Sustainable Design Consultants Begin Work Evaluating East Market District

Earlier today, a group of environmental analysts descended on Louisville’s East Market–or NuLu–neighborhood for a tour. They’re in town thanks to a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, and for three days they’ll be studying the neighborhood with an eye toward ways to improve its sustainability. Global Green—a California-based environmental non-profit—is leading the project, with […]

Air Pollution Control District Plans to Revisit Permit Fees Soon

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is considering raising the fees industries pay for certain types of permits. Many of the fees companies pay to the Air Pollution Control District are based on the tons of various pollutants they emit every year. But as both technology advances and tightening federal regulations reduce air pollution, Louisville’s air […]

New Agreement Will Keep Paducah Uranium Plant Open for One More Year

Key agreements with the federal government and energy suppliers will allow the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant to stay open for another year. The plant processes uranium for use in nuclear power plants. Under the new agreement, the plant has federal approval to re-enrich depleted uranium for the Tennessee Valley Authority and Energy Northwest. The United […]

Task Force Recommends Gradual Merger Between MSD, Louisville Water

A task force commissioned to study Louisville’s utilities is recommending a gradual merger between the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Louisville Water Company. The group issued its recommendations to Mayor Greg Fischer today. Fischer ordered the analysis after a state audit of MSD showed egregious waste and inefficiencies. The group was tasked with studying the […]

Utility Task Force Will Present Recommendations to Fischer This Week

The utility task force studying a potential collaboration between the Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Water Company and Metro Public Works is scheduled to issue recommendations this week to Mayor Greg Fischer. The task force was appointed in January, after a scathing state audit revealed numerous inefficiencies within MSD. For the past four months, the group […]

Sustainable Design Consultants Will Evaluate NuLu This Week

Professional design consultants will be in Louisville this week to give advice to the city’s East Market district. NuLu was one of eight communities nationwide that received a grant for professional sustainability design consultation. This is the week consultants with environmental non-profit Global Green will be in town to evaluate the neighborhood’s existing infrastructure. Green […]

Beshear Names New Public Service Commissioner

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has appointed a new Public Service Commissioner to fill a spot that’s been vacant since December. Beshear’s office announced today that Linda Breathitt of Lexington is the newest commissioner. Breathitt served as a PSC commissioner in the 1990s. After that, she became a senior energy and regulatory advisor at a Washington […]

Facing Federal Action, Kentucky Moves to Increase Reclamation Bonds for Surface Mines

Coal companies will have to pay more to mine coal in Kentucky under new regulations issued by the Energy and Environment cabinet. The state took action after the federal government threatened to take over the state’s surface mining program. When companies begin mining, they’re required to give the state a bond that will only be […]