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Environment
2:00 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Kentucky Center Scales Back Plans for Green Roof

A rendering of the Kentucky Center's green roof.
Joseph & Joseph Architects

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has revised its plans for the building’s green roof.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

New Pavement at Ford Plant Diverts Millions of Gallons of Stormwater From Waterways

Workers installing the pervious pavement.
Greg Long Ford

Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant is getting recognition for a green infrastructure project the company completed last year.

The plant has a lot of paved surfaces…the employee parking lot alone is about 20 acres. And all of that pavement means when it rains, gallons of water and pollution runoff into nearby streams.

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Environment
3:20 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Will Close at End of Month

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
Utilisateur 65872 Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Energy has rejected a proposal that would have extended operations at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

For about 60 years, the plant has processed uranium for use in nuclear power plants. Last May, it was scheduled for closure, but a new agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Energy Northwest pushed back the planned shutdown date.

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Environment
4:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

New Chemical Safety Bill Introduced; Health Advocates Say It's Lacking

A bipartisan bill to reform some of the country’s laws regulating chemicals has been introduced in the Senate, but some environmental advocates say it’s missing key provisions.

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Environment
3:32 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Kentucky Coal Employment Hits Lowest Level Since 1950

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

A quarterly report shows that the number of jobs in Kentucky’s coal industry has dropped to the lowest level in at least 63 years.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Tomorrow's Discussion on Coal Aims to Get at Facts Behind Rhetoric

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Tom FitzGerald of the Kentucky Resources Council and Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute often disagree on some aspects of Kentucky coal production, federal regulations and the environment (as evidenced by this recent opinion piece written by Waters).

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Environment
6:42 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Local Author Explores Climate Change, Energy and the Keystone XL Pipeline in New Book

Ruka Press

A decision on the fate of the northern section of a pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to the United States isn’t expected for months, but advocates and opponents of the project are still staging demonstrations. A new book by a local author ties in local efforts to raise awareness about climate change with the larger issues surrounding the development of Canadian tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

It's Bike to Work Day

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is encouraging commuters to think about making the trip by bicycle on Friday. It’s Bike to Work Day, and groups are meeting in six locations around Louisville and Southern Indiana to commute downtown together.

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Environment
3:22 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Louisville Zoo's Oldest Polar Bear, Arki, Dies

Arki
Kyle Shepherd Louisville Zoo

Louisville Zoo officials say the zoo's oldest polar bear passed away today from unknown causes.

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Environment
5:52 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Senate Advances McConnell Measure to Promote Fishing, Block Safety Restrictions Near Dams

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

A measure to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from restricting access to the Cumberland River near locks and dams is moving through Congress.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell added the amendment to a water resources bill that passed the Senate today.  In a news release, McConnell said restricting access to the water directly below dams would have a devastating effect on fishermen and the local economy.

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