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Politics
6:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Approves Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E Fee

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After an intense 90-minute debate, the Louisville Metro Council Thursday night approved a measure allowing a 2 percent fee on natural gas that will likely be passed on to customers. 

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Local News
1:52 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer's Gas Tax Would Cost JCPS

A Jeffeson County Public School board meeting
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed franchise fee on natural gas could have a significant impact on the Jefferson County Public School system, district officials told WFPL.

If a fee is approved by the Metro Council at Thursday's meeting, the school district may see an additional cost of nearly $120,000 per year, according to a statement from the district’s chief financial officer, Cordelia Hardin.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

5 Louisville Council Democrats to Watch Ahead of LG&E Fee Vote

Louisville City Hall
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The overwhelming opposition to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed LG&E fee is forcing Metro Council leaders to find a compromise ahead of Thursday's vote.

As WFPL News reported earlier this week, a vast majority of the citizens weighing in on the proposed fee have been against the idea. Hundreds have lodged their complaints with lawmakers and the mayor's office.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Louisville Residents Slam Mayor’s LG&E Fee

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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A review of the city’s information hotline and e-mails to the Metro Council found an overwhelming majority of Louisville residents are in opposition the Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed LG&E fee hike.

City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on an ordinance that would attach to Metro Government's deal with the utility company a 3 percent increase on natural gas. This would trickle down to residents in Metro Louisville, but not incorporated cities.

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Environment
3:17 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Sierra Club and Earthjustice Sue LG&E Over Discharges Into Ohio River Caught on Video

LG&E's Mill Creek Power Station
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Two environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit today alleging that Louisville Gas & Electric violated the Clean Water Act by illegally discharging waste into the Ohio River.

The Sierra Club and Earthjustice allege that waste water from one of LG&E's coal ash ponds seeped into the river on a near-constant basis for the past five years. 

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Environment
3:58 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Environmental Groups Say Kentucky Ash Pond is Leaking Contaminants

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Two environmental groups say an unlined coal ash pond just outside of Harrodsburg, Ky., is leaking toxic contaminants into the surrounding surface and groundwater, causing a potential threat to nearby residents.

The coal ash is produced by the the E.W. Brown power plant, owned by Louisville Gas and Electric and operated by Kentucky Utilities. The Sierra Club and EarthJustice said a previously unreleased document from the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection shows that it's discharging a “highly contaminated ‘orange-colored’ water” through a drain pipe.

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Environment
9:16 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

LG&E to Pay $113,000 Settlement for Cane Run Odor, Dust Violations

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Louisville Gas & Electric is set to pay more than $113,000 to the Air Pollution Control District for outstanding dust and odor violations at the company’s Cane Run Power Station.

The APCD board unanimously approved the settlement at a public forum on Wednesday.

LG&E proposed the settlement to cover fines that date back to early 2012.

The violations and fines stem from poorly maintained coal ash and odor from the plant that has plagued the nearby Cane Run neighborhood.

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Environment
6:31 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Judge: Kentucky Power Plant Permit Must be Reworked

LG&E's Trimble County Power Station
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A Franklin County judge is ordering state officials to rework a water permit for a Trimble County power plant that discharges into the Ohio River.

The ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd says the state's Energy and Environment Cabinet failed to conduct the correct analysis for scrubber wastewater at the plant.

Environmentalists had challenged the Trimble County Generating Station's permit, saying it did not properly control toxic pollutants like arsenic and mercury going into the river. The power plant is owned by LG&E in Louisville.

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Environment
12:16 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

LG&E Withdraws Application for Second Ash Landfill at Cane Run

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

Louisville Gas and Electric has withdrawn its permit application for an additional coal ash landfill at its Cane Run plant.

Coal ash, its storage and its tendency to blow onto neighboring properties have all been headaches for LG&E at Cane Run and the company is planning on phasing it out to build a natural gas facility.

The landfill application, which has been pending since January 2010, was dropped due to the slated natural gas facility and to the building of an earthen wall that allows the existing landfill to hold more coal ash.

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Local News
10:00 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Storms Rumble Through Metro Area

UPDATE:  Several hundred LG&E customers were still without service across the Louisville area as of midday today.   Duke Energy says several dozen southern Indiana residents were still without power. 

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