Water permitting legislation moves to state Senate

House Bill 386, sponsored by Rep. Chris Freeland, would permit the use of certain mixing zones for bioaccumulative chemicals of concern to allow companies to meet standards in an environmentally- friendly way as current regulations make it hard to do business. Freeland said the legislation is a good bill that makes it good for business without any harm to the environment.

Freeland noted the support of the Kentucky Chamber in his floor speech. During a committee hearing on the issue, Kentucky Chamber Vice President Kate Shanks noted the industry employs more than 15,000 people, and in 2019, Kentucky exported over $743 million in basic chemicals.

In discussion on the floor, it was stated the legislation allows better technology to disperse and dilute and does not raise levels of pollutants.

House Bill 386 passed the House with a 72-23 vote and now moves to the Senate for consideration in committee.

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