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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
6:10 am
Mon December 10, 2012

New Sheppard Square Will Incorporate Green Features

Officials will break ground this morning on the new Sheppard Square housing development, and the project will be one of Louisville’s greenest.

The old Sheppard Square housing project was anything but green: it was 70 years old, with old boilers, window air conditioning units and single-pane windows. But the new $167 million development—which includes $22 million in federal funds—will utilize the most sustainable materials available.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Ex-Massey CEO Blankenship Gives to Kentucky Democratic Party

Brianhayden1980 Wikimedia Commons

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship made news just last week when he told the Wall Street Journal that he doesn't plan to return to mining, and also doesn't have political aspirations. But as Tom Loftus of the Courier-Journal reports, Blankenship also just contributed $10,000 to the Kentucky Democratic Party.

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Environment
11:11 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Mayor Greg Fischer Gives Wife Recycling Bin

Calling it "the gift that keeps on giving," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has given his wife Alexandra Gerassimides a new municipal wheeled recycling bin for Christmas.

In a video released by the Mayor's office, Fischer presents the gift to his wife an unorthodox three weeks before the Christmas holiday. The video shows the gift was a surprise, though Fischer dropped hints in the hours leading up to the gift's presentation.

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Environment
2:12 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Environmental Groups Tout Carbon Capture as Part of Climate Change Solution

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

A coalition of environmental groups say they’re supporting more widespread use of carbon capture and sequestration technology. The ENGO Network—which includes representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Clean Air Task Force and the Environmental Defense Fund, among others—announced the position at the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, yesterday.

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Environment
5:55 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Louisville's Sustainability Plan to Be Released Next Month

A draft of Louisville’s comprehensive sustainability plan is finished.

Louisville Director of Sustainability Maria Koetter was placed in charge of the plan when she began her job in January. The draft hasn’t been released to the media or public yet, but it’s been submitted to Mayor Greg Fischer for his review.

Mayor’s spokesman Chris Poynter says the final plan will include measures big and small the city can undertake to improve sustainability.

Environment
4:43 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

NRDC Proposes Plan to Reduce Power Plant Carbon Emissions

Erica Peterson WFPL

A national environmental group is proposing a plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants across the country.

The Natural Resources Defense Council’s proposal is one the group says the federal government could implement under the existing Clean Air Act—and thus, wouldn’t need Congressional action. It advocates for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

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Environment
12:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Kentucky Lets You Shoot or Watch Sandhill Cranes This Season

A Sandhill Crane flying at Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, Dayton, California, USA.
Steve Emmons U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

If you want to look at sandhill cranes--or just shoot them--opportunities abound this season.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

What Effect Could Upper Big Branch Prosecutions Have on Kentucky Mine Safety?

Federal prosecutors in West Virginia are moving further up Massey Energy’s chain of command in their investigation into a 2010 mine disaster that killed 29 coal miners.

Another Massey Energy executive has been charged in connection with the federal criminal investigation into the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine. David Hughart didn’t work at the mine, but last week agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to violate federal mine safety laws.

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Environment
8:25 am
Mon December 3, 2012

First Shipment in Kentucky-India Coal Deal Still Delayed

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

That deal to export Kentucky coal to India still hasn't been scheduled.

The deal was announced in August—an agreement to send up to nine million tons of Appalachian coal to India every year for 25 years. The first shipment was supposed to leave the U.S. in September, but the company responsible for facilitating the transportation says it still hasn’t been scheduled.

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Environment
1:48 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

LG&E Breaks Ground on New Pollution Controls, Officials Praise Results of EPA Regulations

Mill Creek
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has broken ground on nearly a billion dollars worth of new pollution controls at the company’s Mill Creek Power Plant in southwest Louisville. It’s a two-year process that the company estimates could create up to 700 new construction jobs.

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