2:04 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Groups Suing EPA Over Kentucky's Selenium Standard Add Nutrient Pollution to Complaint

JRLibby Wikimedia Commons

Environmental groups have amended their lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency over Kentucky’s water quality laws.

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10:26 am
Mon March 3, 2014

A Year and a Half Later, Still No Movement in Big Kentucky-India Coal Deal

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The last time I checked in on that huge deal to ship nine million tons of Kentucky coal to India annually was in July, and at the time, the first shipment still hadn't left Kentucky.

Now, Tom Loftus of the Courier-Journal is reporting that the deal is still stalled.

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9:51 am
Mon March 3, 2014

What's Next for Federal Laws That Protect Streams from Coal Mining?

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A federal judge has overturned a controversial 2008 rule that environmental groups say didn’t adequately protect streams from coal mine pollution. But the rule’s intended successor has hit speed bumps in the regulatory process, and the Obama Administration has been accused of inaccurately estimating the economic impact of the rule. 

The Stream Buffer Zone rule went into effect in 2008, under President George W. Bush. It replaced a Reagan-era rule from 1983. 

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2:19 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Cane Run Neighbors Report More Odor Issues Near Power Plant

A power plant employee measures hydrogen sulfide near Cane Run. A spokeswoman said the reading today was 0.
Louisville Gas and Electric

People living near the Cane Run Power Plant say it was a smelly weekend in their neighborhood.

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7:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

For Water Supplies in Kentucky's Mountains, Look in Abandoned Coal Mines

Blaine Sergent, left, comes out of the mine at the end of the day's work. P V & K Coal Company, Clover Gap Mine, Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky.
Russell Lee U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Indiana's abandoned coal mines contain up to 172 billion gallons of water, according to a recent study. This is water that filters down through the ground and coal seams, pooling in the abandoned mines.

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9:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky House OKs College Scholarship Program for Coal Counties

Credit Decumanus / Wikimedia Commons

A bill that would provide up to $5,000 in college scholarships for high-school students in Kentucky's coal-producing counties has passed the state House.

Lawmakers voted 92 to 0 in support of the bill. It would establish the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Program, which would promote bachelor’s degree attainment for students in Eastern and Western Kentucky.

The plan will use about $4 million in coal-severance funds set aside in Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget.

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2:44 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Film to Explore Appalachia's Future from an Eastern Kentucky Perspective

Credit "Appalachia 2050"

A new independent film explores the problems and potential that lies in Eastern Kentucky. The film is premiering as part of nonprofit group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth’s “Louisville Loves Mountains Week.”

Ralph Davis is a native of Floyd County in Kentucky.  Besides his foray into independent filmmaking, he runs the local newspaper and is the market manager for the Floyd County Farmers Market.

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2:33 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

More Than 2,300 Kentucky Coal Jobs Were Lost in 2013

Kentucky’s coal industry shed more than 2,300 jobs in 2013, according to the latest numbers from the state Energy and Environment Cabinet. And most of those losses were in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields.

The final 2013 quarterly coal report from the Energy and Environment cabinet wraps up a dismal year for the state’s coal industry. And for Eastern Kentucky, the quarter marks the 10th straight quarter of declining coal employment.

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4:10 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Sierra Club Poll: Americans Want Carbon Regulations for Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Sierra Club is touting new poll results that show a majority of respondents favor more regulations on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.

The survey was conducted last month by progressive polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. Pollsters surveyed 1000 registered voters across the country via land lines and cell phones.

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4:28 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

McConnell Files Resolution, Hoping to Block Proposed Carbon Limits for New Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping for a vote soon to block federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

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