Erica Peterson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Erica Peterson is a reporter and Kentucky Public Radio correspondent based out of WFPL in Louisville, Kentucky.

Erica Peterson, WFPL News

  A legislative committee voted Friday to defer a decision on new rules that would change the way coal ash landfills are permitted in Kentucky.

Southwings and Vivian Stockman via WFPL

Congress is enacting a little-used provision this week to turn back Obama-era regulations on coal mining near streams. The House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation that would block the Stream Protection Rule, and the Senate is expected to do the same Wednesday evening or Thursday.

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Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has finalized a controversial plan to let the state’s utilities virtually self-regulate the storing of hazardous coal ash near power plants.

Ryan von Linden / New York Department of Environmental Conservation

This is a story about a virus that infects a fungus.

The fungus causes white-nose syndrome — a disease that’s affecting bats in 29 states, including Kentucky. Bats with white-nose syndrome act strangely; they often lose the fat reserves that are necessary to survive the hibernating winter months, then leave caves in the winter and die.

Erica Peterson, WFPL

Residents of Kentucky’s coal counties are holding out hope that next year will bring the passage of the RECLAIM Act — legislation meant to free a billion dollars from the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to help spur economic development in communities hurting from the downturn in the coal industry.

Erica Peterson WFPL

With no changes to greenhouse gas emissions, people living across the United States can expect a marked increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme storms. That’s the conclusion of a study released earlier this month from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  

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The proposed conversion of a natural gas pipeline across Kentucky is moving forward.

Friday is the final day to comment on a draft environmental assessment that found the project would have no significant environmental impacts. But environmental groups and residents affected by the pipeline say the project deserves a more thorough analysis.

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, via Facebook

Officials with the U.S. Green Building Council are hoping to certify several new sites in Kentucky in the coming months. But rather than bestow the organization’s well-known LEED rating system for green buildings, they’re recruiting spaces for a new, landscape-focused rating called Sustainable SITES.

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Louisville will be getting up to 10 more public electric vehicle charging stations.

Tarence Ray/Appalachian Voices, via WFPL

State regulators have told an Eastern Kentucky coal mine to immediately cease operations after a pond overflow released iron-laced water into a stream last week and killed hundreds of fish.

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