Environmental Protection Agency http://wkms.org en Kentuckians From Both Sides Plan Trip To Atlanta For EPA Hearing on Coal http://wkms.org/post/kentuckians-both-sides-plan-trip-atlanta-epa-hearing-coal <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Coal-fired power plant in Drakesboro" data-attribution="Credit TVA" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wkyu/files/styles/card_280/public/201301/coalplantdrakesboro.jpeg" alt="" /><p>The Environmental Protection Agency will hold hearings this week on proposed regulations to limit the carbon dioxide coal-fired power plants can emit. Environmental activists and coal industry supporters are both traveling from Kentucky to Atlanta this week for the federal hearing.<p>The EPA’s rule would cut carbon dioxide emissions nationwide. The proposal sets emissions goals for each state, and leaves it up to individual states to decide how to achieve those goals.&#160; But before the rule is finalized, there are months of public comment. People can submit comments in writing, or make public statements at one of the four hearings happening this week. But Bill Bissett of the Kentucky Coal Association says it’s worth it to many to make the trek.<p>“I think the difference is, you can send a letter, you can send an email, but I think it’s important, one, that the people on the other side of this issue hear what we have to say as people who support coal,” said Bissett.&#160; “But I think also, we need to hear what they have to say. To me, it’s a very democratic principle of this country, to be heard publicly."<p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:31:25 +0000 Erica Peterson 42434 at http://wkms.org Kentuckians From Both Sides Plan Trip To Atlanta For EPA Hearing on Coal Beshear Says EPA Coal Emission Standards Provide ‘Flexibility’ http://wkms.org/post/beshear-says-epa-coal-emission-standards-provide-flexibility <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says proposed federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants provide the state with some “flexibility” in meeting government targets.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that the nation must reduce carbon emissions created by burning coal by 30 percent.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:20:13 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41342 at http://wkms.org Beshear Says EPA Coal Emission Standards Provide ‘Flexibility’ Mitch McConnell Sponsors Coal Country Protection Act Targeting EPA Rules http://wkms.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-sponsors-coal-country-protection-act-targeting-epa-rules Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced legislation that would block pollution regulations on existing coal power plants.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit File photo" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/McConnell1-300x225.jpg" alt="" /><p>It's dubbed the "Coal Country Protection Action" and would require the U.S. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:33:09 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 41020 at http://wkms.org Mitch McConnell Sponsors Coal Country Protection Act Targeting EPA Rules TVA CEO Talks New EPA Carbon Pollution Guidelines http://wkms.org/post/tva-ceo-talks-new-epa-carbon-pollution-guidelines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Tennessee Valley Authority’s CEO says the power giant will study </span><a href="http://wkms.org/post/epa-unveil-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new carbon dioxide pollution guidelines</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to see what impact they will have on its remaining coal-burning power plants.</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:28:38 +0000 John Null 41006 at http://wkms.org TVA CEO Talks New EPA Carbon Pollution Guidelines Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court http://wkms.org/post/industry-challenges-epas-greenhouse-gas-rules-high-court The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday about the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for the biggest polluting facilities.<p>The case focuses on a 3-year-old <a href="http://www.epa.gov/nsr/ghgpermitting.html">requirement</a> that companies get permits anytime they construct new plants or modify existing ones that will emit a lot of greenhouse gases.<p>EPA's supporters and most of its challengers agree this case is narrow in scope; the court's ruling is not expected to threaten EPA's broader strategy to fight global warming.<p>Some industries challengi Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:32:57 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 38877 at http://wkms.org Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court Whitfield's Fight to Ease Carbon Emission Regs Moves Forward http://wkms.org/post/whitfields-fight-ease-carbon-emission-regs-moves-forward <p></p><p>Legislation seeking to end what some call strict&nbsp;Environmental Protection Agency&nbsp;regulations on coal-fired power plant emissions has passed the house Energy and Commerce subcommittee.</p><p>Kentucky's first district Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield chairs the subcommittee and co-sponsored the bill with Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:24:54 +0000 Whitney Jones 38031 at http://wkms.org Whitfield's Fight to Ease Carbon Emission Regs Moves Forward 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 Kentucky Energy Secretary: We Need A Blend Of Energy Sources http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-energy-secretary-we-need-blend-energy-sources <p>The Secretary of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said he&rsquo;s a strong supporter of natural gas development as a source of energy in Kentucky and elsewhere. However, Len Peters said the country will be a lot better off with a blend of options.</p><p>&ldquo;If all we do is move coal-dominated electricity generation to a natural gas electricity generation is not a good way to go,&quot; said Peters. &quot;There&rsquo;s no diversification in that. We have to be able to build coal. We have to be able to build natural gas. Nobody wants to build nuclear these days so we&rsquo;re moving away from a more balanced set of opportunities.&rdquo;</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:49:09 +0000 Dan Conti (KPR) 35518 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Energy Secretary: We Need A Blend Of Energy Sources Court Ruling Forces EPA Action on Lake Pollution http://wkms.org/post/court-ruling-forces-epa-action-lake-pollution <p></p><p>A U.S. District Court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether to set new limitations on pollution that is fueling dangerous algae growth in many waterways across the nation.</p><p>The court’s decision comes after a suit was filed against the EPA by several conservation groups, including the Kentucky Waterways Alliance.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:05:28 +0000 John Null 35106 at http://wkms.org Court Ruling Forces EPA Action on Lake Pollution Grimes and McConnell Criticize President Obama and EPA Over Carbon Emission Limits http://wkms.org/post/grimes-and-mcconnell-criticize-president-obama-and-epa-over-carbon-emission-limits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic US Senate candidate Alison </span>Lundergan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Grimes is attacking the Obama administration for an Environmental Protection Agency ruling that she said will cost coal mining jobs in Kentucky. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grimes, who’s seeking to replace Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, said she was deeply disappointed by the EPA’s decision to impose stricter limits on carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:55:44 +0000 Rob Canning & The Associated Press 35046 at http://wkms.org Grimes and McConnell Criticize President Obama and EPA Over Carbon Emission Limits