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Environment
10:14 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Tulip Poplars Threatened by Insect

The past two years of mild winters have led to an outbreak of pests in the Ohio River Valley. Tulip Poplar trees in the region are being threatened by usually large numbers of the tulip scale insect- which attaches to twigs on tulip poplar trees, sucks sap out of the bark and releases a clear, sticky sugary substance that’s commonly called “honeydew.”

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Afternoon Update
4:15 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 5/4/12

Jim from Clemson wikimedia commons

Today on NPR:  Caretaker Of Kentucky Derby Track To Retire

Around the Commonwealth:

The Blue Ribbon Tax Commission picked three professors to act as consultants as the group considers changes to the state's tax code.

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Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
2:09 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Cleanup Plan Approved for Groundwater Contamination at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Old Oil Landfarm at PGDP
DOE

The Department of Energy and EPA have approved a cleanup plan for contaminated groundwater at Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant. LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky will start field work in the summer of 2013 to cleanup a hazardous chemical called TCE. The chemical in the soil likely came from storm drains and spills at the plant’s loading docks. According to the DOE, the contamination is currently confined to the plant’s property and poses no threat to residents.

Environment
4:20 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Stopping White Nose Syndrome

Ryan von Linden New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Since 2006, White Nose Syndrome has been decimating bat populations east of the Mississippi. Last month, the disease was found in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, and biologists expect it to spread further. Kentucky Public Radio’s Erica Peterson went with state researchers into a Meade County cave to see what’s being done to stop White Nose Syndrome.

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Government & Politics
4:53 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

House Republicans Attacking New Environmental Regulations

U.S. House Republicans are again attacking new environmental regulations that limit the amount of mercury and other pollution power plants can emit. The new rules were the subject of a House subcommittee meeting today. The hearing, led by Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield, essentially can be summarized like this: Republicans question all of the data released by the Environmental Protection Agency, including the cost of the regulations and their effect on the economy.

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