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Environment
12:10 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Cyclist Hit on Bardstown Road, Days Before Road is Closed to Encourage Cycling

Roland45 Wikimedia Commons

A bicyclist was hit by a car this morning on Bardstown Road, only days before the road is scheduled to be shut down for a few hours to encourage walking and cycling.

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Environment
8:30 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Energy Conference Panel Discusses Kentucky's Energy Future

The 36th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment continues today in Louisville. I was there yesterday, as a participant in a panel loosely structured around a conversation on Kentucky’s energy future, and coal’s role in that mix.

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Environment
5:40 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Abramson Says Kentucky Needs to Diversify its Energy Portfolio

Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson says it’s necessary to balance energy production with environmental stewardship. Abramson delivered the keynote address today during the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.

During his talk, Abramson touted Governor Steve Beshear’s energy plan, which calls for a quarter of Kentucky’s energy to come from renewable energy and efficiency measures by 2025.

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Environment
12:12 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Introducing Smokestack: WFPL's Environment Blog

WFPL's Erica Peterson has something to say. From coal ash to endangered mussels,  Erica has brought in-depth reporting on the environment to WFPL's airwaves and website for the last year. Now there's more. Her new blog Smokestack will collect her reporting as well as analysis on the most interesting environmental news items from around the world. 

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon October 8, 2012

ORSANCO to Make Final Decision on Mercury Variance Thursday

The regulatory body that oversees pollution in the Ohio River is holding its fall meeting in Louisville this week.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission—or ORSANCO—is made up of representatives from eight states and the federal government. The body meets three times a year.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Kentucky Reaches Settlement with Coal Company Over Water Violations

Kentucky has reached a settlement with a coal company accused of thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act.

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Environment
12:46 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Tomorrow's Solar Tour Highlights Solar Energy Systems Around Louisville

Fernando Tomas Wikimedia Commons

Cities around the country are participating in the National Solar Tour tomorrow, which highlights solar and other energy efficient building ideas. In Louisville, there are 30 sites lined up to demonstrate how home and business owners can get at least some of their energy from the sun.

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Environment
4:39 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Group Calls for Obama, Romney to Commit to Climate Change Summit in 2013

Groups in Kentucky and around the country are calling for the winner of next month’s presidential election to hold a summit on climate change during his term’s first 100 days.

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Environment
12:47 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Climate Change, But Not Energy, Absent From First Presidential Debate

Coal and renewable energy weren't absent from the presidential debate last night, but environmental groups are bemoaning the fact that climate change wasn't brought up.

The Hill's E2 Wire notes that a petition was delivered to debate moderator Jim Lehrer with more than 160,000 signatures, asking the PBS host to ask the candidates about climate change.

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Environment
3:36 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

New Energy Efficiency Rankings Place Indiana, Kentucky in Bottom Half of U.S.

A new nationwide ranking of energy efficiency places Kentucky and Indiana in the bottom half of the nation.

The annual scorecard is produced by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. It looks at factors such as whether utility companies offer demand-side management, which allows consumers to move electricity usage to off-peak hours, and whether state have renewable portfolio standards or statewide efficiency efforts.

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