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


Patriot Coal Idles Two Large Mines in Western Kentucky

December 29, 2014

Patriot Coal will idle two large coal mines in Western Kentucky, beginning today. As many as 650 workers could be affected. Patriot warned layoffs could be coming earlier this month, when it issued WARN notices to employees at its Highland … Read Story

EPA Finalizes First National Regulations for Coal Ash

December 19, 2014

The federal government has released the nation’s first-ever rules on how to handle, store and dispose of waste from coal-fired power plants. The final iteration of the regulations has largely disappointed environmental groups—who hoped for more stringent rules. Industry groups … Read Story