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Environment
6:31 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Judge: Kentucky Power Plant Permit Must be Reworked

LG&E's Trimble County Power Station
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

A Franklin County judge is ordering state officials to rework a water permit for a Trimble County power plant that discharges into the Ohio River.

The ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd says the state's Energy and Environment Cabinet failed to conduct the correct analysis for scrubber wastewater at the plant.

Environmentalists had challenged the Trimble County Generating Station's permit, saying it did not properly control toxic pollutants like arsenic and mercury going into the river. The power plant is owned by LG&E in Louisville.

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Environment
12:24 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

CycLOUvia: Car-Free Events Coming to Bardstown Road, West Broadway, Frankfort Avenue

CycLOUvia 2012, Bardstown Road.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the city will sponsor three CycLOUvia events this year, starting on Bardstown Road next month. The  car-free street event will also come to West Broadway and Frankfort Avenue in the spring.

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Environment
5:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Hear From Bluegrass Pipeline Supporters, Opponents

Williams

Kentucky lawmakers are weighing whether to take any action to regulate a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that could cross the state. A joint legislative committee heard from both proponents and opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline on Thursday.

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Environment
4:41 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Judge Grants Temporary Injunction, Environmental Groups Appeal Kentucky Mine Decision

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A judge has temporarily halted work at a surface mine in Eastern Kentucky, while he considers an appeal.

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Environment
12:32 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Legislative Committee to Hear Testimony Tomorrow on Bluegrass Pipeline

Citizens rallied at the Capitol last month against the pipeline.
Erica Peterson WFPL News

A legislative committee will hear testimony tomorrow from the company that wants to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. State government employees and environmental advocates will also testify.

Last month, the state Senate passed a resolution urging further study of the Bluegrass Pipeline, but this meeting marks the first time lawmakers will formally hear from the project’s advocates and opponents.

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Environment
11:46 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Parklands of Floyds Fork to Unveil 677 New Acres Next Weekend

A rendering of the finished Parklands
Wallace Roberts & Todd Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands at Floyds Fork will more than double in size next weekend. The park will hold events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to commemorate the opening of 677 acres of new public space in southeastern Jefferson County.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

For the First Time, Several Parcels from City's Land Bank Will Go to a Market Garden

Vassil Wikimedia Commons

There will soon be a new market garden in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, made possible by the purchase of property bought from the city’s Land Bank Authority. This is the first time this land has been sold for the sole purpose of growing food commercially in the city.

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Environment
7:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Growing Food in Cities Brings Benefits Other Than Healthy Eating

Valerie Magnuson of Louisville Grows
Erica Peterson WFPL

In Louisville, the movement to grow more of the city’s food in urban areas is small, but growing. Creating pockets of agriculture in areas that are often contaminated is a new puzzle for policymakers to solve. But putting this puzzle together will do more than just feed the community…it’ll have environmental benefits, too.

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Environment
3:55 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

High Ozone Levels Possible on Friday

So far, Louisville's air has been fairly healthy this summer: there haven't been any ozone exceedences.

But the first one could come on Friday. The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the third air quality alert of 2013. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 133, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Could Local Food and Urban Agriculture Shrink Food Deserts?

Volunteers at the Fresh Stop in Shawnee
Erica Peterson WFPL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food deserts as places characterized both by a low-income population and a dearth of fresh food within a mile radius. And a large part of the Louisville Metro area falls under that definition: from most of the West End to Shively, Newburg and parts of Southern Indiana.

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