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Office of Civil and Environmental Law

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Offering legal representation to state agencies and officials in civil actions

The Office of Civil and Environmental Law​ represents Kentucky state agencies and officials who are parties in civil or administrative actions. KRS 15.020 provides for the Attorney General to represent the Commonwealth and its officers and agencies in all litigation and legal business of a non-criminal nature. Pursuant to this authority, the Civil Litigation attorneys represent state entities and officials in various types of cases before state and federal courts as well as administrative tribunals such as the State Personnel Board and the Board of Claims. The Civil Litigation Branch can also intervene to defend Kentucky’s statutes in cases where they are claimed to be unconstitutional.​

​Offering legal counsel to state government regulatory boards and agencies

The assistant attorneys general assigned to represent boards and agencies assist with drafting legislation and regulations; provide legal representation in litigation and administrative adjudication; attend board meetings; and provide advice on all legal matters.​

Protecting the beauty and natural resources of the Bluegrass

KRS 15.255 authorizes the Attorney General to bring legal action to prevent or remedy damage to the environment and to counsel state agencies and commissions in environmental matters. In the event of potential or imminent threat to the natural resources of Kentucky, KRS 15.260 authorizes the Attorney General to call upon any other state agency for whatever help deemed necessary to investigate and prosecute cases involving environmental damage. Furthermore, according to KRS 15.240 the Attorney General has authority to intervene in or initiate actions involving surface mining or those under Kentucky's environmental statutes.

​​​​LaTasha BucknerLaTasha Buckner heads the Office of Civil and Environme​​ntal Law. Buckner, who has 16 years of litigation experience before federal, state and administrative bodies, served as deputy executive director for the Public Protection Cabinet’s Office of Legal Services and was the general counsel to the cabinet’s Department of Charitable Gaming and to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.​

​Electronic waste

Computer scrap, particularly the cathode ray tubes (CRTs) from computer monitors, contain significant amounts of leaded glass that the EPA has classified as hazardous waste. In sufficient volume, this material can pose life-threatening hazards. Computer systems also contain significant amounts of lead circuitry, mercury and cadmium which are also listed wastes. In general, computer systems or components contain the following hazardous materials:

  1. Lead in the glass of monitors (CRTs);
  2. Mercury in flat-panel displays (both laptop and stand-alone);
  3. Lead, chromium, silver, cadmium, and mercury in printed circuit boards (varies with make and model);
  4. Lead, mercury, cadmium, and lithium in batteries in units;
  5. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in circuit boards from before early 1980s.

Under provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and state law, businesses that send electronic waste for disposal are generators of hazardous waste and must follow RCRA requirements in compliance with its classification as a small or large quantity generator. If electronic scrap is sent out for recycling, it is not considered hazardous waste and holds no liability. Businesses still have the obligation to ensure that their scrap is sold or sent to legitimate recyclers, re-users, or disposal companies.​​​​​