Smokestack http://wfpl.org en Instead of Emailing, Some Kentuckians Choose Traveling 400+ Miles For EPA Public Hearing http://wfpl.org/post/instead-emailing-some-kentuckians-choose-traveling-400-miles-epa-public-hearing <p>The Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/forms/public-hearings-clean-power-plan-proposed-rule" target="_blank">will hold hearings this week</a> on proposed regulations to limit the carbon dioxide coal-fired power plants can emit. And environmental activists and coal industry supporters are both traveling from Kentucky to Atlanta this week for the federal hearing.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:45:55 +0000 Erica Peterson 9851 at http://wfpl.org Instead of Emailing, Some Kentuckians Choose Traveling 400+ Miles For EPA Public Hearing Report Quantifies EPA Rule's Effect on Coal-Producing Regions http://wfpl.org/post/report-quantifies-epa-rules-effect-coal-producing-regions <p><a href="http://csis.org/event/remaking-american-power" target="_blank">A preliminary analysis</a> of the effects of the <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/clean-power-plan-proposed-rule" target="_blank">EPA’s new greenhouse gas rules</a> on regions of the country suggest some states fighting the regulations—like Texas and Oklahoma—may see economic benefits under the rule.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:22:17 +0000 Erica Peterson 9841 at http://wfpl.org Report Quantifies EPA Rule's Effect on Coal-Producing Regions Louisville's Innovation Chief Takes On Added Role With Environmental Non-Profit http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-innovation-chief-takes-added-role-environmental-non-profit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville’s head of economic development will be in charge of a new local non-profit, in addition to some modified Metro duties. In changes announced Wednesday, Ted Smith</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will remain Louisville’s chief of civic innovation. He'll will also serve as the first executive director for the </span><a href="http://www.instituteforhealthyairwaterandsoil.org/home.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil.</a></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:18:19 +0000 Erica Peterson 9834 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Innovation Chief Takes On Added Role With Environmental Non-Profit LG&E Fined Again for Odor Problems at Cane Run Power Plant http://wfpl.org/post/lge-fined-again-odor-problems-cane-run-power-plant <p>Louisville Gas and Electric has been fined again for issues at the company's Cane Run Power Station. This time, the problem stems from complaints of rotten egg and sulfur odors emanating from the plant in February.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/234879046/NOV-02578-LG-E">Notice of Violation issued June 26,&nbsp;</a>the Air Pollution Control District has offered to settle the case for $3,000 in fines, plus remedial action.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:05 +0000 Erica Peterson 9831 at http://wfpl.org LG&E Fined Again for Odor Problems at Cane Run Power Plant Kentucky Wants Your Thoughts In Crafting the Next Master Plan For Environmental Education http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-wants-your-thoughts-crafting-next-master-plan-environmental-education <p>A meeting today kicks off the process of drafting a new five-year master plan for environmental education in Kentucky.</p><p>Every five years since 1999, Kentucky has re-tooled<a href="http://keec.ky.gov/Publications/Pages/MasterPlan.aspx" target="_blank"> its master plans laying out how environmental education should be taught in the commonwealth.</a> The plan is meant to help educators understand how the environment can be used to teach students across multiple disciplines—not just science, but also subjects like language arts and math.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:43:20 +0000 Erica Peterson 9827 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Wants Your Thoughts In Crafting the Next Master Plan For Environmental Education More Coal Layoffs in Eastern Kentucky, But Don't Blame Environmental Regulations http://wfpl.org/post/more-coal-layoffs-eastern-kentucky-dont-blame-environmental-regulations <p>This week, Arch Coal&nbsp;<a href="http://news.archcoal.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=107109&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1949421&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">idled its Cumberland River complex</a>, laying off 213 coal miners. The mining operation spans the border between Letcher County,&nbsp;Ky., and Wise County, Va.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:53:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9821 at http://wfpl.org More Coal Layoffs in Eastern Kentucky, But Don't Blame Environmental Regulations Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday http://wfpl.org/post/regulators-predict-high-ozone-levels-louisville-tuesday <p>Kentucky and Indiana regulators have issued the first air quality alert of 2014 for the region. They’re predicting elevated levels of ozone Tuesday. The <a href="http://www.airnow.gov/?action=aqibasics.aqi" target="_blank">Air Quality Index</a> is forecast to be 105, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.&nbsp;</p><p>These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments. On bad air days, Louisville residents should avoid idling vehicles, share rides, delay mowing lawns or getting gas and try to combine errands to help improve the air quality.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:39:56 +0000 Erica Peterson 9814 at http://wfpl.org Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer' http://wfpl.org/post/new-carbon-capture-system-kentucky-plant-could-be-game-changer <p>Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled today has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.</p><p>A bevy of scientists and elected officials are in Harrodsburg this morning to cut the ribbon on a new carbon capture pilot project. The project was developed by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research, and is being installed at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown power plant.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:47:02 +0000 Erica Peterson 9804 at http://wfpl.org New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer' Clarksville's Plan to Address Flooding Meets Resistance From Some Residents http://wfpl.org/post/clarksvilles-plan-address-flooding-meets-resistance-some-residents <p>If you look at Ray Lawrence Park in Clarksville on a map, you can see why there might be an issue with flooding. The park is nine acres of green next to a residential neighborhood. But directly to the northwest is acres and acres of gray: Clarksville’s big box stores, auto dealerships and a mall—and the accompanying swaths of paved parking lots.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9812 at http://wfpl.org Clarksville's Plan to Address Flooding Meets Resistance From Some Residents Federal Judge Allows Coal Ash Lawsuit Against LG&E to Move Forward http://wfpl.org/post/federal-judge-allows-coal-ash-lawsuit-against-lge-move-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge </span><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/234375138/Docket-49-Memorandum-Opinion-and-Order-1" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">has rejected most of the complaints</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> filed against Louisville Gas and Electric and parent company </span>PPL<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;over persistent air pollution and coal ash issues at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant. </span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:45:33 +0000 Erica Peterson 9799 at http://wfpl.org Federal Judge Allows Coal Ash Lawsuit Against LG&E to Move Forward