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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
5:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Report Quantifies EPA Rule's Effect on Coal-Producing Regions

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A preliminary analysis of the effects of the EPA’s new greenhouse gas rules on regions of the country suggest some states fighting the regulations—like Texas and Oklahoma—may see economic benefits under the rule.

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Environment
4:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Louisville's Innovation Chief Takes On Added Role With Environmental Non-Profit

Ted Smith
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  Louisville’s head of economic development will be in charge of a new local non-profit, in addition to some modified Metro duties. In changes announced Wednesday, Ted Smith will remain Louisville’s chief of civic innovation. He'll will also serve as the first executive director for the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil.

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Environment
12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

LG&E Fined Again for Odor Problems at Cane Run Power Plant

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Louisville Gas and Electric has been fined again for issues at the company's Cane Run Power Station. This time, the problem stems from complaints of rotten egg and sulfur odors emanating from the plant in February.

According to the Notice of Violation issued June 26, the Air Pollution Control District has offered to settle the case for $3,000 in fines, plus remedial action.

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Environment
9:43 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Kentucky Wants Your Thoughts In Crafting the Next Master Plan For Environmental Education

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A meeting today kicks off the process of drafting a new five-year master plan for environmental education in Kentucky.

Every five years since 1999, Kentucky has re-tooled its master plans laying out how environmental education should be taught in the commonwealth. The plan is meant to help educators understand how the environment can be used to teach students across multiple disciplines—not just science, but also subjects like language arts and math.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

More Coal Layoffs in Eastern Kentucky, But Don't Blame Environmental Regulations

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This week, Arch Coal idled its Cumberland River complex, laying off 213 coal miners. The mining operation spans the border between Letcher County, Ky., and Wise County, Va. 

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Environment
12:39 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday

Kentucky and Indiana regulators have issued the first air quality alert of 2014 for the region. They’re predicting elevated levels of ozone Tuesday. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 105, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments. On bad air days, Louisville residents should avoid idling vehicles, share rides, delay mowing lawns or getting gas and try to combine errands to help improve the air quality.

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Environment
9:47 am
Mon July 21, 2014

New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer'

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Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled today has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.

A bevy of scientists and elected officials are in Harrodsburg this morning to cut the ribbon on a new carbon capture pilot project. The project was developed by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research, and is being installed at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown power plant.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Clarksville's Plan to Address Flooding Meets Resistance From Some Residents

The sign outside Andy Swanson's house, next to Ray Lawrence Park in Clarksville.
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If you look at Ray Lawrence Park in Clarksville on a map, you can see why there might be an issue with flooding. The park is nine acres of green next to a residential neighborhood. But directly to the northwest is acres and acres of gray: Clarksville’s big box stores, auto dealerships and a mall—and the accompanying swaths of paved parking lots.

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Environment
12:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Federal Judge Allows Coal Ash Lawsuit Against LG&E to Move Forward

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A federal judge has rejected most of the complaints filed against Louisville Gas and Electric and parent company PPL over persistent air pollution and coal ash issues at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant.

But he has allowed the suit to proceed on three of the claims—and the lawyer representing residents living near the power plant says the main thrust of the case remains.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Be Advised: Kentucky's Waterways May Carry E.Coli

Signage warns people not to swim, fish or wade in Beargrass Creek near Beargrass Road and Alta Vista.
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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.

The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste.

The problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.

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