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5:04 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

McConnell Introduces Bill to Block Carbon Standards for Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new carbon emissions standards for power plants.

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Environment
4:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kentucky Has 'Obligation' to Address Climate Change, Beshear Says

Kentucky Governor's Office

On a day when Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates are taking turns urging restraint on climate change and touting coal, Gov. Steve Beshear took a more middle-of-the-road approach. The governor said Tuesday that he believes the commonwealth has an obligation to address climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, but he believes it can be done in a way that doesn’t omit coal entirely.

In his address to the 37th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, Beshear echoed a majority of scientists, saying climate change is both happening and influenced by human activity. And in light of that, Kentucky will have to adjust, and work with federal regulators.

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Environment
12:15 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

James River Shuts Down Coal Operations in Kentucky; 525 Employees Laid Off

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RICHMOND, Va. — James River Coal Co. is laying off 525 full-time employees and shutting down production at several mines in eastern Kentucky due to continued weak coal markets.

The Richmond-based company said Monday night the layoffs occurred at operations at the McCoy Elkhorn complex in Pike and Floyd counties, the Bledsoe complex in Leslie and Harlan counties, and the Long Branch Surface mine in London, Ky.

James River says the restart of the operations is subject to market conditions.

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Environment
8:30 am
Tue September 17, 2013

What Does the Future Look Like for Coal Exports From Kentucky?

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As U.S. consumption of coal declines, it’s led to economic problems in some of the country’s coalfields—most notably, Appalachia. For the past few years, the buzzword from the coal industry has been “exports:" relying on a rising demand for coal in countries like China and India to help cushion the blow to the region’s economy.

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Environment
5:40 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Louisville Could Benefit From a Tree Ordinance, Expert Says

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Louisville’s tree canopy has been reduced in recent years by invasive pests and storms. Several steps have been taken to begin looking at the issue, but the city still lacks a comprehensive tree ordinance.

Enter Ed Macie. He’s a regional urban forester with the U.S. Forest Service who’s been helping cities craft tree ordinances for decades. And he’ll be in Louisville today and tomorrow to discuss the benefits of such an ordinance.

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Environment
3:54 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Kentucky Legislator Pre-Files Bill to Address Eminent Domain for Bluegrass Pipeline

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline demonstrated in Frankfort earlier this summer.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A Western Kentucky lawmaker has pre-filed a bill to clarify Kentucky's eminent domain law. The topic has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months, as a company seeks to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. The developers of the Bluegrass Pipeline say they believe they have the right of eminent domain under Kentucky law, but numerous others including the legal counsel of the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Kentucky Attorney General disagree.

The bill was filed by Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville.

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Environment
3:23 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

More Bad News for Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District

Last month, a Kentucky Division for Air Quality audit found that years of Louisville’s particulate pollution monitoring data was flawed. Now, that finding has been confirmed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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Environment
6:51 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Kentucky Forestry Officials Plan to Meet on Growing Emerald Ash Borer Issue

Emerald Ash Borer
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An ongoing insect infestation is causing both safety and aesthetic concerns at a well-known Kentucky state park.

The emerald ash borer, which is native to Asia but new to North America, was first seen in Kentucky just four years ago. Since, then it’s done serious damage to trees in 24 counties. State officials are especially worried about its impact on General Butler State Park near Carrolton.

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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
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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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