Erica Peterson (KPR) http://wkms.org en More Than 2,300 Kentucky Coal Jobs Were Lost in 2013 http://wkms.org/post/more-2300-kentucky-coal-jobs-were-lost-2013 <p>Kentucky’s coal industry shed more than 2,300 jobs in 2013,&nbsp;according to the latest numbers from the state Energy and Environment Cabinet.&nbsp;And most of those losses were in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:25:08 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 38504 at http://wkms.org More Than 2,300 Kentucky Coal Jobs Were Lost in 2013 Kentucky Wraps Up Third Year of Controversial Sandhill Crane Hunting Season http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-wraps-third-year-controversial-sandhill-crane-hunting-season <p>Kentucky’s third annual sandhill crane hunting season wrapped up yesterday and Fish and Wildlife officials are calling it a success.</p><p>The most recent numbers show&nbsp;87 birds were killed in this year’s sandhill crane hunting season, mostly in Barren County. That’s slightly lower than last year,&nbsp;when 92 birds were killed. But both years, the actual hunt fell far below the quota of 400 birds the Department of Fish and Wildlife set.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:57:57 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 37997 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Wraps Up Third Year of Controversial Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Analysis: Majority of Children's Furniture Contains Toxic Chemicals http://wkms.org/post/analysis-majority-childrens-furniture-contains-toxic-chemicals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new analysis of furniture made specifically for children has revealed that the majority of it contains toxic flame retardant chemicals.</span></p><p>The study was conducted by the non-profit Center for Environmental Health and researchers at Duke University.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 36947 at http://wkms.org Analysis: Majority of Children's Furniture Contains Toxic Chemicals Report Says Climate Change Effects Already Felt in the Southeast, Will Worsen http://wkms.org/post/report-says-climate-change-effects-already-felt-southeast-will-worsen <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/183668267/NCA-Southeast" target="_blank">A new report</a> says climate change and variability is already affecting 11 southeastern states, including Kentucky, and it’s projected to worsen over the next two decades.</p><p>The report released by non-profit <a href="http://climatenexus.org/" target="_blank">Climate Nexus</a> represents the work of more than 100 scientists from various governmental and private organizations. It’s a comprehensive look at the effect climate change will have—and is already having—on the region. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:40:50 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 36508 at http://wkms.org Report Says Climate Change Effects Already Felt in the Southeast, Will Worsen Kentucky Regulators Want Flexibility in Carbon Rules for Existing Power Plants http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-regulators-want-flexibility-carbon-rules-existing-power-plants <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions—like carbon dioxide –from existing power plants next June. But Kentucky regulators are preemptively trying to influence the agency’s decision-making.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:35:10 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 36284 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Regulators Want Flexibility in Carbon Rules for Existing Power Plants Deadly Bat Disease Found in Mammoth Cave National Park http://wkms.org/post/deadly-bat-disease-found-mammoth-cave-national-park <p></p><p>The first confirmed case of a fatal bat disease has been found in Mammoth Cave National Park. White Nose Syndrome is a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats across North America. Nearly all infected bats die, and so far scientists haven’t been able to stop the spread of the fungus. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:36:46 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 26865 at http://wkms.org Deadly Bat Disease Found in Mammoth Cave National Park Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Ends With Record Numbers http://wkms.org/post/sandhill-crane-hunting-season-ends-record-numbers <p></p><p>Hunters killed 92 sandhill cranes in Kentucky's second hunting season for the bird. That's 42 more than last season. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 26786 at http://wkms.org Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Ends With Record Numbers Kentucky Utilities to Pay Millions For Alleged Clean Air Act Violations http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-utilities-pay-millions-alleged-clean-air-act-violations <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Kentucky Utilities will spend $57 million to install updated pollution control equipment and pay civil penalties under the terms of a proposed consent decree.</p><p>The money will go to installing a sulfuric acid mist emission control system at the company’s Ghent power plant, replace a coal-fired boiler and pay $300,000 in fines to the Environmental Protection Agency. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 21:24:57 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 26329 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Utilities to Pay Millions For Alleged Clean Air Act Violations Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Opens http://wkms.org/post/sandhill-crane-hunting-season-opens <p></p><p>Kentucky’s second annual sandhill crane hunting season is officially underway. 332 hunters were granted permits to bag two birds each.&nbsp; The season will last until Jan. 13, or until 400 birds are killed. Rocky Pritchert is a migratory bird specialist for the Division of Fish and Wildlife. The initial plan is for sandhill crane hunting to last at least three years, and Pritchert says the state evaluates the results of the hunt every year. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:27:40 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 25773 at http://wkms.org Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Opens Study: More Than Half of Couches Tested Contain Toxic Chemicals http://wkms.org/post/study-more-half-couches-tested-contain-toxic-chemicals <p style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 22px; MARGIN: 0px 0px 15px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Georgia,Times,serif; COLOR: rgb(51,51,51); FONT-SIZE: 15px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">Anyone who watched<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/31/kentucky-fans-riot-final-four-louisville_n_1394213.html" style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; COLOR: rgb(12,76,162); VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" target="_blank" title="blocked::http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/31/kentucky-fans-riot-final-four-louisville_n_1394213.html">&#160;television footage of Lexington&#160;</a>during last year’s Final Four knows that if you try hard enough, couches can burn. But because of a California state law requiring the inclusion of flame retardants, most are made with some chemicals designed to slow burning down. And a&#160;new analysis of couch cushions from around the country shows that several toxic or carcinogenic chemicals are still common ingredients in&#160;most couches. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:17:06 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 25037 at http://wkms.org Study: More Than Half of Couches Tested Contain Toxic Chemicals