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6:09 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Volunteers From Six States Expected to Participate in River Cleanup Tomorrow

Volunteers from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois will gather along the banks of the Ohio River tomorrow for a concentrated effort to clean the river.

This is the 23rd annual Ohio River Sweep, and more than 15,000 volunteers from six states are expected to participate. The event is organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, and locally by the Metropolitan Sewer District.

There are six Louisville-area locations where volunteers will be gathering debris from the banks of the river from 9:00 a.m. to noon tomorrow. The sites are:

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Environment
8:46 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

EPA Has Few Answers for Residents at Black Leaf Community Meeting

The sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Park Hill.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Many of the people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood now know their yards are contaminated. But they want to know what the health risks are and whether the federal government will clean up their property. They got few answers at a meeting tonight.

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Environment
4:54 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Kentucky's Annual Drinking Water Report Shows Fewer Violations Than Previous Year

The Kentucky Division of Water has compiled its annual report of public drinking water systems throughout the state.

The federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires Kentucky to compile an annual list of all the violations incurred by the state’s 461 public water systems. This year’s report shows violations dropped by 257 from the previous year.

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Environment
5:07 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

EPA Will Answer Questions About Black Leaf Contamination Tomorrow

A sign on the former Black Leaf Chemical site's property.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Residents living near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood may be able to get some answers about contamination near their homes at a community forum tomorrow.

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency released results of soil testing in the neighborhood. All fifty of the homes adjacent to the former Black Leaf Chemical site were contaminated—some with heavy metals, and some with traces of pesticides.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Concerns About Coal Ash Raised During LG&E Air Permit Hearing

Turnout was small at a hearing this afternoon to take public comments on a pending air pollution permit.

Louisville Gas and Electric is seeking permits to install advanced pollution controls at its Mill Creek power plant in southwest Louisville. The company is taking the steps to comply with upcoming federal regulations that will limit the amount of pollution power plants can emit.

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Environment
5:46 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Public Hearing Tomorrow on Pending Permits for Mill Creek Power Plant

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District will hold a public hearing tomorrow to let residents weigh in on two pending air pollution permits.

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Environment
5:36 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Grassroots Website Launches to Update Bowman Field Residents About Tree Proposal

According to Plea for the Trees, these massive oaks along Valletta Road in Seneca Gardens are threatened by the Bowman Field Proposal.
Michael Hayman Plea for the Trees

Residents living near Bowman Field have launched a new website to relay information about a proposal to trim or remove some of the area’s largest trees.

Last year, the Regional Airport Authority announced a plan to trim or remove some of the largest trees near Bowman Field to comply with new federal aviation regulations. Neighborhoods like Seneca Gardens and Kingsley have lots of old trees, and residents were concerned about what the trimming would do to the value of their property —as well as on air and noise pollution.

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Environment
6:55 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Candidate for Energy Co-Op Board Says Bylaws are Unfair

Members of an electric cooperative in Shelby, Henry, Trimble and Carroll counties will vote soon in the co-op's first ever contested election for board members. But one of the candidates has encountered problems in every step of the process.

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Environment
10:27 am
Sat June 9, 2012

EPA Objections to 36 Kentucky Surface Mining Permits Being Reviewed and Reconsidered

Erica Peterson

Over the past two years, the EPA has filed specific objections to 36 surface mining permits previously approved by the state of Kentucky to mining companies that wanted to dump waste into streams in Eastern Kentucky. This week, there were public hearings on the EPA's objection to the permits in both Frankfort and Pikeville, and the EPA is accepting written comments until June 21.

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Environment
2:25 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Alpha Natural Resources Will Close Four Mines in Eastern Kentucky

One of the nation’s largest coal companies has announced it will be closing several mines and preparation plants in Eastern Kentucky.

Alpha Natural Resources will stop mining coal at four mines in Martin and Pike counties and idle two preparation plants. The company has enough jobs at other locations to reassign 286 employees, but about 150 will lose their jobs.

Alpha spokesman Ted Pile says the move is necessary.

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