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Environment
5:11 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Study Shows Direct Connections Between Mountaintop Removal Dust Exposure and Lung Cancer

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL

A new epidemiological study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining is harmful to the health of nearby residents.

The study published last week in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology used dust samples from homes near a mountaintop removal site in West Virginia, as well as a control site far from mining in the eastern part of the state.

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Environment
5:01 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Considering All the Health Effects of Retrofitting or Retiring a Paducah Plant

Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL

A new analysis from an environmental group takes a deep look at the potential health consequences of either retrofitting or retiring a Western Kentucky power plant.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Video Purports to Show Grimes' Dislike of Coal. What Does It Really Say?

In a photo released by her campaign, Alison Lundergan Grimes visits a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.
Credit Grimes campaign

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t being honest with voters about her support of Kentucky’s coal industry, according to a video released today by the conservative Project Veritas.

The video by James O’Keefe—who was widely criticized for deceptively editing a video about ACORN in 2009—relies on hidden camera interviews with Kentucky Democratic officials about Grimes and coal, but ultimately doesn't prove much about where she truly stands on coal.

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Environment
4:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Report: 13 Percent of Country's Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Already, or Will Be, Retired

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

A new report by the federal Government Accountability Office raises concerns about electricity reliability in the United States as coal-fired power plants close to comply with environmental regulations.

The GAO report updates one the office originally published in 2012. That report estimated anywhere from two to 12 percent of the country’s coal-fired power plants would be retired by 2025. But now, the new data suggests the number is actually 13 percent.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pro-Coal Senate Democrat Joe Manchin Affirms Alison Lundergan Grimes' Position

Joe Manchin
Credit U.S. Senate

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes received a boost from the most prominent pro-coal Democrat in Washington in her slugfest with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., waded into the contest Wednesday and said Grimes would be an ally to the coal industry and miners if elected.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Kentucky Issues New General Permits for Coal Mine Water Pollution

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has issued two general coal mining permits for water pollution from operations in Eastern and Western Kentucky.

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Environment
12:47 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Approval of W. Va. Surface Mine Renews Calls for Study of Health Effects

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted appropriately when it granted a permit for surface coal mining in West Virginia, and some are using the ruling to champion legislation introduced by Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.

The lawsuit argued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn’t take into account several studies that found mountaintop removal mines have negative effects on human health, and contribute to problems like cancer and birth defects.

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Politics
7:45 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Where Do Kentucky's Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Climate Change?

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

As candidates to become Kentucky’s next governor scramble to pledge allegiance to the coal industry, there’s one question they’re not addressing: Does burning coal contribute to climate change?

None of the three announced candidates for governor—former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, both Republicans; nor Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway—have offered a statement one way or another about whether they agree with the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels like coal makes the planet warmer and destabilizing the climate.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Regulators Reach Landmark Deal to Reclaim Eastern Kentucky Surface Mines

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL

State regulators have reached a comprehensive settlement with an out-of-state coal operator to reclaim former mines in eight Eastern Kentucky counties.

Billionaire Jim Justice—who also owns the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia—has been cited by the state more than 400 times in the last two years for not taking appropriate measures to reclaim his coal mines. Under the terms of the agreement, Justice will pay $1.5 million in fines, and post $10.5 million in bonds.

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Environment
6:57 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Can a Kentucky Politician Win By Being Candid About Coal's Decline?

Credit Harry Schaefer / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Here’s an essential Kentucky political truth: politics and the state’s coal industry are intertwined.

That’s one of the reasons both of Kentucky’s Senate candidates—Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes—have been nearly indistinguishable on the subject.

But coal’s fortunes in Kentucky have been declining for decades. 

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