Eastern Kentucky

Environment
9:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Coalfields Newspaper Editorial: Stop Pointing Fingers, Start Working on Economic Diversification

An editorial published yesterday in the Hazard Herald of Perry County lays out a cogent view of where the economy of Eastern Kentucky is headed, as the coal industry shrinks and utilities begin transitions to cheaper natural gas.  The editors of the Ha

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Environment
2:52 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

State Officials Report Water Contamination at Laurel County State Park

According to the Associated Press:

Officials at a state park in eastern Kentucky are restricting some activities like swimming and feeding the ducks because of water contamination.

The contamination at Levi Jackson State Park has killed several fish. According to John Williams of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the fish kill was caused by excess nutrients in the water, like cow manure washing into streams.

The water’s oxygen levels are well below average and high temperatures and low water levels are complicating the problem.

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Environment
10:27 am
Sat June 9, 2012

EPA Objections to 36 Kentucky Surface Mining Permits Being Reviewed and Reconsidered

Erica Peterson

Over the past two years, the EPA has filed specific objections to 36 surface mining permits previously approved by the state of Kentucky to mining companies that wanted to dump waste into streams in Eastern Kentucky. This week, there were public hearings on the EPA's objection to the permits in both Frankfort and Pikeville, and the EPA is accepting written comments until June 21.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Alltech Announces Prize for Best Eastern Kentucky Economic Development Plan

Eastern Kentucky, like much of Appalachia, is beset by high poverty and high unemployment, and the limited investment in the area from the state hasn’t changed the situation.

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