Environment

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, via Facebook

Kentucky has joined a dozen other states in a complaint against a federal effort to balance environmental protection and the coal industry.

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Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has finalized a controversial plan to let the state’s utilities virtually self-regulate the storing of hazardous coal ash near power plants.

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  Beekeeping schools are popping up across the commonwealth starting this weekend, teaching beginner to expert level courses how to raise honeybees.

  A fire review team in Tennessee will investigate the Gatlinburg fires that killed 14 people in November.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the rusty patched bumblebee an endangered species — the first such designation for a bumblebee and for a bee species in the continental U.S.

The protected status, which goes into effect on Feb. 10, includes requirements for federal protections and the development of a recovery plan. It also means that states with habitats for this species are eligible for federal funds.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is holding a public meeting Thursday to seek input on proposed changes in the land management plans for eight reservoirs. Changes include the Kentucky Reservoir on the Tennessee River. 

West Coast crab fishermen just ended an 11-day strike over a price dispute. But a more ominous and long-term threat to their livelihood may be on the horizon. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found a link between warming ocean conditions and a dangerous neurotoxin that builds up in sea life: domoic acid.

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  Members of the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition met with state legislators Friday to discuss the Energy Opportunity Act, a bill KSEC hopes to pass this legislative session.

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Update: Amounts allocated to regional counties added.  

Approximately $1.06 million dollars in grant funding is going to aid cleanup efforts of illegal dumps in the Commonwealth, including four counties in far western Kentucky. 

KYTCDistrict2, via Facebook

Update Wednesday Morning: KYTC has expanded pre-treatment due to an increase in projected snowfall accumulation of up to 2 inches, particularly in the northern part of District 2, along the Ohio River. The 'supertanker' is operating on I-69 between Madisonville and Henderson.

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