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
12:02 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Another Day of Unhealthy Air Expected Wednesday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for ozone for the metro area tomorrow.

The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 111--which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

There's another Air Quality Alert in effect today, and the ozone levels are expected to reach levels that are unhealthy for everyone.

For hourly air quality updates, call 574-3319.

Environment
11:28 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Air Expected to Be Unhealthy for All on Tuesday

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for tomorrow.

The Air Quality Index is expected to be 156. Anything between 151 and 200 is considered unhealthy for all groups.

For hourly air quality updates, call (502) 574-3319.

Environment
10:52 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Louisville Environmental Activist Wins National Award

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville resident Kathy Little has been selected to receive a national award from the Sierra Club for her activism opposing the coal-fired Cane Run Power Plant.

Little has lived across the street from the Cane Run Power Station in southwest Louisville for decades. But in recent years, she’s organized residents and challenged utility company Louisville Gas and Electric on its handling of coal ash at the site.

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Environment
10:24 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Noted Climatologist Concludes Recent Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change

NASA climatologist James Hansen has produced new research that ties the record heat waves the world has experienced over the past decade to climate change.

Hansen's paper will be published today, and in an Op-Ed in the Washington Post he previewed his findings. He and his colleagues analyzed 60 years of weather patterns and have found that extremely hot summers are increasing in frequency.

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Environment
6:30 am
Mon August 6, 2012

UK to Host Carbon Capture Workshop

Carbon capture has been out of the news lately, as many power plants have abandoned efforts to capture and store carbon dioxide. But the University of Kentucky says the technology is still relevant.

UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research will host a carbon capture workshop in September. It’s meant for utility members and researchers to learn more about the technology.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Kentucky Environmental Attorney FitzGerald Rejects Inaugural Federal Award

Kentucky environmental attorney Tom FitzGerald has turned down an award from the federal Office of Surface Mining.

FitzGerald--also the head of the Kentucky Resources Council--was to be the first-ever recipient of the ECHO Award, named for the agency's stated principles of Environment, Community, Humanity, and Ownership. The award was given out yesterday in recognition of the 35th anniversary of the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, or SMCRA.

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Environment
11:49 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Smog Levels Were High Yesterday, But How High?

As expected, Louisville's air was unhealthy yesterday. But there are discrepancies as to exactly how unhealthy.

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Environment
5:14 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

ORSANCO Board Elects Oil and Gas Attorney as Chairman

The regional compact that oversees water quality in the Ohio River has a new chairman. Kenneth Komoroski is an attorney that often represents the oil and gas industry.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission—or ORSANCO—is a regional body that oversees pollution in the Ohio River. It’s governed by a board made up of members from all eight member states, plus up to three federal commissioners appointed by the president. The board appoints its own chair.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

What Does the Recent EPA Ruling Really Mean for Kentucky Coal Mines?

A surface mine in Eastern Kentucky.
Gabe Bullard WFPL

Kentucky politicians have been lining up to praise a judge’s decision earlier this week to overturn the new way the Environmental Protection Agency has been eval

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Environment
5:49 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Analysts Say Data Sharing Could Help Louisville Residents With Asthma

A team of data analysts is recommending Louisville pursue public-private partnerships to help collect and organize data to help residents with asthma.

The team was paid for with a grant from technology company IBM’s Smarter Cities program. Members were in Louisville last month interviewing people and collecting data, and revealed preliminary recommendations today.

Team member Anne Fitzpatrick explained how the aggregation of multiple sources of data could help those who suffer from asthma.

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