Erica Peterson

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

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Environment
3:36 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

EPA Finalizes First National Regulations for Coal Ash

Credit Erica Peterson

 

  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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Environment
12:19 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

McConnell Criticizes China-U.S. Deal on Curbing Carbon Dioxide Pollution

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 11:35 am

The world’s two biggest emitters of carbon dioxide have reached an agreement on emissions reductions. The United States and China announced the deal yesterday, in a move that’s already being praised by environmental groups and panned by Congressional Republicans.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

There Are Only 11,600 Coal Miners Left in Kentucky

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 12:10 pm

Overall coal production in Kentucky remained steady between the second and third quarters of 2014, but that’s because losses in the eastern part of the state were offset by gains in the west.

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Politics
1:48 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

McConnell Takes Five Point Lead in Latest Bluegrass Poll

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 10:23 am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a five point lead over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to the latest and final Bluegrass Poll.

Forty-eight percent of likely voters polled say they plan to vote for McConnell, while forty-three percent say they support Grimes. Libertarian David Patterson gets three percent, and six percent of voters are still undecided.

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Environment
12:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

USDA Launches Website to Help Landowners Manage Climate Change Risk

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:01 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new website designed to provide practical information to farmers, ranchers and landowners dealing with the effects of climate change across the country.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Environmental Rules Likely Target Under Republican-Controlled Congress

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 11:27 am

Election Day is a week away, and Republicans are holding out hope that their party can gain control of the Senate and keep control of the House. If that happens, it will give Republicans like current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell more leverage to take action on the Obama Administration’s environmental policies. These policies include proposed limits on greenhouse gases from new and existing power plants, and many others that McConnell has railed against over the past six years.

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