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Environment
9:56 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky's Coal Industry Jobs Hit Lowest Point Since 1927

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Coal production in both of Kentucky’s coalfields has dropped slightly and employment is at a record low, according to the most recent quarterly report from the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. The commonwealth produced nearly 20.5 million tons of coal in the second quarter of 2013, which represents a 1.3 percent drop from the first quarter of the year.

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Environment
3:42 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

LG&E Fined $65,000 for Odor Problems at Cane Run Power Plant

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric is facing a $65,000 fine for alleged violations at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant. This is the latest of several Notice of Violations the company has received for problems at the plant in the past two years.

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Environment
3:32 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kentucky Representatives Send Letter Addressing Obama's 'Unfair Attack on Coal'

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Fifty members of Kentucky's House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Obama to protest what they're calling an "unfair attack on coal."

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Environment
5:47 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Environmental Groups Advocate for Stricter Regulations on Water Pollution from Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

A new report says water pollution from many of the country’s coal-fired power plants are under-regulated, and contributing to problems in already-polluted streams and rivers. Environmental groups are using the data to advocate for stricter federal regulations on power plant pollution.

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Environment
5:18 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Eleven Months Later, Delays Continue in Kentucky's India Coal Export Deal

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

It’s been nearly a year since Kentucky officials announced plans to send up to 9 million tons of coal a year to India, and the first shipment still hasn’t been sent.

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Environment
9:27 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Legislators Pre-File Bill to Give Coal Counties More From Coal Severance Tax

Data from the Office of Kentucky State Budget Director

Two Eastern Kentucky lawmakers have pre-filed a bill for next year’s legislative session that would redirect 100 percent of coal severance taxes back to coal producing counties. This is the second year the representatives have introduced the bill.

In Kentucky, every ton of coal that’s produced is taxed. That severance tax goes into the state’s general fund. Half of it stays there. The other half goes back toward projects in individual coal-producing counties, or toward multi-county projects that theoretically benefit coal counties.

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Politics
6:24 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes Says She Disagrees With Obama on Coal, Parts of Obamacare

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Kentucky Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says she disagrees with portions of the federal healthcare overhaul, but voting to repeal it is a waste of time.

Republicans in the House have voted dozens of times to repeal the law, but the movement hasn't gained traction in the Senate. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell—who Grimes is seeking to unseat from the Senate next year— has attempted to tie her candidacy to President Obama and his policies, including the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).

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Environment
6:13 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

'Gorilla Snot' and Dust Screens: LG&E Tries to Tame Coal Ash at Cane Run

The dust screen at the Cane Run Power Plant
Photo Courtesy Greg Walker.

Louisville Gas and Electric has spent about $1.75 million to control coal ash at the Cane Run Power Plant, but the company has been repeatedly fined for letting dust leave the site. The company says it has tried out eight separate measures and has implemented half of them.

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Environment
7:29 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

PSC Considers Proposal to Replace Big Sandy Generation

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Kentucky’s Public Service Commissioners will begin considering whether Kentucky Power should be allowed to purchase a share in a West Virginia power plant. Two days of public hearings on the matter ended today.

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Environment
6:46 am
Mon July 8, 2013

What Role Would Coal Play in a Grimes-McConnell Senate Race?

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Now that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, the speculation about how Grimes will campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—and on what issues—has begun.  

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