Members of Congress Continue Supporting Measures to Limit EPA

by Gabe Bullard March 16, 2011

The proposals include: a limit on how long the EPA has to approve or reject mining permits; a block on new carbon emissions regulation; and a call for hearings on the President’s plans to protect waterways from mining.

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Beshear Returns From Washington, Says Environmental Regulation Is “Balancing Act”

by Gabe Bullard March 1, 2011

Weeks after calling for the federal government to get off the state’s back when it comes to coal regulation, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear had the chance to discuss the issue with the White House.

Beshear returned this week from a meeting with other governors and the president. He says he talked with cabinet members about his frustrations with environmental restrictions on the coal industry.

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Senate Committee Approves Anti-EPA Bill

by Tony McVeigh February 17, 2011

Tom Fitzgerald of the Kentucky Resources Council spoke against the resolution, which mostly is a symbolic protest against stepped up EPA enforcement of federal Clean Water standards regulating coal mining.

“I understand your frustration,” he says to the bills supporters. “My concern is just that the remedy here is really to look at changing mine design in order to address the strata that have the sulfates and carbonates, rather than provoking what I think is a federal assumption of the water program.”

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Cost Increase Will Not Slow Jeffersonville Canal

by Gabe Bullard December 27, 2010

A possible $13 million cost increase will not set back the Jeffersonville Canal project in southern Indiana. In fact, the project’s developers say construction could begin before the summer.

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EPA Settles Over Animal Feeding Operations

by kespeland May 27, 2010

The EPA has settled out of court with environmental groups over how it regulates waste water discharge from concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

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Local Utilities Ready for Greenhouse Gas Reporting

by kespeland April 7, 2010

The EPA is moving to mandate even more greenhouse gas emissions reporting; local utilities say they’re ready to comply.

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New EPA Study: Mountaintop Mining Harms Water

by kespeland April 5, 2010

On the back of a major change in mountaintop coal mining rules, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency has released a scientific study of the impacts of the practice on water quality.

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Floyds Fork Sewer Project Draws Fire

by kespeland March 30, 2010

Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District is complying with an EPA order to file plans to overhaul its antiquated sewer system. But a plan due out Wednesday is angering some residents of rural parts of Jeffersontown.

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EPA Moves to Block Largest Mine

by kespeland March 26, 2010

The U.S. EPA is proposing to revoke a Clean Water Act permit for one of the largest surface coal mines in Appalachia: the Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County, WV.

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Scientists Call for End to Mountaintop Mines

by kespeland January 7, 2010

Writing in the journal Science, scientists from a range of disciplines and institutions are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop issuing mountaintop coal mining permits.

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