Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet http://wfpl.org en How Will the Sequester Affect Kentucky's Environment? http://wfpl.org/post/how-will-sequester-affect-kentuckys-environment <p>The across-the-board federal cuts known as the sequester went into effect Friday and will remain until Congress and President Obama can reach a deal on the budget. And those cuts could have a significant effect on environmental enforcement in Kentucky.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 4289 at http://wfpl.org State Settles With Former Mine Permit Director Over Wrongful Termination Suit http://wfpl.org/post/state-settles-former-mine-permit-director-over-wrongful-termination-suit <p>Governor Steve Beshear’s administration <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/114514547/Mills-settlement-document" target="_blank">has settled</a> with a former official in the state’s Energy and Environment cabinet over claims that he was wrongly fired in 2009.</p><p>Ron Mills was the head of the cabinet’s Division of Mine Permits, which is a politically-appointed position. The lawsuit he filed against the state alleges he was fired in 2009 for refusing to issue illegal mining permits.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:02:43 +0000 Erica Peterson 2643 at http://wfpl.org Environmental Attorney, State Spar Over Secretary's Comments on Clean Air Act http://wfpl.org/post/environmental-attorney-state-spar-over-secretarys-comments-clean-air-act <p>A local environmental attorney is challenging the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet over statements officials made earlier this week at a conference.</p><p>The contentious point revolves around a comment Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters made during a session at the cabinet’s annual conference earlier this week. Here’s how his comments were summarized in a <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121008/GREEN01/310080073/-1/rsslink" target="_blank">story by Jim Bruggers of the Courier-Journal</a>.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:35:15 +0000 Erica Peterson 2002 at http://wfpl.org Energy Conference Panel Discusses Kentucky's Energy Future http://wfpl.org/post/energy-conference-panel-discusses-kentuckys-energy-future <p>The <a href="http://eec.ky.gov/Pages/conference.aspx" target="_blank">36<sup>th</sup> Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment</a> continues today in Louisville. I was there yesterday, as a participant in a panel loosely structured around a conversation on Kentucky’s energy future, and coal’s role in that mix.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1938 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Reaches Settlement with Coal Company Over Water Violations http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-reaches-settlement-coal-company-over-water-violations <p>Kentucky has reached a settlement with a coal company accused of thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 18:56:43 +0000 Erica Peterson 1913 at http://wfpl.org