Environment

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Many political leaders in the Ohio Valley approve of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. But surveys indicate that public opinion across the region varies, with a slight majority saying they’d like the country to stay the course on climate change.

The company that owns the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, announced that it plans to shutter the facility in 2019 unless the state of Pennsylvania steps in to keep it open.

The plant near Harrisburg, Pa., hasn't been profitable for the past five years, according to owner Exelon Corp. The company announced last week that it failed to auction off future energy production from Three Mile Island for the third year in a row.

PGDP Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy is requesting more than $270 million for ongoing cleanup efforts at the Paducah site. The amount is part of the recently proposed budget request for fiscal year 2018.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

U.S. Congressman James Comer is holding a town hall on Wednesday in Fulton County. 

ohioriversweep.org

Volunteers across the commonwealth will pull trash out of the Ohio River and tributaries June 17 during the 28th annual "Ohio River Sweep." The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission sponsors the event.

NOAA Paducah, weather.gov

Update Saturday:

Most of the Four Rivers Region is under a moderate risk for severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service in Paducah is forecasting at least two rounds of storms.

Afternoon activity is scattered with large hail, damaging winds and an isolated tornado possible. 

PGDP Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a contract valued at more than $1.4 billion on Thursday to Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership to continue deactivation and remediation of the Paducah nuclear site. 

Erica Peterson | wfpl.org

At several power plants around Kentucky, coal ash is mixed with water and stored in gigantic ponds. These ponds typically hold millions of gallons of sludge that contains dangerous contaminants like mercury, cadmium and arsenic. They sit in and around residential neighborhoods. And as WFPL’s Erica Peterson reports, many people living near the plants are still in the dark about what would happen in the event of an emergency.  

The Atlantic hurricane season could see between two and four major hurricanes in 2017, according to the latest forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. There's only a 20 percent chance that this season will be less active than normal, the agency says.

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

The National Weather Service in Paducah is predicting a stormy start to Memorial Day weekend. NWS says the skies should clear by Monday. 

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