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Environment
5:34 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

The Kentucky Legislative Session Wasn't Awful for the Environment, Lobbyist Says

An aluminum smelting plant, photographed in 1973
Environmental Protection Agency

This year’s legislative session is officially over, and one environmental lobbyist says it was a relative success.

This year, there were about 50 bills that were loosely categorized as having something to do with the environment or energy (including ones that were tagged “natural gas,” “coal,” “pollution” and “nuclear”). Twelve of them passed the General Assembly, and have either been signed by Governor Beshear or are waiting on his signature. On the face, that’s a 24 percent success rate.

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Environment
12:27 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

EPA Will Assess Some Flame Retardant Chemicals for Potential Human Health Effects

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to assess 23 commonly-used chemicals—including 20 flame retardants—for their potential effects on human health and the environment.

The study will also include an analysis of how several of those flame retardants behave in the environment…like whether they bioaccumulate in humans or can be absorbed into the body with a certain type of exposure.

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Environment
4:28 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Business Owner Plans Produce Truck to Serve Louisville Food Deserts

Vassil Wikimedia Commons

The owner of a store that sells local fruits and vegetables in Louisville is raising money to bring his products to areas of the city that don’t have easy access to fresh produce.

Root Cellar owner Ron Smith launched his campaign on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. He already owns stores in Old Louisville and Germantown, but now he has plans for a mobile store.

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Environment
12:05 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

A Little More Gas, A Little Less Coal: Analyst Explains the U.S. Annual Energy Outlook

EIA Annual Energy Outlook

America’s energy mix in 2040 won’t be drastically different from what it is today: a little less coal and oil, a little more natural gas and renewable energy. That’s according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook.

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Environment
7:10 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Wendell Berry Conference Will Explore Challenges, Potential in Rural America

Wendell Berry. By Photographer/original uploader: David Marshall/w:User:brtom1 [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
David Marshall Wikimedia Commons

Writers, environmentalists and farmers will gather in Louisville next weekend for the first-ever conference organized by the Berry Center, which address land use, agriculture and food.

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Environment
6:02 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Attorney Plans Suit Against State for Failing to Make Coal Companies Clean Up

A lawyer in Eastern Kentucky has announced his plans to file suit against the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet for allegedly not enforcing its own orders. The suit stems from the cabinet’s 2008 finding that a coal company was responsible for destroying the water supply in a small Letcher County town.

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Environment
11:26 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Final Sustainability Plan Includes Bigger Goals, Tighter Deadlines

Mayor Greg Fischer has released the final version of the city’s sustainability plan, and it has several more ambitious goals and initiatives than the draft version.

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Environment
10:24 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Read the Final Version of Louisville Sustainability Plan

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has released the final version of the city's sustainability plan. We'll have more on it later, but here it is in the meantime.

Environment
3:07 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Poll: Louisvillians More Concerned About Air Quality Than Other Kentuckians Are

Erica Peterson/WFPL

A new poll shows that Louisville residents are more concerned about air quality than those living in other areas of the state.

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Environment
3:58 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Conservation Scientist Discusses Problems, Potential in the Environmental Movement

M. Sanjayan
The Nature Conservancy

A leading conservation scientist will speak at the University of Louisville tomorrow about the ways the environmental movement can better tackle subjects like climate change.

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