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5:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

NPR, Partners Investigate Resurgence of Black Lung Disease

An investigation by NPR and several partners has found that black lung disease is far from being eradicated among coal miners. On the contrary: the reports outline a disease where diagnoses have doubled in the last decade in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

Black lung disease--also called coalworkers' pneumoconiosis--is a disease caused by breathing large amounts of coal dust.

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Environment
10:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Water Shortage Watch Announced for Twenty-Seven Kentucky Counties

Kentucky officials have declared a water shortage watch for 27 counties, mostly in central and western parts of the state.

Nearly all of the state outside of Jefferson and nearby counties is in some degree of drought. Many have been classified as abnormally dry, but central and northern Kentucky are in a level one drought, and the entire western part of the state is in a level two drought. That means in some places, water is becoming scarce.

The state issues water shortage watches when drought conditions could possibly threaten the availability of drinking water supplies.

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Environment
6:03 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Butterfly Count in Oldham County Saturday: You're Invited

Entomologist Charles Covell

People of all ages are invited to the annual butterfly count Saturday at the University of Louisville’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County.

The count will be led by U of L biology professor emeritus Charles Covell, who speaks here with WFPL’s Rick Howlett about the purpose of the count and what you need to know to participate.

Environment
4:53 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Fireworks Lead to Spike in Louisville Soot Pollution

lkluft Wikimedia Commons

There’s an air quality alert in effect today, but that’s for ozone. Louisville’s air quality monitors showed spikes in another type of pollution last night, as fireworks were going off around the city.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the fireworks caused spikes in several area air pollution monitors.

“We’re already having problems with ozone, and we did have another exceedance yesterday for ozone,” Nord said. “But fireworks are mostly a particulate matter issue, it’s mostly a soot issue.”

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Environment
3:34 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Kentucky Coal Operators to California Reps: Don't Expect Mine Safety Fine Payments Soon

A lawyer has responded to two California representatives on behalf of three Kentucky mine operators.

In June, Congressmen George Miller and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey sent a letter to Jack Ealy and Ralph Napier, the president and vice president of K and D Mining, as well as John North of Jackrock, LLC. They wanted the mine operators to submit a plan to pay the $1.568 million currently owed to the federal government for mine safety violations.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Air Forecasted to Be Unhealthy for All on Friday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for Friday. Ozone levels are expected to be high enough to be unhealthy for everyone--a 156 on the Air Quality Index. This is the fourth Air Quality Alert issued so far this week, and the 17th so far this summer.

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

 

Environment
12:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

What Do Zoo Animals Do During Air Quality Alerts?

Erica Peterson WFPL

There’s another Air Quality Alert in effect for today, and ozone levels are expected to be high. But those warnings go out to the human inhabitants of Louisville. How do the high ozone levels affect the exotic animals at the Louisville Zoo?

Zoo curator Steve Wing says one of the species that would be most sensitive to the high ozone levels are the zoo’s penguins.

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11:04 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Gas Planet: A Documentary About Natural Gas and Climate Change

Coming up at 1:00 this afternoon, WFPL will air "Gas Planet: The Impact of the Natural Gas Boom on Climate Change." This hour-long documentary produced by The Allegheny Front examines the rise of natural gas, fueled by low prices, abundant resources and a lower carbon footprint than coal.

Environment
4:05 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Frequent Combined Sewer Overflows Continue in Jeffersonville

In the past three months, Jeffersonville has had eight combined sewer overflows, or CSOs. This is when water levels rise and the city’s sewer system releases untreated sewage and wastewater into the Ohio River so it doesn’t back up into people’s homes. The releases pollute the river and spread E. coli bacteria.

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Environment
12:16 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Metro Goverment Predicts Unhealthy Air Tomorrow, Thursday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District is forecasting unhealthy levels of ozone for Independence Day and July 5.

The high temperatures and lack of wind will trap pollution near the city, raising ozone levels. The city's air is expected to be a 122 on the Air Quality Index tomorrow, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. It's predicted to be slightly lower on Thursday--a 116--but still unhealthy for sensitive groups. These are the 15th and 16th Air Quality Alerts of the summer.

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