The Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission
The Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) is a seven-member citizen advisory board that works diligently to strengthen the public's role in solving environmental problems in our communities and the state. The commission was created under state law with a mission to:
- facilitate public discussion and resolution of environmental issues;
- promote partnerships to protect the environment for future generations; and
- serve as an advisory board to the governor and other state officials on environmental matters.
The UK RTC works with the KYEQC to identify environmental problems in Kentucky associated with Superfund chemicals and serves as a resource of information in support of their mission. The UK CEC works with the KYEQC in support of Kentucky communities impacted by Superfund chemicals by providing information on the health impacts of potential exposures as well as nutritional strategies that may help lessen the impacts of such exposures.
The Shaping Our Appalachian Region- Kentucky initiative was launched by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers as part of a summit meeting which was held in Pikeville, Kentucky on December 9, 2013. The purpose of the initiative was to stimulate the economy of Eastern Kentucky. In support of this initiative, 12 separate standing committees were created, including one on Health. In August of 2014, SOAR hosted a “Health Impact Series” in August featuring Dr. Thomas Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The tour marks the first time that the Director of the CDC has visited eastern Kentucky. Members of the UK RTC attending the Health Impact Series and currently investigating ways to provide technical support for the SOAR initiative.