Environment http://wfpl.org en Harmful Algae Found in Five More Kentucky Lakes http://wfpl.org/post/harmful-algae-found-five-more-kentucky-lakes <p>Harmful algae blooms <a href="http://kydep.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/potentially-harmful-algal-blooms-identified-in-several-more-kentucky-lakes/" target="_blank">have been identified </a>in several more Kentucky lakes, including two in Jefferson County and one in Oldham County. This brings the total number of affected lakes to 15.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:17:21 +0000 Erica Peterson 10086 at http://wfpl.org Harmful Algae Found in Five More Kentucky Lakes Manufacturing Trade Group Targets Kentucky for Ads Opposing Future Ozone Standard http://wfpl.org/post/manufacturing-trade-group-targets-kentucky-ads-opposing-future-ozone-standard <p>Kentucky is one of three states targeted by a new ad campaign opposing stricter federal standards on ozone.</p><p>Ozone is one of the pollutants that’s included in the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/" target="_blank">National Ambient Air Quality Standards</a>, which the Clean Air Act requires to be periodically reviewed and updated. A federal judge has ordered a draft of the revision by December, but the EPA hasn’t announced what the new standard will be.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 10074 at http://wfpl.org Manufacturing Trade Group Targets Kentucky for Ads Opposing Future Ozone Standard Louisville's Toxic Air Monitoring Program Stalls Amid Loss of Funding http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-toxic-air-monitoring-program-stalls-amid-loss-funding <p>A program to monitor toxic air pollutants in Louisville was suspended months ago, and future funding remains uncertain.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:08:22 +0000 Erica Peterson 10071 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Toxic Air Monitoring Program Stalls Amid Loss of Funding Approval of W. Va. Surface Mine Renews Calls for Study of Health Effects http://wfpl.org/post/approval-w-va-surface-mine-renews-calls-study-health-effects <p>A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted appropriately when it granted a permit for surface coal mining in West Virginia, and some are using the ruling to champion legislation introduced by Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.</p><p>The lawsuit argued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn’t take into account several studies that found mountaintop removal mines have negative effects on human health, and contribute to problems like cancer and birth defects.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:47:25 +0000 Erica Peterson 10058 at http://wfpl.org Approval of W. Va. Surface Mine Renews Calls for Study of Health Effects Regulators Reach Landmark Deal to Reclaim Eastern Kentucky Surface Mines http://wfpl.org/post/regulators-reach-landmark-deal-reclaim-eastern-kentucky-surface-mines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State regulators </span><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/237428499/2014-8-15-Justice-Agreed-Order" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">have reached a comprehensive settlement</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with an out-of-state coal operator to reclaim former mines in eight Eastern Kentucky counties.</span></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:45:34 +0000 Erica Peterson 10042 at http://wfpl.org Regulators Reach Landmark Deal to Reclaim Eastern Kentucky Surface Mines Louisville's Air District, Union, Nearing Settlement on Reorganization http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-air-district-union-nearing-settlement-reorganization <p>Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is close to reaching a settlement with the union that represents 19 current employees over the agency’s reorganization.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:03:26 +0000 Erica Peterson 10031 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Air District, Union, Nearing Settlement on Reorganization Louisville's Urban Heat Islands are Among Most Intense, Fastest-Growing in the U.S., Report Says http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-urban-heat-islands-are-among-most-intense-fastest-growing-us-report-says <p></p><p>A<a href="http://www.climatecentral.org/news/urban-heat-islands-threaten-u.s.-health-17919" target="_blank">&nbsp;report released Wednesday by a climate change nonprofit </a>has ranked Louisville among the top 10 U.S. cities with a serious urban heat island effect.</p><p>Urban heat islands are areas where cities are substantially hotter than surrounding rural areas. This is exacerbated by factors such as large swathes of paved surfaces and declining tree canopies.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:15:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 10030 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Urban Heat Islands are Among Most Intense, Fastest-Growing in the U.S., Report Says Can a Kentucky Politician Win By Being Candid About Coal's Decline? http://wfpl.org/post/can-kentucky-politician-win-being-candid-about-coals-decline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s an essential Kentucky political truth: politics and the state’s coal industry are intertwined.</span></p><p>That’s one of the reasons both of Kentucky’s Senate candidates—Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes—have been<a href="/post/can-alison-lundergan-grimes-win-over-kentucky-s-coal-country"> nearly indistinguishable </a>on the subject.</p><p>But coal’s fortunes in Kentucky have been declining for decades.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:57:23 +0000 Erica Peterson 10026 at http://wfpl.org Can a Kentucky Politician Win By Being Candid About Coal's Decline? Spill Near Cincinnati Dumps 5,000 Gallons of Oil Into Ohio River http://wfpl.org/post/spill-near-cincinnati-dumps-5000-gallons-oil-ohio-river <p>A spill at a power plant near Cincinnati <a href="http://www.duke-energy.com/news/releases/2014081901.asp" target="_blank">dumped thousands of gallons of oil </a>into the Ohio River late Monday night, but Louisville Water Company officials say they don’t think it’ll pose a risk to Louisville's water supply.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:06:37 +0000 Erica Peterson 10022 at http://wfpl.org Spill Near Cincinnati Dumps 5,000 Gallons of Oil Into Ohio River Bluegrass Pipeline's Developer Is Appealing the Eminent Domain Ruling http://wfpl.org/post/bluegrass-pipelines-developer-appealing-eminent-domain-ruling <p>Despite the fact that the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline has been suspended, the companies behind the project <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/236909635/Bluegrass-Pipeline-Appellant-Brief" target="_blank">are appealing a circuit court decision</a> that found they don’t have the right of eminent domain.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:47:22 +0000 Erica Peterson 10001 at http://wfpl.org Bluegrass Pipeline's Developer Is Appealing the Eminent Domain Ruling