Environmental Groups Say Burning Coal at Big Sandy Isn’t Least-Cost Option

Two environmental groups are contesting an application filed with the Public Service Commission by an eastern Kentucky power company. They say retrofitting the Big Sandy power plant to continue burning coal will be more expensive than the company reported. In December, Kentucky Power filed an application with the Public Service Commission to spend $940 million […]

Local Food Conference in Louisville on Saturday

Local food supporters are gathering in Louisville tomorrow for the 12th annual Healthy Food, Local Farms Conference. The event emphasizes the connections between food and farmers, and touts the benefits of eating locally. “The average meal travels 1500 miles and we want to change that,” said Aloma Dew of the Sierra Club. “We want Kentucky […]

West Virginia Selenium Settlement Could Have Ramifications for Kentucky

Environmental groups in West Virginia have reached a settlement with a coal company over water pollution near mine sites. The decision could affect a similar case in Kentucky. Earlier this year, local environmental groups and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against St. Louis-based Arch Coal over selenium pollution at six West Virginia mines. Selenium […]

Poll Shows Public Opinion in Appalachia Against Mountaintop Removal

A new poll shows significant opposition to mountaintop removal coal mining in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia. Both Democratic and conservative polling firms conducted the survey, which polled about 1,300 likely voters in the four states. The results show that those polled—even Republicans and Tea Party members—support enforcing and even increasing Clean Water Act […]

New EPA Proposal Encourages Carbon Capture and Sequestration

The Environmental Protection Agency says injecting carbon dioxide underground doesn’t pose substantial environmental or health risks. The agency is proposing a rule to classify carbon dioxide as a non-hazardous waste and encourage a controversial coal technology. Carbon capture and sequestration—or CCS—is a process where carbon dioxide is removed from the emissions of coal-fired power plants […]

Bloomberg Gives Sierra Club $50 Million for “Beyond Coal” Campaign

This morning, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $50 million grant to the Sierra Club, to be doled out over four years. The Sierra Club says they’ll use the money for their “Beyond Coal” campaign, which works to transition the nation away from coal. The Sierra Club said the gift from Bloomberg will effectively retire one-third of […]

Rally Planned to Support Clean Water Protection Laws

Louisville residents plan to gather tomorrow in Chickasaw to raise awareness of issues facing Kentucky’s rivers. The event is planned in coordination with eight others around Kentucky. Lauren McGrath works for the Sierra Club, and she says the rally’s goal is to send a message to Governor Steve Beshear’s Administration. “Recently we’ve seen them working […]