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12:35 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Sierra Club Director Urges EPA to Reject Kentucky's Proposed Selenium Standard

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune has sent the federal Environmental Protection Agency a letter asking regulators to reject Kentucky's proposed selenium standard.

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Environment
2:41 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Expert to Discuss Links Between Coal Burning, Health Problems Tomorrow

Erica Peterson WFPL

Burning coal releases pollution into the air, though advanced controls have made the process cleaner. But for decades, studies show that pollution has taken a significant toll on human health.

Dr. Alan Lockwood is a professor of neurology at the University of Buffalo, and on the board for Physicians for Social Responsibility. He’s the author of a book on the effects of coal on health, and will be in Louisville tomorrow to lead a discussion on the subject. I spoke with him via phone from his home.

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Environment
2:02 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Board Stands By Air Pollution Control District Staff After Critical Audit

Louisville Air Pollution Control District board members say they’re standing by the district’s staff in the wake of a state audit that found the city’s air monitoring program is seriously flawed. The board met for the first time today since the audit was released.

The audit by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality found issues with the way particulate monitoring data was collected and analyzed, and says several years of data could be thrown out.

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Environment
11:43 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Two More Counties Pass Resolutions Opposing Bluegrass Pipeline

A sign opposing the Bluegrass Pipeline at an information session in Frankfort.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Pendleton and Shelby counties have joined the growing number of Kentucky counties registering formal opposition to--or requesting more regulation and study--of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline. This brings the total number of counties passing some sort of resolution to seven.

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Environment
5:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Residential Cleanup Near Black Leaf Site is Underway

Cleanup has begun at 44 houses near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant in Louisville. 

On Wilson Avenue, heavy machinery digs up dirt in the backyard of a home. Crews hired by the state and federal governments are removing the soil in 44 backyards that have showed high levels of heavy metals and pesticides. These houses abut the former Black Leaf Chemical plant, and regulators believe that’s where most of this contamination came from.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Cleanup Begins This Week on Contaminated Homes Near Black Leaf Site

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Cleanup begins this week on forty-four homes near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood.

The Black Leaf plant was home to many companies during the 20th century, including several that produced pesticides. In 2011, high levels of heavy metals and pesticides were discovered in the site’s soil. Later, residential testing revealed the dangerous chemicals had migrated to nearby homes.

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Environment
2:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

New Study Pinpoints Unique Isotopes in Pollution From Mountaintop Removal Mines

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A new study has identified the specific isotopes of pollutants that leave mountaintop removal sites and enter Appalachian waterways. The new data could help researchers determine how much of a stream’s pollution is due to coal mining.

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Environment
3:31 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Is There Enough Demand For Two Natural Gas Liquids Pipelines Through Kentucky?

Kinder Morgan

Call it the Battle of the Pipelines.

For the past two months, I’ve been reporting on the Bluegrass Pipeline—a proposal to build a new natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky and Ohio to connect existing infrastructure. Now, another company has announced plans to re-purpose an existing natural gas line across the Commonwealth for the same type of materials.

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Environment
1:42 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Explodes in Illinois

Think Progress

Earlier this week, a natural gas liquids pipeline exploded in western Illinois. This pipeline was a different diameter than the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline (10 inches, rather than 24 inches), and it wasn't owned by either of the two companies involved in the Bluegrass Pipeline (Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners). Even so, it provides a reminder of the safety hazards associated with NGL pipelines.

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Environment
11:56 am
Wed August 14, 2013

County Fiscal Court Opposition to Bluegrass Pipeline Grows

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline gathered at the Capitol last week.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Washington County has passed a formal resolutions opposing the construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky, and the Woodford County fiscal court has unanimously voted to allow the county attorney to draft a resolution. This brings the total number of counties passing or considering similar resolutions to six: Franklin, Marion, Scott and Anderson counties have approved measures over the past few weeks.

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