Erica Peterson

Erica is WFPL's Environment Reporter and a Managing Editor. Her work focuses on the federal, state and local energy policy decisions that affect Kentuckians, as well as the environmental consequences. Since moving to Louisville in 2011, Erica has reported from caves, boats, airplanes, coal mines and rivers and won several local, state and national awards. A previous resident of West Virginia, New Jersey, Minnesota and Illinois, Erica has a bachelor's degree from Carleton College, and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives with her husband and son in Louisville.

NRDC Targets McConnell’s Environmental Record in New Campaign

February 26, 2015

A national group has launched a campaign to highlight Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s environmental record. Read Story


Commission to Consider Permit for Kentucky’s First Deep Horizontal Natural Gas Well

February 23, 2015

If the shale is tapped, the wells would be the deepest ever drilled in Kentucky, and would require hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Read Story


JBS Swift Fined $48,000 for Air Pollution Violations at Butchertown Plant

February 23, 2015

Pork processor JBS Swift has been cited again for air pollution violations at its plant in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood. Read Story

Byron Hopkins holds a bighead carp the crew caught in its nets as part of a fishing event called Carp Madness in Western Kentucky in 2013.

Invasive Asian Carp Are Spawning in Louisville

February 23, 2015

Invasive Asian carp have been in the Ohio River for several years, and a federal report released earlier this month revealed the carp are spawning in Louisville. This is the furthest known upstream point on the Ohio River where the invasive species has an established population. Read Story

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Controversial Solar Energy Bill Advances in Indiana General Assembly

February 23, 2015

A bill to change the laws regulating homeowners with small-scale wind turbines and solar arrays is moving through the Indiana General Assembly. Read Story

Eastern Parkway on Monday.

Thousands of Tons of Salt De-Ice Louisville’s Roads, End Up in the Water

February 18, 2015

As of mid-day today, Louisville Metro Public Works has used about 14,000 tons of salt on the city’s roads this winter. Read Story

Kentucky Appeals Decisions in Frasure Creek Pollution Case

February 12, 2015

At issue is the role outside groups—in this case, environmental groups—are allowed to play in environmental enforcement. Read Story


Millions Go To Reducing Nutrients in Kentucky Waterways…By Controlling Manure

February 7, 2015

A new public-private partnership in Kentucky will help the state’s livestock producers control their animals’ poop. Read Story

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Dollar Store Products Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxic Chemicals, Report Says

February 5, 2015

The products tested ran the gamut, from children’s toys to home décor to school and office supplies. Read Story


Kentucky Coal Production, Employment Declined Slightly in 2014

February 4, 2015

Kentucky’s coal production and employment dropped only slightly in 2014, but sharper declines are likely in the future. Read Story