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Environment
8:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Campaign to Educate Residents on Yard Waste Plastic Bag Ban Begins

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Fall officially begins Tuesday, and Jefferson County’s Solid Waste Authority is hoping it’ll be a good season to change the way county residents bag their leaves.

Earlier this year, the Waste Management District adopted a regulation that requires Jefferson County residents to use either paper bags or reusable containers for yard waste. Starting Jan. 1, crews won’t pick up yard waste bagged with plastic. 

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Environment
4:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Report: 13 Percent of Country's Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Already, or Will Be, Retired

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

A new report by the federal Government Accountability Office raises concerns about electricity reliability in the United States as coal-fired power plants close to comply with environmental regulations.

The GAO report updates one the office originally published in 2012. That report estimated anywhere from two to 12 percent of the country’s coal-fired power plants would be retired by 2025. But now, the new data suggests the number is actually 13 percent.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Want to Get Your Energy From Renewable Sources? Louisville Has a New Option.

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A new start-up is offering ratepayers in Louisville another opportunity to get their electricity from renewable sources. Arcadia Power is selling Renewable Energy Certificates to customers around the country; now between Arcadia and a similar program offered by Louisville Gas and Electric, Louisvillians have two choices for buying renewable energy.

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Environment
4:25 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Sheppard Square Project Gets $31,000 Grant for LEED Certification

Louisville Metro Housing Authority is one of 11 recipients nationally of a grant to pursue green building certification for an entire neighborhood.

The agency will get $31,000 to put towards getting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification for Sheppard Square. The neighborhood is still under construction, but when it’s finished, it’ll be one of the city’s HOPE VI sites, with mixed-income housing. 

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Environment
4:33 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Union, Metro Government Reach Deal on Air Pollution Control Jobs

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Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District has reached an agreement with the union that represents several of its employees. This is the latest move in the agency’s restructuring, which began after audits found serious problems with the way the APCD collected air monitoring data.

The APCD initially had 21 union positions, though five of them are currently unfilled due to attrition. The deal will allow the agency to cut an additional three positions, bringing the total number of union employees to 13.

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Environment
7:05 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New Data Shows Resurgence of Most Severe Form of Black Lung Disease in Appalachia

Credit Jack Corn / Environmental Protection Agency

The most severe form of black lung disease is at levels not seen since the early 1970s, according to new data from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

New Maps Show How Rising Electricity Prices Will Affect Low-Income Kentucky Families

A new data mapping project from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet highlights the disparities in income and electricity prices both around the country and in the commonwealth.

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Environment
8:30 am
Mon September 8, 2014

As Coal Jobs Leave Kentucky, Where Are the Renewable Energy Jobs?

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Kentucky doesn’t distinguish itself in a new report quantifying so-called “clean energy” jobs announced around the country in the second quarter of 2014.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Kentucky Issues New General Permits for Coal Mine Water Pollution

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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has issued two general coal mining permits for water pollution from operations in Eastern and Western Kentucky.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Local Sierra Club Chapter Endorses Candidates, But Not in Senate or Louisville Mayoral Races

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

The local chapter of the Sierra Club has released its candidate endorsements for this fall’s elections, and has declined to make picks in two key races: U.S. Senate and Louisville mayor.

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