Environment

Environment
10:31 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Alpha Natural Resources Reports $2 Billion Loss in Second Quarter

Alpha Natural Resources--a coal company with mines in eastern Kentucky, as well as throughout Appalachia--reported its second quarter earnings this morning and the news wasn't good.

The company had a net loss of $2.2 billion in the second quarter of 2012. That compares to a $50 million loss for the same period last year.

From the company's announcement:

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Environment
3:40 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit for Stricter Haze Reduction Measures

Environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, in hopes they can force federal regulators to crack down on air pollution in national parks. The groups—including Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, and the National Parks Conservation Association—filed a lawsuit in federal court this week.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Coal Rally Set for Saturday in Southeastern Kentucky

A rally in support of coal is scheduled for this weekend in southeast Kentucky. It stemmed from a Facebook post, but now Bell County resident and business owner Joe Harris says he expects more than 20,000 people to line a county road Saturday in support of coal.

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Environment
12:02 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Another Day of Unhealthy Air Expected Wednesday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for ozone for the metro area tomorrow.

The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 111--which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

There's another Air Quality Alert in effect today, and the ozone levels are expected to reach levels that are unhealthy for everyone.

For hourly air quality updates, call 574-3319.

Environment
11:28 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Air Expected to Be Unhealthy for All on Tuesday

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for tomorrow.

The Air Quality Index is expected to be 156. Anything between 151 and 200 is considered unhealthy for all groups.

For hourly air quality updates, call (502) 574-3319.

Environment
10:52 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Louisville Environmental Activist Wins National Award

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

Louisville resident Kathy Little has been selected to receive a national award from the Sierra Club for her activism opposing the coal-fired Cane Run Power Plant.

Little has lived across the street from the Cane Run Power Station in southwest Louisville for decades. But in recent years, she’s organized residents and challenged utility company Louisville Gas and Electric on its handling of coal ash at the site.

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Environment
10:24 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Noted Climatologist Concludes Recent Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change

NASA climatologist James Hansen has produced new research that ties the record heat waves the world has experienced over the past decade to climate change.

Hansen's paper will be published today, and in an Op-Ed in the Washington Post he previewed his findings. He and his colleagues analyzed 60 years of weather patterns and have found that extremely hot summers are increasing in frequency.

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Environment
6:30 am
Mon August 6, 2012

UK to Host Carbon Capture Workshop

Carbon capture has been out of the news lately, as many power plants have abandoned efforts to capture and store carbon dioxide. But the University of Kentucky says the technology is still relevant.

UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research will host a carbon capture workshop in September. It’s meant for utility members and researchers to learn more about the technology.

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Environment
4:29 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Daviess County Approves New Surface Coal Mine

A western Kentucky county has approved changes that will allow a new coal mine to be opened, but there are some restrictions once mining begins.

The Daviess County Fiscal court voted unanimously last night to uphold the rezoning of nearly 700 acres in the southern end of the county. But county officials also placed some limits on what type of equipment could be used at the mine and when the mine could operate.

Environment
12:11 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Kentucky Environmental Attorney FitzGerald Rejects Inaugural Federal Award

Kentucky environmental attorney Tom FitzGerald has turned down an award from the federal Office of Surface Mining.

FitzGerald--also the head of the Kentucky Resources Council--was to be the first-ever recipient of the ECHO Award, named for the agency's stated principles of Environment, Community, Humanity, and Ownership. The award was given out yesterday in recognition of the 35th anniversary of the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, or SMCRA.

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