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Environment
8:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Tomorrow's Discussion on Coal Aims to Get at Facts Behind Rhetoric

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Tom FitzGerald of the Kentucky Resources Council and Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute often disagree on some aspects of Kentucky coal production, federal regulations and the environment (as evidenced by this recent opinion piece written by Waters).

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Environment
9:41 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Report: Declines in Central Appalachian Coal Production, Demand Will Continue

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

A new report takes a comprehensive look at the numerous factors behind the decline in Central Appalachian coal production, and predicts that more production declines are in the future.

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Environment
4:53 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Group Says Rand Paul's Proposals Would Strip Environmental Protection

U.S. Senate

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has introduced three amendments to a bill before the Senate that environmental groups say would gut protections for the environment.

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Environment
4:41 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Groups Petition EPA to Limit Water Pollution from Coal Mines

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Environmental groups are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to change the way it measures water quality in six Appalachian states, including Kentucky.

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Environment
4:30 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

McConnell to Introduce 'Coal Jobs Protection Act'

U.S. Senate

U.S. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to announce a bill to put limits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of coal mining.

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Environment
2:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Scientists Call For Moratorium on Mountaintop Removal Mining

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Call it a battle of the researchers. Scientists who have both affirmed and denied connections between mountaintop removal coal mining and serious health problems have intensified their efforts to bring public attention to their work recently. Today, a commission of scientists released an analysis of some of the recent research, and concluded that there should be a moratorium on mountaintop removal.

Over the past few years, researchers have found links between surface coal mining and maladies like asthma, COPD, birth defects and cancer. The coal industry has largely dismissed the results of those studies, arguing that the researchers are biased and the findings aren’t scientifically sound. Now, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice has formed an independent commission to review the current research and offer recommendations.

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Environment
1:17 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Appeals Court Upholds EPA's Veto of W. Va. Mine Permit

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency didn’t overstep its authority when it vetoed a permit for a coal mine in West Virginia.

The Army Corps of Engineers issued a water pollution permit to Arch Coal in 2007 for the Spruce Number One Mine, a 2300-acre mine in Logan County, West Virginia. It would have been the largest mountaintop removal mine in Appalachia. But four years later, the EPA vetoed the permit—only the 13th time its exercised its veto power since 1972.

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Environment
12:29 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Court Rules Army Corps' Streamlined Coal Mining Permit Doesn't Protect Environment

Gabe Bullard WFPL

An appeals court has ruled in favor of environmental groups that argued the streamlined permit the government used to permit mountaintop removal mines wasn’t protective of the environment.

The decision was issued today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. It finds that the U.S. Army Corps’ issuance of the streamlined “Nationwide 21” permit is in violation of the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

LG&E to Announce Plans to Reuse Coal Byproducts at Mill Creek

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric will hold a press conference Monday morning to announce “a new beneficial reuse manufacturing facility.” The star-studded event will feature Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and state house majority leader Rocky Adkins.

So, why the fuss? It seems that Louisville company Charah plans to use the byproducts scrubbed from the emissions at the Mill Creek Power Station in a sulfate-based fertilizer the company manufactures.

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Environment
6:52 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Study: Most Coal-Fired Power Plants Can't Compete Against Natural Gas

Erica Peterson/WFPL

A new study estimates that 65 percent of current coal-fired power plants won’t be economical to run in the near future.

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