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Environment
12:51 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

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

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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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Environment
1:49 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

MSHA Reports 36 Miners Died on the Job Last Year

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration has released its preliminary fatality data for last year.

Thirty-six miners died on the job last year—19 of them in coal mines. The federal government has been keeping records for more than a century, and 2012 was the second-lowest year for fatalities on record. The only year that was lower was 2009, when 35 miners died.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Releases Draft of Plan to Make Louisville Greener

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has released the long-awaited draft version of the city’s sustainability plan. It’s an ambitious list of ways the city wants to be greener, but some of the goals and initiatives will be difficult to measure.

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Environment
1:48 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Read the Draft of Louisville's Sustainability Plan

Here's the draft of Mayor Greg Fischer's Sustainability Plan for Louisville. The city is accepting comments on the plan until the end of February. WFPL will have more coverage of the plan later this afternoon.

Louisville Draft Sustainability Report

Environment
12:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Here are the 19 Goals of Louisville's Sustainability Plan

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is releasing the 19 goals of the city's draft sustainability plan on Twitter this afternoon. Here's a list of the goals, as they're released:

Goal #1: Decrease energy use citywide per capita by 25% by 2025.

Goal #2: Decrease energy use in city-owned buildings by 30% by 2025.

Goal #3: Mitigate the risk of climate change impacts by implementing city adaption and resilience strategies by 2018.

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Environment
11:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

This Week in Asian Coal News: China Burns More, India Needs More

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Two related stories about coal in Asia broke earlier this week: that India just doesn’t have enough coal to meet the country’s demands, and that China burns nearly as much coal as the whole rest of the world.

The news about China was released by the Energy Information Administration on Tuesday, and Brian Walsh of TIME summed it up with his headline: “The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World.”

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Environment
11:26 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer to Release Draft Sustainability Plan Today, 140 Characters at a Time

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Updated: Mayor Greg Fischer says he'll release a draft version of the city's sustainability plan this afternoon. But before the whole report is sent out, he'll be teasing the plan's highlights on his Twitter account. Citizens will have the month of February to read the plan and provide comments.

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Environment
3:03 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Environmental Groups Ask for Summary Judgment in Suit Over Coal Mining's Health Effects

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Environmental groups have filed a new document in a case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a surface mine in eastern Kentucky.

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