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
7:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Analysis Shows CO2 Reductions if Current Energy Laws Stay in Place

Energy Information Administration

Tax credits for renewable energy are set to expire, but a new study shows that current energy policies, if they're kept in place, would reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the next thirty years.

The Energy Information Administration is an arm of the federal government, but is policy neutral. This means they don’t advocate for certain policies; they just crunch the numbers.

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Environment
12:58 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

MSD Reports 24,000 Gallons of Sewage Released into Beargrass Creek During Malfunction

Credit Google Maps

About 24,000 gallons of untreated sewage was released this morning into the South Fork of Beargrass Creek.

The Metropolitan Sewer District reported a blockage in the sewer line around 11:00am. The waste would normally been diverted to the treatment plant, but the obstruction allowed the sewage to back up and rise over the dam around where Beargrass Creek crosses Lexington Road and Baxter Avenue.

The problem was fixed after about an hour and a half, but it’s recommended that the public avoid contact with the water for the next 48 hours.

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Environment
4:35 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Five Takeaways From a Conversation Between Michael Pollan and Wendell Berry

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Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry interviewed food journalist Michael Pollan last night in Louisville. (Pollan stopped by the WFPL studios earlier in the day for an interview as well). Over the course of the evening, they discussed Pollan's new book "Cooked" and the bigger issues it raises. Here are five takeaways from the interview:

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Environment
5:31 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Listen: Michael Pollan Visits WFPL to Talk Food and Cooking

Gabe Bullard

Food journalist Michael Pollan says we should cook. That's the thesis he outlines in his latest book--the appropriately titled Cooked. Pollan visited the WFPL studios earlier today for a news special.

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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

Credit Google Maps

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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