Erica Peterson

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

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Gov. Matt Bevin has begun making changes among high-ranking employees in the state Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Division of Forestry Director Leah MacSwords was terminated on Tuesday, a cabinet spokesman confirmed. It is a non-merit position and no reason was given for the termination.

But MacSwords said she was never given a termination letter.

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Kentucky regulators are petitioning the EPA to re-open the public comment period on the federal carbon dioxide rules that were finalized in June.

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  The Secretary of Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has officially submitted his resignation to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. Secretary Len Peters’ last day in his position will be Dec. 7, which is also Beshear’s last day in office.

Part I of a two-part investigation. Read Part II here.

Acrid smoke blanketed a neighborhood off Dixie Highway in Southwest Louisville on an unseasonably warm fall day last November. For more than 24 hours, a 30-foot-tall pile of tires burned at Liberty Tire, a tire recycling center on Bohannon Avenue. Those living within a mile of the site were urged to shelter in place.

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  Kentucky on Friday joined 23 other states in a legal challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations against carbon dioxide from existing power plants.

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  A new report issued by several non-profit and for-profit corporations takes a deeper look at air pollution from power plants in the U.S.

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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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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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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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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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