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WFPL's Erica Peterson has been reporting on pollution and energy in Louisville since 2011.

These issues are more important than ever as the city, state and region continue to grapple with the ramifications of fossil fuel use, rising temperatures and urban sprawl.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means

Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL

Ignoring words of caution from his own administration, Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill directing the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a Kentucky-specific plan for regulating carbon dioxide emissions into law earlier this month.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

New Website Seeks Memories of Eastern Kentucky Coal Camps

This schoolroom photograph from Balkan, KY was submitted to the Coal Camp Documentary Project by former resident James Walters.
Credit Family of James Walters / Coal Camp Documentary Project

A new project at the University of Kentucky is trying to document the state’s eastern coal camps, before memories of the area are lost forever.

The Coal Camp Documentary Project is a website that’s seeking to collect memories and photographs of the numerous coal camps that once existed in Eastern Kentucky. Some are still there, but many have been abandoned or demolished.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Louisville Air Pollution Director Says First Phase of Agency's Reorganization is Nearly Complete

Keith Talley
Credit Louisville Metro Government

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is almost finished with the first phase of its restructuring.

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Environment
1:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Louisville Ranked 25th in Nation Among Cities With Most Energy Star Buildings

After a several year hiatus, Louisville has returned to the list of the 25 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings in the nation. The last time Louisville made the  list was in 2009. This year, it was ranked 25th.

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Environment
12:01 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Middle Mississippi River Makes List of 'Most Endangered Rivers' for Flood Control Project

A paddler on the Mississippi River
Ted Heisel American Rivers

The stretch of the Mississippi River that touches Kentucky and Missouri is on one environmental group’s list of the most endangered rivers in the country. American Rivers says the wildlife of the Middle Mississippi River is threatened by a proposed flood control project.

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Environment
7:19 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New Recycling Program in Louisville's Center Aims to Divert More Waste Away from Landfill

Louisville Metro Government is rolling out a new voluntary program in the city’s Central Business District to try to increase recycling rates. ‘Wet-dry recycling’ is meant to make the process of recycling easier and more automatic for residents and businesses.

Here’s the way recycling works in most places: you have a special bin for cans or paper or bottles. Every time you go to throw something away, you have a choice to make: is it recyclable or not?

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Environment
3:12 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

What 'Occasional' Really Means Is Key to Sierra Club's Planned Lawsuit Against LG&E

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Last week, environmental groups announced their plans to sue Louisville Gas & Electric for pollution the company releases into the Ohio River from its Mill Creek power plant in Louisville. Sierra Club organizers took a year’s worth of time lapse photos from a hidden camera across the river from the plant, and captured a near-constant flow of water from Mill Creek’s coal ash pond into the river.

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Environment
7:24 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Solid Waste Board Moves Forward on Plastic Bag Ban for Louisville Yard Waste

David Morris Flickr/Creative Commons

The Jefferson County Waste Management Board has opened up public comment on a draft regulation banning plastic bags for yard waste pickup.

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Environment
3:50 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Judge Rules Bluegrass Pipeline Companies Don't Have Power of Eminent Domain

Erica Peterson WFPL

A Franklin County judge has ruled in favor of Kentucky residents who challenged whether companies have the power to invoke eminent domain to build a controversial natural gas liquids pipeline across the state.

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Environment
11:40 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Beshear Administration Warns Senate Budget Could Be Devastating to Coal Mine Safety

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Senate has passed its version of the budget, and the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning it could have dire consequences for coal mine safety.

The Senate’s version of the budget cuts the amount of money the state’s Office of Mine Safety and Licensing to $2,643,200. That’s a 65 percent cut from the amount of money Governor Steve Beshear recommended in his budget, and a 50 percent cut from the House’s version of the bill.

In a statement, Energy and Environment Cabinet officials said the change would hurt the state’s coal industry.

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