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Environment
4:48 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

I Love Mountains Day Draws Hundreds to State Capitol Steps

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Voicing environmental concerns, hundreds of activists and residents from Appalachian and beyond  rallied on the Kentucky Capitol steps for the annual I Love Mountains Day.

“We just want what all people need to survive," said organizer Sue Tallichet, chairperson for Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. "I mean, such radical things as clean water, safe and decent jobs, the chance to raise our kids in a healthy hopeful place.”

The rally drew people from far beyond Kentucky's borders.

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Environment
4:28 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

LG&E Granted Permit to Use Coal Ash to Fill in Ash Pond

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has been granted a permit to use coal ash from the company’s Cane Run power plant to begin closing a pond on the site.

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Environment
2:03 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

In Australia, Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Coal

Harvey McDaniel Wikimedia Commons

A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that the price of renewable energy in Australia is so low that it’s now cheaper to invest in wind and solar power than in a new coal-fired power plant.

According to Bloomberg, energy from a new wind farm costs about $83 per megawatt hour. Building a new coal plant would cost consumers $148 per megawatt hour, and a new baseload gas plant would cost $120 per megawatt hour.

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Environment
7:17 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Lawmakers Delay Decision on Proposed Changes to Selenium Standards

Lawmakers will wait a month before considering controversial changes to Kentucky’s water quality standard for a substance called selenium.

Selenium occurs naturally in small amounts, but is released in heavier doses by some coal mines and can cause deformities in fish. There are currently two standards for selenium in water: one based on short-term exposure and another for long-term exposure. The proposal from the Kentucky Division of Water would essentially get rid of the first standard, and change the way the second is measured.

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Environment
12:19 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Yarmuth Reintroduces Bill to Study Health Effects of Mountaintop Removal Mining

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville has reintroduced a bill that would put a moratorium on mountaintop removal coal mining until the practice’s health effects can be better understood.

The Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act—or ACHE—was first introduced last summer, but died when it was referred to committee. Now, Yarmuth and New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are reintroducing the legislation.

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Environment
8:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

New Greenhouse Gas Data Shows Little Change in Jefferson County Emissions

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency has released the second year of data of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, which it's congressionally-mandated to report.

Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, and are thought to be one of the primary drivers of climate change. The EPA has successfully argued that the gases are pollutants and pose a danger to human health.

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Environment
3:12 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Coal Mining Employment Holding Steady Since November

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

During the presidential campaign this fall, there was a lot of talk about a "war on coal." Coal miners held rallies for Mitt Romney, and some coal companies announced layoffs that they blamed on President Obama's energy policies and regulations.

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Environment
11:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

This Week in Asian Coal News: China Burns More, India Needs More

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Two related stories about coal in Asia broke earlier this week: that India just doesn’t have enough coal to meet the country’s demands, and that China burns nearly as much coal as the whole rest of the world.

The news about China was released by the Energy Information Administration on Tuesday, and Brian Walsh of TIME summed it up with his headline: “The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World.”

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Environment
3:03 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Environmental Groups Ask for Summary Judgment in Suit Over Coal Mining's Health Effects

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Environmental groups have filed a new document in a case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a surface mine in eastern Kentucky.

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Environment
4:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Report Suggests Problems With Placement of Mine Impoundments in WV

The federal Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation has released the results of an analysis of West Virginia coal mine impoundments which could have implications for Kentucky.

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