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Environment
3:42 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

LG&E Fined $65,000 for Odor Problems at Cane Run Power Plant

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric is facing a $65,000 fine for alleged violations at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant. This is the latest of several Notice of Violations the company has received for problems at the plant in the past two years.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

New EPA Tool Estimates Potential for Renewable Energy on Kentucky's Contaminated Land

The Environmental Protection Agency says there's significant potential for renewable energy projects on contaminated land in Kentucky.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability to Hire Second Employee

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer plans to double the size of the city’s Office of Sustainability, from one to two employees.

A year-and-a-half ago, Fischer hired Maria Koetter to run the city’s nascent office …and to be its only employee. But the recently-approved Metro budget included funding for an additional position. So now the mayor's office is looking for a sustainability project coordinator.

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Environment
6:30 am
Mon August 5, 2013

State, Federal Groups Want More Public Input on Floyds Fork Pollution Measures

Several state and federal agencies tasked with improving the water quality in the Floyds Fork watershed will hold meetings in the next month to gather more public input.

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Environment
3:32 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kentucky Representatives Send Letter Addressing Obama's 'Unfair Attack on Coal'

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Fifty members of Kentucky's House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Obama to protest what they're calling an "unfair attack on coal."

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Environment
11:32 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Marion, Scott County Magistrates Pass Resolutions on Bluegrass Pipeline

Courtesy Williams

Two more counties have registered reservations about a project that would build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky.

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Environment
7:31 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Researchers Hope to Conduct Medical Tests on Black Leaf Residents

Residents at the meeting at the California Community Center
Erica Peterson WFPL

Researchers at the University of Louisville are seeking funding to conduct medical tests on people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant. They held a public meeting this evening to judge interest in the project, and about 20 neighborhood residents attended.

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Environment
5:21 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Obama Issues Executive Order Addressing Chemical Plant Safety

Erica Peterson WFPL

In the wake of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, President Obama has issued an executive order to improve the safety and security of chemical manufacturing facilities. The measure will likely have implications for Louisville's Rubbertown.

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Environment
3:16 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Steve Beshear's Son Representing Bluegrass Pipeline Company

Courtesy Williams

Governor Steve Beshear's son is representing the company that has proposed building a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. The Bluegrass Pipeline is a joint venture between two companies—Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and Williams—and if it's built, it'll transport the byproducts of natural gas drilling from the northeast to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Unusual Birds Nesting in St. Matthews

Mississippi Kite.
Courtesy Pam Spaulding

Today in St. Matthews wildlife: a pair of birds that aren’t native to the region have built a nest and hatched a chick in a neighborhood off Chenoweth Lane. Mississippi Kites are part of the raptor family—like hawks and eagles—but mainly eat insects.

The birds usually nest in the southern Great Plains, and along the Mississippi and lower Ohio Rivers, and this year marks the first confirmed nest in Louisville.

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