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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
10:29 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Judge Rules Against Environmental Groups in Case Involving Coal Mining's Health Effects

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A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups in a case involving a surface mine in Eastern Kentucky.

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Environment
2:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Farmers from Louisville, Berea, Russellville Named 'Local Food Heroes'

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Three farmers from around the state have been named Kentucky’s “Local Food Heroes.” They are Mike Lewis of Berea, Clay Turner of Russellville and Ramsi Kamar of Louisville.

The contest was sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Louisville Metro Government and Seed Capital Kentucky, and encouraged residents around the state to go online and vote for their favorite farmer. More than 2,500 votes were cast on the Seed Capital Kentucky website.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Solar House at U of L Envisioned as Solution to Temporary Housing After Disasters

The front view of the solar house, with solar panels visible on the roof.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A solar-powered demonstration house will be open to the public tomorrow at the University of Louisville. A team of students from three universities has built the house to compete in an international competition.

In a nearly empty lot off Third Street, students are sawing, hammering, and putting the finishing touches on a two-bedroom house.

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Environment
8:35 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Kentucky Senate Passes Resolution Urging Further Study of Bluegrass Pipeline Project

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Update 9:39 a.m: The Senate passed the resolution by a voice vote.

Original post: The Kentucky State Senate will consider a resolution on natural gas liquids pipelines, spurred by recent surveying in Kentucky for the Bluegrass Pipeline.

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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
2:41 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Expert to Discuss Links Between Coal Burning, Health Problems Tomorrow

Erica Peterson WFPL

Burning coal releases pollution into the air, though advanced controls have made the process cleaner. But for decades, studies show that pollution has taken a significant toll on human health.

Dr. Alan Lockwood is a professor of neurology at the University of Buffalo, and on the board for Physicians for Social Responsibility. He’s the author of a book on the effects of coal on health, and will be in Louisville tomorrow to lead a discussion on the subject. I spoke with him via phone from his home.

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Environment
2:02 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Board Stands By Air Pollution Control District Staff After Critical Audit

Louisville Air Pollution Control District board members say they’re standing by the district’s staff in the wake of a state audit that found the city’s air monitoring program is seriously flawed. The board met for the first time today since the audit was released.

The audit by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality found issues with the way particulate monitoring data was collected and analyzed, and says several years of data could be thrown out.

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Environment
11:43 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Two More Counties Pass Resolutions Opposing Bluegrass Pipeline

A sign opposing the Bluegrass Pipeline at an information session in Frankfort.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Pendleton and Shelby counties have joined the growing number of Kentucky counties registering formal opposition to--or requesting more regulation and study--of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline. This brings the total number of counties passing some sort of resolution to seven.

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Environment
5:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Residential Cleanup Near Black Leaf Site is Underway

Cleanup has begun at 44 houses near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant in Louisville. 

On Wilson Avenue, heavy machinery digs up dirt in the backyard of a home. Crews hired by the state and federal governments are removing the soil in 44 backyards that have showed high levels of heavy metals and pesticides. These houses abut the former Black Leaf Chemical plant, and regulators believe that’s where most of this contamination came from.

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