Bills to Delay Air Rules Clear Congressional Subcommittee

Two bills to delay EPA air regulations cleared a subcommittee in the House of Representatives today. After two hours of spirited debate, the legislation advanced with no significant changes. The two bills target pending EPA rules to reduce air emissions from boilers and cement manufacturers. GOP members on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power […]

Groups Stress Necessity of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Even though President Barack Obama asked the Environmental Protection Agency to abandon a draft rule to tighten ozone standards, environmental groups hope the a pending federal rule on inter-state pollution will go into effect on January 1 as planned. The Cross-State Air Pollution rule would put limits on the amount of pollution area power plants […]

EPA Outlines Process in Calculating Pollution Limits for Floyds Fork

Stakeholders including residents and wastewater treatment plant operators gathered in Middletown last night for a meeting with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. This was the first step in determining new pollution limits for the Floyds Fork watershed. The state says Floyds Fork is impaired, which means the waterway can’t fulfill its designated functions. The […]

EPA Will Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Floyds Fork Pollution Managment

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a meeting tomorrow to let the public weigh in on a proposal to manage pollution in Floyds Fork, a tributary of the Salt River that runs through Jefferson and four other counties. The EPA is getting involved in what’s usually a state process because of the watershed’s size and […]

EPA Wraps Up Tour of Eastern Kentucky Amid Coal Industry Criticism

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were in eastern Kentucky last week to meet with residents of four communities affected by coal mining. But as those residents shared their stories and concerns, the coal industry criticized the trip as one-sided and anti-coal. There were nine EPA officials on the tour, including Region 4 Administrator Gwen […]

EPA Officials Hear Concerns About Mining, Water Pollution in Eastern Kentucky

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency are in Kentucky, touring areas in the eastern part of the state and meeting with residents who are concerned about the effect of coal mining on their communities. At a community meeting last night in Whitesburg, the officials listened to residents describe their problems with coal dust, mountaintop removal […]

Checking in With Erica Peterson in Eastern Kentucky

WFPL Environment Reporter Erica Peterson is in eastern Kentucky. She’s following Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming and senior advisor for environmental justice Lisa Garcia as they tour communities affected by coal mining. Today, she called the newsroom with updates on her trip. From Erica: The first stop was in Manchester. There’s a woman […]

The EPA’s Tour of Eastern Kentucky

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency will be in eastern Kentucky Thursday and Friday, and I’ll be following them on their tour and reporting back. The group includes Gwen Keyes Fleming, the regional administrator, and Lisa Garcia, who is EPA head Lisa Jackson‘s senior advisor for environmental justice. These officials and others from the Region […]

Report Ranks Kentucky Among Worst in Nation for Coal Ash Handling

A new study faults Kentucky regulators for their lax oversight of coal ash. There are more than nine million tons of coal ash generated in Kentucky every year. The ash, left over after coal is burned, is stored in ash ponds and dry landfills. The report says the combination of lots of ash and little […]

Indiana School is Front-runner in National Energy Saving Contest

An Indiana school is a top contender in a federal energy-saving contest. Jackson Creek Middle School in Bloomington has reduced its energy footprint by more than a quarter. There are 245 buildings across the country competing in the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Building Competition. The contestants are competing to reduce overall energy usage by the […]