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.

Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District Director Heitzman to Retire

April 27, 2015

The executive director of Louisville's Metropolitan Sewer District will retire later this year, the agency announced Monday. Read Story


Kentucky Gets Federal Money to Study Background Levels of Urban Soil Contamination

April 26, 2015

The study will look at the background levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, in urban areas. PAHs are a combination of chemicals that occur naturally, and are also man made. Read Story


What LG&E and KU Got in the Rate Case Settlement

April 22, 2015

The Kentucky Public Service Commission was scheduled to hold a public hearing on Tuesday on Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities' proposed rate increase. Instead, as WFPL reported, the utilities and all of the intervenors in the case reached a settlement, which is now subject to PSC approval. Read Story


LG&E and KU Ask to Withdraw Proposed Service Charge Hike

April 21, 2015

Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities are proposing to withdraw the rate case pending before the Kentucky Public Service Commission, after reaching a settlement with intervenors. Read Story


Study Quantifies Economic Effect of Electricity Price Increases in Kentucky and the Rest of the U.S.

April 20, 2015

A new whitepaper released by Kentucky regulators in draft form last week quantifies the economic effects of rising electricity prices on jobs in the state and around the country. Read Story

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Asking EPA to Respond to Concerns Over Kentucky’s Water Pollution Regulation

April 17, 2015

A lawsuit that sought to have the federal government respond to requests for them to take over Kentucky’s water pollution program has been dismissed, but the plaintiffs plan to re-file the suit in the Court of Appeals. Read Story

Louisville’s Simmons College Officially Recognized as a Historically Black College

April 13, 2015

Louisville’s Simmons College of Kentucky has been officially designated as a Historically Black College and University, or HBCU. Read Story

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Diluted Sewage Continues to Flow into Ohio River

April 10, 2015

Louisville’s Morris Forman treatment plant is still not fully functional after an electrical fire and power outage Wednesday night. Read Story

Cleanup Begins in Jefferson County After Friday Flooding

April 6, 2015

Most of the immediate dangers caused by heavy rains and flooding Friday have abated. Jefferson County got more than six inches of rain on Thursday night and into Friday, which caused road closures and emergency evacuations throughout the county. More … Read Story


Firefighters Still Tending to GE Appliance Park Fire

April 6, 2015

A reduced crew of firefighters remains on site at the fire that broke out Friday at General Electric’s Appliance Park in Louisville. Read Story


Kentucky Woman Claims She Got Black Lung Disease From Living Near a Coal Plant

April 6, 2015

Emma Burchett lives in Floyd County, in Eastern Kentucky. She’s not a coal miner; she has never worked in or around a coal mine. But late last year, the 45-year-old Burchett was diagnosed with anthracosis, which is a mild form of black lung disease. Read Story