Erica Peterson

Environment Reporter

Erica reports on environment and energy issues for WFPL, which run the gamut from stories about the region’s biodiversity to coal mine safety and pollution issues. In the name of journalism, she’s gone spelunking, tagged mussels and taste-tested bourbon. Erica moved to Louisville in June 2011 from Charleston, West Virginia, where she worked for the state’s public radio and television affiliate. Besides Kentucky and West Virginia, she’s lived in New Jersey, Minnesota and Illinois. She lives with her husband in Louisville.

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Environment
10:57 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Today: Michael Pollan on a WFPL News Special

Fran Collin

Food journalist Michael Pollan has been writing about what and how we eat for the past decade in books like The Botany of Desire, In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma.

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Environment
8:01 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Report: More Than 5,000 Childrens' Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

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New data from popular toy and children’s clothing manufacturers submitted to Washington State shows that more than 5,000 of them contain traces of at least one toxic chemical. These products are sold by national manufacturers that also operate in Kentucky.

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Environment
1:41 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Fischer Challenges Louisville Building Owners to Get Energy Star Certified

Louisville Metro Government has issued a challenge to the owners of the city’s commercial buildings: get Energy Star certified. Mayor Greg Fischer says he wants at least 25 buildings to receive the designation by the end of the year.

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Environment
4:30 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

McConnell to Introduce 'Coal Jobs Protection Act'

U.S. Senate

U.S. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to announce a bill to put limits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of coal mining.

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Environment
3:22 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Look at Mill Creek's Peregrine Falcon Chicks!

It's a peregrine falcon chick!
Erica Peterson WFPL

The peregrine falcon chicks that hatched in a nesting box at Louisville Gas and Electric’s Mill Creek power plant are one step closer to leaving home.

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Environment
5:21 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Louisville to Get $200,000 to Create Master Plan of Germantown Rail Corridor

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Louisville Metro Government is getting $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to create a master plan for an area of the city that abuts a rail corridor.

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Environment
12:01 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Louisville's Air Gets Poor Grades in American Lung Association Report

Erica Peterson WFPL

Once again, the Louisville area's air has been ranked among the worst in the nation by the American Lung Association. The organization released it's annual State of the Air report today.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Louisville Chosen to Receive Technical Help Implementing Sustainability Projects

Louisville has been chosen to participate in the first group of cities included in Portland State University’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator Program. The program will provide the city with technical assistance to implement green infrastructure initiatives. 

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Environment
2:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Scientists Call For Moratorium on Mountaintop Removal Mining

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Call it a battle of the researchers. Scientists who have both affirmed and denied connections between mountaintop removal coal mining and serious health problems have intensified their efforts to bring public attention to their work recently. Today, a commission of scientists released an analysis of some of the recent research, and concluded that there should be a moratorium on mountaintop removal.

Over the past few years, researchers have found links between surface coal mining and maladies like asthma, COPD, birth defects and cancer. The coal industry has largely dismissed the results of those studies, arguing that the researchers are biased and the findings aren’t scientifically sound. Now, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice has formed an independent commission to review the current research and offer recommendations.

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Environment
1:17 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Appeals Court Upholds EPA's Veto of W. Va. Mine Permit

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency didn’t overstep its authority when it vetoed a permit for a coal mine in West Virginia.

The Army Corps of Engineers issued a water pollution permit to Arch Coal in 2007 for the Spruce Number One Mine, a 2300-acre mine in Logan County, West Virginia. It would have been the largest mountaintop removal mine in Appalachia. But four years later, the EPA vetoed the permit—only the 13th time its exercised its veto power since 1972.

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