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Environment
7:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

USDA Launches Website to Help Landowners Manage Climate Change Risk

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new website designed to provide practical information to farmers, ranchers and landowners dealing with the effects of climate change across the country.

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Environment
12:50 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

In Louisville, Yellow Hybrid Taxis Hit the Streets

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One of Louisville’s largest taxi companies is adding hybrid vehicles to its fleet.

Procarent operates Yellow Cab of Louisville. President Steve Coston said starting today, the company’s fleet will include eight Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles. That’s a small amount for a fleet of about 220 taxicabs at any given time, but Coston said this will likely be the beginning of a larger switch to hybrids.

“I think in general from a sedan standpoint we’re going to look at this as more as the beginning of the rollout, versus a true trial,” he said.

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Environment
12:15 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Environmental Rules Likely Target Under Republican-Controlled Congress

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Election Day is a week away, and Republicans are holding out hope that their party can gain control of the Senate and keep control of the House. If that happens, it will give Republicans like current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell more leverage to take action on the Obama Administration’s environmental policies. These policies include proposed limits on greenhouse gases from new and existing power plants, and many others that McConnell has railed against over the past six years.

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Environment
3:10 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

8 Homes Near Lees Lane Landfill to Get Indoor Air Tests After Chemicals Found in Crawl Spaces

A sign on the Lees Lane Landfill warns of hazards.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency will be back in southwest Louisville next month to take additional air samples near the Lees Lane Landfill, after testing earlier this year showed potential concerns.

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Environment
6:08 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Many Children's Halloween Products Have High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals, Study Says

Products like this Cars trick-or-treat bag from Kroger were found to have high levels of chemicals like flame retardants and lead.
Credit HealthyStuff.org

Everyone knows Halloween has inherent health hazard—Snickers and Butterfingers have never professed to be healthy, after all. But a new study says there are dangerously high levels of chemicals and heavy metals in some of the fairy wings, candy bags and superhero costumes that millions of children will wear and touch on Oct. 31.

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Environment
2:55 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Kentucky Noted as 'Most-Improved' in Annual Energy Efficiency Rankings

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An energy policy non-profit today released its annual ranking of states by energy efficiency programs.

Though Kentucky is still in the bottom half of the list, it was recognized as one of the “most-improved” states.

Indiana, on the other hand, fell the furthest and is currently ranked 40th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Environment
1:18 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Audits Seek to Help Louisville Congregations Save Energy

Aaron Tornes of Kentucky IPL shows Bill Bowman of Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church a kilowatt meter.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Kentucky has one of the lowest electricity rates in the U.S. But that doesn’t always translate to lower bills, thanks to housing stock that isn’t very efficient and wastes a lot of energy.

For buildings like churches, the problem is especially severe. Many churches are old and leaky, with large areas that are only used occasionally during the week and on Sundays.

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Environment
5:11 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Study Shows Direct Connections Between Mountaintop Removal Dust Exposure and Lung Cancer

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A new epidemiological study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining is harmful to the health of nearby residents.

The study published last week in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology used dust samples from homes near a mountaintop removal site in West Virginia, as well as a control site far from mining in the eastern part of the state.

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Environment
1:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Report: Many Louisville Students Attend Schools in Chemical 'Danger Zones'

Credit Center for Effective Government

An analysis by a non-profit of the locations of schools and chemical danger zones nationwide has found that one-third of U.S. students are vulnerable to chemical disasters. In Louisville, nearly every school inside the Watterson Expressway and in the Southern and Southwestern parts of the city is in at least one danger zone.

Check out the map here.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Swift Plant Settles Some, But Not All, Violations With Louisville Air District

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Louisville Metro has reached an agreement with the J.B. Swift plant in Butchertown over some administrative violations, but the plant’s issues with alleged odor violations remain unresolved.

The Air Pollution Control Board today approved fining Swift $24,550 for failing to correctly report particulate, carbon monoxide and greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 to 2012.

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