Federal Judge Says Colorado Coal Mine Permit Must Consider Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Could This Affect Kentucky?

May 24, 2015

A federal judge in Colorado has ruled the federal government should have taken the indirect environmental effects of expanding the Colowyo and Trapper coal mines into account before issuing a permit. Read Story


Coal Association Says New Bank Policies Won’t Have Much Effect on Kentucky’s Industry

May 18, 2015

Earlier this month, Bank of America became the latest large financial institution to announce it would limit its financing of coal companies. Read Story

Kentucky’s Most Distinctive Cause of Death is Black Lung Disease

May 15, 2015

The most distinctive causes of death in Kentucky over the first decade of this century were occupational breathing diseases such as black lung disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read Story


More than 1,200 Kentucky Coal Jobs Have Been Lost So Far This Year

April 30, 2015

Coal jobs in Kentucky declined sharply in the first quarter of this year, according to the state’s latest quarterly coal report. Read Story


Kentucky Woman Claims She Got Black Lung Disease From Living Near a Coal Plant

April 6, 2015

Emma Burchett lives in Floyd County, in Eastern Kentucky. She’s not a coal miner; she has never worked in or around a coal mine. But late last year, the 45-year-old Burchett was diagnosed with anthracosis, which is a mild form of black lung disease. Read Story

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Mitch McConnell to Rest of World: ‘Proceed With Caution’ on Climate Deal

March 31, 2015

The U.S. has submitted its carbon emissions reduction plan to the United Nations, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is already warning the rest of the world that America may not follow through on it. Read Story

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Kentucky Environment Cabinet Secretary’s Compliments for EPA Draw Praise and Criticism

March 2, 2015

As quoted in Politico, Len Peters told conference attendees that he was impressed with the way the Environmental Protection Agency had provided outreach and guidance to states crafting plans to comply with upcoming federal greenhouse gas regulations. Read Story


Kentucky Doesn’t Have Any More Working Union Coal Miners

February 26, 2015

For the first time in about a century, no union coal miners are working in Kentucky. The state’s few remaining union miners were laid off New Year's Eve when Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine in Western Kentucky shut down. Read Story

Kentucky Appeals Decisions in Frasure Creek Pollution Case

February 12, 2015

At issue is the role outside groups—in this case, environmental groups—are allowed to play in environmental enforcement. Read Story


Kentucky Coal Production, Employment Declined Slightly in 2014

February 4, 2015

Kentucky’s coal production and employment dropped only slightly in 2014, but sharper declines are likely in the future. Read Story


Elaine Chao Leaves Bloomberg Philanthropies Amid Clean Energy Push

January 21, 2015

Elaine Chao has resigned from the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies as the foundation revs up its commitment to its clean energy initiative. Read Story


Appeals Court Rules Mining Companies Can’t Sue Mine Inspectors

January 9, 2015

Mining companies can’t sue individual government inspectors for damages. Read Story