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Environment
6:26 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Coal Less Important Than Ever to American Energy Generation

Erica Peterson WFPL

A common misconception about coal in America is that it accounts for most of the nation’s electricity generation.

Coal’s importance to the nation’s energy mix is indisputable. But that influence is on the decline, and is dropping fast. Even so, the new data has yet to be embraced by politicians intent on reinforcing Kentucky’s coal industry.

Here’s Western Kentucky state Representative Brent Yonts at a recent public hearing in Frankfort.

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Environment
11:27 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Environmental Activists Occupy Hal Rogers' Office Over Mountaintop Removal

UPDATE 1:11pm: Seven protesters have been arrested from Hal Rogers' office. Activists in West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall's office and Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith's office were also arrested. According to the group's Twitter feed, those in the office of Tennessee Congressman Jimmy Duncan were given a warning.

Environmental activists are in Washington, D.C. this week for the 7th straight year, lobbying members of Congress to put an end to mountaintop removal.

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Environment
11:50 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

EPA Hears From Coal Supporters, Environmental Advocates at Frankfort Hearing

A coal supporter at the hearing. The back of her shirt reads "Power. Progress. Coal."
Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency is weighing public comments and considering whether to cement its objections to 36 Kentucky coal mine permits. The agency heard from both the coal industry and environmental activists in a hearing in Frankfort on Tuesday.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Paul Adds to Criticisms of EPA Ahead of Kentucky Meeting

U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Rand Paul is joining the chorus of conservative voices criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency during this week's hearings on Kentucky mining permits. 

Many state officials are planning to speak out at today's meeting in Frankfort and Thursday's meeting in Pikeville. The Frankfort meeting is set to take place in a few hours and rallies for and against expanded mining are already underway.

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Politics
12:24 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Ahead of Meetings in Kentucky, McConnell Again Criticizes EPA

As the Environmental Protection Agency begins its public forums on coal mining permits in Kentucky, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is rallying for coal to be a bigger part of the nation's energy portfolio. 

McConnell has consistently criticized the EPA for its regulatory stances, saying they are harmful to Kentucky’s mining and agriculture industries. And he doubled down on that stance in remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday. 

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Environment
9:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

EPA Hearings on 36 Kentucky Mining Permits Begin Today

The Environmental Protection Agency is in Frankfort today for a hearing on mining permits.

The agency is here to take public comments on 36 specific water permits—which coal mines need in order to discharge waste into streams and other waterways. The EPA has objected to all of the permits, saying the Kentucky Division of Water didn’t provide a complete analysis of the potential damage the discharge could cause.

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Environment
6:14 am
Mon June 4, 2012

EPA to Hold Hearings This Week on Mining Permits

The Environmental Protection Agency is in Kentucky this week for two hearings on mining permits.

The state’s Division of Water issues permits to coal mines to discharge into waterways, but the EPA has the authority to review the permits. Over the past two years, the EPA has objected to 36 Kentucky permits.

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Environment
4:34 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

West Virginia State Senator Says Mining-Related Accident Shows Need for More Mining

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing today on coal mining and the Environmental Protection Agency’s veto of the Spruce Mine in West Virginia. I didn’t cover the hearing, but Ken Ward of the Charleston (WV) Gazette did. He pointed out some peculiar testimony from West Virginia State Senator Art Kirkendoll.

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Environment
12:55 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Victims of 2010 Pike County Flood File Lawsuit Against State

Harless Creek resident Janie Caudill holds a picture of her home after flood waters washed it away in July 2010.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Residents in Eastern Kentucky whose homes were flooded in 2010 have filed suit against the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. They say the flooding was caused by an unreclaimed surface mine site, and the state allowed the mine operator to violate the law.

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Environment
2:38 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

State Grants AEP Request to Withdraw Big Sandy Application

By Flickr user CM195902: http://bit.ly/KhOtGU

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has granted a request by American Electric Power to withdraw a pending application to retrofit the company's Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County.

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