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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
3:22 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Look at Mill Creek's Peregrine Falcon Chicks!

It's a peregrine falcon chick!
Erica Peterson WFPL

The peregrine falcon chicks that hatched in a nesting box at Louisville Gas and Electric’s Mill Creek power plant are one step closer to leaving home.

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Environment
5:21 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Louisville to Get $200,000 to Create Master Plan of Germantown Rail Corridor

Credit Google Maps

Louisville Metro Government is getting $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to create a master plan for an area of the city that abuts a rail corridor.

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Environment
12:01 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Louisville's Air Gets Poor Grades in American Lung Association Report

Erica Peterson WFPL

Once again, the Louisville area's air has been ranked among the worst in the nation by the American Lung Association. The organization released it's annual State of the Air report today.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Louisville Chosen to Receive Technical Help Implementing Sustainability Projects

Louisville has been chosen to participate in the first group of cities included in Portland State University’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator Program. The program will provide the city with technical assistance to implement green infrastructure initiatives. 

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Environment
2:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Scientists Call For Moratorium on Mountaintop Removal Mining

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Call it a battle of the researchers. Scientists who have both affirmed and denied connections between mountaintop removal coal mining and serious health problems have intensified their efforts to bring public attention to their work recently. Today, a commission of scientists released an analysis of some of the recent research, and concluded that there should be a moratorium on mountaintop removal.

Over the past few years, researchers have found links between surface coal mining and maladies like asthma, COPD, birth defects and cancer. The coal industry has largely dismissed the results of those studies, arguing that the researchers are biased and the findings aren’t scientifically sound. Now, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice has formed an independent commission to review the current research and offer recommendations.

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Environment
1:17 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Appeals Court Upholds EPA's Veto of W. Va. Mine Permit

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency didn’t overstep its authority when it vetoed a permit for a coal mine in West Virginia.

The Army Corps of Engineers issued a water pollution permit to Arch Coal in 2007 for the Spruce Number One Mine, a 2300-acre mine in Logan County, West Virginia. It would have been the largest mountaintop removal mine in Appalachia. But four years later, the EPA vetoed the permit—only the 13th time its exercised its veto power since 1972.

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Environment
6:23 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Pollution, Wildlife and Apathy: What I Saw While Paddling Down Beargrass Creek

Erica Peterson WFPL

The three forks of Beargrass Creek wind through much of Louisville. The waterway used to be used for waste disposal…and it still takes on wastewater from time to time, when the city's sewer system overflows.

But progress has been made to clean up Beargrass Creek, and today several groups went out on the water to take a look.

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Environment
12:29 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Court Rules Army Corps' Streamlined Coal Mining Permit Doesn't Protect Environment

Gabe Bullard WFPL

An appeals court has ruled in favor of environmental groups that argued the streamlined permit the government used to permit mountaintop removal mines wasn’t protective of the environment.

The decision was issued today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. It finds that the U.S. Army Corps’ issuance of the streamlined “Nationwide 21” permit is in violation of the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Environment
7:33 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Source of Contamination in Park Hill Homes May Not Be From Black Leaf Plant

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency’s analysis of soil near Louisville’s former Black Leaf Chemical Plant continues, but the agency still isn’t sure how much of the contamination of nearby land—including some private lawns—can be blamed on the plant. And now, an agency spokesman says some of the preliminary results suggest one of the most prevalent chemicals found might not have come from the facility at all. 

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Environment
2:34 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

LG&E to Announce Plans to Reuse Coal Byproducts at Mill Creek

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric will hold a press conference Monday morning to announce “a new beneficial reuse manufacturing facility.” The star-studded event will feature Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and state house majority leader Rocky Adkins.

So, why the fuss? It seems that Louisville company Charah plans to use the byproducts scrubbed from the emissions at the Mill Creek Power Station in a sulfate-based fertilizer the company manufactures.

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