Environment

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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.

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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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A board that was ostensibly responsible for reviewing coal miners’ training and reviewing all proposed coal mine safety regulations will hold its last meeting next week.

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A federal science committee studying the health risks for people living near surface coal mines has scheduled a public meeting this week in southern West Virginia.

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Heavy rainfall across much of Illinois late last month has left many corn farmers wondering what will become of their crops.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The City of Mayfield is moving forward with a multi-use bikeway trail that would extend across town. 

Common blood tests for lead can give falsely-low results in certain cases, according to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration.

The tests, manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics, are commonly used in doctors' offices and clinics, and on its website the company calls itself "the most trusted name in lead testing." But the FDA now says that its tests can give inaccurate results when used to test blood drawn from a vein.

Becca Schimmel, WKU Public Radio

Kentucky is coal country, and is heavily reliant on the dirty fossil fuel for power. A study underway at Western Kentucky University is examining the effectiveness of a water-based clean coal solution. Becca Schimmel from member station WKYU takes a closer look at what a mushroom has to do with reducing emissions.

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