EPA Raises Concerns About LG&E Plan For Trimble County Coal Ash Landfill

The Environmental Protection Agency has concerns about the environmental impact of a 218-acre coal ash landfill in Trimble County proposed by Louisville Gas and Electric. LG&E is asking for permission to construct the landfill near its Trimble County power plant. If it’s permitted, the site will store coal ash—the waste that’s leftover after coal is… Continue reading EPA Raises Concerns About LG&E Plan For Trimble County Coal Ash Landfill

Greenpeace Protests at Yum Brands Headquarters

Activists from Greenpeace unfurled a banner on the Yum Brand headquarters on Gardiner Lane early this morning, in a move they say is meant to protest the company’s paper supplier. The banner has a picture of a Sumatran tiger. It says “KFC, stop trashing my home.” Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says four of… Continue reading Greenpeace Protests at Yum Brands Headquarters

New Rankings Say Louisville’s Parks System Needs Work

Louisville has scored near the bottom on a new ranking of park systems in the nation’s 40 largest cities. The city came in 38th. The Trust for Public Land scored the park systems on criteria including park size, the city’s investments in the parks and park access, which measures the percentage of residents living with… Continue reading New Rankings Say Louisville’s Parks System Needs Work

Kentucky Advocates for Safe Chemical Bill Lobby in Washington

Advocates for safe chemical legislation are in Washington D.C. today lobbying Kentucky’s congressional delegation to support updates to the nation’s toxic chemicals regulations. Monica Unseld is a biologist and professor from Bardstown who made the trip. She says the country’s 36-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act is outdated and the industry is woefully unregulated. “We’re trying… Continue reading Kentucky Advocates for Safe Chemical Bill Lobby in Washington

Councilman David James Asks EPA to Address Black Leaf Contamination With Community

District 6 Councilman David James is requesting the Environmental Protection Agency hold a public meeting to address recent soil testing near the Black Leaf Chemical site. As we reported yesterday, the EPA found various levels of contamination in all 50 homes it tested near the Black Leaf Chemical site. Nine of those homes—nearly 20 percent—had… Continue reading Councilman David James Asks EPA to Address Black Leaf Contamination With Community

EPA Finds Contamination in All Homes Tested Near Black Leaf Site

Soil testing in the yards of fifty homes bordering the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood has revealed levels of carcinogens in all of them. And nine of those homes had even higher levels of contamination. The Environmental Protection Agency found toxic contamination at the 29-acre Black Leaf site in 2010,… Continue reading EPA Finds Contamination in All Homes Tested Near Black Leaf Site

Energy Talk Rescheduled

Former Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Energy Sue Tierney was scheduled to speak in Louisville tonight at 6:30, but bad weather on the east coast has forced a cancellation. I spoke with Tierney last week about sustainable energy, as well as coal’s future in the United States’ energy mix and differences… Continue reading Energy Talk Rescheduled

EPA Releases Results of Soil Testing to Black Leaf Chemical Site Neighbors

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent letters to homeowners in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood who live near the former Black Leaf Chemical site and had their soil tested earlier this year. The Black Leaf Chemical site is a 29-acre parcel in the middle of Park Hill that was home to numerous pesticide manufacturing companies up… Continue reading EPA Releases Results of Soil Testing to Black Leaf Chemical Site Neighbors

Former Federal Energy Official Says U.S. Needs a Balanced Energy Mix

Coal-producing states like Kentucky are warily eying federal regulations that have begun moving the country away from fossil fuels. Even so, Sue Tierney says she thinks coal will be around for awhile, though it will be cleaner and make up less of the nation’s energy mix. Tierney was the Assistant Secretary for Policy in the… Continue reading Former Federal Energy Official Says U.S. Needs a Balanced Energy Mix