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Environment
5:13 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Measure to Block Upcoming Greenhouse Gas Limits Passes House

Erica Peterson WFPL

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to block upcoming greenhouse gas regulations on power plants. The legislation is in response to proposed EPA rules designed to cut back on emissions that contribute to climate change.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Coal Company's Settlement in Water Pollution Case is Largest of its Kind

Gabe Bullard WFPL

One of the nation's largest coal producers will pay more than $27 million in fines and spend another $200 million in a settlement with the federal government. Alpha Natural Resources was fined for violating water pollution limits in Kentucky and four other Appalachian states.

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Environment
2:04 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Groups Suing EPA Over Kentucky's Selenium Standard Add Nutrient Pollution to Complaint

JRLibby Wikimedia Commons

Environmental groups have amended their lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency over Kentucky’s water quality laws.

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Environment
10:26 am
Mon March 3, 2014

A Year and a Half Later, Still No Movement in Big Kentucky-India Coal Deal

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The last time I checked in on that huge deal to ship nine million tons of Kentucky coal to India annually was in July, and at the time, the first shipment still hadn't left Kentucky.

Now, Tom Loftus of the Courier-Journal is reporting that the deal is still stalled.

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Environment
9:51 am
Mon March 3, 2014

What's Next for Federal Laws That Protect Streams from Coal Mining?

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A federal judge has overturned a controversial 2008 rule that environmental groups say didn’t adequately protect streams from coal mine pollution. But the rule’s intended successor has hit speed bumps in the regulatory process, and the Obama Administration has been accused of inaccurately estimating the economic impact of the rule. 

The Stream Buffer Zone rule went into effect in 2008, under President George W. Bush. It replaced a Reagan-era rule from 1983. 

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Environment
4:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Presbyterian Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies Gains Momentum

The Mid-Kentucky Presbytery is the latest regional body of the Presbyterian Church to vote to divest the church’s assets from fossil fuel companies. The overture began with the Presbytery in Boston, and has since gained support from six other presbyteries across the country, including the Louisville-area group.

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Environment
1:04 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Layoffs, Job Turnover Likely in Louisville's Air Pollution Control District Reorganization

Keith Talley
Credit Louisville Metro Government

The news last week that the Air Pollution Control District would undergo reorganization in the wake of several critical audits sparked worries from the agency’s employees, as well as criticism from an environmental group that perceived the change as an attack on the APCD’s pollution enforcement programs.

And now, new information has come to light about the number of potential jobs that could be eliminated in the shakeup.

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Environment
3:49 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Bill to Clarify Eminent Domain Law for Bluegrass Pipeline Passes House Committee

A sign opposing the use of eminent domain for the Bluegrass Pipeline sat in a truck in Frankfort last summer.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A legislative committee has advanced a bill to clarify Kentucky’s eminent domain laws. If the bill becomes law it will affect plans for the Bluegrass Pipeline.

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Environment
12:31 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Petition Urges Action on Plastic Bag Ban for Louisville Yard Waste

David Morris Flickr/Creative Commons

An online petition is gathering signatures to persuade Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to ban plastic bags for collecting yard waste.

Many Louisville residents are under the impression that yard waste is composted. But actually, all of the yard waste collected from the Urban Services District ends up in the landfill. This is because it’s time and labor intensive to empty all the yard waste bags in order to keep the plastic from contaminating the compost.

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Environment
2:19 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Cane Run Neighbors Report More Odor Issues Near Power Plant

A power plant employee measures hydrogen sulfide near Cane Run. A spokeswoman said the reading today was 0.
Louisville Gas and Electric

People living near the Cane Run Power Plant say it was a smelly weekend in their neighborhood.

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