Environment

Ward-Pugh Buys, Crashes Electric Lawnmower

by Kyle Durbin on July 28, 2011

The Billy Goat Hill Community Garden in the Clifton neighborhood has a new piece of environmentally-friendly equipment.

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, presented the non-profit with a battery powered lawn mower, dubbed the “electric goat,” today.

The mower has practical and symbolic value. First, it will help the group maintain its small garden, which mainly grows garden variety vegetables. Second, the councilwoman and Mayor Greg Fischer say they hope the initiative motivates others to start their own gardens and green programs.

Germantown resident Julie Bush says she definitely will.

“It has inspired me to share it with the Germantown-Schnitzelburg community where I am a resident. It is very attainable and it’s something I know that the community would embrace,” she says.

After the unveiling of the mower, Councilwoman Ward-Pugh took the piece of equipment on its maiden voyage.

Fischer waved a checkered flag to signal Ward-Pugh to start the mowing. Unfortunately, the demonstration ended abruptly when the councilwoman crashed into a raised garden bed.

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Nothing was damaged in the accident. Ward-Pugh purchased the mower with approximately $5,000 from her Neighborhood Development Fund.

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New EPA Law Would Regulate Pollution in Kentucky

by Erica Peterson July 4, 2011

The Louisville area has had six Air Quality Alerts because of high ozone levels so far this year.But the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to unveil a new rule this week that could eventually reduce those ozone levels. The Clean Air Transport Rule will affect states differently. Some will have to regulate both fine particle […]

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Beshear Unveils $3.5 Million in Waste Grants

by admin June 14, 2011

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear awarded dozens of waste grants Tuesday to help expand recycling and household hazardous waste programs throughout the commonwealth. The Energy and Environment Cabinet will give out $3.5 million through the Kentucky Pride Fund to 73 local governments across the state. The money comes from a $1.75 fee collected for each ton […]

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Conservationist Says Beshear Wrong About “War on Coal”

by admin June 1, 2011

Responding to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s claim that the federal government is the reason for rising utility bills, the director of the Kentucky Resources Council says the governor should strive to lower electricity consumption instead of blaming regulators. Last month, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ announced a rate increase up to 19 percent. […]

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Office of Sustainability Expected in Mayor’s Budget

by Dalton Main May 23, 2011

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will unveil his budget for the next fiscal year this week and it’s expected to include funds for an Office of Sustainability. Mayor Fischer expressed a desire to establish the office during his campaign, but the topic became controversial when Fischer was accused of promising independent candidate Jackie Green influence over […]

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Updated: Chandler Opposes Clean Water Act Expansion

by admin April 20, 2011

Joining over a hundred members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., has signed a letter against the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to expand their jurisdiction over U.S. waters. Drafted by Congressman Bob Gibbs, R-Oh., the letter is in response to a “Clean Water Protection Guidance”, a draft by the EPA and the Army Corps […]

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Beshear Marks Earth Week in Kentucky

by admin April 18, 2011

Declaring that few places compare to Kentucky’s natural beauty in the springtime, Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed April 16-22, 2011 as Earth Week in the commonwealth. This year’s theme is “Playground Earth: Get Outside, Kentucky!”. In response, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) plans to sponsor its first environmental photography contest for middle school students in […]

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Former Massey Foreman Pleads Guilty in Case Stemming From Upper Big Branch

by Gabe Bullard April 14, 2011

The first guilty plea has been entered in the federal criminal case that was launched after last year’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia. Former Massey Energy foreman Thomas Harrah’s plea agreement includes the admission that he faked his foreman’s credentials while working at Upper Big Branch, then lied to federal agents about […]

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White-nose Syndrome Found in Kentucky Bats – Doesn’t Affect Humans

by Dalton Main April 13, 2011

By Ron Smith, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials have confirmed the first case of white-nose syndrome in bats in the commonwealth. Wildlife officials recently removed sixty of the infected animals from a cave in Trigg County. White-nose syndrome is a fungus that affects six cave species. It’s estimated to have killed more […]

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Beshear Visits Mountaintop Removal Sites

by Graham Shelby April 8, 2011

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear spent part of Thursday visiting mountaintop removal coal mining sites in Eastern Kentucky. Beshear’s trip was the fulfillment of a promise he made to a group of activists who staged a protest in his office in February. The protesters had asked Beshear to end his support for the practice of mountaintop […]

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