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EPA Hears Testimony on New Carbon Pollution Rule

by Erica Peterson on May 24, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of day-long hearings in Washington, D.C. and Chicago on proposed new standards from carbon pollution from power plants.

The speaking lists for both hearings were already near full before they began. The slots were first come, first served, and environmental groups snagged many of them. Representatives from the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, as well as local environmental groups are scheduled to speak at both events. But the industries are represented too, with speakers from the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Mining Association and various trade groups.

The EPA’s proposed rule would only apply to new power plants, and would limit these plants to 1,000 pounds of carbon pollution per megawatt hour.

Under the rule, coal-fired power plants can still be built. But because of the new limits on carbon dioxide, any company interested in building a coal-fired power plant would be required to install advanced carbon control technologies, like carbon capture and sequestration. [click to continue…]

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New Consent Decree Aims to Reduce Haze at National Parks

by Erica Peterson April 4, 2012

A new agreement between the federal government and environmental groups will put limits on some power plants that blow pollution into Kentucky. The move is designed to reduce haze and air pollution at many of the country’s oldest national parks, including Mammoth Cave. Power plants and factories in nearby Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are all […]

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City Investigates Overtime Pay, Autism Linked to Traffic Fumes, Kentucky Law Experts Recommend Death Penalty Moratorium: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis December 8, 2011

1:06pm: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is investigating the city’s overtime pay to Metro employees. The administration has found that about ten percent of the city’s workforce earned $15,000 or more in overtime last year, with some employees effectively doubling their salaries. The amount of money paid for overtime is in the millions of dollars. Some […]

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NPR Series Examines Loopholes in Toxic Air Regulations, Danger to Exposed Communities

by Erica Peterson November 7, 2011

view full searchable map » Federal and state air pollution regulations are lacking when it comes to toxic air emissions, according to the new NPR series Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities. 

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EPA Official Says Environmental Regulations are Necessary and Good for Business

by Erica Peterson November 4, 2011

A top official in the Environmental Protection Agency says protecting the environment is good for business, and federal standards don’t go far enough. Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air Gina McCarthy made the comments during a Festival of Faiths event in Louisville. McCarthy says the main job of the EPA is to provide […]

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DuPont Fined for Permit Violations at Rubbertown Plant

by Erica Peterson September 21, 2011

The Louisville Air Pollution Control Board voted today to approve a settlement between the city and DuPont for permit violations at the company’s Rubbertown plant. The board order fines the company $51,000. The Air Pollution Control District says DuPont’s facility on Camp Ground Road routinely failed to complete required inspections of its equipment. Enforcement and […]

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EPA Rules to Limit Power Plant Pollution Pushed Back

by Erica Peterson September 15, 2011

According to Reuters, the Environmental Protection Agency won’t meet its deadline for its greenhouse emissions standards for power plants.  Originally, the rules were supposed to be released on September 30. “Greenhouse gases for power plants is first on the docket,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said on the sidelines of an event in San Francisco. “Although […]

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Groups Stress Necessity of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

by Erica Peterson September 8, 2011

Even though President Barack Obama asked the Environmental Protection Agency to abandon a draft rule to tighten ozone standards, environmental groups hope the a pending federal rule on inter-state pollution will go into effect on January 1 as planned. The Cross-State Air Pollution rule would put limits on the amount of pollution area power plants […]

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LG&E Releases Contradictory Coal Ash Report

by Erica Peterson July 14, 2011

Louisville Gas & Electric has released a second study on coal ash. It follows another that showed the company is possibly in violation of pollution laws. LG&E says this second report is more accurate, but it might not matter in the long run. People who live near the Cane Run Power Station have complained that […]

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LG&E Report Confirms Residents’ Concerns About Coal Ash

by Erica Peterson July 13, 2011

Science has backed up claims by people living near the Cane Run Power Station in Louisville who say the plant’s coal ash is contaminating their homes.  This could lead Metro Government to take action against Louisville Gas & Electric. Next to LG&E’s Cane Run Power Station there’s a coal ash landfill. It holds the fly […]

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