Erica Peterson

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

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Science
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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Environment
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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Environment
8:51 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Can a Kentucky Politician Win By Being Candid About Coal's Decline?

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 9:01 am

Here’s an essential Kentucky political truth: politics and the state’s coal industry are intertwined.

That’s one of the reasons both of Kentucky’s Senate candidates—Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes—have been nearly indistinguishable on the subject.

But coal’s fortunes in Kentucky have been declining for decades. 

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Environment
2:14 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Bluegrass Pipeline's Developer Is Appealing the Eminent Domain Ruling

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 11:47 am

Despite the fact that the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline has been suspended, the companies behind the project are appealing a circuit court decision that found they don’t have the right of eminent domain.

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Environment
2:18 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

If There's a 'War on Coal,' It Started Long Before President Obama

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 12:34 pm

Why do we keep talking about a "War on Coal?" 

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Environment
3:19 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Kentucky Joins Lawsuit Against EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:10 pm

Kentucky is one of 12 states that have joined a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations. The lawsuit asks the court of appeals in Washington, D.C., to overturn a previous settlement that forced the EPA to take action.

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Environment
9:06 am
Thu July 31, 2014

5 Takeaways From The Annual Kentucky Coal Report

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 6:01 am

The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence released its annual coal report earlier this month. Kentucky Coal Facts 2014 is a huge, comprehensive document of nearly all facets of the coal mined and burned in Kentucky.

In case you don’t want to read all 127 pages, here are five interesting takeaways:

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Environment
3:52 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Members of Kentucky's Congressional Delegation Criticize EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations. Again.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and America's Got Talent contestant Jimmy Rose, who sings a song called "Coal Keeps the Lights On." Rose attended the EPA hearing as a guest of McConnell.

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:35 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding hearings this week across the country to collect public comments on its proposed regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation gathered today to address what they call a “war on coal.”

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Environment
11:13 am
Wed July 30, 2014

As U.S. Exports Coal—and Pollution—Where Does That Leave Kentucky?

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:31 pm

Here’s what’s not up for debate: Eastern Kentucky coal production has plummeted over the past several years. In 2000, the region mined just over 106 million tons of coal. Last year, production was below 40 million tons.

The reasons for that decline are numerous and complicated.

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Environment
2:08 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Policy Group Asks FTC to Review 'Misleading' Green Claims About Biomass

A concrete slab indicates the site of the proposed ecoPower biomass plant in Hazard, Kentucky.

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 8:33 am

A policy group is asking the Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize advertising claims by biomass plants that the energy produced is environmentally friendly and “green.”

Biomass energy is produced when wood products are burned in a power plant. There aren’t any large-scale biomass plants in Kentucky yet, but a company called ecoPower is building one in Eastern Kentucky.

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