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Environment
6:07 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Kentucky Study Finds No Dangerous Levels of Heavy Metals in Public Drinking Water

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A new study by the Kentucky Division of Water finds there isn’t an unhealthy concentration of certain heavy metals in drinking water.

The state’s study is a response to a growing body of work that suggests there is a higher risk of cancer in Appalachian mining communities.

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Environment
4:54 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

White House Releases State-Specific Facts Making Case for Climate Change Action

Axel Kristinsson Wikimedia Commons

The White House has released state-specific facts about climate change, following the release of President Obama’s climate change proposal yesterday.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Obama Lays Out Climate Change Plan; Kentucky Reacts

Erica Peterson WFPL

President Obama’s administration will take new, stricter steps to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The president laid out his plan to address climate change this afternoon; it’s predictably won accolades from environmental groups, but is being attacked by the coal industry.

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Environment
1:04 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Ahead of Obama's Climate Change Speech, Coal and Environmental Groups React

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President Obama is scheduled to lay out his plan for addressing climate change this afternoon, and politicians and organizations have already begun weighing in.

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Politics
11:06 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Mine Associated With Kentucky State Rep. Keith Hall Racks Up Violations

Keith Hall
Credit Legislative Research Commission

PIKEVILLE — An influential eastern Kentucky legislator owns the permits on Pike County coal mines that have repeatedly been cited by the state for safety and environmental violations.

Rep. Keith Hall's Beech Creek Coal Co. and other companies that are mining coal on his permits have been cited for dropping rocks on homes; mining outside of permitted areas and water pollution.

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Environment
8:58 am
Fri June 7, 2013

LG&E Fined for Coal Ash Violations at Cane Run...Again

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has been fined once again by the Air Pollution Control District for coal ash violations at the Cane Run Power Plant in Southwest Louisville, and the district cites scientific testing that shows coal ash is leaving the company's property.

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Environment
12:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

AEP Will Invest in Wind Power, Energy Efficiency Under Proposed Agreement in Big Sandy Rate Case

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Under the terms of a tentative agreement, Kentucky Power will invest heavily in energy efficiency improvements in Eastern Kentucky, and convert half of its Big Sandy Power Plant to natural gas.

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Environment
1:17 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Will the EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Rules 'Ban' New Coal Plants?

Erica Peterson/WFPL

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to rethink proposed regulations on greenhouse gases emitted from power plants.

Beshear sent a letter to acting EPA administrator Bob Perciasepe last week. In the letter, Beshear says the agency’s proposed rules to limit emissions would effectively ban new coal-burning plants and raise electricity rates. He wrote:

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Environment
5:18 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Judge Rules Patriot Coal Can Scrap Union Contracts

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A judge has ruled that Patriot Coal can cut health care and pension benefits that were promised to coal miners through collective bargaining agreements with the union.

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Environment
3:32 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Kentucky Coal Employment Hits Lowest Level Since 1950

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A quarterly report shows that the number of jobs in Kentucky’s coal industry has dropped to the lowest level in at least 63 years.

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