Interview with Karen Armstrong-Cummings, June 17, 1989

Project: Kentucky Conservationists Oral History Project

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Karen Armstrong-Cummings provides a brief overview of her background in environmental activism, with emphasis on her time in Kentucky government. She describes the development and implementation of solid waste planning initiatives, including training and certification for landfill operations. She discusses the impact of 40% statewide illiteracy on the ability to implement the initiative. Armstrong-Cummings discusses how the plan for solid waste management came into existence, who was involved, and why environmental legislation had public support at the time due to the dumping of industrial waste. She reflects on the differences between enforcement of environmental regulation on small and large industries. She follows up with an explanation of the Solid Waste Planning Initiative and how this was the first time cities planned what to do with their garbage. Armstrong-Cummings talks about her involvement with efforts to create job opportunities while protecting the environment. She describes the Kentucky Center for Public Issues and what actions the center takes. She discusses the lack of policy and planning for rural development prior to Governor Wilkinson's administration. Armstrong-Cummings talks about how to move environmental policy ideas into the implementation in the field, and how human resources complicates retaining qualified employees.

Interview Accession

1989oh142_env003

Interviewee Name

Karen Armstrong-Cummings

Interviewer Name

Louise Chawla

Caroline Chadwell

Interview Date

1989-06-17

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Armstrong-Cummings, Karen Interview by Louise Chawla. 17 Jun. 1989. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Armstrong-Cummings, K. (1989, June 17). Interview by L. Chawla. Kentucky Conservationists Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Armstrong-Cummings, Karen, interview by Louise Chawla. June 17, 1989, Kentucky Conservationists Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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