Environment

Environment
1:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Report: Many Louisville Students Attend Schools in Chemical 'Danger Zones'

Credit Center for Effective Government

An analysis by a non-profit of the locations of schools and chemical danger zones nationwide has found that one-third of U.S. students are vulnerable to chemical disasters. In Louisville, nearly every school inside the Watterson Expressway and in the Southern and Southwestern parts of the city is in at least one danger zone.

Check out the map here.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Swift Plant Settles Some, But Not All, Violations With Louisville Air District

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Louisville Metro has reached an agreement with the J.B. Swift plant in Butchertown over some administrative violations, but the plant’s issues with alleged odor violations remain unresolved.

The Air Pollution Control Board today approved fining Swift $24,550 for failing to correctly report particulate, carbon monoxide and greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 to 2012.

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Environment
2:08 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

U.S. Military Calls For Action on Climate Change, Which is Already Causing Security Threats

Credit Creative Commons

Climate scientists are largely in agreement that the earth’s climate is changing, and carbon dioxide emissions from human activity are playing a role. Even so, politicians continue to argue about the severity of the problem, or whether climate change even exists.

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Environment
7:28 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Fill 'Er Up: No Bottled Water Sales Allowed During Festival of Riverboats at Waterfront Park

The system Louisville Water brings to events to provide free tap water.
Credit Louisville Water Company

The Festival of Riverboats begins this week in Waterfront Park. And while there will both people and riverboats, something will be conspicuously missing: bottled water.

This will be the first major event in the park that won’t allow bottled water sales. A few years ago, Louisville Waterfront Development Corp. officials approached the Louisville Water Co., said Ashley Smith of the WDC.

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Environment
2:06 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Tour on Saturday Highlights Louisville's Solar Energy

Credit Fernando Tomas / Wikimedia Commons

Louisville’s solar tour is Saturday, and is bigger than it’s ever been.

The annual event highlights residential and business properties that are using solar energy. Participants can take guided bus or bicycle tours, or download a guide and visit the properties on their own.

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Environment
4:48 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

What Louisville Eighth Graders Learned From a Trash-Filled Barge

Living Lands and Waters' main barge and towboat.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Just off of the Louisville wharf, there’s an unusual sight: several barges, a painted towboat and lots of trash. This is the floating headquarters of Living Lands and Waters, a nonprofit that will spend the next week in Louisville leading river cleanups and education sessions.

Living Lands and Waters founder Chad Pregracke shows me around. On the main barge, there are classrooms and staff living quarters. Everything’s really clean and nicely organized. But there are a couple of other barges attached. 

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Environment
2:30 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Louisville Workshop Will Train Citizen Foresters to Plant Trees, Teach Others

One of Louisville's many ash trees.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Area residents interested in learning how to properly plant trees—and training others to do the same—are invited to a citizen forestry workshop this Saturday organized by non-profit Louisville Grows.

Valerie Magnuson, executive director of Louisville Grows, said with the current state of Louisville’s tree canopy, it’s even more necessary to have as many people as possible trained to plant and care for trees.

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Environment
5:01 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Considering All the Health Effects of Retrofitting or Retiring a Paducah Plant

Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL

A new analysis from an environmental group takes a deep look at the potential health consequences of either retrofitting or retiring a Western Kentucky power plant.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Video Purports to Show Grimes' Dislike of Coal. What Does It Really Say?

In a photo released by her campaign, Alison Lundergan Grimes visits a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.
Credit Grimes campaign

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t being honest with voters about her support of Kentucky’s coal industry, according to a video released today by the conservative Project Veritas.

The video by James O’Keefe—who was widely criticized for deceptively editing a video about ACORN in 2009—relies on hidden camera interviews with Kentucky Democratic officials about Grimes and coal, but ultimately doesn't prove much about where she truly stands on coal.

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Environment
7:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

What Could the West Virginia Plan to Frack Under the Ohio River Mean for Kentucky?

The Ohio River in West Virginia.
Credit Taber Andrew Bain/Creative Commons

West Virginia is accepting bids on a plan to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (or “fracking”) beneath the Ohio River. The move would provide the state with much-needed revenue, but environmental and citizen groups are concerned about the possible contamination of drinking water for millions of people.

Louisville is one of the communities downriver that uses the river for drinking water.

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