Erica Peterson

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

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Kentucky’s largest utility company has unveiled the commonwealth’s largest solar plant.

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Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are unveiling the company’s first solar array Tuesday. The solar array was approved in 2014 by state regulators, and is Kentucky’s first utility-scale solar energy system.

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Anything is possible, but it seems unlikely that a Senate bill to abolish state mine safety inspections will pass the General Assembly this year. Legislators are scheduled to return to Frankfort next week for one day before concluding this year’s regular session.

Louisville Zoo

The future of a baby gorilla born yesterday at the Louisville Zoo is unknown after its mother died earlier today from complications with the birth.

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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.

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

  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.

Arnold Paul, via Wikimedia Commons

  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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