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Environment
2:18 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Here's What Kentucky Has to Say About the EPA's Clean Power Plan

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Kentucky has submitted its official comments to the Environmental Protection Agency about its proposed Clean Power Plan. The proposal, which was announced in June, aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030.

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Environment
4:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Judge's Rejection of Kentucky Coal Company Settlement Points to Bigger Issues

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A settlement between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and a coal company won’t be allowed to go forward after a Franklin County Circuit judge’s rejected the proposal Monday.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Former Coal Executive Don Blankenship Pleads Not Guilty

Don Blankenship
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Former coal company chief executive Don Blankenship has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges in the deadliest U.S. coal mine accident in four decades.

Blankenship entered the plea Thursday at his first court appearance since he was indicted last week.

He is accused of conspiring to violate safety and health standards at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. In April 2010, an explosion at the mine killed 29 men.

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Environment
4:10 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Groups Again Allege Kentucky Mining Company Falsified Pollution Records

A surface mine in Eastern Kentucky.
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Citizen environmental groups say they plan to sue a Kentucky coal company for once again falsifying pollution reports.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Gainesville, Florida, Won't Buy Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Anymore

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The city of Gainesville, Florida, won’t be buying its coal from Appalachian mountaintop removal operations anymore, and the head of a national environmental non-profit says the model could be applied in other places, too.

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Environment
7:18 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Ex-Massey CEO Indicted for Role in 2010 West Virginia Mine Explosion

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Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been indicted by the federal government for his role in a 2010 coal mine disaster.

Blankenship was at the helm of Massey when the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia exploded four years ago, killing 29 coal miners.

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Environment
7:01 am
Thu November 13, 2014

NPR Investigation Finds Links Between Mine Safety, Delinquent Fines

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Under federal mine safety laws, inspectors visit mines, write citations for violations and levy fines. But while many mines follow the law, a small percentage have years of outstanding penalties totaling more than $70 million. And as NPR investigative correspondent Howard Berkes found out, working at those delinquent mines is more dangerous for miners than working for a company that pays its fines.

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Environment
12:01 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

McConnell Criticizes China-U.S. Deal on Curbing Carbon Dioxide Pollution

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The world’s two biggest emitters of carbon dioxide have reached an agreement on emissions reductions. The United States and China announced the deal yesterday, in a move that’s already being praised by environmental groups and panned by Congressional Republicans.

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Environment
1:10 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

There Are Only 11,600 Coal Miners Left in Kentucky

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Overall coal production in Kentucky remained steady between the second and third quarters of 2014, but that’s because losses in the eastern part of the state were offset by gains in the west.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

LG&E Plans to Ask For Rate Increase, Partly to Pay for Cane Run Gas Plant

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Louisville Gas and Electric officials plan to file documents with the Public Service Commission later this month asking for a rate increase.

If approved, the proposed rate increase will raise the average residential customer’s electric bill by $2.74 a month, and increase the average gas bill by $2.60 a month.

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