MSHA Places Kentucky Coal Mine on ‘Potential Pattern of Violations’ Status

A Kentucky coal mine has been flagged as unsafe by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Letcher County mine is the fourth recently placed on a ‘potential pattern of violations’ status. The mine is Dennis Creg Yonts’ Number Two Mine in Dean, operated by Vision Coal. Kevin Stricklin of MSHA says the notice amounts […]

Kentucky Joins Effort to Delay Air Pollution Rules

Kentucky and Indiana are among twenty-five states seeking a delay in federal regulations to reduce mercury and other toxic air pollution. The deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency to set standards for mercury and other toxic air pollution is November 16. But twenty-five states have filed a brief in the case asking a judge to […]

Carbon Capture Technology Is Catching On Globally, but not as Quickly in the U.S.

Carbon capture and sequestration projects are picking up around the world, according to a new report, even as some in the United States have recently been shuttered. According to the Global Institute for Carbon Capture and Sequestration, the technology’s future is bright. CCS, as it’s known, is a process by which carbon dioxide is removed […]

Judge Ruling in EPA Lawsuit May Have Few Practical Implications

A judge has ruled with the coal industry in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s a victory for the industry, but the decision could have little practical meaning for Kentucky’s coal mines. The judge ruled the EPA overstepped its authority when it instituted an “Enhanced Coordination Procedure” in 2009 to evaluate permits for […]

Judge Rules in Favor of Coal Industry in Lawsuit Over Mine Permits

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the coal industry in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. The National Mining Association sued the agency, questioning its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act to review permits for mountaintop removal mines. Luke Popovich is the spokesman for the NMA. “We’re encouraged and we really think […]

Lawyer Files Ethics Complaint Over ‘Appalachian Inbreeding’ Remarks

A North Carolina law professor has filed an ethics complaint against the Washington, D.C. law firm that insinuated inbreeding was responsible for birth defects in Appalachia. The law firm made the comments while trying to refute a study connecting mountaintop removal to birth defect rates. Law firm Crowell and Moring raised several issues with the […]

National Science Foundation Grant Funds UK Economic Development Study

The University of Kentucky has received nearly half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation to study economic development in eastern Kentucky. The study involves faculty from UK’s business school and schools of social work, public health, sociology and agriculture. Business professor Walter Ferrier is the study’s principal investigator. He says the researchers will […]

AK Steel Buys Coal Company to Control Costs at Plants in Kentucky, Ohio

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio AK Steel is buying a Pennsylvania coal company in a deal designed to help control raw material costs at its Ashland, Kentucky and Middletown, Ohio plants. Company president James Wainscott announced today that the firm has acquired Solar Fuel Company of Somerset County, Pennsylvania for $36 million. Wainscott says […]

Southern States Energy Board Meets in Virginia

The Southern States Energy Board held a Governor’s Energy Summit in Virginia this morning. Kentucky is a member of the board, and was represented by Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters. In the board’s mission statement, it stresses both the economy and environment, but there was no evidence of the latter in the day’s […]

EPA Registers Objections to 19 Kentucky Coal Mine Permits

The Environmental Protection Agency has objected to 19 coal mining permits in Kentucky. In his letter to President Barack Obama earlier this week, Governor Steve Beshear specifically mentioned 55 Kentucky permits that were pending approval from the EPA. The EPA has responded to 54 of those permits, and has registered objections to 19 of them. […]