Environment

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A study of drinking water systems found 6 million Americans, including people in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, are living with drinking water containing chemicals linked to a host of health problems.

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It’s been a damp summer in many portions of Kentucky, particularly during the month of July.

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This week a federal agency announced it will fund a million dollar review of current research on links between surface coal mining and human health risks. 

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Kentucky joined this week with a dozen other states to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules on the oil and gas industry. 

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Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are planning a new way to offer solar energy to residential customers. 

Hop growers are raising a glass to craft brewers. The demand for small-batch brews has helped growers boost their revenues, expand their operations, and, in some cases, save their farms.

"Without the advent of craft brewing, a few large, corporate growers would be supplying all of the hops and local, family-owned farms like ours would have gone bankrupt," says Diane Gooding, vice president of operations at Gooding Farms, a hop grower in Wilder, Idaho. "It's saved the industry."

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More than 20 counties across Kentucky, including more than a dozen in our listening area are seeking disaster relief in the wake of severe flooding. 

Erica Peterson, WFPL News

The Tennessee Valley Authority will move forward with a plan to permanently store coal ash and other coal combustion residuals on TVA property at 10 locations. 

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A non-profit is recommending a Kentucky coal plant retire sooner than planned.

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A coalition of environmental groups is formally protesting the upcoming auction of federal lands in Western Kentucky for possible oil and gas drilling.

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