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Environment
7:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Cleanup Begins This Week on Contaminated Homes Near Black Leaf Site

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Cleanup begins this week on forty-four homes near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood.

The Black Leaf plant was home to many companies during the 20th century, including several that produced pesticides. In 2011, high levels of heavy metals and pesticides were discovered in the site’s soil. Later, residential testing revealed the dangerous chemicals had migrated to nearby homes.

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Environment
2:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

New Study Pinpoints Unique Isotopes in Pollution From Mountaintop Removal Mines

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A new study has identified the specific isotopes of pollutants that leave mountaintop removal sites and enter Appalachian waterways. The new data could help researchers determine how much of a stream’s pollution is due to coal mining.

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Environment
3:31 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Is There Enough Demand For Two Natural Gas Liquids Pipelines Through Kentucky?

Kinder Morgan

Call it the Battle of the Pipelines.

For the past two months, I’ve been reporting on the Bluegrass Pipeline—a proposal to build a new natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky and Ohio to connect existing infrastructure. Now, another company has announced plans to re-purpose an existing natural gas line across the Commonwealth for the same type of materials.

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Environment
1:42 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Explodes in Illinois

Think Progress

Earlier this week, a natural gas liquids pipeline exploded in western Illinois. This pipeline was a different diameter than the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline (10 inches, rather than 24 inches), and it wasn't owned by either of the two companies involved in the Bluegrass Pipeline (Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners). Even so, it provides a reminder of the safety hazards associated with NGL pipelines.

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Environment
11:56 am
Wed August 14, 2013

County Fiscal Court Opposition to Bluegrass Pipeline Grows

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline gathered at the Capitol last week.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Washington County has passed a formal resolutions opposing the construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky, and the Woodford County fiscal court has unanimously voted to allow the county attorney to draft a resolution. This brings the total number of counties passing or considering similar resolutions to six: Franklin, Marion, Scott and Anderson counties have approved measures over the past few weeks.

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Environment
6:09 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

In Franklin County, Magistrates Pass Emergency Moratorium Targeting Bluegrass and Other Pipelines

A rally in Frankfort last week.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Franklin County has become the first to pass a measure blocking the Bluegrass Pipeline from applying for permits to cross county roads. The county’s magistrates voted 5 to 2 in favor of the measure last week.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Wendell Berry Named Winner of Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Kentucky author and farmer Wendell Berry is this year’s recipient of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, which is given out every year by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

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Environment
7:10 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Scholarships Available for 3 International Students to Study in Berry Farming Program in Kentucky

Credit Creative Commons

St. Catharine College in rural Washington County, Ky., is looking for three international students to join the school’s nascent Berry Farming Program on scholarships.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Orders of Monks, Nuns Oppose Bluegrass Pipeline

This truck parked outside of the informational meeting in Frankfort last week.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Over the past month, opposition to a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that would run through Central Kentucky has been growing. Four counties have passed resolutions against the Bluegrass Pipeline, and more than 5,000 people signed a petition asking Governor Steve Beshear to put pipeline legislation on the agenda for this month’s special session (though the governor has said he won’t).

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Environment
9:56 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky's Coal Industry Jobs Hit Lowest Point Since 1927

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Coal production in both of Kentucky’s coalfields has dropped slightly and employment is at a record low, according to the most recent quarterly report from the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. The commonwealth produced nearly 20.5 million tons of coal in the second quarter of 2013, which represents a 1.3 percent drop from the first quarter of the year.

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