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Environment
12:58 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

TVA Prepares for Single-Digit Temperatures, High Power Demand Wednesday

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With the National Weather Service Calling for a low of 4 degrees Wednesday night, the Tennessee Valley Authority is preparing for power consumption levels comparable to last January when the utility saw record winter demand.

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Weather
6:12 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Four Rivers Braces for Arctic Temperatures

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National Weather Service meteorologists say the Four Rivers region will see an extended period of arctic cold this week, with Tuesday the only day with above-freezing temperatures.  The NWS says the greatest concern will come late Tuesday night through early Thursday when a strong arctic high moves in from the plains states.  

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Environment
2:29 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Land Between the Lakes Auctioning Off Bison This Month

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A portion of Land Between the Lakes’ Bison are destined to leave the pastures of the elk and bison prairie this winter.

The Forest Service will hold a public auction in January to reduce the size of the bison herd by 38. Mostly calves and yearlings are slated for sale, along with a few bulls, cows, and heifers.

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Environment
11:15 am
Tue December 30, 2014

TVA Board Issues Decision on Shawnee Fossil Plant Units

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The Tennessee Valley Authority board decided unanimously today to retrofit two units at the Shawnee Fossil Fuel Plant near Paducah.

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Environment
11:53 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Patriot Coal Idles Two Large Mines in Western Kentucky

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Patriot Coal will idle two large coal mines in Western Kentucky, beginning today. As many as 650 workers could be affected.

Patriot warned layoffs could be coming earlier this month, when it issued WARN notices to employees at its Highland and Dodge Hill mines. 

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Decision on Shawnee Fossil Plant Units Coming Tuesday

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The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors will decide Tuesday on the fate of two coal-burning units at West Paducah’s Shawnee Fossil Plant.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Commonwealth Policy Institute Lays Out Energy Plan for the State

  The policy arm of a statewide Democratic group has issued its recommendations for Kentucky’s energy future. 

The Commonwealth Policy Institute—CPI—is part of the Women’s Network. 

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Environment
11:28 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Kentucky Regulators OK State’s First Utility-Scale Solar Array

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a 10 megawatt solar array,making it the first utility-scale solar energy system to be built in the commonwealth. It’ll be built near the Brown Power Plant in Mercer County, southwest of Lexington.

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Environment
3:36 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

EPA Finalizes First National Regulations for Coal Ash

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  The federal government has released the nation’s first-ever rules on how to handle, store and dispose of waste from coal-fired power plants. The final iteration of the regulations has largely disappointed environmental groups—who hoped for more stringent rules. Industry groups were more optimistic, but largely said they would have preferred the Environmental Protection Agency not finalize the rules at all and leave the matter up to Congress. The EPA was choosing between two options, and chose to regulate coal ash as akin to household garbage, rather than hazardous waste.

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Environment
1:21 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

LBL Scenery Management Plan May See Revisions In Response to Public Concerns

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Lyon County’s Judge Executive says Land Between the Lakes Officials may rewrite their controversial draft Scenery Management Plan. Wade White’s comments come following a meeting with LBL Area Supervisor Tina Tilley.

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