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Environment
4:33 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Union, Metro Government Reach Deal on Air Pollution Control Jobs

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Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District has reached an agreement with the union that represents several of its employees. This is the latest move in the agency’s restructuring, which began after audits found serious problems with the way the APCD collected air monitoring data.

The APCD initially had 21 union positions, though five of them are currently unfilled due to attrition. The deal will allow the agency to cut an additional three positions, bringing the total number of union employees to 13.

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Environment
7:05 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New Data Shows Resurgence of Most Severe Form of Black Lung Disease in Appalachia

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The most severe form of black lung disease is at levels not seen since the early 1970s, according to new data from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

New Maps Show How Rising Electricity Prices Will Affect Low-Income Kentucky Families

A new data mapping project from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet highlights the disparities in income and electricity prices both around the country and in the commonwealth.

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Environment
8:30 am
Mon September 8, 2014

As Coal Jobs Leave Kentucky, Where Are the Renewable Energy Jobs?

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Kentucky doesn’t distinguish itself in a new report quantifying so-called “clean energy” jobs announced around the country in the second quarter of 2014.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Kentucky Issues New General Permits for Coal Mine Water Pollution

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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has issued two general coal mining permits for water pollution from operations in Eastern and Western Kentucky.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Local Sierra Club Chapter Endorses Candidates, But Not in Senate or Louisville Mayoral Races

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
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The local chapter of the Sierra Club has released its candidate endorsements for this fall’s elections, and has declined to make picks in two key races: U.S. Senate and Louisville mayor.

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Environment
3:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Harmful Algae Found in Five More Kentucky Lakes

McNeely Lake Park in Jefferson County is one of the latest lakes to be affected by harmful algal blooms.
Credit Louisville Metro Parks

Harmful algae blooms have been identified in several more Kentucky lakes, including two in Jefferson County and one in Oldham County. This brings the total number of affected lakes to 15.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Manufacturing Trade Group Targets Kentucky for Ads Opposing Future Ozone Standard

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Kentucky is one of three states targeted by a new ad campaign opposing stricter federal standards on ozone.

Ozone is one of the pollutants that’s included in the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which the Clean Air Act requires to be periodically reviewed and updated. A federal judge has ordered a draft of the revision by December, but the EPA hasn’t announced what the new standard will be.

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Environment
1:08 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Louisville's Toxic Air Monitoring Program Stalls Amid Loss of Funding

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

A program to monitor toxic air pollutants in Louisville was suspended months ago, and future funding remains uncertain.

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Environment
12:47 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Approval of W. Va. Surface Mine Renews Calls for Study of Health Effects

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A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted appropriately when it granted a permit for surface coal mining in West Virginia, and some are using the ruling to champion legislation introduced by Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.

The lawsuit argued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn’t take into account several studies that found mountaintop removal mines have negative effects on human health, and contribute to problems like cancer and birth defects.

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