air pollution

Environment
4:14 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Kentucky's at the Top of the List for Carbon Dioxide Pollution

Credit courier-journal.com

A new report on U.S. power plant emissions says Kentucky has the highest rate of carbon dioxide emissions in the nation.

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Environment
3:07 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

EPA Tightens Soot Standard; Estimates Cleaner Air Will Save Billions in Health Costs

Erica Peterson WFPL

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 2:20 pm

The federal government has strengthened the national air quality standard for soot and fine particle pollution.

The new standard is 20 percent more stringent than the current standard, which was set in 1997. It will require communities to make sure fine particle pollution is limited to 12 micrograms per cubic meter annually (the current limit is 15).

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Environment
4:04 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Court Strikes Down EPA Rule to Limit Cross-State Air Pollution

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson

A three-judge panel has voted two to one to strike down a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that would require some states to reduce pollution that travels across state lines. This puts the EPA in a difficult position.

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Afternoon Update
3:24 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 8/9/12

Many overseas banks are now unwilling to accept any more American customers.

Today on NPR: The U.S. government has been tightening the screws on Americans who hide money in offshore accounts, putting pressure on overseas banks, and joining forces with European and Japanese regulators.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Kentucky Ranks First in Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 12:07 pm

Kentucky is number one on a list of the states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.

The Natural Resources Defense Council analyzed the data self-reported by industries in the Toxic Release Inventory, which is managed by the federal government. The most recent data is from 2010, and that year, Kentucky’s power plants emitted more than 40 million pounds of toxic air pollution. This gives the state the dubious honor of being ranked number one in the nation.

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