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
3:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Derby-Themed Demonstration Aims to Draw Attention to Climate Change

Environmental activists are planning an event in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby to raise awareness about the effects of climate change.

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Environment
2:42 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Public Service Commission: LG&E Can Convert Cane Run Power Plant to Natural Gas

Louisville Gas and Electric has secured state approval to build natural gas turbines at its Cane Run Power Station. The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued its ruling today.

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Breaking
10:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

PSC Approves LG&E Proposal for Gas Plant at Cane Run

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
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The PSC has approved Louisville Gas and Electric’s application to construct a 640 megawatt natural gas power plant at the current site of the gas-fired Cane Run Power Station. The company will also buy existing gas generation in Oldham County.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Regulators Seek Comments on Kentucky Water Pollution Plan Update

The Kentucky Division of Water is seeking public comments on its updated plan to deal with water pollution..

Under the Clean Water Act, the Division of Water is required to present a plan every year to address what’s known as “non-point source pollution.” That’s pollution that doesn’t come out of a pipe, and includes everything on the ground that eventually washes into waterways.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Kentucky Power Makes Case for Continued Coal Use at E. Ky. Power Plant

The Kentucky Public Service Commission is set to decide soon whether American Electric Power can keep burning coal at an eastern Kentucky power plant. The Public Service Commissioners heard testimony today in Frankfort.

Kentucky Power’s Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County burns coal, and the company—which is owned by American Electric Power—is asking for PSC approval to install pollution controls to comply with federal regulations and continue burning coal.

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Environment
4:53 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Neighbors Say New Dust Screen at Cane Run Isn’t Working

The new dust screen at the Cane Run Power Station. Photo courtesy Greg Walker.
Photo Courtesy Greg Walker.

Neighborhood residents say a dust screen that was installed last week at Louisville Gas and Electric’s Cane Run Power Station isn’t working.

A video taken this weekend by neighborhood residents shows clouds of dust billowing over and around the 50-foot-tall screen the company installed near its sludge processing plant.

Greg Walker lives across the street from the plant, and shot the video.

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Environment
1:37 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Rally for Safer Chemical Legislation Planned for Tomorrow

Residents and community activists are planning an event tomorrow in west Louisville to raise awareness about toxic chemicals.

It’s not an accident that the rally is planned on the edge of Rubbertown—where many of the city’s chemical plants are located. Jason Howard of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation says the point of the rally is to support an overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Ky. Court Allows Groups to Intervene in Pollution Settlement

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled environmental groups and citizens may intervene in a lawsuit against a coal mining company.

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Environment
2:30 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Water Quality Report: Ten Percent of Taps Tested Show Elevated Lead Levels

The Louisville area’s tap water meets all federal standards, according to the annual water quality report released today by Louisville Water Company. But ten percent of the homes tested showed elevated levels of lead.

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Environment
4:37 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

NYT's Mark Bittman on Wendell Berry, Land and Food

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman came to Kentucky last month for what he describes as a sort of reporting trip/pilgrimage to poet-farmer Wendell Berry's Port Royal home. Berry has been in the national news this week after delivering the 41st Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities Monday in Washington, D.C.

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