Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Puts a “STOP” to Polluting of Kentucky’s Land & Waterways

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 16, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today introduced his STOP program - Sports Men and Women To Oppose Pollution – at a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda.

“This new initiative of my Office will help protect our natural resources by providing conservationists – from hunters, anglers, hikers and bird watchers to anyone who appreciates our environment -- a way to report illegal open dumping, blackwater discharges or other polluting of our beautiful land and waterways,” said Stumbo.

The 24-hour STOP hotline (1-866-749-STOP or 7867) will take information from anyone who comes across environmental threats. The Office of the Attorney General has broad environmental duties and authority under the law. This includes preventing or remedying damage to the environment caused by any person, group or agency – whether state or federal. The law designates the Office as counsel for all environmental enforcers and directs all state agencies to assist the Attorney General’s Office in environmental matters. The Attorney General’s authority under KRS 15.255 also states that the Office can bring public nuisance actions to protect private citizens who’ve been harmed by pollution.

“If members of the Sierra Club come upon a location where tires have been illegally dumped, they can now call 1-866-749-STOP and report the matter,” explained Stumbo.  “If someone is fishing on Lake Cumberland or Kentucky Lake and come across raw sewage polluting our waterways, they are also urged to call our hotline. Sportsmen and Sportswomen pay for conservation. This is a way we can all work together to keep the Bluegrass State green!”

Upon receipt of the complaints, the Attorney General’s Office of Civil and Environmental Law will investigate and determine the best course of action to take.  When appropriate, agents from the KBI may be asked to take over the matter or it could be referred to the agency of authority such as the Division of Water, Waste Management, Fish and Wildlife or the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet or the United States EPA Criminal Investigation Division. If a particular business is determined to be at fault, the Office of the Attorney General will take them to court and hold them accountable for their actions.  “By law we counsel all environmental agencies and cooperate with them in carrying out our environmental duties,” said Stumbo.

“While serving in the Legislature, I represented Floyd County – a vibrant community in the heart of Kentucky’s Appalachian coalfields,” Stumbo continued. “I fought for our environment on every front and that passion for the environment was not left at the doorstep when I was elected Attorney General. In fact, I created the first environmental division within the Office of the Attorney General.”

The STOP hotline directs callers to leave their contact information, as well as details about the particular environmental threat to Kentucky’s natural resources they have encountered.