Environment http://wfpl.org en More Coal Layoffs in Eastern Kentucky, But Don't Blame Environmental Regulations http://wfpl.org/post/more-coal-layoffs-eastern-kentucky-dont-blame-environmental-regulations <p>This week, Arch Coal&nbsp;<a href="http://news.archcoal.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=107109&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1949421&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">idled its Cumberland River complex</a>, laying off 213 coal miners. The mining operation spans the border between Letcher County,&nbsp;Ky., and Wise County, Va.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:53:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9821 at http://wfpl.org More Coal Layoffs in Eastern Kentucky, But Don't Blame Environmental Regulations Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday http://wfpl.org/post/regulators-predict-high-ozone-levels-louisville-tuesday <p>Kentucky and Indiana regulators have issued the first air quality alert of 2014 for the region. They’re predicting elevated levels of ozone Tuesday. The <a href="http://www.airnow.gov/?action=aqibasics.aqi" target="_blank">Air Quality Index</a> is forecast to be 105, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.&nbsp;</p><p>These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments. On bad air days, Louisville residents should avoid idling vehicles, share rides, delay mowing lawns or getting gas and try to combine errands to help improve the air quality.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:39:56 +0000 Erica Peterson 9814 at http://wfpl.org Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer' http://wfpl.org/post/new-carbon-capture-system-kentucky-plant-could-be-game-changer <p>Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled today has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.</p><p>A bevy of scientists and elected officials are in Harrodsburg this morning to cut the ribbon on a new carbon capture pilot project. The project was developed by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research, and is being installed at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown power plant.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:47:02 +0000 Erica Peterson 9804 at http://wfpl.org New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer' Clarksville's Plan to Address Flooding Meets Resistance From Some Residents http://wfpl.org/post/clarksvilles-plan-address-flooding-meets-resistance-some-residents <p>If you look at Ray Lawrence Park in Clarksville on a map, you can see why there might be an issue with flooding. The park is nine acres of green next to a residential neighborhood. But directly to the northwest is acres and acres of gray: Clarksville’s big box stores, auto dealerships and a mall—and the accompanying swaths of paved parking lots.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9812 at http://wfpl.org Clarksville's Plan to Address Flooding Meets Resistance From Some Residents Federal Judge Allows Coal Ash Lawsuit Against LG&E to Move Forward http://wfpl.org/post/federal-judge-allows-coal-ash-lawsuit-against-lge-move-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge </span><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/234375138/Docket-49-Memorandum-Opinion-and-Order-1" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">has rejected most of the complaints</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> filed against Louisville Gas and Electric and parent company </span>PPL<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;over persistent air pollution and coal ash issues at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant. </span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:45:33 +0000 Erica Peterson 9799 at http://wfpl.org Federal Judge Allows Coal Ash Lawsuit Against LG&E to Move Forward Be Advised: Kentucky's Waterways May Carry E.Coli http://wfpl.org/post/be-advised-kentuckys-waterways-may-carry-ecoli <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet</span>&nbsp;is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.</p><p>The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste.</p><p>The problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9773 at http://wfpl.org Be Advised: Kentucky's Waterways May Carry E.Coli Louisville Records First Bad Ozone Day Since 2012 http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-records-first-bad-ozone-day-2012 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville’s streak of good air days has been broken.</span></p><p>The city recorded its first bad ozone day since 2012 on Friday, when levels were high enough to count as an exceedance of the federal government’s 8-hour standard.</p><p>Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the highest reading was 93 parts per billion at the District’s monitor on Cannons Lane.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:53:12 +0000 Erica Peterson 9764 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Records First Bad Ozone Day Since 2012 Does McConnell and Grimes' Focus on Coal Distract From Economic Diversification? http://wfpl.org/post/does-mcconnell-and-grimes-focus-coal-distract-economic-diversification <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Despite the fact that Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes made clear their unqualified support of Kentucky's coal industry, coal continues to play a role in this year's Senate election.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:02:23 +0000 Erica Peterson 9748 at http://wfpl.org Does McConnell and Grimes' Focus on Coal Distract From Economic Diversification? Appeals Court Rules in Favor of EPA in Mountaintop Removal Case http://wfpl.org/post/appeals-court-rules-favor-epa-mountaintop-removal-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal appeals court today</span><a href="http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/EPACorpsVictoryMountaintopRemoval7.11.14.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">&nbsp;ruled in favor </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of the Environmental Protection Agency in a case that will affect how states including Kentucky and West Virginia issue permits for mountaintop removal coal mines.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:23:52 +0000 Erica Peterson 9754 at http://wfpl.org Appeals Court Rules in Favor of EPA in Mountaintop Removal Case Fireworks Caused Louisville to Exceed Air Pollution Standards on July 4 For First Time Since 2010 http://wfpl.org/post/fireworks-caused-louisville-exceed-air-pollution-standards-july-4-first-time-2010 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By most measures, Louisville’s air quality has been pretty good this summer.</span></p><p>Typically, ozone is the pollutant that causes the problems: local pollution gets trapped in the Ohio River valley and cooks under the hot summer sun. A notoriously bad year for ozone was 2012, but since then Louisville hasn't had &nbsp;any days that exceeded the federal ozone standard.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:15:42 +0000 Erica Peterson 9743 at http://wfpl.org Fireworks Caused Louisville to Exceed Air Pollution Standards on July 4 For First Time Since 2010