enviornment

Environment
3:17 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Sierra Club and Earthjustice Sue LG&E Over Discharges Into Ohio River Caught on Video

LG&E's Mill Creek Power Station
Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL News

Two environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit today alleging that Louisville Gas & Electric violated the Clean Water Act by illegally discharging waste into the Ohio River.

The Sierra Club and Earthjustice allege that waste water from one of LG&E's coal ash ponds seeped into the river on a near-constant basis for the past five years. 

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Environment
3:58 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Environmental Groups Say Kentucky Ash Pond is Leaking Contaminants

Credit Sierra Club

Two environmental groups say an unlined coal ash pond just outside of Harrodsburg, Ky., is leaking toxic contaminants into the surrounding surface and groundwater, causing a potential threat to nearby residents.

The coal ash is produced by the the E.W. Brown power plant, owned by Louisville Gas and Electric and operated by Kentucky Utilities. The Sierra Club and EarthJustice said a previously unreleased document from the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection shows that it's discharging a “highly contaminated ‘orange-colored’ water” through a drain pipe.

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Environment
9:00 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Louisville Launches Online Tree Tracker

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An online tracking system has been launched to help monitor and coordinate tree planting around Louisville as residents and officials work to reach Mayor Fischer’s goal of planting 10,000 new trees by 2015.

To date, nearly 8,400 trees have been planted.

Louisville’s Tree Advisory Commission has partnered with Brightside to launch the tracker and officials encourage residents, businesses and neighborhood groups to register all trees planted as early as 2011.

Erin Thompson, the city’s urban forestry coordinator, said the winter season is a great time to plant trees.

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