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
2:42 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

EPA Carbon Limits on New Power Plants Expected Tomorrow

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to formally publish tomorrow a proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions—namely, carbon dioxide—from power plants.

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Environment
2:35 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Results from Blood Testing on Black Leaf Residents Will Be Released on Saturday

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.

Researchers will release the overall results of blood testing on residents living close to a former pesticide plant in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood this weekend.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Study Concludes Carbon Dioxide Could be Stored in Eastern Kentucky's Geology

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demonstrated coal gasification in large-scale field experiments at the Rocky Mountain Test Facility near Hanna, Wyoming.
U.S. Department of Energy

The Kentucky Geological Survey has finished the second of two tests to determine whether  carbon dioxide could be stored underground in the commonwealth.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Louisville Seeks Public Input in Long-Range Transportation Plan

Louisville Metro Government is gathering resident input on for a new transportation plan.

The plan is called “Move Louisville” and will look at all the ways people get around Louisville, or would like to get around Louisville—including public transportation, cars, biking, walking.

It’s meant to be a comprehensive long-range plan that will set out the city’s transportation investments, policies and projects for the next thirty years.

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Environment
7:49 am
Wed January 1, 2014

2013 Wasn't a Good Year for Honey Production

ForestWander Wikimedia Commons

Early estimates suggest last year’s honey production was down more than 30 percent. 

The dismal numbers are partially due to problems that have been plaguing honeybees for several years. The insects are dying at alarming rates, and scientists say some combination of pesticide use, viruses and parasites could be to blame.

This is a problem nationwide, but in Kentucky and Indiana weather contributed to both the honeybee die-off and dismal honey production.

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Environment
6:52 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Environmental Group Predicts 2014 Will be Big for Climate, Energy

The leaders of the Natural Resources Defense Council are predicting that 2014 will be an important year for environmental policy.

The NRDC is optimistic about prospects for environmental policies and legislation in 2014. In a conference call to highlight the group’s priorities, Climate and Clean Air Campaign Director Pete Altman notes a continuing trend toward increased political acceptance of climate change science.

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Environment
8:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Kentucky Forest Analysis Predicts Industry Will Continue to Grow

Credit Kentucky Division of Forestry

A new analysis of Kentucky’s forest industry estimates that related businesses contributed nearly $13 billion to the state’s economy this year.

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Environment
4:37 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

State Analysis Urges Energy Diversification... This Time, to Keep Coal in the Mix

Erica Peterson WFPL

A new analysis from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet finds that without policy changes, the commonwealth may be powered almost entirely by natural gas by the middle of the century.

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Environment
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Cane Run Power Plant Neighbors Sue LG&E Over Coal Ash

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

Several  of the residents living near the Cane Run Power Plant in Southwest Louisville filed a lawsuit on Monday against Louisville Gas & Electric and parent company PPL over persistent coal ash issues in the neighborhood.

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Environment
12:47 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Kentucky Democrats Join Effort Urging Obama to Include Coal in Nation's Energy Future

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Several prominent Kentucky Democrats have signed a letter asking President Barack Obama to work to develop technologies that will allow coal to continue to play a prominent role in America's energy mix.

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