selenium

Environment
2:04 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Groups Suing EPA Over Kentucky's Selenium Standard Add Nutrient Pollution to Complaint

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Environmental groups have amended their lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency over Kentucky’s water quality laws.

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Environment
2:46 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

EPA Approves Changes to Kentucky's Selenium Standard

Gabe Bullard WFPL

The federal government has signed off on a controversial proposal to change the way Kentucky measures selenium pollution in state waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter with its decision today.

Selenium is a naturally-occurring substance that's released into waterways during strip mining. In large amounts, it's toxic to both aquatic life and humans. The substance also bioaccumulates up the food chain, so as fish eat other fish, levels of selenium rise.

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Environment
6:33 am
Mon August 26, 2013

EPA Has Yet to Weigh in on Kentucky's Proposed Selenium Standard

Gabe Bullard WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to approve or reject Kentucky’s proposed water quality standard for selenium, but over the past few months there’s been lobbying on both sides of the issue.

Earlier this month, representatives from several environmental groups went to visit EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. They want the EPA to reject the standard. The executive director of the Sierra Club also sent the EPA a letter to that effect last week. Meanwhile, state environmental regulators worked with their federal counterparts to craft the new standard. The Kentucky Coal Association has also been involved, expressing support for the new standard to state and federal regulators.

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Environment
12:35 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Sierra Club Director Urges EPA to Reject Kentucky's Proposed Selenium Standard

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune has sent the federal Environmental Protection Agency a letter asking regulators to reject Kentucky's proposed selenium standard.

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Environment
3:37 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Legislative Committee Advances New Selenium Regulations Despite Confusion, Concerns

The Kentucky Administrative Regulation Review Committee has advanced new rules proposed by the state Energy and Environment Cabinet to regulate the levels of selenium in Kentucky waterways. The state says the new regulations are a necessary update, and will adequately protect the environment and aquatic species; but environmental groups have raised serious concerns and say the proposal doesn't comply with the federal Clean Water Act and is unenforceable.

The measure passed 5-3. Committee co-chairman Rep. Johnny Bell says he's not confident the members of the committee comprehended the full effects of the regulation change.

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Environment
5:37 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Kentucky Releases Revised Selenium Proposal, With Minimal Tweaks

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and environmental groups are still at odds over proposed changes to Kentucky’s water quality standard for a substance called selenium. The state released its revised proposal today.

Selenium is a naturally occurring element that is released into waterways during mountaintop removal mining.  Studies have found it's toxic to aquatic life, and high-level exposure has been linked to health problems in humans.

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Environment
7:17 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Lawmakers Delay Decision on Proposed Changes to Selenium Standards

Lawmakers will wait a month before considering controversial changes to Kentucky’s water quality standard for a substance called selenium.

Selenium occurs naturally in small amounts, but is released in heavier doses by some coal mines and can cause deformities in fish. There are currently two standards for selenium in water: one based on short-term exposure and another for long-term exposure. The proposal from the Kentucky Division of Water would essentially get rid of the first standard, and change the way the second is measured.

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