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LG&E Outlines Potential Rate Increases to Metro Council

by Erica Peterson August 11, 2011

Electricity rates will be going up, but no one yet is sure exactly how much. Power company officials testified before a Metro Council committee today about the effect environmental regulations will have on ratepayers. There are a host of federal air regulations that have been issued this year or are expected soon. Combined with a […]

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Metro Government Plans to Fine LG&E for Recent Coal Ash Releases

by Erica Peterson August 9, 2011

The Metro Air Pollution Control District says Louisville Gas & Electric will be penalized for clouds of coal ash that were released from a malfunctioning machine last week. Residents living near the Cane Run Power Station reported seeing coal ash leaving the company’s landfill on Saturday, July 30. The company said the dust was caused […]

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LG&E Says Malfunctioning Machine at Cane Run Being Repaired

by Erica Peterson August 5, 2011

Louisville Gas & Electric says a piece of machinery that malfunctioned last weekend at their Cane Run Power Station should be up and running next week. Residents complained after clouds of dust were visible above the plant’s landfill in southwest Louisville. They’ve documented instances of ash leaving the landfill and contaminating their property in the […]

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LG&E Fined by Metro Government for Coal Ash Contamination

by Erica Peterson August 2, 2011

Metro Government has fined Louisville Gas & Electric for letting coal ash leave the Cane Run Power Station and contaminate nearby homes. Two weeks ago, LG&E released test results that found ash on three area homes. Now, the city has fined the company $4,000 for violating the district’s fugitive dust rule. The Air Pollution Control […]

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The Coal Ash Series, In Full

by Erica Peterson July 22, 2011

You can’t see the smokestacks of the Cane Run Power Station from Stephanie Hogan’s home, even though she lives a block away. And while the power plant isn’t visible, it’s still a looming presence in Hogan’s life. “Oh, he breathes so bad, he sounds like Darth Vader.” Hogan shakes her head, and her two-year-old son […]

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Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood–Part Three

by Erica Peterson July 22, 2011

Kathy Little and Debbie Walker stand in Walker’s front yard, 50 feet from the ash landfill at Louisville Gas & Electric‘s Cane Run plant. They watch as heavy machinery backs up, pushing ash from one pile to another. Both women have lived in the neighborhood for decades—Little for 33 years, Walker for 23. Walker says […]

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Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis July 21, 2011

Political negotiations over the long-term deficit cutting plan offered by the Gang of Six senators are on again today. So what’s on the chopping block? We dive into the details of proposed changes to programs like Social Security and Medicare, and proposed changes to tax benefits like the mortgage interest deduction which is worth $40 […]

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Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood—Part Two

by Erica Peterson July 21, 2011

“Okay, here’s our ash pond!” Steve Turner exclaims. He’s the general manager at Louisville Gas & Electric’s Cane Run Power Station, and he is giving Kathy Little and her husband Tony a tour of the plant. “You can see bottom ash, but it’s down at the water level, so it stays wetted.” Cane Run is […]

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Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis July 20, 2011

Thirteen days remain until August 2, the date after which the US will default on debt payments. The so-called “Gang of Six” deficit-reduction plan that emerged on Capitol Hill yesterday is gaining steam. We’ll ask if they can reach a deal on time. Around 5.6 million mothers stay at home, and for many, getting back […]

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Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood–Part One

by Erica Peterson July 20, 2011

You can’t see the smokestacks of the Cane Run Power Station from Stephanie Hogan’s home, even though she lives a block away. And while the power plant isn’t visible, it’s still a looming presence in Hogan’s life. “Oh, he breathes so bad, he sounds like Darth Vader.” Hogan shakes her head, and Cody wheezes. “You […]

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