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9:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

13th Annual Food and Farm Conference to Focus on Importance of Water

A day-long conversation about local food and farming is scheduled for next weekend. The 13th annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference will focus on the theme “No Water, No Food.”

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Environment
8:30 am
Mon October 8, 2012

State Warns of Prime Wildfire Conditions Going Into Fall Season

The Kentucky Division of Forestry is preparing for a busy wildfire season in the wake of summer droughts.  There’s also a danger that debris from spring tornadoes has created more “ground fuel,” posing a greater threat to firefighters.

Despite recent rainfall, moderate drought conditions still exist in 50 counties in north central Kentucky.  In the far western part of the state, 25 counties remain under severe to extreme drought conditions.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon October 8, 2012

ORSANCO to Make Final Decision on Mercury Variance Thursday

The regulatory body that oversees pollution in the Ohio River is holding its fall meeting in Louisville this week.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission—or ORSANCO—is made up of representatives from eight states and the federal government. The body meets three times a year.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Kentucky Reaches Settlement with Coal Company Over Water Violations

Kentucky has reached a settlement with a coal company accused of thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act.

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Environment
12:46 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Tomorrow's Solar Tour Highlights Solar Energy Systems Around Louisville

Fernando Tomas Wikimedia Commons

Cities around the country are participating in the National Solar Tour tomorrow, which highlights solar and other energy efficient building ideas. In Louisville, there are 30 sites lined up to demonstrate how home and business owners can get at least some of their energy from the sun.

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Environment
4:39 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Group Calls for Obama, Romney to Commit to Climate Change Summit in 2013

Groups in Kentucky and around the country are calling for the winner of next month’s presidential election to hold a summit on climate change during his term’s first 100 days.

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Environment
12:47 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Climate Change, But Not Energy, Absent From First Presidential Debate

Coal and renewable energy weren't absent from the presidential debate last night, but environmental groups are bemoaning the fact that climate change wasn't brought up.

The Hill's E2 Wire notes that a petition was delivered to debate moderator Jim Lehrer with more than 160,000 signatures, asking the PBS host to ask the candidates about climate change.

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Environment
3:36 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

New Energy Efficiency Rankings Place Indiana, Kentucky in Bottom Half of U.S.

A new nationwide ranking of energy efficiency places Kentucky and Indiana in the bottom half of the nation.

The annual scorecard is produced by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. It looks at factors such as whether utility companies offer demand-side management, which allows consumers to move electricity usage to off-peak hours, and whether state have renewable portfolio standards or statewide efficiency efforts.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

More Coal Production Cuts Could Be Coming, Despite Slightly Higher Gas Prices

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Rising natural gas prices could mean good news for the country's coal industry...but there are still likely cuts to come in Central Appalachia. That's the gist of an article from SNL Finanacial.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Buechel, Newburg Residents Protest New MSD Overflow Basin

Residents of Louisville’s Newburg and Buechel neighborhoods are protesting a planned sewage overflow basin in their area. They held a protest at City Hall today.

The Metropolitan Sewer District began constructing the basin on a 40 acre site near Poplar Level Road, Jennings Lane and Produce Road six months ago. It’s designed to hold 100 million gallons of water, but will only be put to use when rain causes the city’s sanitary sewer system to overflow. Without a catch basin, the water flows untreated into area streams and the Ohio River.

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