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Obama Administration Unveils New Auto Efficiency Proposal

by Erica Peterson November 16, 2011

The Obama Administration has unveiled its proposal to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. Beginning in 2017, the administration is proposing that all new cars and light trucks will have fuel economies of more that 54 miles per gallon. That’s nearly double what the average efficiency is now. In a press conference held […]

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McConnell Calls on Senate Democrats to Pass Bill Blocking EPA Regulation

by admin November 16, 2011

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell today called on majority Democrats in the Senate to approve the EPA Regulatory Relief Act. The bill would repeal limits on mercury and other emissions from cement kilns, as well as change the law by eliminating any deadlines for compliance with new federal pollution […]

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Officials Update Area Residents on Process to Develop Pollution Limits for Floyds Fork

by Erica Peterson November 15, 2011

Federal and state agencies are a step closer to setting new pollution limits for the Floyds Fork watershed. Government officials updated residents and business owners on the process tonight at Eastern High School. Floyds Fork has been designated as “impaired,” which means the waterway can’t fulfill its designated functions, like recreation. The state Division of […]

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Kentucky Meets Stricter Federal Standards for Lead in Air

by Erica Peterson November 14, 2011

Kentucky is in compliance with the country’s National Ambient Air Quality Standard for lead, which was updated three years ago, and is stricter than it used to be. Lead is emitted mostly from facilities that manufacture products like batteries and aluminum. John Gowins with the Division of Air Quality says it’s significant that Kentucky is […]

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EPA, Division of Water to Hold Second Meeting on Floyds Fork Pollution

by Erica Peterson November 14, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a meeting this week to update stakeholders on the efforts to develop new pollution limits for the Floyds Fork watershed. This is the second time since August the agency has come to discuss the project. Floyds Fork has been designated as “impaired,” which means its waterway can’t fulfill its […]

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EPA Briefs Park Hill Residents on Black Leaf Chemical Contamination

by Erica Peterson November 10, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun cleaning up the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood. The agency was in town tonight to update the community on its progress. Black Leaf Chemical was a pesticide-manufacturing company that operated on a 29-acre site in Park Hill from 1930 to 1970. Up until at […]

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Senate Rejects Paul Resolution to Block EPA Regulations

by Erica Peterson November 10, 2011

The U.S. Senate has rejected a resolution by Senator Rand Paul that would block an upcoming air pollution rule from going into effect. Paul’s measure was directed against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which will put limits on power plant emissions that often blow across state lines. In a speech on the […]

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NPR Series Examines Loopholes in Toxic Air Regulations, Danger to Exposed Communities

by Erica Peterson November 7, 2011

view full searchable map » Federal and state air pollution regulations are lacking when it comes to toxic air emissions, according to the new NPR series Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities. 

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EPA Official Says Environmental Regulations are Necessary and Good for Business

by Erica Peterson November 4, 2011

A top official in the Environmental Protection Agency says protecting the environment is good for business, and federal standards don’t go far enough. Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air Gina McCarthy made the comments during a Festival of Faiths event in Louisville. McCarthy says the main job of the EPA is to provide […]

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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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