Erica Peterson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

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Environment
2:59 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Appeals Court Rules Mining Companies Can’t Sue Mine Inspectors

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Mining companies can’t sue individual government inspectors for damages, according to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued late last month.

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Environment
11:53 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Patriot Coal Idles Two Large Mines in Western Kentucky

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Patriot Coal will idle two large coal mines in Western Kentucky, beginning today. As many as 650 workers could be affected.

Patriot warned layoffs could be coming earlier this month, when it issued WARN notices to employees at its Highland and Dodge Hill mines. 

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Commonwealth Policy Institute Lays Out Energy Plan for the State

  The policy arm of a statewide Democratic group has issued its recommendations for Kentucky’s energy future. 

The Commonwealth Policy Institute—CPI—is part of the Women’s Network. 

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Environment
11:28 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Kentucky Regulators OK State’s First Utility-Scale Solar Array

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a 10 megawatt solar array,making it the first utility-scale solar energy system to be built in the commonwealth. It’ll be built near the Brown Power Plant in Mercer County, southwest of Lexington.

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Environment
4:22 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Kentucky's Largest Solar Array Will Be Built on an Old Landfill at Fort Campbell

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A partnership between the local utility and state and federal government will build Kentucky’s largest solar array at Fort Campbell. The solar array will cover about 20 acres at the army base, and will produce five megawatts of power.

Kenya Stump, Kentucky’s assistant director of the Division of Renewable Energy, said five megawatts is enough energy to power about 500 homes.

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Environment
3:08 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Coal Workers at Small Mines More Likely to Get Black Lung Disease, Study Finds

Coal miners who work in small mines are more than twice as likely to contract the most serious form of black lung disease, according to a new federal study. 

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Environment
3:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Canadian Mining Company to Pay $3 Million Settlement for Western Kentucky Water Violations

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A Canadian coal mining company has reached a settlement with the federal government over Clean Water Act violations at several former mining sites in Western Kentucky.

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Coal
2:25 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

More Than 2,300 Kentucky Coal Jobs Were Lost in 2013

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Kentucky’s coal industry shed more than 2,300 jobs in 2013, according to the latest numbers from the state Energy and Environment Cabinet. And most of those losses were in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields.

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Environment
1:57 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Kentucky Wraps Up Third Year of Controversial Sandhill Crane Hunting Season

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Kentucky’s third annual sandhill crane hunting season wrapped up yesterday and Fish and Wildlife officials are calling it a success.

The most recent numbers show 87 birds were killed in this year’s sandhill crane hunting season, mostly in Barren County. That’s slightly lower than last year, when 92 birds were killed. But both years, the actual hunt fell far below the quota of 400 birds the Department of Fish and Wildlife set.

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Society
5:15 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Analysis: Majority of Children's Furniture Contains Toxic Chemicals

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A new analysis of furniture made specifically for children has revealed that the majority of it contains toxic flame retardant chemicals.

The study was conducted by the non-profit Center for Environmental Health and researchers at Duke University. 

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