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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
12:07 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Analysis Predicts Decline in Coal Production Could Actually Increase Coal Employment

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

An analysis out from the West Virginia Center and Policy--a nonpartisan think tank in Charleston--predicts that even while coal production in Central Appalachia declines, employment will rise.

This may sound counterintuitive. But the analysis by Sean O'Leary says that could happen, due to falling productivity. In that case, it would take the same number of miners to mine less coal.

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Environment
8:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Recent Mine Idling Shows Demand for Metallurgical Coal Faltering, Too

CONSOL Energy has decided to temporarily idle two coal mines, the Buchanan Mine in southwest Virginia and the Amonate Mining Complex in southern West Virginia.

This doesn't stand out as particularly surprising news--after all, demand for coal is dropping, and factors like low natural gas prices, an unseasonably warm winter and upcoming environmental regulations have made it a tough year for the industry.

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Environment
4:36 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

U of L Conference Outlines Possibilities, Existing Barriers to Green Infrastructure

The rain garden in front of the Metropolitan Sewer District's downtown headquarters is one example of green infrastructure.
Erica Peterson WFPL

There are already a number of green infrastructure projects underway in Louisville—green roofs, rain gardens, pervious parking lots, to name a few. But experts say there’s still a lot of untapped potential. A conference today at the University of Louisville looked at those projects and discussed how to expand the efforts.

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Environment
8:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Environmental, Religious Groups Convene in D.C.

Environmental activists are gathering in Washington D.C. today for an anti-mountaintop removal rally.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Frankfort, Indianapolis Chosen by EPA For Sustainable Design Assistance

The capitals of Kentucky and Indiana are among five cities chosen to receive assistance in green design from the Environmental Protection Agency through the agency’s Greening America’s Capitals program.

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Environment
10:50 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Big Box Stores Lead U.S. Companies in Solar Power Usage

Fernando Tomas Wikimedia Commons

According to a list released this morning, retail giant Walmart leads U.S. companies in solar power installations. Walmart has 144 solar systems installed in seven states; as the report notes, the combined capacity of Walmart and Costco (number two on the list) is greater than all the solar capacity deployed in the state of Florida.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Liquor Company Cited by Air Pollution District for Whiskey Odors, Fungus

Roger Griffith Wikimedia Commons

Louisville’s air pollution regulators say a company that stores whiskey in the city has violated its air permits. The Air Pollution Control District sent the notices of violation to Diageo late last week.

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Environment
9:16 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Air Pollution District Fines Diageo for Whiskey Fungus, Odor

Roger Griffith Wikimedia Commons

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District has sent a Notice of Violation to liquor giant Diageo, alleging the company violated the conditions of its permit.

The violations laid out include several odor complaints near Diageo's whiskey aging warehouse at 2359 Millers Lane. But perhaps more interesting is another violation for the sooty-mold that has been seen on properties near the warehouse.

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Environment
4:41 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Metro Initiative Adds 250 Bike Parking Spots to Public Garages

Lindsay English Metro Public Works

An additional 250 bike parking spaces have been created in downtown parking garages.

This bike parking was initially announced two years ago, when then-Mayor Jerry Abramson’s administration released a proposal to add more than 300 new bicycle parking spaces to downtown garages. A contract was supposed to be finalized within several months, but took two years to come to fruition.

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Environment
11:49 am
Mon September 10, 2012

West Virginia Environmental Activist Larry Gibson Dies

Larry Gibson on Kayford Mountain.
Vivian Stockman Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

News started rolling in via blogs and Twitter last night that prominent anti-mountaintop removal activist Larry Gibson was dead at age 66.

Gibson returned to his family's home on Kayford Mountain in Kanawha County, West Virginia in 1986, and spent the next quarter-century fighting the mountaintop removal operations that were slowly surrounding his land.

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