Coal http://wkms.org en TVA Sued Over Muhlenberg Co. Coal-Fired Unit Closures http://wkms.org/post/tva-sued-over-muhlenberg-co-coal-fired-unit-closures <p>A lawsuit has been filed against the Tennessee Valley Authority over its plans <a href="http://www.tva.com/news/releases/octdec13/board_111413.html">to shut down two coal-fired units</a> at plant in Muhlenberg County.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:59:46 +0000 Kevin Willis (KPR) 41981 at http://wkms.org TVA Sued Over Muhlenberg Co. Coal-Fired Unit Closures Lawmakers Skewer EPA, Obama Over Coal Regulations http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-skewer-epa-obama-over-coal-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A panel of Kentucky lawmakers is criticizing an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment targeted the regulations&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;which will require a nationwide 30 percent reduction in the gas that climate scientist say contribute to climate change.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:18:40 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41815 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Skewer EPA, Obama Over Coal Regulations Natural Gas Companies Brief Lawmakers On Industry's Future http://wkms.org/post/natural-gas-companies-brief-lawmakers-industrys-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the Kentucky interim joint committee on natural resources and the environment and a special energy subcommittee got an update&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;on where natural gas is, and where it could head, in Kentucky.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican State Senator Jared Carpenter is chair of both committees and says natural gas will grow as a portion of the state’s energy sources, but not at the expense of coal.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I think they are going to be a major player now, because the federal regulations are being so impossible, to reach the regulations they're wanting to pass. Coal is going to be impacted by it, like it has been, but coal's not going to go anywhere. Everybody understands the importance of&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:28:18 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41099 at http://wkms.org Natural Gas Companies Brief Lawmakers On Industry's Future Construction of Natural Gas Plant Underway at Paradise Fossil Plant http://wkms.org/post/construction-natural-gas-plant-underway-paradise-fossil-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Construction crews have cleared about 60 percent of the land needed to begin building a new natural&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">gas plant at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The new plant is scheduled to open by&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spring of 2017, and will take the place of two coal burning units currently in operation at the Tennessee Valley Authority facility.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:50:22 +0000 Kevin Willis (KPR) 41039 at http://wkms.org Construction of Natural Gas Plant Underway at Paradise Fossil Plant Kentucky Reacts to New EPA Rules http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-reacts-new-epa-rules <p>The new Environmental Protection Agency rules seek to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.&nbsp; State's heavily dependent on coal, like Kentucky, are expected to have some flexibility in meeting a new standard.&nbsp; Still, Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett believes an already diminished eastern Kentucky mining industry would suffer more job losses and says the potential impact goes beyond the coal fields to all manufacturers.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:51:28 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 41009 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Reacts to New EPA Rules In A Coal Town Where Jobs Are Few, Wild Ramps Are Plenty http://wkms.org/post/coal-town-where-jobs-are-few-wild-ramps-are-plenty The air in Richwood, W.Va., is saturated with the smell of <a href="https://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu02/v5-449.html">ramps</a> — a pungent, garlicky, peppery smell so strong that it eclipses almost everything else in the room. Under this smell there's the faint aroma of bacon grease, in which the ramps have been fried. Thu, 22 May 2014 14:00:08 +0000 editor 40753 at http://wkms.org In A Coal Town Where Jobs Are Few, Wild Ramps Are Plenty Office of Mine Safety and Licensing Deals with Budget Cuts http://wkms.org/post/office-mine-safety-and-licensing-deals-budget-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As concerns about mine safety are raised after a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">n <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/15/312694185/turkish-mine-explosion-angry-protests-as-death-toll-rises">explosion in a Turkish coal mine</a> killed more than 200 miners,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Kentucky mine safety officials are doing their best to keep Kentucky miners safe as they cope with a 38 percent <a href="http://wkms.org/post/beshear-administration-warns-senate-budget-could-be-devastating-coal-mine-safety">cut in state funding</a>.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:10:43 +0000 Allison Crawford 40593 at http://wkms.org Office of Mine Safety and Licensing Deals with Budget Cuts Winners, Losers and Lost Causes From the General Assembly's 2014 Session http://wkms.org/post/winners-losers-and-lost-causes-general-assemblys-2014-session <p>By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014&nbsp; Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">All else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:17:13 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40024 at http://wkms.org Winners, Losers and Lost Causes From the General Assembly's 2014 Session What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means http://wkms.org/post/what-kentuckys-new-law-carbon-dioxide-emissions-actually-means <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201301/Mill_Creek2.JPG" alt="" /><p>Ignoring words of caution from his own administration, Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill directing the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a Kentucky-specific plan for regulating carbon dioxide emissions into law earlier this month.<p><a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/HB388.htm" target="_blank">The bill—sponsored by Webster Coun Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:26:08 +0000 Erica Peterson 39897 at http://wkms.org What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means 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