Erica Peterson

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


4:57 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Kentucky Noted as 'Most-Improved' in Annual Energy Efficiency Rankings

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 1:55 pm

An energy policy non-profit today released its annual ranking of states by energy efficiency programs.

Though Kentucky is still in the bottom half of the list, it was recognized as one of the “most-improved” states.

Indiana, on the other hand, fell the furthest and is currently ranked 40th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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10:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Study Shows Direct Connections Between Mountaintop Removal Dust Exposure and Lung Cancer

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:11 pm

A new epidemiological study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining is harmful to the health of nearby residents.

The study published last week in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology used dust samples from homes near a mountaintop removal site in West Virginia, as well as a control site far from mining in the eastern part of the state.

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9:19 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Here's What Alison Grimes and Mitch McConnell Discussed in KET's Debate

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell at the Oct. 13 debate hosted by Bill Goodman and KET.

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 3:26 am

The two major party candidates for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat faced off in their first—and likely only—televised debate on public television Monday night.

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes traded barbs in the forum moderated by Kentucky Educational Television’s Bill Goodman.

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2:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

McConnell Has Contentious Interview With Kentucky Sports Radio

Mitch McConnell

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 1:21 pm

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the host of Kentucky Sports Radio had a series of sharp exchanges Wednesday in a broadcast interview that tackled topics ranging from same-sex marriage to global climate change.

McConnell called in to Kentucky Sports Radio and spoke for over 10 minutes with host Matt Jones, who has made repeated pleas for an interview. McConnell's Democratic opponent in the November election, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, spoke with Jones and KSR in September.

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4:53 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Video Purports to Show Grimes' Dislike of Coal. What Does It Really Say?

In a photo released by her campaign, Alison Lundergan Grimes visits a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 4:27 pm

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t being honest with voters about her support of Kentucky’s coal industry, according to a video released today by the conservative Project Veritas.

The video by James O’Keefe—who was widely criticized for deceptively editing a video about ACORN in 2009—relies on hidden camera interviews with Kentucky Democratic officials about Grimes and coal, but ultimately doesn't prove much about where she truly stands on coal.

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9:15 am
Mon October 6, 2014

What Could the West Virginia Plan to Frack Under the Ohio River Mean for Kentucky?

The Ohio River in West Virginia.

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 10:05 am

West Virginia is accepting bids on a plan to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (or “fracking”) beneath the Ohio River. The move would provide the state with much-needed revenue, but environmental and citizen groups are concerned about the possible contamination of drinking water for millions of people.

Louisville is one of the communities downriver that uses the river for drinking water.

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6:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Federal Grants Will Help Fund Solar Projects in Rural Kentucky

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 7:03 pm

More than $329,000 in federal grants are coming to Kentucky for solar energy and energy efficiency projects in rural areas.

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3:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Report: 13 Percent of Country's Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Already, or Will Be, Retired

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:16 pm

A new report by the federal Government Accountability Office raises concerns about electricity reliability in the United States as coal-fired power plants close to comply with environmental regulations.

The GAO report updates one the office originally published in 2012. That report estimated anywhere from two to 12 percent of the country’s coal-fired power plants would be retired by 2025. But now, the new data suggests the number is actually 13 percent.

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12:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Data Shows Resurgence of Most Severe Form of Black Lung Disease in Appalachia

Credit Jack Corn / Environmental Protection Agency-National Archives


The most severe form of black lung disease is at levels not seen since the early 1970s, according to new data from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety.

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2:14 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

As Coal Jobs Leave Kentucky, Where Are the Renewable Energy Jobs?

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 9:07 am

Kentucky doesn’t distinguish itself in a new report quantifying so-called “clean energy” jobs announced around the country in the second quarter of 2014.

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