Erica Peterson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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


6:20 am
Mon May 4, 2015

More Than 1,200 Kentucky Coal Jobs Have Been Lost So Far This Year

Credit Austin Ramsey, WKMS

Coal jobs in Kentucky declined sharply in the first quarter of this year, according to the state’s latest quarterly coal report.

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12:43 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

McConnell Cites New Legal Argument Opposing EPA’s Proposed Carbon Regulations

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a new legal argument that he says will scuttle the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

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7:09 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Study Quantifies Economic Effect of Electricity Price Increases in Kentucky and the Rest of the US

Credit Robert Lynch,

A new whitepaper released by Kentucky regulators in draft form last week quantifies the economic effects of rising electricity prices on jobs in the state and around the country.

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1:18 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Asking EPA to Respond to Concerns Over Kentucky's Water Pollution Regulation

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wikimedia Commons

lawsuit that sought to have the federal government respond to requests for them to take over Kentucky’s water pollution program has been dismissed, but the plaintiffs plan to re-file the suit in the Court of Appeals.

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7:43 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Simmons College Becomes 2nd Historically Black College in Kentucky

Credit Simmons College of Kentucky

Louisville’s Simmons College of Kentucky has been officially designated as a Historically Black College and University, or HBCU.

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7:41 am
Mon April 13, 2015

New Program Will Use Satellite Images to Identify, Forecast Harmful Algal Blooms

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Four federal agencies are teaming up to use satellite data in an attempt to better predict and prevent harmful algal blooms in lakes.

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6:56 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Feedback Sought on Changes to Ohio River’s Water Pollution ‘Mixing Zones’


The interstate commission that regulates pollution in the Ohio River is considering a formal change to the way certain pollutants are measured in the river.

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2:17 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Kentucky Regulators to Hear Public Comments on Oil, Gas Drilling

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Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet will hold three meetings across the state to take public comments on oil and gas development.

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8:02 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Can You Get Black Lung Disease by Living Near a Coal Plant?

A test for black lung disease
Credit Jack Corn / Environmental Protection Agency-National Archives

  Emma Burchett lives in Floyd County, in eastern Kentucky. She’s not a coal miner; she has never worked in or around a coal mine. But late last year, the 45-year-old Burchett was diagnosed with anthracosis, which is a mild form of black lung disease.

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3:33 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Shelter Warning In Place Around Louisville Appliance Park Fire

Credit WFPL

Update 3:45 p.m.: Air Situation

Regulators detected hydrochloric acid gas in the smoke at the site. But they haven’t found any signs of the toxic gas downwind. The city’s air pollution monitors have registered slightly higher levels of particulate matter today than is typical, but there haven’t been any large spikes in air pollution since the fire began.

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