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Environment
7:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Be Advised: Kentucky's Waterways May Carry E.Coli

Signage warns people not to swim, fish or wade in Beargrass Creek near Beargrass Road and Alta Vista.
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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.

The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste.

The problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.

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Environment
1:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Records First Bad Ozone Day Since 2012

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Louisville’s streak of good air days has been broken.

The city recorded its first bad ozone day since 2012 on Friday, when levels were high enough to count as an exceedance of the federal government’s 8-hour standard.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the highest reading was 93 parts per billion at the District’s monitor on Cannons Lane.

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Environment
8:02 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Does McConnell and Grimes' Focus on Coal Distract From Economic Diversification?

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 Despite the fact that Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes made clear their unqualified support of Kentucky's coal industry, coal continues to play a role in this year's Senate election.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of EPA in Mountaintop Removal Case

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A federal appeals court today ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency in a case that will affect how states including Kentucky and West Virginia issue permits for mountaintop removal coal mines.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fireworks Caused Louisville to Exceed Air Pollution Standards on July 4 For First Time Since 2010

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By most measures, Louisville’s air quality has been pretty good this summer.

Typically, ozone is the pollutant that causes the problems: local pollution gets trapped in the Ohio River valley and cooks under the hot summer sun. A notoriously bad year for ozone was 2012, but since then Louisville hasn't had  any days that exceeded the federal ozone standard.

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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
6:55 am
Tue April 29, 2014

What's Next With the Bluegrass Pipeline?

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline protested in Frankfort last year.
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Monday morning, one of the companies behind the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline announced that it was suspending capital investment in the project.

The company, Williams, has not returned a telephone message. But the company did issue a Q&A that addressed several lingering issues.

Among them, Williams said the suspension of investment into the proposed natural gas liquids pipeline didn't come about because of opposition from landowners or environmental groups.

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Environment
9:52 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Company Suspends Capital Investment in Bluegrass Pipeline

Proposed route of the Bluegrass Pipeline.
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A partner in the controversial proposed Bluegrass Pipeline has suspended investment in the project.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means

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Ignoring words of caution from his own administration, Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill directing the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a Kentucky-specific plan for regulating carbon dioxide emissions into law earlier this month.

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