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Environment
6:32 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

MSHA Fines Eastern Kentucky Mining Company for 2011 Fatality

A Kentucky coal company has been fined nearly $600,000 by the federal government, stemming from violations that directly contributed to the death of a miner last year.

In June 2011, David Partin was killed at the Manalapan Mining Company’s P-1 Mine in Harlan County. A large section of rock fell from the coal mine’s wall, and knocked him into a dolly.

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Environment
10:30 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Ozone Levels Were Unhealthy Yesterday, Without Warning

There was no Air Quality Alert in effect yesterday, but ozone levels were unexpectedly high.

High levels of ozone were detected at air monitors at Buckner, Cannons Lane, Watson Lane and New Albany. All the levels detected were in the range that's unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Environment
4:16 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Renewable Energy Workshop Postponed Until March

A conference on renewable energy that was scheduled for next month has been pushed back to March 2013.

This year’s Kentucky Statewide Workshop on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency—organized by the Conn Center at the U of L—was supposed to be next month. But Conn Center Assistant Director Andrew Marsh says the center just decided that more academic speakers would be available at a different time of year.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

LG&E Fined $24,000 for Coal Ash Dust Violations at Cane Run Power Plant

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District has fined Louisville Gas and Electric for several violations at the Cane Run Power Station in southwest Louisville.

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Environment
6:26 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Rising Temperatures Could Also Increase Ozone Levels in Next Decade

The summer has just begun, and Louisville has already seen dangerously high levels of ozone pollution on thirteen days. Scientists are predicting that ozone could become an even bigger problem as average temperatures rise.

Ozone is created when pollution from cars and smokestacks cooks in summer heat. Louisville’s seen a lot of it lately, and nearly every week there’s been at least one warning that the air outside could be unhealthy for at least some people.

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Environment
5:43 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Patriot Coal Files for Chapter 11; Will Reorganize

A major coal company with mines in Appalachia and Western Kentucky has filed for bankruptcy. In a news release, Patriot Coal said it was undertaking the move to facilitate restructuring.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

EIA Data Shows Natural Gas, Coal Generation Equal for First Time

For the first time since the federal government has begun collecting data, natural gas and coal produce virtually the same amount of the country’s electricity.

The Energy Information Administration just crunched its numbers for this past April, and preliminary data shows that both coal and natural gas make up about 32 percent of the country’s total electricity generation.

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Environment
3:58 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Kentucky to Receive Federal Grant to Continue Studying Fatal Bat Disease

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

Kentucky is among 30 states that will receive federal funds to boost monitoring for a deadly bat disease.

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Environment
12:24 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

City Launches First of Several Recycling Projects

Large recycling cans will replace many orange bins later this year in a pilot program.

Louisville Metro Government employees will begin participating in the city’s first recycling project created through a $4.8 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order Monday to replace the trash cans at all Metro Government employees’ desks with recycling bins by year’s end.

“If we’re telling people they need to be more sustainable and they need to recycle more, certainly city government should be a model for that as well," Fischer said shortly before signing the order.

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Environment
10:48 am
Mon July 9, 2012

New York Times Op-Ed Focuses on Mountaintop Removal

Jason Howard of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation had an Op-Ed in the New York Times yesterday on the ways in which coal--specifically, mountaintop removal coal mining--is dividing people and communities in Appalachia.

Howard chronicles coal industry advertising and the harassment of several coalfields environmental activists.

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