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Environment
6:07 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Kentucky Study Finds No Dangerous Levels of Heavy Metals in Public Drinking Water

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A new study by the Kentucky Division of Water finds there isn’t an unhealthy concentration of certain heavy metals in drinking water.

The state’s study is a response to a growing body of work that suggests there is a higher risk of cancer in Appalachian mining communities.

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Environment
4:54 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

White House Releases State-Specific Facts Making Case for Climate Change Action

Axel Kristinsson Wikimedia Commons

The White House has released state-specific facts about climate change, following the release of President Obama’s climate change proposal yesterday.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Obama Lays Out Climate Change Plan; Kentucky Reacts

Erica Peterson WFPL

President Obama’s administration will take new, stricter steps to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The president laid out his plan to address climate change this afternoon; it’s predictably won accolades from environmental groups, but is being attacked by the coal industry.

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Environment
1:04 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Ahead of Obama's Climate Change Speech, Coal and Environmental Groups React

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

President Obama is scheduled to lay out his plan for addressing climate change this afternoon, and politicians and organizations have already begun weighing in.

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Environment
3:08 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Rubbertown Residents Get Fourth Code Red Alert in Two Weeks

A Code Red alert was issued as a precaution to Rubbertown residents today, after a 20% solution of sodium hydroxide was released at Lubrizol's plant. Metropolitan Sewer District and the Lake Dreamland Fire Department responded; it was classified as a Level 1 hazmat, and authorities decided there was no risk to the public.

But this was the fourth chemical spill in about two weeks in the area, beginning with the hydrochloric acid release on June 9 at DuPont's plant. Last week, American Synthetic Rubber reported two releases of hydraulic fluid--one of 150 gallons, and one of 60 to 80 gallons.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Trade Group Promotes Concrete as Partial-Solution to Louisville's Rising Temperatures

The Kentucky Ready Mix Concrete Association is renewing an advertising campaign to inform the public about Louisville’s recurring problems with the urban heat island effect.

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Environment
8:41 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Faith, Environmental Groups Rally for Renewable Energy in Louisville

Brett Marshall Kertis Creative

Environmental and faith groups are coming together to advocate for an end to fossil fuels, and the resulting pollution that disproportionately affects poor and minority communities. The groups held a march and a rally Thursday  in Louisville.

The event was held in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, which was in town this week. Local environmental groups joined in too, and brought in buses of people from around the state.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Regulators Present Plan to Clean Up Homes Near Black Leaf Site

Erica Peterson WFPL

Kentucky environmental regulators hope to begin removing contaminated soil from homes near Louisville’s former Black Leaf Chemical plant by early August.

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Environment
12:17 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Louisville's First High Ozone Day of 2013 Could Be Tomorrow

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the first 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. 

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Environment
5:03 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Nelson County Residents Cite Environmental, Safety Concerns With Proposed Pipeline

A map of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.

Representatives of a company that wants to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky are beginning a public relations and information campaign in 13 counties. At a meeting in Nelson County this morning, they were met with anger, challenges and questions from local residents.

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