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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
9:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Duke Energy Reports Coal Ash Spill in North Carolina

Up to 82,000 tons of coal ash has spilled into a river in Eden, North Carolina, about 35 miles north of Greensboro. The ash was stored in a pond at a retired power plant operated by Duke Energy.

From the Charlotte Observer:

Duke said a 48-inch stormwater pipe beneath the unlined ash pond broke Sunday afternoon. Water and ash from the 27-acre pond drained into the pipe.

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Environment
2:57 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

EPA Agrees to Finalize Coal Ash Rule by December 19

The coal ash landfill at the Cane Run Power Station
Erica Peterson WFPL

After nearly 4 years of delays, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to finalize its regulations for coal ash by December.

Coal ash is a byproduct of burning coal in power plants. In Louisville, it’s stored at both the Cane Run and Mill Creek power plants. But despite promises to regulate the ash after a disastrous 2008 spill in Kingston, Tennessee, the EPA hasn’t finalized regulations.

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Education
9:56 am
Wed January 29, 2014

President Obama's State of the Union Didn't Please Environmental, Trade Groups

Barack Obama
Credit White House

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama dedicated several minutes to energy issues. And judging from the statements from non-profits and trade groups sent out soon after, he managed to make many diverse groups unhappy.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

New Louisville App Will Track Bicycle Rides, and Could Influence Future Bike Lane Placement

Roland45 Wikimedia Commons

A project to use GPS data to determine the best location for bike lanes in Louisville has won a national grant. A new app for bicyclists was one of the winners of a $35,000 Knight News Challenge grant.

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Environment
2:42 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

University of Louisville Reports Large Reduction in Carbon Dioxide Emissions

University of Louisville Carbon Emissions by Source (2013)
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is reporting early success reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In its climate action plan, the University of Louisville set a goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2020. Now, the university has already met that goal…reducing emissions across all three of its campuses 27 percent since 2006.

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Environment
4:28 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

McConnell Files Resolution, Hoping to Block Proposed Carbon Limits for New Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping for a vote soon to block federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

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Environment
3:43 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Gov. Steve Beshear's Budget Cuts Deep for Some Kentucky Energy and Environment Programs

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Some departments of the Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet will see deep cuts over the next two years, if the General Assembly approves Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Louisville Gas & Electric Proposes Expansion of Energy Efficiency Programs

Credit LG&E

Louisville Gas and Electric is asking for permission from state regulators to expand five of its energy efficiency programs and introduce a new one. The company filed to make the changes last week with the Public Service Commission.

In the PSC filing, LG&E is asking for authorization to expand some of its current energy efficiency programs…like increasing the number of rebates available for certain appliances and adding more incentives for customers to make energy upgrades to homes after getting a home energy audit.

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Environment
4:35 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Louisville Students Raise Awareness About Trash Consumption—By Carrying it Along With Them

duPont Manual senior Jenna Farineau and University of Louisville sophomore Laura Krauser, holding four days worth of their trash.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Members of a Louisville youth environmental organization are taking a unique approach this week to raise awareness about the household garbage people create. They’ve been carrying around all the trash they generate—everything that can’t be recycled or composted.

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Environment
1:32 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer Reorganizes Louisville's Air District After Independent Audit Findings

Keith Talley, the new Executive Director of the Air Pollution Control District
Louisville Metro Government

Mayor Greg Fischer says he plans to reorganize Louisville's Air Pollution Control District in the wake of two independent audits.

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