Environment

Fracking Waste Disposal: Still A Hot Mess

Feb 14, 2018
BIll Hughes

  The slogan for Estill County is “where the bluegrass kisses the mountains.” But since 2015 the county, population 15,000, is widely known as the place where radioactive material generated by the oil and gas industry in a process known as fracking was dumped near some schools.

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Citizens in nine southeast Kentucky counties are beginning to assess the impact of widespread weekend flooding. 

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There is a fundamental disagreement over how radioactive waste at an Estill County landfill should be handled. State environmental officials and concerned citizens are taking opposing positions.

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Wednesday Morning:

The National Weather Service in Paducah says freezing rain and drizzle will continue across west Kentucky early Wednesday morning as a winter weather system moves out of the region. Light snow and freezing drizzle continues in southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana. 

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  Not unlike the Philadelphia Eagles dominating the Super Bowl, a group of bald eagles are dominating Land Between The Lakes.

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An appeal by the nation's largest public utility says a federal judge abused his discretion by ordering a massive coal ash cleanup at a Tennessee power plant.

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The commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said it’s hard to predict how soon the state’s deer population will rebound from a decimating disease. 

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  State lawmakers are once again considering a bill that would scale back how much homeowners with solar panels get reimbursed for putting energy back into the electrical grid, though the legislation has stalled for the time-being.

A new report from the National Hurricane Center takes stock of exactly how big, damaging and deadly Hurricane Harvey really was.

"Harvey was the most significant tropical cyclone rainfall event in United States history, both in scope and peak rainfall amounts, since reliable rainfall records began around the 1880s," the report says.

According to the report, the storm directly killed at least 68 people, all of them in Texas, and indirectly killed some 35 more.

The Tennessee Valley Authority

  The Tennessee Valley Authority is building a new dry storage landfill for coal ash and other coal combustion residuals at the Shawnee Fossil Plant in Paducah.

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