Environment

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

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. 

Erica Peterson | wfpl.org

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.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, via Facebook

Five Kentucky state parks will be seeing $3 million dollars in safety and aesthetic improvements over the next couple of years. The announcement came Tuesday from Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson during a visit to Carter Caves State Resort Park.

WKMS File Photo

Hydroelectric generating capacity is on the rise with the construction of new power plants along the Ohio River in Kentucky and West Virginia. 

Kara Lofton, West Virginia Public Radio

People in West Virginia are still recovering from floods that tore through communities like vengeful gods. When you look at the pictures and videos of the June flood – thick, brown, furious, unrelenting – it’s not hard to imagine how our ancestors believed supernatural beings were behind the devastation. Today, of course, we have better insight into the natural forces at work, and science shows us that the damage from nature’s wrath has a lot to do with human behavior.

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

A prolonged heat wave is in the forecast for the region today and through Sunday night. Most of the WKMS listening area west of Land Between the Lakes is under an excessive heat warning. The rest of our region is under a heat advisory.

Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

At a committee hearing on Tuesday, state lawmakers discussed how 400 tons of low-level radioactive waste ended up in a landfill in Estill County.

Alfred Hofer, 123rf Stock Photo

An Illinois agency will soon collect used tires from abandoned properties and rural roads in an effort to reduce the risk of illnesses carried by some mosquitoes.

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