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Environment
2:18 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Here's What Kentucky Has to Say About the EPA's Clean Power Plan

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Kentucky has submitted its official comments to the Environmental Protection Agency about its proposed Clean Power Plan. The proposal, which was announced in June, aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030.

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Environment
12:32 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

At Mammoth Cave, Studying the Effect of Ozone on Plants

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High ozone levels aren’t healthy for people, especially the very young, elderly or sick. But the pollution is bad for plants, too, and researchers at Mammoth Cave National Park are trying to determine its effects on the park’s flora.

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Environment
4:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Judge's Rejection of Kentucky Coal Company Settlement Points to Bigger Issues

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A settlement between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and a coal company won’t be allowed to go forward after a Franklin County Circuit judge’s rejected the proposal Monday.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Kentucky Public Service Commission to Consider LG&E Solar Project

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Hearings begin today on a proposal to allow Louisville Gas and Electric to construct a 10 megawatt solar array. If it’s approved, it’ll be the first time the commissioners have voted to let a wind or solar project go forward in the state.

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Environment
2:53 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Study: Air Pollution May Contribute to Obesity

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Science has long known that air pollution from cigarette smoke and vehicle exhaust is linked to poor health outcomes, like heart disease and asthma. But recent study findings suggest exposure to air pollution may be contributing to obesity, too.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Telling Stories About Louisville's Air Quality Through Art

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A new project in Louisville aims to translate environmental data into information that residents can understand and use. It will create and install air quality sensors throughout the city, then incorporate the data from those monitors in a piece of public art.

Puneet Kishor is the manager of science and data policy for the San Francisco-based Creative Commons.

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Environment
7:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Louisville Is Recycling Fewer Batteries—But Does It Matter?

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American landfills are full of trash that could be recycled or reused—things like bottles, paper, clothes and electronics. For some things, the benefits of recycling are obvious.

But for others, it’s murkier. That's the case with batteries.

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Environment
4:10 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Groups Again Allege Kentucky Mining Company Falsified Pollution Records

A surface mine in Eastern Kentucky.
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Citizen environmental groups say they plan to sue a Kentucky coal company for once again falsifying pollution reports.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Gainesville, Florida, Won't Buy Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Anymore

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The city of Gainesville, Florida, won’t be buying its coal from Appalachian mountaintop removal operations anymore, and the head of a national environmental non-profit says the model could be applied in other places, too.

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Environment
7:18 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Ex-Massey CEO Indicted for Role in 2010 West Virginia Mine Explosion

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Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been indicted by the federal government for his role in a 2010 coal mine disaster.

Blankenship was at the helm of Massey when the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia exploded four years ago, killing 29 coal miners.

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