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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
8:16 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Public Forum on Louisville's Sustainability Plan is Tonight

Local residents will have their chance to offer comments on a draft version of the city’s sustainability plan at a meeting tonight.

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Environment
3:33 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Deal Will Send Parks Department's Wood Waste to Rubbertown Biomass Boiler

A woodland biomass crop in England.
David Wright Wikimedia Commons

Metro Government will start selling landscaping debris gathered from Louisville parks to a Rubbertown facility that will burn it for energy.

Last fall, a company called Recast Energy took control of a boiler in Rubbertown that supplies steam to the Lubrizol and Zeon Chemical plants. The boiler used to be coal-fired, but Recast engineered it to run on biomass.

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Environment
11:33 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Rep. Whitfield: EPA Will Have 'a Big Battle on Their Hands' With Greenhouse Gas Rules

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield was on Platts Energy Week this weekend, responding to the energy and climate change issues President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union address. Whitfield, a Republican, is the chairman of the House Energy and Power subcommittee, and the interview can be summed up like this:

  • Congressional action on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions is preferable than EPA action;
  • ...but it will be hard to pass any sort of market-based approach through Congress.
  • And really, is it necessary to regulate greenhouse gases?
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Environment
5:10 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Section of Louisville Loop Near Cane Run Closed for Two Weeks

A section of the Louisville Loop will be closed for two weeks, starting on Monday.

The Louisville Loop is the partially-finished bicycle path around the city. When it's finished, it will be about 100 miles, but right now it's only continuous along the Ohio River near downtown and into Southwest Louisville.

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Environment
11:03 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Fatal Bat Disease Found in Two Kentucky State Parks

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

White Nose Syndrome has been found in two Kentucky state parks. State officials announced today that infected bats have turned up in caves at Carter Cave State Resort Park in Carter County and the Kingdom Come State Park Nature Preserve in Letcher County.

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Environment
4:28 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

LG&E Granted Permit to Use Coal Ash to Fill in Ash Pond

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

Louisville Gas and Electric has been granted a permit to use coal ash from the company’s Cane Run power plant to begin closing a pond on the site.

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Environment
12:59 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Senators to Introduce Variation on Carbon Tax to Address Climate Change

Erica Peterson/WFPL

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) are expected to unveil their version of a carbon tax today.

But the legislation won't be like anything that's been considered before.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Called "fee and dividend," the legislation is an unusual variant on a carbon tax. It would impose a fee on carbon emissions at their source, such as coal mines, raising the price of fossil fuel energy.

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Environment
4:09 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Experts Say Tree Removed for Speed Expansion Was Only 60 Years Old

The mystery tree in 1974, left, and recently, right.
Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum has produced photos (see image) showing the supposedly 300-year-old tree that was removed last year to make way for the museum’s expansion. The first picture is from 1974, the second is more recent.

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Environment
2:03 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

In Australia, Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Coal

Harvey McDaniel Wikimedia Commons

A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that the price of renewable energy in Australia is so low that it’s now cheaper to invest in wind and solar power than in a new coal-fired power plant.

According to Bloomberg, energy from a new wind farm costs about $83 per megawatt hour. Building a new coal plant would cost consumers $148 per megawatt hour, and a new baseload gas plant would cost $120 per megawatt hour.

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Environment
11:46 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Air Pollution Control District Fines Rubbertown Company

The Air Pollution Control District and Momentive Specialty Chemicals have reached an agreement on alleged violations at the company's Rubbertown plant. The proposed settlement fines Momentive $13,500 for failing to report excess emissions. There will be a public hearing on the fine next Wednesday at 10am, and the Air Pollution Control Board will vote on the settlement.

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