Soil testing in the yards of fifty homes bordering the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood recently revealed carcinogenic chemicals in all of them. The Environmental Protection Agency found toxic contamination at the 29-acre Black Leaf site itself in 2010, but scientists weren’t sure how far it had spread beyond site… Continue reading Private Homes Contaminated Near Black Leaf Site; What’s Next?
The Jeffersonville City Council has unanimously approved a $20 million dollar bond issue to support development of the city’s canal project. Jeffersonville is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep its sewers from overflowing. Outgoing Mayor Tom Galligan has proposed options, but Mayor-elect Mike Moore says they’re too expensive and says when he takes… Continue reading Jeffersonville Council Approves $20 Million For Canal Project
1:06pm: Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky waived his right to a preliminary court hearing, which means his case goes straight to trial. We’ll get an update on those developments. 1:12pm: An economic historian says businesses and governments don’t drive growth and never have—consumer spending does. James Livingston has written about his controversial theory… Continue reading Sandusky Case Goes Straight to Trial, Economic Historian Says Spending Will Save the Economy, EPA Will Unveil Stricter Rules For Power Plants: Today on Here and Now
1:06pm: GOP presidential contender Herman Cain plans to hold a news conference in Phoenix later today to “set the record straight” about allegations of sexual harassment. Cain steadfastly denies that he ever harassed anyone. On Monday, Sharon Bialek became the fourth woman to accuse Cain of harassment, saying he made an inappropriate sexual advance toward her in 1997 while the two were in a car. At the time, she was out of work and seeking his help in finding a job. So what constitutes sexual harassment and how are these cases generally handled? We hear from an employment lawyer, who handles cases of sexual harassment.
1:12pm: While Cain denies all allegations of sexual harassment, he has also mentioned his sense of humor when addressing questions about the recent claims. Last week, Cain told the Wall Street Journal, “I do have a sense of humor, and some people have a problem with that.” Cain has also said he does not make inappropriate comments to employees, but when is taking a joke too far? Katrina Campbell of Global Compliance works with companies to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. She says that people often get in trouble for making jokes that aren’t appropriate in the workplace. Campbell says while some people accused of sexual harassment are making a power player, others are just oblivious to the impact of their actions.
1:25pm: Half of the airborne mercury pollution in the US comes from coal-fired power plants. After years of study and debate, the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to announce new limits on mercury from coal plants in November. Meanwhile, utilities are scrambling to meet other new federal regulations and industry groups are asking the government to slow down. This is the second of a four-part series, Coal at the Crossroads. You can hear it all week on Here and Now.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that students have the right to enroll and attend the school nearest their home. But if JCPS takes the case further, it will delay having to comply with the Court of Appeals decision. The plan to re-open Kentucky Kingdom has hit another snag, with talks breaking down between… Continue reading Court Rules on JCPS Student Assignment, Kentucky Kingdom Talks Break Down, EPA Rejects Mining Permits, and Changes to Unemployment in Indiana: Afternoon Review
The Environmental Protection Agency has objected to 19 coal mining permits in Kentucky. In his letter to President Barack Obama earlier this week, Governor Steve Beshear specifically mentioned 55 Kentucky permits that were pending approval from the EPA. The EPA has responded to 54 of those permits, and has registered objections to 19 of them.… Continue reading EPA Registers Objections to 19 Kentucky Coal Mine Permits
1:06pm: Opposition forces are in control of most of Tripoli, but Moammar Gaddafi‘s whereabouts remain unclear. The Pentagon believes he’s still in the country. The rebel National Transitional Council reportedly has a 70-page plan for leading Libya over the next few months, but there are many unanswered questions. Will they turn over Gaddafi and his… Continue reading Unrest in Lybia, EPA Tours Eastern Kentucky: Today on Here and Now
WFPL environment reporter Erica Peterson tagged along with two EPA officials this past week as they toured Eastern Kentucky meeting with residents of communities affected by coal mining. Region Four administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming and senior advisor for environmental justice Lisa Garcia of EPA heard from several residents and members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth… Continue reading EPA Tours Eastern Kentucky: State of the News
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… Continue reading EPA Officials Hear Concerns About Mining, Water Pollution 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… Continue reading Checking in With Erica Peterson in Eastern Kentucky