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Environment
6:27 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

De-Treed For Speed: Museum Expansion Fells Oak Tree

Tommy Parker, Steven Bowling and Greg Gardiner examine the Valley oak's stump.
Erica Peterson WFPL

UPDATE: Experts say the original estimate of the tree as more than 300 years old (made by a University of Louisville biology professor) is very inaccurate. This story's headline has been changed to reflect the new information. Click here for an update to the story.

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Environment
1:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

NRDC Director: Canadian Tar Sands Expansion Would Be Disastrous for the Environment

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

A year ago, President Obama rejected a proposed pipeline to transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Keystone XL pipeline is touted by oil companies as a way to expand the amount of oil that’s produced from the tar sands in Alberta, but its construction raises concerns about the environmental effects and climate change.

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Environment
1:20 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Bellarmine University Creates New School of Environmental Studies

Robert Kingsolver, the new dean of Bellarmine's School of Environmental Studies, on the Bellarmine Farm.
Courtesy Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University has elevated its environmental studies major into a new school, placing it on par with the university’s schools of arts and sciences, nursing, business and others.

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Environment
12:19 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Yarmuth Reintroduces Bill to Study Health Effects of Mountaintop Removal Mining

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville has reintroduced a bill that would put a moratorium on mountaintop removal coal mining until the practice’s health effects can be better understood.

The Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act—or ACHE—was first introduced last summer, but died when it was referred to committee. Now, Yarmuth and New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are reintroducing the legislation.

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Environment
11:42 am
Wed February 6, 2013

REI Executive is Reportedly Obama's Choice for Interior Secretary

According to reports, President Obama will nominate Sally Jewell to replace outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Jewell is the president and CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc., better known as outdoor outfitter REI, and a former oil company official.

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Environment
8:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

New Greenhouse Gas Data Shows Little Change in Jefferson County Emissions

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency has released the second year of data of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, which it's congressionally-mandated to report.

Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, and are thought to be one of the primary drivers of climate change. The EPA has successfully argued that the gases are pollutants and pose a danger to human health.

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Environment
3:12 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Coal Mining Employment Holding Steady Since November

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

During the presidential campaign this fall, there was a lot of talk about a "war on coal." Coal miners held rallies for Mitt Romney, and some coal companies announced layoffs that they blamed on President Obama's energy policies and regulations.

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Environment
12:51 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

LG&E, Kentucky Settle Over Alleged Safety Violations in 2011 House Explosion

Credit LG&E

Louisville Gas and Electric could pay up to $250,000 to settle alleged safety violations that stemmed from a natural gas explosion in southern Jefferson County a year ago.

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Environment
6:13 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Despite Fluctuations, Data Shows LG&E Released More Pollution in 2011 Than 2000

This graph shows data from the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory of the three largest industries that reported emissions in Jefferson County, plus the total on- and off-site emissions.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Every year, the federal government releases data about the toxic releases companies emit into the air or dispose of on land or in water. In the data from 2011 that was just released, the overall emissions for Kentucky continue a general downward trend. But in Jefferson County the most recent data shows that toxic pollution is still about as high as it was in 2004.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Chemical Safety Board to Release Findings of Investigation Into 2011 Rubbertown Explosion

The Chemical Safety Board will be in Louisville next week to present the results of its investigation into the March 2011 explosion at the Carbide Industries plant in Rubbertown.

The explosion killed two workers and injured two others on March 21, 2011, when an electric arc furnace over pressured and emitted hot gases and debris.

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