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.

EPA Finalizes First National Regulations for Coal Ash

December 19, 2014

The federal government has released the nation’s first-ever rules on how to handle, store and dispose of waste from coal-fired power plants. The final iteration of the regulations has largely disappointed environmental groups—who hoped for more stringent rules. Industry groups … Read Story

New Bellarmine Grant to Support Women in Science

December 14, 2014

Female undergraduates pursing science degrees at Bellarmine University will get additional support under a new grant. The Clare Booth Luce Program will provide stipends to 10 women who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in biochemistry, chemistry, geology, computer science, physics or environmental … Read Story