chris Sansbury reported that the pre-blast surveys had been completed and that they had begun the neighborhood meetings with Rogers.  He said “I am optimistic that things will continue to improve because of the meetings you made possible!”

 

South Floyds Fork Area Study

The South Floyds Fork Area Study is an ongoing process resulting in a visionary plan that will provide guidance for authentic, healthy, equitable, sustainable, and well-connected growth in the South Floyds Fork area. The recently completed 4,000 acre Parklands of Floyds Fork is a transcendent asset for Louisville that includes four major parks linked by a park drive, an urban trail system, and watershed. The Parklands will spur development and increase population in the area. The South Floyds Fork Area Plan will serve as a guide for future development and infrastructure investments in and around the study area.  

Louisville Metro has contracted Fregonese Associates as the lead consultant to facilitate this process. An Advisory Group has been recommended by Metro Councilman Stuart Benson, and appointed by Mayor Fischer, to assist in the guidance of this update.

Click here to find organizational chart of the South Floyds ForkThe approximate study area is bordered by Bardstown Road and Shelbyville Road to the north and south and the Gene Snyder Expressway and the county line to the west and east.The first neighborhood advisory group meeting of the South Floyds Fork Area Plan will be held Wednesday, August 2nd from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor community room of the Jeffersontown Fire Department (10540 Watterson Trail). This meeting is open to the public.ADVISORY GROUP AGENDA

 

Bluebird Box Outing finds Bugs, Bees, Critters and BIRDS!

Photos courtesy of Barbara Woerner

1. Praying mantis that is brown (different species than the green ones)

2. Bee on vegetation - photo so good you can see the pollen on the bee!

3. Frog defending any bird coming to nest in this Bluebird box! Actually, these frogs continue to be in the opening of two bird boxes on numerous outings!

4. Carolina Wren offspring? - these nestlings might be 2 days old and are very hungry!! Mother heard nearby

5.  American Snout  Butterfly

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JOIN THE WAR ON TICKS

    Do your part to help stop the spread of tick-borne disease by catching and sending ticks to the Bay Area Lyme Foundation.

    Put the tick (dead or alive) in a ziplock bag, along with a wet cotton ball or paper towel. 

Fill out an information card, provided online at www.bayarealyme.org, then send it all in. 

Reference:  Courier-Journal Parade Picks, 5-7-17 

 

“Pet Care”

By Dr. Pat Kennedy

Fern Creek Medical Center, 6902 Bardstown Road, Lou. 40291, 499-6535

Jefferson Animal Center, 4504 Outer Loop, Lou. 40219, 966-4104, Open 24 hrs.

www.jeffersonanimanhospitals.com, www.LouisvilleVets.com//

#LouisvilleVets, @LouisvilleVets//

Q:  I just found a tick on my puppy?  Help! How do I get it off safely and can I catch anything?

A:  Springtime is definitely the peak time for Ticks and yes, there are several serious diseases that both you and your pet can suffer from.   There are 15 species of ticks in North America but only a few that can affect you or your dog: the American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, Deer or Blacklegged tick and Brown Dog Tick.   Ticks can transmit Lyme disease,Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Anaplasmosis,  all serious diseases of people and pets

There are several excellent preventatives for your pets such as Seresto Flea/tick collar, Frontline Plus, Brevecto and Nexguard.  Walking through the woods or tall grass is a quick way to have ticks attach to your body or your pet.  We recommend vaccinating your dog for Lyme disease if you do any camping, hunting or walking in the woods. 

Removing a tick with blunt tweezers or disposable gloves is recommended. If you must use your fingers, shield them with a tissue or paper towel.   Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible, reducing the possibility of the head detaching which may increase the chances of infection. Do not twist or jerk the tick but pull straight out.  Applying some medicinal alcohol can cause the tick to loosen its grip.  Wash your hands after removing the tick and be sure to check all over your pet’s body for additional parasites. Check our website www.jeffersonanimalhospital.com/library for more information about ticks and tick borne diseases

Q: Both of my dogs and my cat go out in my back yard.  What are some of the potential problems this Spring that I should be aware of?

A:  This is a GREAT question. Garden toxins such as fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides can be a big problem. Although pesticides are much safer than 30 years ago, they often can cause vomiting and diarrhea.  And fertilizers often contain iron which can be a problem. Check the ingredients list and look for antidote instructions.

Moldy foods that your pet finds outdoors can create huge problems if your pet gets into your compost bin that has decomposed dairy or meat products. Symptoms can start within 30 minutes including panting, drooling, nausea and tremors.

Mole and gopher baits are very toxic to your pet.   It only takes a very small amount to cause significant and often fatal effects. They contain zinc phosphide or bromethalin and there is no antidote.  The bromethalin baits are often found as a gummy worm shaped strip.

Snail and slug baits contain metaldehyde and can be pellets, powder, granules or liquid. They cause extreme tremor, seizures and fever.  Treatment requires intensive care hospitalization.

Mulch can be toxic as well as cause an obstruction in the bowels.  Cocoa bean mulch is the worst due to the methylzanthine (theobromine and caffeine) content.

If you change your car’s antifreeze or coolant solutions this Spring, be aware that these products are highly fatal to dogs and cats if they drain into in your driveway.  Even a drop can be fatal if ingested by your pet.  It’s sweet tasting and odorless and contains Ethylene Glycol.  Signs can occur within 30 minutes including incoordination, seizures, coma and death.  Time is critical to start any treatments so please call us as soon as you are aware of your pet’s possible ingestion.    And ask your local auto and grocery story to stock non-toxic antifreeze products.

Some vegetable plants are not safe for pets.   Tomato plants (not the ripe fruit) can cause gastrointestinal irritation ataxia and weakness.   Rhubarb leaves can cause kidney failure in large doses.   Onions and garlic can result in red blood cell destruction and anemia.  Grapes and raisins can cause acute kidney failure.  Wild mushrooms can cause vomiting/diarrhea and neurological symptoms in people and animals.

To be safe always call one of the Pet Poison Control Numbers:  ASPCA 888-426-4435, Pet Poison Helpline 800-213-6680. If you suspect your pet may have ingested a chemical or toxin, there is a fee for contacting these services but the advice and treatment recommendations can be lifesaving for your pet.

 

FFEA's Bluebird Trails Project

Bluebird eggs

Wikipedia 2-23-2017

Male Eastern Bluebird

By William H. Majoros - Own work

Will you help feed the Bluebirds?  

Can you make a donation toward the plantings for food?

FFEA will be providing plantings for winter food due to the lack of insects to forage on in colder weather.

Winter food sources are dogwood, hawthorn, wild grapes, sumac and hackberry seeds. Feel free to donate a tree! or provide funds for them

Also Fosteri #2 (female) holly provides lots of berries for late winter and early spring

American Bittersweet

FFEA Bluebird Project Volunteers would like to have several dogwood trees to plant. Would you want to volunteer to help plant the trees?        We welcome your help!

If you want to become an FFEA member, that is also appreciated

Facts about Eastern Bluebirds:

             broods are typically 2 per season