water pollution

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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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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11:25 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Genius Grant Winners Include Ecologist Who Studies Gulf of Mexico's Dead Zone

This map shows the rivers that drain into the Gulf of Mexico, and the Gulf's hypoxic--or dead--zone.
Environmental Protection Agency

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the recipients of their 'Genius Grants' yesterday, and one of them is a scientist dedicated to studying the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Nancy Rabalais is a marine ecologist and the executive director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

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5:59 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Kentucky Close to Settling With Coal Company Over Water Pollution Violations

A lawsuit filed by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet against a coal company for water pollution is close to being settled.

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10:31 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Kentucky Joins Interstate Water Pollution Trading Program

Kentucky's Division of Water has joined neighboring Indiana and Ohio in entering a water pollution credit trading program.

Basically, this program would allow power plants and other industrial facilities to avoid some controls--and pollute a little more--if they pay farmers upstream to control their runoff.

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5:14 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

ORSANCO Board Elects Oil and Gas Attorney as Chairman

The regional compact that oversees water quality in the Ohio River has a new chairman. Kenneth Komoroski is an attorney that often represents the oil and gas industry.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission—or ORSANCO—is a regional body that oversees pollution in the Ohio River. It’s governed by a board made up of members from all eight member states, plus up to three federal commissioners appointed by the president. The board appoints its own chair.

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7:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Fourth Floyds Fork Meeting Tomorrow

The Environmental Protection Agency will update residents tomorrow evening on the efforts to develop new pollution limits for the Floyds Fork watershed.

Floyds Fork has been designated as “impaired,” which means its waterway can’t fulfill its designated functions. The state Division of Water has asked the EPA to help determine the maximum amount of pollution that can be discharged into the watershed without exceeding the state water quality standard.

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1:04 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Sewage Spill Kills Fish in Brush Run

Hundreds of small fish have been found dead after thousands of gallons of raw sewage was accidentally released into a waterway in the far eastern part of Jefferson County.

Brush Run is a small stream—less than a foot deep in most areas—that feeds into Floyds Fork. The sewage release affected half of a mile of it, and killed about a thousand one to two-inch fish.

Metropolitan Sewer District Regulatory Services Director Brian Bingham says a grease buildup caused a sewage pumping station to malfunction.

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6:30 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Pretrial Conference Set for Today in Frasure Creek Pollution Case

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet is in court this morning, along with lawyers representing two coal companies and environmental groups. The parties disagree about the amount of money the coal companies should pay for water pollution.

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4:05 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Frequent Combined Sewer Overflows Continue in Jeffersonville

In the past three months, Jeffersonville has had eight combined sewer overflows, or CSOs. This is when water levels rise and the city’s sewer system releases untreated sewage and wastewater into the Ohio River so it doesn’t back up into people’s homes. The releases pollute the river and spread E. coli bacteria.

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