Erica Peterson

Erica reports on environment and energy issues for WFPL, which run the gamut from stories about the regionââââ

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Government
4:07 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Kentucky Rep. Whitfield's Bill Would Allow States to 'Opt Out' of Carbon Dioxide Regulations

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A bill that environmental groups say would damage the Clean Air Act is advancing through the House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill is spearheaded by Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield.

The bill—called the Ratepayer Protection Act—passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee last Tuesday. According to Whitfield, the bill is a “commonsense solution to protect ratepayers from higher electricity prices, reduced reliability, and other harmful impacts of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.”

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Environment
10:20 am
Tue April 21, 2015

LG&E and KU Ask to Withdraw Proposed Service Charge Hike

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Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities are proposing to withdraw the rate case pending before the Kentucky Public Service Commission, after reaching a settlement with intervenors.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Kentucky Doesn't Have Any More Working Union Coal Miners

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For the first time in about a century, no union coal miners are working in Kentucky. The state’s few remaining union miners were laid off New Year’s Eve when Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine in Western Kentucky shut down, the United Mine Workers of America confirmed.

“Appalachia was always a really tough nut for the union to crack, and I think maybe Kentucky was the toughest nut of all,” said labor historian James Green, author of a new book about West Virginia’s mine wars.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Louisville Archdioceses Awaits Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

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This may be the year the world’s developed nations work out a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change. The meeting is scheduled for Paris in December, but before that, Pope Francis is expected to tell the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics that climate change is an issue relevant to their faith.

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Politics
2:23 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Mitch McConnell is Officially the Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Mitch McConnell was formally sworn in Tuesday as the Senate’s majority leader, and for the first time in eight years Republicans control both houses of Congress.

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Environment
3:36 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

EPA Finalizes First National Regulations for Coal Ash

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  The federal government has released the nation’s first-ever rules on how to handle, store and dispose of waste from coal-fired power plants. The final iteration of the regulations has largely disappointed environmental groups—who hoped for more stringent rules. Industry groups were more optimistic, but largely said they would have preferred the Environmental Protection Agency not finalize the rules at all and leave the matter up to Congress. The EPA was choosing between two options, and chose to regulate coal ash as akin to household garbage, rather than hazardous waste.

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Business
3:24 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

A Deeper Look at Kentucky's Delinquent Mines

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:19 am

Last month, a joint project by NPR and Mine Safety and Health News revealed that many of the nation's mines—coal and otherwise—operate despite owing large sums of money to the federal government for health and safety violations.

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Environment
9:26 am
Mon December 1, 2014

EPA Expected to Finalize First Federal Coal Ash Regulations This Month

Coal ash stored in a landfill at LG&E's Cane Run Power Station.

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 8:01 am

Four-and-a-half years after they were first announced, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to finalize the nation’s first federal rules on the handling of coal ash this month.

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Environment
1:09 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

At Mammoth Cave, Studying the Effect of Ozone on Plants

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:32 am

High ozone levels aren’t healthy for people, especially the very young, elderly or sick. But the pollution is bad for plants, too, and researchers at Mammoth Cave National Park are trying to determine its effects on the park’s flora.

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Environment
4:52 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Judge's Rejection of Kentucky Coal Company Settlement Points to Bigger Issues

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 3:30 pm

A settlement between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and a coal company won’t be allowed to go forward after a Franklin County Circuit judge’s rejected the proposal Monday.

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