Attica Scott to Represent District One, House Says EPA Can’t Regulate Coal Ash, Kentucky Coal Mine Flagged As Unsafe: Afternoon Review

The Louisville Metro Council elected Attica Woodson Scott to fill the District 1 seat by a 18-to-7 vote Thursday. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash—a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The bill gives control of coal ash disposal to the states, […]

House Passes Bill to Let States Regulate Coal Ash

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash—a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The bill gives control of coal ash disposal to the states, which are required to regulate it as least as stringently as municipal waste. Environmental groups opposed the bill, arguing […]

House Expected to Vote on Coal Ash Bill Tomorrow

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill tomorrow that will block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash. The bill has support among House Republicans, but environmental groups are lobbying against it. The bill is sponsored by West Virginia Representative David McKinley. It would let individual states regulate the […]

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 […]

Environmental Groups Announce Plans to Sue EPA Over Ozone Standards

Several environmental groups have announced they intend to sue the Environmental Protection Agency. They’re trying to force the agency to take action on ozone pollution. The letter gives the EPA 60 days to take action, or else the groups will sue. They want the EPA to identify communities that have unsafe levels of ozone pollution, […]

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 […]

MSD Outlines Progress on Sewer Improvements at Public Meeting

The Metropolitan Sewer District is in the process of implementing a 19-year $850 million plan to upgrade the county’s sewer systems and improve water quality. The MSD held an open house today to answer questions about the project. Inside the Watterson Expressway, there are combined sewers, where rainwater, wastewater and sewage mix. In the outer […]

MSD to Answer Questions, Take Comments on Sewer Overflow Projects

The Metropolitan Sewer District will hold a public meeting tomorrow afternoon to answer questions about the projects the district is taking to reduce sewer overflow. MSD spokesman Brian Bingham says there are a number of projects the agency is undertaking as part of a consent decree with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. “The large expansion […]

LG&E, Kentucky Utilities To Replace Three Coal Plants With Natural Gas

One of Louisville’s two coal-fired power plants will be taken offline in the next five years. By 2016, Cane Run Power Station will be replaced by natural gas—a fuel that’s cleaner than conventional coal. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will retire the Cane Run plant in southwest Louisville, as well as two other […]