Environment

Environment
5:02 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant

Credit Decumanus / Wikimedia Commons

A Western Kentucky coal miner is alleging several counts of workplace discrimination, after he reported safety problems at his job and was fired.

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Environment
7:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

For Water Supplies in Kentucky's Mountains, Look in Abandoned Coal Mines

Blaine Sergent, left, comes out of the mine at the end of the day's work. P V & K Coal Company, Clover Gap Mine, Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky.
Russell Lee U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Indiana's abandoned coal mines contain up to 172 billion gallons of water, according to a recent study. This is water that filters down through the ground and coal seams, pooling in the abandoned mines.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Regulators Will Hold Meeting on Proposed LG&E Trimble County Coal Ash Landfill This Week

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has filed another application to construct a coal ash landfill at the company’s Trimble County power plant, and state regulators are holding a public meeting this week.

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Environment
2:40 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Metro Council Wants More Study on Tax Incentive for Lubrizol, Hearing Rubbertown Health Concerns

Erica Peterson WFPL

Metro Council voted yesterday to return a resolution to give tax incentives to a Rubbertown company back to committee, after hearing from numerous West Louisville residents about health concerns in the neighborhood.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Gas Explosion, Corvette Museum Sinkhole Underscore Opposition to Bluegrass Pipeline

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

A natural gas pipeline explosion in southern Kentucky this morning, paired with a spontaneous sinkhole at Bowling Green’s Corvette Museum yesterday, is providing fodder for the opposition to a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Two Weeks Later, Cleanup Continues at Pulaski County Fuel Spill Site

Clean-up is continuing nearly two weeks after a tanker truck spilled more than 8,000 gallons of fuel in Pulaski County, Kentucky.

A fuel spill of this magnitude would have caused problems no matter the location. But the accident on January 30 was in the midst of the Sloans Valley cave system near Somerset, and early tests showed that at least some of the fuel entered the cave.

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Environment
4:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Bluegrass Pipeline Developers Submit Application for Federal Permit

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

The companies seeking to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky and Ohio have submitted a permit application to the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Environment
3:46 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

On the Kentucky Legislature's Proposed Constitutional Amendment and Environmental Regulations

Credit File photo

A bill moving through the Kentucky General Assembly would place a measure on the ballot to allow legislators to overturn executive branch actions. And if the measure ever becomes law, it could have an effect on Kentucky’s environmental laws.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

EPA Concludes Recycling Coal Ash in Concrete, Wallboards is Safe

Coal ash stored in a landfill at LG&E's Cane Run Power Station.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency is under deadline to finalize the country’s first-ever measures regulating coal ash by next December, and it’s considering two different options: one that would regulate the material as a hazardous material, and the other as a “special waste.” But last week, the EPA released the results of a study which could preview which way the agency is leaning:

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Environment
2:44 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Film to Explore Appalachia's Future from an Eastern Kentucky Perspective

Credit "Appalachia 2050"

A new independent film explores the problems and potential that lies in Eastern Kentucky. The film is premiering as part of nonprofit group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth’s “Louisville Loves Mountains Week.”

Ralph Davis is a native of Floyd County in Kentucky.  Besides his foray into independent filmmaking, he runs the local newspaper and is the market manager for the Floyd County Farmers Market.

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