Tom FitzGerald, Kentucky Resources Council (#729)
Tom FitzGerald of Louisville, considered Kentucky's unofficial chief environmentalist for decades, is director of the Kentucky Resources Council, where he lobbies the state legislature year after year for cleaner air and water for the commonwealth.
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The non-profit Kentucky Resources Council, an environmental watchdog group established in 1982, has been directed since 1984 by Tom FitzGerald, formerly staff attorney for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky.
FitzGerald is a nationally recognized legal expert on coal mining issues. A 1980 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, he won the $250,000 Heinz Award for the Environment in 2008.
He recently rejected a 2012 award from the federal Office of Surface Mining, because he said the promises made by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 had been betrayed. In 2011, FitzGerald resigned from two state environmental boards to protest the Gov. Steve Beshear's environmental and energy policies.
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