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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
5:21 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Kentucky Will Develop New Strategy to Reduce Nutrient Pollution

Kentucky regulators say the state will develop a more comprehensive strategy for controlling nutrient water pollution, which commonly comes from sources like sewage treatment plants and agricultural runoff. Regulators from a dozen states and five federal agencies met in Louisville today to discuss the pollution, and how it contributes to hypoxia.

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Environment
3:22 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Rare Hearing Could Be Imminent if Air District, LG&E Can't Agree on Coal Ash Violations

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

The Air Pollution Control Board could be close to its first administrative hearing in seven years.

At a meeting today, the board approved a settlement between the Air Pollution Control District and Louisville Gas and Electric. Under the terms of the settlement, LG&E will pay $10,500, as well as implement stricter pollution controls to contain coal ash dust at the company’s Cane Run Power Station.

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Environment
5:27 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

New Clean Water Technology Will Be Tested in Louisville

Rice University scientists Michael Wong (left) and Juan Velazquez are working with researchers at DuPont and Stanford University to field test PGClear, a scalable process for removing chlorinated pollutants from water.
Jeff Fitlow Rice University

A new nanotechnology to clean up contaminated water will soon be tested in Louisville. It will use two precious metals—gold and palladium—to remove chloroform from contaminated groundwater at the DuPont plant in Rubbertown.

Nanotechnology is a term that refers to materials made in a lab that manipulate chemicals at an atomic level. They’re smaller than a red blood cell, hence “nano.”

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Environment
11:48 am
Mon April 15, 2013

WFPL Wants You! For Environmental Testing

It’s no secret that Louisville has issues with air pollution. But it’s difficult to determine which pollutants are present, how present they are and whether some areas of town are disproportionately affected by pollution.

Over the next few months, WFPL is partnering with community members to conduct small-scale environmental testing. Interested participants just have to be willing to host a small monitor in their homes for three days, and be interviewed for any stories that result from the testing. It’ll be easy, fun and informative.

Environment
6:52 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Study: Most Coal-Fired Power Plants Can't Compete Against Natural Gas

Erica Peterson/WFPL

A new study estimates that 65 percent of current coal-fired power plants won’t be economical to run in the near future.

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Environment
11:44 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Work to Begin this Weekend on Community Garden at 28th and Dumesnil

A community garden in Atlanta.
Daniel Lobo Wikimedia Commons

Volunteers will gather in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood on Saturday to begin construction of a community garden.

Right now, the future community garden is just a vacant lot at the corner of 28th and Dumesnil Streets…only blocks from where a shooting last spring killed three people. But after a day of work Saturday, organizers hope it’ll be well on its way to being a place for the community to gather and grow food.

The garden will have about 40 raised beds, six of which are designed for people with physical disabilities.

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Environment
11:54 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Air Pollution District Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Regulations

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is moving forward with several changes to regulations, including fee increases for some permits. The district’s board held a hearing yesterday to get public comment on the proposed changes.

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Environment
3:37 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Legislative Committee Advances New Selenium Regulations Despite Confusion, Concerns

The Kentucky Administrative Regulation Review Committee has advanced new rules proposed by the state Energy and Environment Cabinet to regulate the levels of selenium in Kentucky waterways. The state says the new regulations are a necessary update, and will adequately protect the environment and aquatic species; but environmental groups have raised serious concerns and say the proposal doesn't comply with the federal Clean Water Act and is unenforceable.

The measure passed 5-3. Committee co-chairman Rep. Johnny Bell says he's not confident the members of the committee comprehended the full effects of the regulation change.

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Environment
12:22 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

LG&E, Metro Government Reach Tentative Agreement on Several Coal Ash Violations

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has reached an agreement with Metro Government over alleged coal ash violations at the company's Cane Run Power Station.

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Environment
6:55 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

McConnell Says EPA Nominee Will Foster "Radical Anti-Coal Jobs Agenda"

McConnell meets with EPA Administrator nominee Gina McCarthy in his office on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Sen. Mitch McConnell's office

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's already been in the news a few times today, but here's one more story from an environmental perspective: McConnell says President Obama's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator will be detrimental to Kentucky's coal industry.

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