Environment

Environment
1:28 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Fischer Approves MSD, Louisville Water Merger Process

After reviewing task force recommendations for over two months, Mayor Greg Fischer says he supports the consolidation process between the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Louisville Water Company, but a full merger is not set in stone.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

New Report Looks at Links Between Diseases, Chemicals

A new report out today provides new information about the connections between commonly-used chemicals and the prevalence of diseases. Groups that advocate for safer chemicals are using the data to lobby for updates to federal legislation.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Fourth Floyds Fork Meeting Tomorrow

The Environmental Protection Agency will update residents tomorrow evening on the efforts to develop new pollution limits for the Floyds Fork watershed.

Floyds Fork has been designated as “impaired,” which means its waterway can’t fulfill its designated functions. The state Division of Water has asked the EPA to help determine the maximum amount of pollution that can be discharged into the watershed without exceeding the state water quality standard.

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Environment
11:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

MSHA Releases Mid-Year Fatality Report; 19 Miners Died in First 6 Months of 2012

Nineteen miners died in the first half of 2012, according to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration’s mid-year summary.

Ten of those deaths were in coal mines (the rest were in metal or nonmetal mines). And five of them were in Kentucky—four of them in coal mines, and one in a limestone mine.

According to the release from MSHA:

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Environment
11:34 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

At Community Meeting, EPA Lays Out Next Steps for Lees Lane Landfill

Federal Environmental Protection Agency officials say there’s still work to be done at the Lees Lane Landfill site in southwest Louisville, though they don’t believe the site is currently a danger to nearby residents.

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Environment
5:08 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Report Finds Surface Coal Exports Rising, Argues Destruction is Harder to Justify

Gabe Bullard WFPL

According to a new analysis by U.S. House Democrats, an increasing percentage of coal from mountaintop removal mines is being exported overseas. The report was released this morning, as the House Natural Resources committee held a hearing on a proposed stream buffer rule to protect Appalachian streams from coal mine pollution.

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Environment
1:43 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

New Report Shows Mountaintop Removal Coal is Increasingly Exported

A mountaintop removal site in Eastern Kentucky.
Gabe Bullard WFPL

A report released today from the Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee analyzed coal export data and found that mountaintop removal mines are sending an increased percentage of coal produced oversees.

The report used data from the Energy Information Administration, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and data self-reported by the mines. Here's a summary of what they found:

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Environment
5:28 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

EPA Will Hold Meeting About Lees Lane Landfill Tomorrow

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency will be in Louisville tomorrow to discuss a former toxic Superfund site.

New environmental issues have arisen at the Lees Lane Landfill in West Louisville.

The landfill was closed in 1975. After 400 drums of hazardous materials were found on the site near the Ohio River several years later, Lees Lane was classified as a toxic Superfund site, and cleanup began.

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