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
3:28 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

What Did You Just Vote For? About That Soil and Water Conservation District...

If you’ve already voted, you may have been confused by the lineup of men vying for the position of Supervisor in the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District. You aren’t alone.

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Environment
11:05 am
Tue November 6, 2012

How Will Today's Election Affect Energy, Environment Issues?

The National Journal has compiled responses from several environmentalists, businesspeople and politicians about what energy issues are at stake in today's election. Here are a few excerpts.

Former Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope:

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Environment
9:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

To Help Mining Engineering Graduates Find Work, UK Looks Beyond Coal

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Coal’s share of the nation’s electricity is declining. But schools are still graduating mining engineers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the job outlook is growing at an average pace. And in Kentucky, there are more students studying mining engineering than ever before in the program’s history.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Yew Dell Plans New Greenhouse Powered by Renewable Energy

De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens will soon break ground on a new greenhouse and horticulture center that will be powered entirely by renewable energy.

Yew Dell has been around for ten years, and for the past several, the property hasn’t had a greenhouse. But that’ll change next week, when the organization will break ground on a center for exhibits and research.

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Environment
9:11 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Train Derailment: Hydrogen Fluoride Cars Stabilized

Louisville Metro

Update 6 p.m.: The two train cars containing hydrogen fluoride have been stabilized, and the shelter-in-place for the surrounding area is no longer in effect. The evacuations that were in effect for those within 1.2 miles of the site has also been lifted, and there are no longer any restrictions on air and water traffic.

Dixie Highway will remain close until further notice.

MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan says there were no complications today when stabilizing the hydrogen fluoride cars.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Thieneman Says He Will Deliver Records to Prove Eligibility as Soon as Possible

State Senate candidate Chris Thieneman says he is an eligible resident of the 37th District, despite a lawsuit that calls his residency into question.

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Local News
9:08 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Train Derailment: Crews May Address Hydrogen Fluoride Cars Saturday

Update 9:45 p.m. Crews may attempt to stabilize and level two cars containing the dangerous gas hydrogen fluoride on Saturday afternoon -- work that would require another shelter-in-place warning for a five-mile radius of the train derailment site near Dixie Highway and Katherine Station Road, said Doug Hamilton, executive director of Louisville-Jefferson County EMA/MetroSafe.

On Friday night, crews were still moving cars at the derailment site to make way to the cars containing hydrogen fluoride, Hamilton said. They intended to work until midnight. 

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Environment
9:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Illegal Dump Numbers Decreasing in Kentucky

Kentucky Division of Waste Management

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management's efforts to clean up illegal dumps are showing positive results.

From the Department of Environmental Protection's Naturally Connected blog:

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Environment
8:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Bluegrass Bioneers Conference Looks for Innovation Solutions to Environmental Problems

Louisville’s fourth annual Bluegrass Bioneers conference begins today.

Bioneers is a conference held annually in California, then streamed to groups around the country. It’s meant to present innovative, pioneering solutions to some of the world’s most serious environmental issues.

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Environment
4:34 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

So Far, No Sign of Widespread Air, Surface Water Contamination From Chemical Spill

Regulators are still working to extinguish a fire at the site of the train derailment and chemical spill in southwest Jefferson County. But work has also begun to determine the environmental and health effects of the toxic chemicals that have already leaked.

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