Environment http://wfpl.org en What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means http://wfpl.org/post/what-kentuckys-new-law-carbon-dioxide-emissions-actually-means <p>Ignoring words of caution from his own administration, Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill directing the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a Kentucky-specific plan for regulating carbon dioxide emissions into law earlier this month.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:47:18 +0000 Erica Peterson 9138 at http://wfpl.org What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means New Website Seeks Memories of Eastern Kentucky Coal Camps http://wfpl.org/post/new-website-seeks-memories-eastern-kentucky-coal-camps <p>A new project at the University of Kentucky is trying to document the state’s eastern coal camps, before memories of the area are lost forever.</p><p>The <a href="http://appalachianprojects.as.uky.edu/coal-camps" target="_blank">Coal Camp Documentary Project</a> is a website that’s seeking to collect memories and photographs of the numerous coal camps that once existed in Eastern Kentucky. Some are still there, but many have been abandoned or demolished.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9124 at http://wfpl.org New Website Seeks Memories of Eastern Kentucky Coal Camps Louisville Air Pollution Director Says First Phase of Agency's Reorganization is Nearly Complete http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-air-pollution-director-says-first-phase-agencys-reorganization-nearly-complete <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is almost finished with the first phase of its restructuring.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:28:28 +0000 Erica Peterson 9119 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Air Pollution Director Says First Phase of Agency's Reorganization is Nearly Complete Louisville Ranked 25th in Nation Among Cities With Most Energy Star Buildings http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-ranked-25th-nation-among-cities-most-energy-star-buildings <p>After a several year hiatus, Louisville has<a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/018a9b0bff67a85d85257cb6005d2e1a!OpenDocument" target="_blank"> returned to the list</a> of the 25 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings in the nation. The last time Louisville made the&nbsp; list was in 2009. This year, it was ranked 25th.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:43:28 +0000 Erica Peterson 9113 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Ranked 25th in Nation Among Cities With Most Energy Star Buildings Middle Mississippi River Makes List of 'Most Endangered Rivers' for Flood Control Project http://wfpl.org/post/middle-mississippi-river-makes-list-most-endangered-rivers-flood-control-project <p>The stretch of the Mississippi River that touches Kentucky and Missouri is on one environmental group’s list of the most endangered rivers in the country. <a href="http://www.americanrivers.org/" target="_blank">American Rivers</a> says the wildlife of the Middle Mississippi River is threatened by a proposed flood control project.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9095 at http://wfpl.org Middle Mississippi River Makes List of 'Most Endangered Rivers' for Flood Control Project New Recycling Program in Louisville's Center Aims to Divert More Waste Away from Landfill http://wfpl.org/post/new-recycling-program-louisvilles-center-aims-divert-more-waste-away-landfill <p>Louisville Metro Government is rolling out a new voluntary program in the city’s Central Business District to try to increase recycling rates.<a href="http://www.louisvilleky.gov/SolidWaste/recycling/CBD.htm" target="_blank"> ‘Wet-dry recycling’ </a>is meant to make the process of recycling easier and more automatic for residents and businesses.</p><p>Here’s the way recycling works in most places: you have a special bin for cans or paper or bottles. Every time you go to throw something away, you have a choice to make: is it recyclable or not?</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9000 at http://wfpl.org New Recycling Program in Louisville's Center Aims to Divert More Waste Away from Landfill What 'Occasional' Really Means Is Key to Sierra Club's Planned Lawsuit Against LG&E http://wfpl.org/post/what-occasional-really-means-key-sierra-clubs-planned-lawsuit-against-lge <p>Last week, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/using-hidden-camera-evidence-environmental-groups-plan-sue-lge-discharges-ohio-river" target="_blank">environmental groups announced their plans to sue Louisville Gas &amp; Electric</a> for pollution the company releases into the Ohio River from its Mill Creek power plant in Louisville. Sierra Club organizers took a year’s worth of time lapse photos from a hidden camera across the river from the plant, and captured a near-constant flow of water from Mill Creek’s coal ash pond into the river.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:12:34 +0000 Erica Peterson 8997 at http://wfpl.org What 'Occasional' Really Means Is Key to Sierra Club's Planned Lawsuit Against LG&E Solid Waste Board Moves Forward on Plastic Bag Ban for Louisville Yard Waste http://wfpl.org/post/solid-waste-board-moves-forward-plastic-bag-ban-louisville-yard-waste <p>The Jefferson County Waste Management Board has opened up public comment on <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/214535508/Proposed-Resolution-Adopting-Regulation-51-507R-v3-Clean" target="_blank">a draft regulation </a>banning<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/petition-urges-action-plastic-bag-ban-louisville-yard-waste" target="_blank"> plastic bags for yard waste pickup.</a></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:24:45 +0000 Erica Peterson 8973 at http://wfpl.org Solid Waste Board Moves Forward on Plastic Bag Ban for Louisville Yard Waste Judge Rules Bluegrass Pipeline Companies Don't Have Power of Eminent Domain http://wfpl.org/post/judge-rules-bluegrass-pipeline-companies-dont-have-power-eminent-domain <p>A Franklin County judge has ruled in favor of Kentucky residents who challenged whether companies have the power to invoke eminent domain to build a controversial natural gas liquids pipeline across the state.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:50:35 +0000 Erica Peterson 8971 at http://wfpl.org Judge Rules Bluegrass Pipeline Companies Don't Have Power of Eminent Domain Beshear Administration Warns Senate Budget Could Be Devastating to Coal Mine Safety http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-administration-warns-senate-budget-could-be-devastating-coal-mine-safety <p>The Kentucky Senate has passed its version of the budget, and the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning it could have dire consequences for coal mine safety.</p><p>The Senate’s version of the budget cuts the amount of money the state’s Office of Mine Safety and Licensing to $2,643,200. That’s a 65 percent cut from the amount of money Governor Steve Beshear recommended in his budget, and a 50 percent cut from the House’s version of the bill.</p><p>In a statement, Energy and Environment Cabinet officials said the change would hurt the state’s coal industry.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:40:11 +0000 Erica Peterson 8969 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Administration Warns Senate Budget Could Be Devastating to Coal Mine Safety