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9:11 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Train Derailment: Hydrogen Fluoride Cars Stabilized

Louisville Metro

Update 6 p.m.: The two train cars containing hydrogen fluoride have been stabilized, and the shelter-in-place for the surrounding area is no longer in effect. The evacuations that were in effect for those within 1.2 miles of the site has also been lifted, and there are no longer any restrictions on air and water traffic.

Dixie Highway will remain close until further notice.

MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan says there were no complications today when stabilizing the hydrogen fluoride cars.

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Environment
9:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Illegal Dump Numbers Decreasing in Kentucky

Kentucky Division of Waste Management

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management's efforts to clean up illegal dumps are showing positive results.

From the Department of Environmental Protection's Naturally Connected blog:

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Environment
8:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Bluegrass Bioneers Conference Looks for Innovation Solutions to Environmental Problems

Louisville’s fourth annual Bluegrass Bioneers conference begins today.

Bioneers is a conference held annually in California, then streamed to groups around the country. It’s meant to present innovative, pioneering solutions to some of the world’s most serious environmental issues.

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Environment
4:34 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

So Far, No Sign of Widespread Air, Surface Water Contamination From Chemical Spill

Regulators are still working to extinguish a fire at the site of the train derailment and chemical spill in southwest Jefferson County. But work has also begun to determine the environmental and health effects of the toxic chemicals that have already leaked.

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Environment
12:03 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fluoride

Right now, workers on the scene of the train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County are worried about extinguishing the fire that’s been burning since yesterday, likely caused by residual butadiene. But once that’s under control, they’ll turn their attention to two train cars full of a chemical called hydrogen fluoride. And as they’re working to stabilize and drain those cars, it’s likely there will be another shelter-in-place in effect for the surrounding areas. Why?

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Environment
10:51 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Sandy Leaves Long List Of Health Threats

People look at homes and businesses destroyed during Superstorm Sandy on Tuesday in the Rockaway section of Queens, N.Y.
Spencer Plat Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 6:36 pm

Public health officials are warning that people in areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy face many risks in the aftermath and are urging people to protect themselves from health threats in the water, air and even their refrigerators.

As millions of people try to put their lives back together, the most obvious threat is the floodwaters themselves. In many places, the water could be a toxic stew.

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Environment
2:50 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Alpha Announces Plans to Close Coal Mine in Eastern Kentucky

Alpha Natural Resources will close one of its coal mines in Eastern Kentucky.

The company will close the Still House Branch Mine in Cumberland in Eastern Kentucky. Forty miners will lose their jobs, and another 40 will be reassigned to other coal mines. Alpha spokesman Rick Nida says there are several factors that went into the decision to close the mine.

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Environment
1:31 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

LG&E Fined for September Coal Ash Violation

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has been issued another citation for coal ash violations at its Cane Run Power Station in southwest Louisville.

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Environment
10:45 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Sandy: Freak Storm or Climate Change in Action?

Visualizations of Hurricane Sandy forming on October 24, 2012.
National Environmental Visualization Laboratory

As Sandy continues to batter most of the northeast, people have jumped to conclusions about what caused--or didn't cause-- the storm.

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Environment
9:04 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Waste Management District Approves 5-Year Plan; Drafts Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance

The Louisville Waste Management District has passed a resolution adopting a new five-year solid waste management plan. The plan now goes to the state for approval.

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