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Environment
4:37 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Four Kentucky Lakes Now Affected by Harmful Algae

parks.ky.gov

Four Kentucky lakes are now affected by harmful algal blooms.

The four lakes—Taylorsville, Barren, Rough River and Nolin—make up half of the lakes the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages in Kentucky. High levels of blue-green algae were first found in Taylorsville Lake last month.

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Environment
11:34 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Beshear Says He Won't Add Pipeline Regulations to Special Session Call

Courtesy Williams

Governor Beshear says it’s unlikely he’ll ask state lawmakers to deal with regulations on pipelines when they assemble in Frankfort next month for a special session. The governor says he called the special assembly to draw new maps for House and Senate districts and doesn’t plan on adding anything else to the call.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Environmental Quality Commission Head Urges Action on Lees Lane Landfill

Kentucky’s top environmental advocate is calling for further action on a former Superfund site in Southwest Louisville. The head of the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission says it’s time to start a conversation about the future of the Lees Lane Landfill.

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Environment
1:25 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Franklin County Magistrates Pass Resolution Opposing Bluegrass Pipeline

Courtesy Williams

Franklin County has become the first Kentucky county to pass a resolution opposing a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline.

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Environment
1:13 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

House Passes Bill to Block EPA From Regulating Coal Ash

The coal ash landfill at LG&E's Cane Run Power Station
Erica Peterson WFPL

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash, which is a byproduct of burning coal in power plants, and instead give the authority to individual states.  The bill passed 265 to 155; all of Kentucky's representatives voted in favor of the measure except for Congressman John Yarmuth, who voted against it.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

In Kentucky, it Takes More Than Six Years to Renew Five-Year Pollution Permits

Erica Peterson WFPL

Yesterday, a coalition of environmental groups released a report advocating for stricter federal controls on water pollution from power plants. Of the information contained in that report, one thing jumped out: the allegation that 17 of Kentucky’s 20 coal-fired power plants are currently operating under expired water pollution permits.

First: a clarification. Just because the permits have technically expired doesn’t mean that these power plants are operating without a permit. The technical term is that the permits are “administratively continued.” That means the power plants keep operating under the old permit until they get a new one.

But the data is interesting. The permits of the 17 power plants in question expired, on average, more than six years ago. The oldest—for East Kentucky Power’s H L Spurlock plant in Mason County—expired in April, 2004. That power plant has spent more than nine years waiting for the renewal of a five year permit. Both of Louisville Gas & Electric’s Louisville power plants have been waiting for nearly six years.

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Environment
3:08 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Franklin County Fiscal Court to Consider Resolution Opposing Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

Courtesy Williams

The Franklin County Fiscal Court will consider a resolution to formally oppose the construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline at its meeting tomorrow.

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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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