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Environment
5:47 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Environmental Groups Advocate for Stricter Regulations on Water Pollution from Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

A new report says water pollution from many of the country’s coal-fired power plants are under-regulated, and contributing to problems in already-polluted streams and rivers. Environmental groups are using the data to advocate for stricter federal regulations on power plant pollution.

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Environment
5:18 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Eleven Months Later, Delays Continue in Kentucky's India Coal Export Deal

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

It’s been nearly a year since Kentucky officials announced plans to send up to 9 million tons of coal a year to India, and the first shipment still hasn’t been sent.

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Environment
9:27 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Legislators Pre-File Bill to Give Coal Counties More From Coal Severance Tax

Data from the Office of Kentucky State Budget Director

Two Eastern Kentucky lawmakers have pre-filed a bill for next year’s legislative session that would redirect 100 percent of coal severance taxes back to coal producing counties. This is the second year the representatives have introduced the bill.

In Kentucky, every ton of coal that’s produced is taxed. That severance tax goes into the state’s general fund. Half of it stays there. The other half goes back toward projects in individual coal-producing counties, or toward multi-county projects that theoretically benefit coal counties.

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Environment
6:01 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Attorney Says There's No Precedent for Eminent Domain for Bluegrass Pipeline

The proposed route of the Bluegrass Pipeline
Williams

Officials from a company that wants to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky have been holding public meetings in several counties along the proposed route. One lawyer says he doesn’t see examples of eminent domain being used in similar cases.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Senate Committee Discusses Value of Addressing Climate Change

Superstorm Sandy.
NASA

Last month, President Obama released details of his plan to reduce carbon pollution, echoing 98 percent of scientists who say there’s overwhelming evidence that climate change is real, and it’s being influenced by human activities. But at a Senate committee hearing today, the debate shifted from whether climate change is real to whether it’s worth addressing.

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Environment
6:13 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

'Gorilla Snot' and Dust Screens: LG&E Tries to Tame Coal Ash at Cane Run

The dust screen at the Cane Run Power Plant
Photo Courtesy Greg Walker.

Louisville Gas and Electric has spent about $1.75 million to control coal ash at the Cane Run Power Plant, but the company has been repeatedly fined for letting dust leave the site. The company says it has tried out eight separate measures and has implemented half of them.

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Environment
11:04 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Group Cites Coal Influence While Naming Steve Beshear Among 'Worst Governors'

Kentucky Governor's Office

A national watchdog group has named Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear one of its "Worst Governors in America."

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released the list today. Beshear's inclusion is based on the firing of Division of Mine Permits Director Ron Mills in 2009, and what the group calls the "improper influence" of the coal industry on Beshear's official appointments.

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Environment
8:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Where Do Kentucky's Congressmen Stand on Climate Change? Hard to Tell

Erica Peterson WFPL

Later this week, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing on climate change. Called “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now,” the committee’s Democrats are calling on scientists, economists and insurance experts to discuss the science behind climate change, and how it’s affecting the country. That’s Thursday at 10 a.m.

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Environment
5:20 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Report: As Water Supplies Dwindle, Energy Mix Will Be Affected

A new report lays out the risks to the nation’s electricity reliability and drinking water as supplies of fresh water dwindle.

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Environment
10:37 am
Mon July 15, 2013

High Ozone Levels Expected Tomorrow

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the second air quality alert of 2013. Regulators are predicting elevated levels of ozone tomorrow. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 104, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments.

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