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Environment
7:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Clarksville's Plan to Address Flooding Meets Resistance From Some Residents

The sign outside Andy Swanson's house, next to Ray Lawrence Park in Clarksville.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

If you look at Ray Lawrence Park in Clarksville on a map, you can see why there might be an issue with flooding. The park is nine acres of green next to a residential neighborhood. But directly to the northwest is acres and acres of gray: Clarksville’s big box stores, auto dealerships and a mall—and the accompanying swaths of paved parking lots.

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Environment
12:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Federal Judge Allows Coal Ash Lawsuit Against LG&E to Move Forward

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A federal judge has rejected most of the complaints filed against Louisville Gas and Electric and parent company PPL over persistent air pollution and coal ash issues at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant.

But he has allowed the suit to proceed on three of the claims—and the lawyer representing residents living near the power plant says the main thrust of the case remains.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Be Advised: Kentucky's Waterways May Carry E.Coli

Signage warns people not to swim, fish or wade in Beargrass Creek near Beargrass Road and Alta Vista.
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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.

The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste.

The problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.

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Environment
1:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Records First Bad Ozone Day Since 2012

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Louisville’s streak of good air days has been broken.

The city recorded its first bad ozone day since 2012 on Friday, when levels were high enough to count as an exceedance of the federal government’s 8-hour standard.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the highest reading was 93 parts per billion at the District’s monitor on Cannons Lane.

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Environment
8:02 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Does McConnell and Grimes' Focus on Coal Distract From Economic Diversification?

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 Despite the fact that Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes made clear their unqualified support of Kentucky's coal industry, coal continues to play a role in this year's Senate election.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of EPA in Mountaintop Removal Case

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A federal appeals court today ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency in a case that will affect how states including Kentucky and West Virginia issue permits for mountaintop removal coal mines.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fireworks Caused Louisville to Exceed Air Pollution Standards on July 4 For First Time Since 2010

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By most measures, Louisville’s air quality has been pretty good this summer.

Typically, ozone is the pollutant that causes the problems: local pollution gets trapped in the Ohio River valley and cooks under the hot summer sun. A notoriously bad year for ozone was 2012, but since then Louisville hasn't had  any days that exceeded the federal ozone standard.

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Environment
2:16 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

3,000 Miles Of Ohio River Shoreline To Get a Cleaning Saturday

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Rich Watkins helped pull a car out of the Ohio River in the early 1990s.

At the time, Watkins, a volunteer with the Ohio River Sweep, was discovering appliances, television sets and more in the group's annual clean-up of the river’s banks.

Today, he's still dredging items from the river, but the cars and big appliances aren't as common. He and other volunteers are finding more and more trash bags full of plastic bottles and everyday refuse.

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Environment
6:55 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Louisville Needs More Trees to Curb Fast-Growing Urban Heat Island Effect, Researcher Says

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Downtown Louisville residents live in one of the fastest growing urban heat islands in the U.S., according to preliminary results of an ongoing study.

A city’s urban heat island effect is defined as the temperature difference of rural areas compared to downtown areas.  That temperature difference in Louisville ranked highest among 50 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, according to the study by Brian Stone, a professor of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.

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Environment
3:55 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Louisvillians Will Be Fined For Using Plastic Bags For Yard Waste After Jan. 1

Paper bags for yard waste used in Lexington, Ky.
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Using plastic bags for yard waste removal will no longer be permitted in Louisville at the start of 2015.

The Solid Waste Management board of directors voted Tuesday night to approve a ban on the bags.

Residents who ignore the ban after Jan. 1 could receive a $50 fine for putting yard waste in bags that are not compostable, said Harold Adams, a spokesperson for Louisville Metro Works.

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