selenium http://wfpl.org en Groups Suing EPA Over Kentucky's Selenium Standard Add Nutrient Pollution to Complaint http://wfpl.org/post/groups-suing-epa-over-kentuckys-selenium-standard-add-nutrient-pollution-complaint <p>Environmental groups have<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/210340737/Selenium-Amended-Complaint-1" target="_blank"> amended their lawsuit </a>against the federal Environmental Protection Agency over Kentucky’s water quality laws.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:04:58 +0000 Erica Peterson 8762 at http://wfpl.org Groups Suing EPA Over Kentucky's Selenium Standard Add Nutrient Pollution to Complaint EPA Approves Changes to Kentucky's Selenium Standard http://wfpl.org/post/epa-approves-changes-kentuckys-selenium-standard <p>The federal government has signed off on a controversial proposal to change the way Kentucky measures selenium pollution in state waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://water.ky.gov/Documents/11_15_2013%20Letter%20to%20Dr%20Peters.pdf" target="_blank">sent a letter with its decision today.</a></p><p>Selenium is a naturally-occurring substance that's released into waterways during strip mining. In large amounts, it's toxic to both aquatic life and humans. The substance also bioaccumulates up the food chain, so as fish eat other fish, levels of selenium rise.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:46:20 +0000 Erica Peterson 7573 at http://wfpl.org EPA Approves Changes to Kentucky's Selenium Standard EPA Has Yet to Weigh in on Kentucky's Proposed Selenium Standard http://wfpl.org/post/epa-has-yet-weigh-kentuckys-proposed-selenium-standard <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to approve or reject Kentucky’s<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/legislative-committee-advances-new-selenium-regulations-despite-confusion-concerns" target="_blank"> proposed water quality standard for selenium</a>, but over the past few months there’s been lobbying on both sides of the issue.</p><p>Earlier this month, representatives from several environmental groups went to visit EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. They want the EPA to reject the standard. The executive director of the Sierra Club also <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/sierra-club-director-urges-epa-reject-kentuckys-proposed-selenium-standard" target="_blank">sent the EPA a letter to that effect</a> last week. Meanwhile, state environmental regulators worked with their federal counterparts to craft the new standard. The Kentucky Coal Association has also been involved, expressing support for the new standard to state and federal regulators. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:33:07 +0000 Erica Peterson 6587 at http://wfpl.org EPA Has Yet to Weigh in on Kentucky's Proposed Selenium Standard Sierra Club Director Urges EPA to Reject Kentucky's Proposed Selenium Standard http://wfpl.org/post/sierra-club-director-urges-epa-reject-kentuckys-proposed-selenium-standard <p>Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune has<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/162239850/Sierra-Club-Epa-Letter-August-2013" target="_blank"> sent the federal Environmental Protection Agency a letter</a> asking regulators to reject Kentucky's <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-releases-revised-selenium-proposal-minimal-tweaks" target="_blank">proposed selenium standard</a>.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:35:30 +0000 Erica Peterson 6566 at http://wfpl.org Sierra Club Director Urges EPA to Reject Kentucky's Proposed Selenium Standard Legislative Committee Advances New Selenium Regulations Despite Confusion, Concerns http://wfpl.org/post/legislative-committee-advances-new-selenium-regulations-despite-confusion-concerns <p>The Kentucky Administrative Regulation Review Committee has advanced new rules proposed by the state Energy and Environment Cabinet to regulate the levels of selenium in Kentucky waterways. The state says the new regulations are a necessary update, and will adequately protect the environment and aquatic species; but environmental groups have raised serious concerns and say the proposal doesn't comply with the federal Clean Water Act and is unenforceable.</p><p>The measure passed 5-3. Committee co-chairman Rep. Johnny Bell says he's not confident the members of the committee comprehended the full effects of the regulation change. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:37:17 +0000 Erica Peterson 4917 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Releases Revised Selenium Proposal, With Minimal Tweaks http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-releases-revised-selenium-proposal-minimal-tweaks <p>The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and environmental groups are still at odds over proposed changes to Kentucky’s water quality standard for a substance called selenium. The <a href="http://kydep.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/amendment-for-selenium-water-quality-standards-filed-with-lrc/" target="_blank">state released its revised proposal today.</a></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:37:03 +0000 Erica Peterson 4838 at http://wfpl.org Lawmakers Delay Decision on Proposed Changes to Selenium Standards http://wfpl.org/post/lawmakers-delay-decision-proposed-changes-selenium-standards <p>Lawmakers will wait a month before considering controversial changes to Kentucky’s water quality standard for a substance called selenium.</p><p>Selenium occurs naturally in small amounts, but is released in heavier doses by some coal mines and can cause deformities in fish. There are currently two standards for selenium in water: one based on short-term exposure and another for long-term exposure. The proposal from the Kentucky Division of Water would essentially get rid of the first standard, and change the way the second is measured.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:17:06 +0000 Erica Peterson 3937 at http://wfpl.org