smokestack

Environment
7:23 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Butterfly Count, Release Planned for Next Weekend

Richiebits Wikimedia Commons

Whether  it’s counting butterflies or just watching them, upcoming events aim to connect Louisville residents with nature. There’s both a butterfly census and butterfly release planned for next weekend.

On Saturday, fifty butterflies will be released in a community garden at Blackacre Conservancy. The butterflies are in a cold-induced sleep, and will be shaken into children’s hands to slowly warm up before they’re released.

Read more
Environment
4:08 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Indiana Reports Banding Record Number of Peregrine Falcon Chicks

One of the peregrine falcon chicks born in Louisville this spring.
Erica Peterson WFPL News

Indiana state biologists have banded a record number of peregrine falcon chicks so far this year.

The once-endangered species has been making a comeback in the region. Until 1999, peregrine falcons were on the federal endangered species list. Populations were decimated due to the widespread use of pesticides like DDT, which decreased reproduction rates. The birds also lost a lot of their natural habitat…like cliffs and steep slopes.

Read more
Environment
7:29 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

PSC Considers Proposal to Replace Big Sandy Generation

By Flickr user CM195902: http://bit.ly/KhOtGU

Kentucky’s Public Service Commissioners will begin considering whether Kentucky Power should be allowed to purchase a share in a West Virginia power plant. Two days of public hearings on the matter ended today.

Read more
Environment
7:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Pipeline for Natural Gas Liquids Could Cross Kentucky; Here's What You Need to Know

Marion Bischoff
Erica Peterson WFPL News

Over the past few years, more and more of America’s energy has come from natural gas. And much of that gas has come from the Marcellus and Utica Shales, which lie mostly under parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio and Maryland.

Read more
Environment
6:46 am
Mon July 8, 2013

What Role Would Coal Play in a Grimes-McConnell Senate Race?

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Now that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, the speculation about how Grimes will campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—and on what issues—has begun.  

Read more
Environment
4:00 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Most Years, Soot Pollution and Fireworks Go Hand-in-Hand on Independence Day

As Louisville celebrates the Fourth of July, there will be both Metro-sanctioned and rogue fireworks displays. In the past, this has often caused uncharacteristically high air pollution in the city.

These days, Louisville has issues with some kinds of air pollution. When you hear about an air quality alert, it’s almost always for high ozone levels. Particle pollution—or soot—levels in the city’s air have been fairly low in recent years.

Read more
Environment
7:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Poll: Small Business Owners Support Clean Energy, Climate Change Initiatives

A new poll of small business owners around the country suggests that a majority support cleaner energy sources and climate change regulations.

Read more
Environment
1:13 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Regulators Recommend Further Restrictions on Public Access at Lees Lane Landfill

A sign on the Lees Lane Landfill.

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management says recent soil tests suggest the public should stay off of the Lees Lane Landfill site.

Read more
Environment
11:04 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Harmful Algae Bloom Reported in Taylorsville Lake

Taylorsville Lake
Credit parks.ky.gov

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that an algae bloom in Taylorsville Lake may be harmful to people and animals.

This algae bloom is a type of cyanobacteria that produces toxins. It can cause nose and skin irritation, as well as other illnesses in humans and animals.

From the Kentucky Division of Water:

Read more
Environment
8:19 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

At Public Meeting, Black Leaf Residents Question Regulators About Clean-Up Plans

Cleanup is scheduled to begin later this summer on 77 homes near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville, where testing has revealed widespread environmental contamination. At a public meeting tonight, residents were angry.

By all accounts, the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood is contaminated. Regulators found high levels of pesticides, lead and arsenic in the soil on the site. Then more recently, testing in the private yards that back up to the plant revealed some contamination on 77 private properties.

Read more

Pages