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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
5:32 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

After Critical State Audit of Louisville's Air Pollution District, What's Next?

It’s still too early to know what exactly the fallout will be from a critical state audit that found the Louisville Air Pollution Control District’s air monitoring program severely lacking.

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Environment
5:25 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Medical Testing on Black Leaf Residents Will Continue Into Next Week

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.
Erica Peterson WFPL

University of Louisville researchers say they're extending the window of opportunity for people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical plant to sign up for medical tests.

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Environment
4:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Harlan County Coal Miner Dies in Underground Accident

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Another Kentucky coal miner has died on the job.

Lenny D. Gilliam, 56, of Appalachia, Va., died Tuesday afternoon at the Huff Creek Mine in Harlan County. The mine is operated by Lone Mountain Processing, a subsidiary of Arch Coal.

The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing says:

Preliminary reports indicate the side of a coal pillar burst as the continuous miner machine was operating, causing the miners to be trapped.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Conway Says If Necessary, He'll Sue to Make Sure Feds Clean up Contamination at Paducah Plant

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he wants to make sure the federal government honors its obligations to clean up the contaminated Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant.

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant has been a uranium enrichment plant for more than 60 years. It’s also a federal Superfund site, thanks to the contamination from said enrichment. And now, the plant’s operator has announced plans to begin shutting the site down.

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Environment
3:42 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

LG&E Fined $65,000 for Odor Problems at Cane Run Power Plant

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric is facing a $65,000 fine for alleged violations at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant. This is the latest of several Notice of Violations the company has received for problems at the plant in the past two years.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

New EPA Tool Estimates Potential for Renewable Energy on Kentucky's Contaminated Land

The Environmental Protection Agency says there's significant potential for renewable energy projects on contaminated land in Kentucky.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability to Hire Second Employee

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer plans to double the size of the city’s Office of Sustainability, from one to two employees.

A year-and-a-half ago, Fischer hired Maria Koetter to run the city’s nascent office …and to be its only employee. But the recently-approved Metro budget included funding for an additional position. So now the mayor's office is looking for a sustainability project coordinator.

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Environment
6:30 am
Mon August 5, 2013

State, Federal Groups Want More Public Input on Floyds Fork Pollution Measures

Several state and federal agencies tasked with improving the water quality in the Floyds Fork watershed will hold meetings in the next month to gather more public input.

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Environment
3:32 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kentucky Representatives Send Letter Addressing Obama's 'Unfair Attack on Coal'

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Fifty members of Kentucky's House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Obama to protest what they're calling an "unfair attack on coal."

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Environment
11:32 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Marion, Scott County Magistrates Pass Resolutions on Bluegrass Pipeline

Courtesy Williams

Two more counties have registered reservations about a project that would build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky.

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