EPA http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Lawmakers Attack Climate Change Science In Discussion on Carbon Regulations http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-attack-climate-change-science-discussion-carbon-regulations <p>FRANKFORT — State lawmakers' discussion Thursday of the effect of <a href="/post/epa-unveils-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases">new EPA carbon emission regulations on Kentucky </a>focused more on<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;political attacks than hard science.</span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9710 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Lawmakers Attack Climate Change Science In Discussion on Carbon Regulations Gov. Beshear Says Federal Carbon Emissions Regs May Not Give Enough Flexibility http://wfpl.org/post/gov-beshear-says-federal-carbon-emissions-regs-may-not-give-enough-flexibility <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says federal proposed regulations on the carbon emissions generated by coal-fired power plants could come at the expense of jobs.</p><p>But the concern may be misplaced.</p><p>When the EPA announced first-ever regulations limiting the nation’s coal-fired CO2 emissions by 30 percent nationwide, <a href="/post/kentucky-legislative-leaders-stumbo-and-stivers-blast-new-epa-pollution-regulations">Kentucky politicians were quick to denounce the move.</a></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9576 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Beshear Says Federal Carbon Emissions Regs May Not Give Enough Flexibility Kentucky Legislative Leaders Stumbo and Stivers Blast New EPA Pollution Regulations http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-legislative-leaders-stumbo-and-stivers-blast-new-epa-pollution-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s top-ranking lawmakers have some choice words for the proposed federal regulations governing emissions from coal-fired power plants.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:03:22 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9498 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Legislative Leaders Stumbo and Stivers Blast New EPA Pollution Regulations Mitch McConnell's Coal Bill 'Inadequate,' Says Alison Lundergan Grimes Campaign http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnells-coal-bill-inadequate-says-alison-lundergan-grimes-campaign <p>Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't giving an inch in the coal wars that federal regulators have ignited in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race this week.</p><p>In reaction to Republican incumbent Mitch <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-sponsors-coal-country-protection-act-targeting-epa-rules">McConnell's so-called "Coal Country Protection Action"</a> the Grimes campaign said the measure isn't good enough.</p><p>From Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst:</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9487 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell's Coal Bill 'Inadequate,' Says Alison Lundergan Grimes Campaign Mitch McConnell Sponsors Coal Country Protection Act Targeting EPA Rules http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-sponsors-coal-country-protection-act-targeting-epa-rules <p>Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced legislation that would block pollution regulations on existing coal power plants.</p><p>It's dubbed the "Coal Country Protection Action" and would require the U.S. Labor Department to prove that any restrictions by the Environmental Protection Agency will not eliminate jobs, raise utility bills or reduce electricity reliability.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:16:13 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9477 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Sponsors Coal Country Protection Act Targeting EPA Rules 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 Federal Judge Overturns EPA Water Quality Regulations http://wfpl.org/post/federal-judge-overturns-epa-water-quality-regulations <p>A federal judge says the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its powers by setting up water-quality criteria for coal mining operations in Appalachia.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton in Washington ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by a coal mining industry coalition against the EPA and Administrator Lisa Jackson. Walton said the EPA infringed on the authority given to state regulators by federal clean water and surface mining acts.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:09:05 +0000 The Associated Press 1177 at http://wfpl.org EPA Objections to 36 Kentucky Surface Mining Permits Being Reviewed and Reconsidered http://wfpl.org/post/epa-objections-36-kentucky-surface-mining-permits-being-reviewed-and-reconsidered <p>Over the past two years, the EPA has <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region4/kycoalminehearings/resources.html#letters">filed specific objections </a>to 36 surface mining permits previously approved by the state of Kentucky to mining companies that wanted to dump waste into streams in Eastern Kentucky. This week, there were public hearings on the EPA&#39;s objection to the permits in both Frankfort and Pikeville, and the EPA is accepting <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region4/kycoalminehearings/comments.html">written comments until June 21</a>. Sat, 09 Jun 2012 14:27:20 +0000 Brad Yost 593 at http://wfpl.org EPA Objections to 36 Kentucky Surface Mining Permits Being Reviewed and Reconsidered Paul Adds to Criticisms of EPA Ahead of Kentucky Meeting http://wfpl.org/post/paul-adds-criticisms-epa-ahead-kentucky-meeting <p>U.S. Senator Rand Paul is joining the chorus of conservative voices criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency during this week&#39;s hearings on Kentucky mining permits.&nbsp;</p><p>Many state officials are planning to speak out at today&#39;s meeting in Frankfort and Thursday&#39;s meeting in Pikeville. The Frankfort meeting is set to take place in a few hours and rallies for and against expanded mining are already underway.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:47:44 +0000 Kenny Colston 544 at http://wfpl.org Paul Adds to Criticisms of EPA Ahead of Kentucky Meeting Ahead of Meetings in Kentucky, McConnell Again Criticizes EPA http://wfpl.org/post/ahead-meetings-kentucky-mcconnell-again-criticizes-epa <p>As the Environmental Protection Agency <a href="/post/epa-hearings-36-kentucky-mining-permits-begin-today">begins its public forums on coal mining permits in Kentucky</a>, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is rallying for coal to be a bigger part of the nation&#39;s energy portfolio.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:24:51 +0000 Kenny Colston 540 at http://wfpl.org