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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
9:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

To Help Mining Engineering Graduates Find Work, UK Looks Beyond Coal

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Coal’s share of the nation’s electricity is declining. But schools are still graduating mining engineers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the job outlook is growing at an average pace. And in Kentucky, there are more students studying mining engineering than ever before in the program’s history.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Yew Dell Plans New Greenhouse Powered by Renewable Energy

De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens will soon break ground on a new greenhouse and horticulture center that will be powered entirely by renewable energy.

Yew Dell has been around for ten years, and for the past several, the property hasn’t had a greenhouse. But that’ll change next week, when the organization will break ground on a center for exhibits and research.

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Environment
8:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Bluegrass Bioneers Conference Looks for Innovation Solutions to Environmental Problems

Louisville’s fourth annual Bluegrass Bioneers conference begins today.

Bioneers is a conference held annually in California, then streamed to groups around the country. It’s meant to present innovative, pioneering solutions to some of the world’s most serious environmental issues.

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Environment
4:34 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

So Far, No Sign of Widespread Air, Surface Water Contamination From Chemical Spill

Regulators are still working to extinguish a fire at the site of the train derailment and chemical spill in southwest Jefferson County. But work has also begun to determine the environmental and health effects of the toxic chemicals that have already leaked.

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Environment
12:03 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fluoride

Right now, workers on the scene of the train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County are worried about extinguishing the fire that’s been burning since yesterday, likely caused by residual butadiene. But once that’s under control, they’ll turn their attention to two train cars full of a chemical called hydrogen fluoride. And as they’re working to stabilize and drain those cars, it’s likely there will be another shelter-in-place in effect for the surrounding areas. Why?

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Environment
2:50 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Alpha Announces Plans to Close Coal Mine in Eastern Kentucky

Alpha Natural Resources will close one of its coal mines in Eastern Kentucky.

The company will close the Still House Branch Mine in Cumberland in Eastern Kentucky. Forty miners will lose their jobs, and another 40 will be reassigned to other coal mines. Alpha spokesman Rick Nida says there are several factors that went into the decision to close the mine.

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Environment
1:31 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

LG&E Fined for September Coal Ash Violation

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

Louisville Gas and Electric has been issued another citation for coal ash violations at its Cane Run Power Station in southwest Louisville.

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Environment
10:45 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Sandy: Freak Storm or Climate Change in Action?

Visualizations of Hurricane Sandy forming on October 24, 2012.
National Environmental Visualization Laboratory

As Sandy continues to batter most of the northeast, people have jumped to conclusions about what caused--or didn't cause-- the storm.

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Environment
9:04 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Waste Management District Approves 5-Year Plan; Drafts Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance

The Louisville Waste Management District has passed a resolution adopting a new five-year solid waste management plan. The plan now goes to the state for approval.

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Environment
5:22 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Indiana Court of Appeals Rejects Deal Between State, Coal Gasification Plant

The Indiana Court of Appeals has thrown out a deal between the Indiana Finance Authority and a company that wants to sell synthetic gas to the state's utility customers.

From The Associated Press:

The court ruled Tuesday that the deal should not include certain industrial customers, so the Finance Authority and Indiana Gasification must amend the contract and seek new approval by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

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