environment http://wfpl.org en EPA Gets A Win From Supreme Court On Global Warming Emissions — Mostly http://wfpl.org/post/epa-gets-win-supreme-court-global-warming-emissions-mostly The U.S. Supreme Court gave the Environmental Protection Agency the green light to regulate greenhouse gases that are emitted from new and modified utility plants and factories on Monday.<p>Greenhouse gases are blamed for global warming, and the court's 7-2 decision gave the EPA most of what it wanted. But in a separate 5-4 vote, the justices rejected the agency's broad assertion of regulatory power under one section of the Clean Air Act.<p>You might call the outcome in this case the 83-percent solution. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:45:33 +0000 Nina Totenberg 9629 at http://wfpl.org Louisvillians Will Be Fined For Using Plastic Bags For Yard Waste After Jan. 1 http://wfpl.org/post/louisvillians-will-be-fined-using-plastic-bags-yard-waste-after-jan-1 <p></p><p>Using plastic bags for yard waste removal will no longer be permitted in Louisville at the start of 2015.</p><p>The Solid Waste Management board of directors voted&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;night to approve a <a href="http://www.louisvilleky.gov/SolidWaste/Yard+Waste.htm">ban on the bags</a>.</p><p>Residents who ignore the ban after&nbsp;Jan. 1&nbsp;could receive a $50 fine for putting yard waste in bags that are not compostable, said Harold Adams, a spokesperson for Louisville Metro Works.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:55:55 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9436 at http://wfpl.org Louisvillians Will Be Fined For Using Plastic Bags For Yard Waste After Jan. 1 Public Meetings Are Coming Up This Week to Discuss Lees Land Landfill http://wfpl.org/post/public-meetings-are-coming-week-discuss-lees-land-landfill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A pair of community meetings with environment officials are coming up this week to discuss cleanup efforts at the old Lees Lane Landfill in southwest Louisville.</span></p><p><a href="/term/lees-lane-landfill">The long-contaminated site </a>was closed down in 1975 and was declared a toxic Superfund site after 400 drums of hazardous materials were found near the Ohio River.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clean-up efforts have been ongoing, but residents have expressed concerned about contamination and health risks.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:09:50 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9414 at http://wfpl.org Public Meetings Are Coming Up This Week to Discuss Lees Land Landfill Nobody Has Seen the Louisville Cave Beetle Since 1994, But It May Make the Endangered Species List http://wfpl.org/post/nobody-has-seen-louisville-cave-beetle-1994-it-may-make-endangered-species-list <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists believe a beetle that has only be found in two caves near the south fork of </span>Beargrass<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Creek may soon be protected under the Endangered Species Act.</span></p><p>And even though the Louisville Cave Beetle<i>—</i>the scientific name is Pseudanophthalmus troglodytes—hasn’t been seen since 1994, scientists say they have reason to believe it still exists.</p><p>"I have no reason to believe it doesn't exist," said Michael Floyd, an entomologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:47:18 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9341 at http://wfpl.org Nobody Has Seen the Louisville Cave Beetle Since 1994, But It May Make the Endangered Species List Native Kentucky Plant To Get Protection Under Endangered Species Act http://wfpl.org/post/native-kentucky-plant-get-protection-under-endangered-species-act <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A small, lilac-colored wildflower found only in parts of Jefferson and </span>Bullitt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> counties will soon be considered a threatened under&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Endangered Species Act.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.fws.gov/frankfort/pdf/KYGladeCressFacts.pdf">Kentucky Glade Cress</a> is dwindling in the wild due in large part to sprawling residential and commercial development.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:07:47 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9318 at http://wfpl.org Native Kentucky Plant To Get Protection Under Endangered Species Act What's Next With the Bluegrass Pipeline? http://wfpl.org/post/whats-next-bluegrass-pipeline <p>Monday morning, one of the companies behind the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline announced that it was <a href="/post/company-suspends-capital-investment-bluegrass-pipeline">suspending capital investment </a>in the project.</p><p>The company, Williams, has not returned a telephone message. But the company did issue a Q&amp;A that addressed several lingering issues.</p><p>Among them, Williams said the suspension of investment into the proposed natural gas liquids pipeline didn't come about because of opposition from landowners or environmental groups.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:55:01 +0000 Joseph Lord 9233 at http://wfpl.org What's Next With the Bluegrass Pipeline? Company Suspends Capital Investment in Bluegrass Pipeline http://wfpl.org/post/company-suspends-capital-investment-bluegrass-pipeline <p>A partner in the controversial proposed Bluegrass Pipeline has suspended investment in the project.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:52:15 +0000 Joseph Lord 9228 at http://wfpl.org Company Suspends Capital Investment in Bluegrass Pipeline Alison Lundergan Grimes Wants the Keystone Pipeline OK'd http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-wants-keystone-pipeline-okd <p>FRANKFORT — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is calling on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:12:15 +0000 Associated Press 9206 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Wants the Keystone Pipeline OK'd Would the Eastern Kentucky Biomass Plant be Good for the Environment? http://wfpl.org/post/would-eastern-kentucky-biomass-plant-be-good-environment <p><em>This story is part of a series from the <a href="http://kycir.org">Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting</a> and WFPL. &nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read the other stories<a href="http://kycir.org/series/hazard-power-plant/">&nbsp;here.</a></em><a href="http://kycir.org/series/hazard-power-plant/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 8924 at http://wfpl.org Would the Eastern Kentucky Biomass Plant be Good for the Environment? How Politics, Misinformation and Money Fueled a Power Plant in Kentucky's Coal Country http://wfpl.org/post/how-politics-misinformation-and-money-fueled-power-plant-kentuckys-coal-country <p>HAZARD, Ky.—Up a steep dirt road, atop a former strip-mine, sits a concrete slab roughly 30 feet square. It’s the only visible sign that a wood-burning, electricity-generating plant could someday occupy this remote industrial park.</p><p>Supporters say the biomass plant, 11 miles northwest of Hazard, would be an economic godsend for Perry County, creating hundreds of jobs and pumping millions of dollars into the heart of poverty-plagued Appalachian Kentucky.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 8923 at http://wfpl.org How Politics, Misinformation and Money Fueled a Power Plant in Kentucky's Coal Country