coal ash

Louisville Coal Ash Pond Reclassified as ‘High Hazard’

by Erica Peterson October 31, 2011

The federal government has reclassified eleven coal ash ponds around the country as “high hazard.” A coal ash pond at Louisville Gas and Electric’s Mill Creek Power Station is one that changed classification. The Environmental Protection Agency rates a coal ash pond—used on site to store coal combustion byproducts—as ‘high hazard’ if it’s in an […]

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Attica Scott to Represent District One, House Says EPA Can’t Regulate Coal Ash, Kentucky Coal Mine Flagged As Unsafe: Afternoon Review

by Laura Ellis October 14, 2011

The Louisville Metro Council elected Attica Woodson Scott to fill the District 1 seat by a 18-to-7 vote Thursday. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash—a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The bill gives control of coal ash disposal to the states, […]

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House Passes Bill to Let States Regulate Coal Ash

by Erica Peterson October 14, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash—a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The bill gives control of coal ash disposal to the states, which are required to regulate it as least as stringently as municipal waste. Environmental groups opposed the bill, arguing […]

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House Expected to Vote on Coal Ash Bill Tomorrow

by Erica Peterson October 13, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill tomorrow that will block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash. The bill has support among House Republicans, but environmental groups are lobbying against it. The bill is sponsored by West Virginia Representative David McKinley. It would let individual states regulate the […]

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Coal Ash News Special [Audio]

by Laura Ellis October 13, 2011

On Thursday we spent an hour looking at Coal Ash — what it is, whether it’s dangerous, and how it’s regulated. We spoke with John Voyles, Vice President of Transmission and Generation Services for LG&E; Tom Fitzgerald Founder and Director of the the Kentucky Resources Council; Tom Robl, Associate Director of Environmental and Coal Technologies […]

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News Special: Coal Ash

by Laura Ellis October 13, 2011

More than 90% of Kentucky’s electricity comes from burning coal, and coal ash is a byproduct. It’s the second-largest industrial waste stream in the nation — and as more pollution controls are put on power plants, the amount of caol ash is growing. Most of it ends up in landfills, but about 40% of the […]

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LG&E, Kentucky Utilities To Replace Three Coal Plants With Natural Gas

by Erica Peterson September 15, 2011

One of Louisville’s two coal-fired power plants will be taken offline in the next five years. By 2016, Cane Run Power Station will be replaced by natural gas—a fuel that’s cleaner than conventional coal. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will retire the Cane Run plant in southwest Louisville, as well as two other […]

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LG&E to Replace Coal-Fired Cane Run Plant With Natural Gas

by Erica Peterson September 15, 2011

Louisville Gas & Electric announced today that its coal-fired power plant in southwest Louisville will be taken offline by 2016. The company will build a new natural gas-fired plant on the same property. This is an option LG&E has been weighing publicly since April. In an interview earlier this summer, Vice President John Voyles said the […]

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Report Ranks Kentucky Among Worst in Nation for Coal Ash Handling

by Erica Peterson August 17, 2011

A new study faults Kentucky regulators for their lax oversight of coal ash. There are more than nine million tons of coal ash generated in Kentucky every year. The ash, left over after coal is burned, is stored in ash ponds and dry landfills. The report says the combination of lots of ash and little […]

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UPDATED: More Coal Ash Problems at Cane Run

by Erica Peterson August 12, 2011

Even though problematic machinery was briefly taken offline, there are still problems with coal ash at Louisville Gas & Electric’s Cane Run power plant. Residents are reporting seeing coal ash coming out of the plant and into the air both yesterday and today. LG&E took the sludge processing plant out of commission after it malfunctioned, […]

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