EPA Responds to Beshear’s Letter

This morning, the Environmental Protection Agency responded to an email asking for comments on a letter Governor Steve Beshear sent to President Barack Obama earlier this week. In an interview, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters expressed frustration with the EPA’s requirements for permits. He says Kentucky worked with the regional EPA on a template […]

Beshear Calls for Consistency in Coal Regulations From Federal Government

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Obama asking for more consistency and clarity in regulation of the coal industry. The letter was a follow-up to a brief meeting between Beshear and President Obama at the Cincinnati airport last week. Since the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would be scrutinizing surface mining […]

Government Alleges Western Kentucky Coal Company Discriminated Against Black Miners

The federal government has filed a lawsuit on behalf of thirteen Kentucky coal miners who say they were discriminated against over their race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit earlier this week in the Western District of Kentucky against River View Coal. The lawsuit alleges that thirteen African-American miners who applied for jobs […]

Federal Government Cites Five Kentucky Mines in August Inspections

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited five Kentucky coal mines for safety violations. They were among 20 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. The mines cited were the Superior Mining Company’s Number 1 mine in Pike County, TRC Mining’s Mine Number 2 in Letcher County and three mines operated […]

Associated Press Story Examines Reasons Behind Appalachian Coal Decline

The Associated Press had a story out yesterday about declining Appalachian coal reserves, and whether those are more to blame for cuts in the coal industry than federal regulations. The story starts with Jerry Howard, an eastern Kentucky mine owner who closed his mine two years ago. “Business owners like Howard, politicians and miners in […]

Study Indicates Switch to Natural Gas May Not Slow Climate Change

As federal policies make burning coal more expensive, many utilities—including Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities—are transitioning their older coal plants to natural gas. But a new study cautions that natural gas may not be a panacea to stop the effects of climate change. Natural gas is cleaner than coal. When you burn it, […]

LG&E, KU Plan to Switch Units From Coal to Gas Part of a Nationwide Trend

Last week, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities announced a plan to retire three coal-fired power plants over the next four years. The plants will be replaced by facilities that burn natural gas—which is cleaner than coal. The utilities are part of a growing trend across the nation to retire older coal plants. To […]

Abandoned Mine Funds Directed to Perry County Water Project

Fifty-two more homes in Perry County, Kentucky will be hooked into city water systems soon, after a state agency determined their drinking water was affected by mining activity more than thirty years ago. The state’s Abandoned Mine Lands funds go to abate hazards created by mining before the federal Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act […]

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

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 […]

Report Targets Energy Subsidies for Congressional Cuts

When the Congressional super-committee sits down to cut the nation’s spending, everything is fair game. But a new report released by four non-profit groups suggests the panel look first to cutting energy subsidies. The report is called Green Scissors, and it was released today by groups that promote free market capitalism, consumer protections, the environment, […]