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.

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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


Shelter Warning In Place Around Louisville Appliance Park Fire

April 3, 2015

Amid flooding in Louisville, a massive fire has ignited at the city’s General Electric plant. Read Story


Bat Species Put on ‘Threatened’ List Due to White Nose Syndrome

April 1, 2015

White nose syndrome is caused by a white fungus, and it's deadly to bats. Since 2006, it’s killed nearly 6 million bats in five Canadian provinces and 25 states, including Kentucky. Read Story

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Mitch McConnell to Rest of World: ‘Proceed With Caution’ on Climate Deal

March 31, 2015

The U.S. has submitted its carbon emissions reduction plan to the United Nations, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is already warning the rest of the world that America may not follow through on it. Read Story


Residents Argue LG&E Rate Increase Would Burden the Poor, Stifle Energy Efficiency

March 31, 2015

The Public Service Commission held a public meeting last night to take comments; about 50 people showed up, and unsurprisingly, no one testified in favor of the rate increase. Read Story


Regulators to Hear Public Comments Tonight on Proposed LG&E Rate Increase

March 30, 2015

Louisville Gas and Electric is asking the PSC to approve the rate increase to help the company recoup the costs associated with several projects, including constructing a new natural gas-fired power plant at the site of the Cane Run coal plant. The new gas plant is expected to be in service in May, and the coal units will be retired. Read Story