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.


Workgroup Appointed to Study Solutions for Flooded Louisville Homes

May 5, 2015

Louisville's mayor and Metro Council president appointed members on Tuesday to the workgroup that will study the regulations that prohibit homeowners from repairing certain flooded homes in the city. Read Story

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Kentucky Rep. Whitfield’s Bill Would Allow States to ‘Opt Out’ of Carbon Dioxide Regulations

May 5, 2015

“The bill does not repeal the Clean Power Plan nor does it preclude a state from moving forward with EPA’s agenda,” Whitfield said in a statement. “It simply creates a voluntary process to prevent the proposed rule from imposing unnecessary economic hardship.” Read Story


More than 1,200 Kentucky Coal Jobs Have Been Lost So Far This Year

April 30, 2015

Coal jobs in Kentucky declined sharply in the first quarter of this year, according to the state’s latest quarterly coal report. Read Story


Kentucky-Based Startup Recycles Horse Waste

April 30, 2015

On a small scale, it’s not a big deal to remove and compost the manure and urine laced-shavings. But for places with thousands of horses, it’s a nightmare. And that’s where the startup, Equine Eco Green comes in. Read Story


McConnell Cites New Legal Argument Opposing EPA’s Proposed Carbon Regulations

April 30, 2015

The EPA’s proposal—which hasn’t yet been finalized—will set greenhouse gas emissions reductions for each state. Read Story


Does McDonald’s Burger Capture the ‘Spirit of Kentucky?’ (Depends on Who You Ask.)

April 29, 2015

“We got together in Louisville, and we though, a Derby Burger, a Bourbon Burger… What would that look like around Derby time?" said Steve Stratton, a local McDonalds owner. For Susan Reigler, a Kentucky bourbon and cuisine expert, the answer isn’t the Spirit of Kentucky burger. Read Story

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