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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
10:26 am
Mon March 3, 2014

A Year and a Half Later, Still No Movement in Big Kentucky-India Coal Deal

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The last time I checked in on that huge deal to ship nine million tons of Kentucky coal to India annually was in July, and at the time, the first shipment still hadn't left Kentucky.

Now, Tom Loftus of the Courier-Journal is reporting that the deal is still stalled.

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Environment
9:51 am
Mon March 3, 2014

What's Next for Federal Laws That Protect Streams from Coal Mining?

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A federal judge has overturned a controversial 2008 rule that environmental groups say didn’t adequately protect streams from coal mine pollution. But the rule’s intended successor has hit speed bumps in the regulatory process, and the Obama Administration has been accused of inaccurately estimating the economic impact of the rule. 

The Stream Buffer Zone rule went into effect in 2008, under President George W. Bush. It replaced a Reagan-era rule from 1983. 

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Environment
4:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Presbyterian Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies Gains Momentum

The Mid-Kentucky Presbytery is the latest regional body of the Presbyterian Church to vote to divest the church’s assets from fossil fuel companies. The overture began with the Presbytery in Boston, and has since gained support from six other presbyteries across the country, including the Louisville-area group.

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Environment
1:04 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Layoffs, Job Turnover Likely in Louisville's Air Pollution Control District Reorganization

Keith Talley
Credit Louisville Metro Government

The news last week that the Air Pollution Control District would undergo reorganization in the wake of several critical audits sparked worries from the agency’s employees, as well as criticism from an environmental group that perceived the change as an attack on the APCD’s pollution enforcement programs.

And now, new information has come to light about the number of potential jobs that could be eliminated in the shakeup.

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Environment
3:49 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Bill to Clarify Eminent Domain Law for Bluegrass Pipeline Passes House Committee

A sign opposing the use of eminent domain for the Bluegrass Pipeline sat in a truck in Frankfort last summer.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A legislative committee has advanced a bill to clarify Kentucky’s eminent domain laws. If the bill becomes law it will affect plans for the Bluegrass Pipeline.

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Environment
12:31 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Petition Urges Action on Plastic Bag Ban for Louisville Yard Waste

David Morris Flickr/Creative Commons

An online petition is gathering signatures to persuade Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to ban plastic bags for collecting yard waste.

Many Louisville residents are under the impression that yard waste is composted. But actually, all of the yard waste collected from the Urban Services District ends up in the landfill. This is because it’s time and labor intensive to empty all the yard waste bags in order to keep the plastic from contaminating the compost.

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Environment
2:19 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Cane Run Neighbors Report More Odor Issues Near Power Plant

A power plant employee measures hydrogen sulfide near Cane Run. A spokeswoman said the reading today was 0.
Louisville Gas and Electric

People living near the Cane Run Power Plant say it was a smelly weekend in their neighborhood.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Bluegrass Pipeline Delayed at Least a Year Because of Slower-Than-Expected Commitments

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline protested in Frankfort last year.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Plans for a controversial natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky are being pushed back a year.  

The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline was originally supposed to be finished by late next year, and be in service to ship natural gas liquids, or NGLs, from drilling operations in the Northeast to the Gulf of Mexico. The plan includes 500 miles of new pipeline across Kentucky and Ohio, and has drawn opposition from landowners worried about safety and environmental contamination.

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Environment
2:59 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Kentucky Legislators Hear Testimony on Eminent Domain, Bluegrass Pipeline

Kentuckians protested the Bluegrass Pipeline and the potential use of eminent domain at the Capitol last summer.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A Kentucky House legislature committee has delayed a vote on a bill that would clarify the state’s eminent domain laws. The bill was sparked by the continuing efforts to acquire easements for a natural gas liquids pipeline across the commonwealth. 

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Environment
5:02 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant

Credit Decumanus / Wikimedia Commons

A Western Kentucky coal miner is alleging several counts of workplace discrimination, after he reported safety problems at his job and was fired.

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