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Environment
5:30 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Kentucky Power Makes Case for Continued Coal Use at E. Ky. Power Plant

The Kentucky Public Service Commission is set to decide soon whether American Electric Power can keep burning coal at an eastern Kentucky power plant. The Public Service Commissioners heard testimony today in Frankfort.

Kentucky Power’s Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County burns coal, and the company—which is owned by American Electric Power—is asking for PSC approval to install pollution controls to comply with federal regulations and continue burning coal.

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Environment
6:00 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Pike County Community Blames Devastating Floods on Lack of Reclamation

Janie Caudill holds a picture of her old shop, which was destroyed when flood waters devastated the area in July 2010.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Devastating floods have ravaged several eastern Kentucky communities in the last few years. Most start the same way: rain falls; creeks rise; and what residents have described as a ‘tsunami’ destroys everything in its path. Some citizens say coal mining is to blame, and they're turning to lawsuits against coal companies to recoup damages. They say the companies didn’t reclaim surface mine sites, which directly contributed to the flooding.

This is what some say happened in Pike County on July 17, 2010.

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Environment
9:00 am
Fri November 4, 2011

After Years of Keeping Rates Low, Coal Now Detrimental to Utility Costs

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

Coal-fired electricity is one of the reasons Kentucky’s utility rates are among the lowest in the nation. And as new pollution regulations take effect, coal is the reason Kentucky will be among the hardest hit states. Rate increases currently before the Public Service Commission are one sign of the changing tide.

In September, dozens of people showed up at a public meeting in Louisville to weigh in on proposed electricity rate increases. Most of them, like Rev. Milton Seymore, were against the higher rates.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood

The smokestacks above Louisville Gas and Electric's Cane Run Power Station.
Erica Peterson WFPL

You can’t see the smokestacks of the Cane Run Power Station from Stephanie Hogan’s home, even though she lives a block away. And while the power plant isn’t visible, it’s still a looming presence in Hogan’s life.

“Oh, he breathes so bad, he sounds like Darth Vader.” Hogan shakes her head, and her two-year-old son Cody wheezes. “You ain’t even been running.”

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