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2:14 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Bluegrass Pipeline's Developer Is Appealing the Eminent Domain Ruling

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 11:47 am

Despite the fact that the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline has been suspended, the companies behind the project are appealing a circuit court decision that found they don’t have the right of eminent domain.

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Environment
4:56 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Hurdle Cleared in Marshall County River Port Development

Despite concerns over impacting the habitats of endangered bats and mussels, work will go ahead on renovating a Marshall County river port.

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Environment
3:49 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Paducah City Commission OKs Payment for Mussel Relocation

Credit Lance Dennee

The Paducah City Commission has approved an ordinance to pay approximately $136,000 to the Kentucky Aquatic Resources Fund for the relocation of mussels impacted by previous riverfront development.

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Environment
2:52 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Plans Halted for Natural Gas Plant in Muhlenberg County

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 2:29 pm

Plans have been scrapped for a proposed natural gas power plant in western Kentucky. 

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric announced plans last year to construct a $700 million facility in Muhlenberg County. 

The utilities announced this week the project was canceled because nine municipalities have chosen to terminate their contracts with the utility companies. 

State Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville is disappointed by the loss of construction jobs.

"It would have brought people into the county to live, to work, and maybe even settle here at some point in time," said Yonts. "It will have a substantial negative impact on the county because we will not be getting the benefit of that work."

A new natural gas plant would have made up for the loss of an old coal-fired power plant in Muhlenberg County that’s slated to close next spring. 

KU and LG&E still plan to build a solar-generating plant, but Yonts believes it would have less economic impact.

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Environment
3:08 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Coal Workers at Small Mines More Likely to Get Black Lung Disease, Study Finds

Coal miners who work in small mines are more than twice as likely to contract the most serious form of black lung disease, according to a new federal study. 

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Environment
3:44 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Where's Our Water? A Look at Leaks in Our Region

Inside the top level of the Webster County Water Treatment Plant. This facility processes some 350 million gallons of water annually.
Credit Parker Franklin

  

Recent government inspections have revealed multiple leaks in water systems across our region.

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Environment
2:18 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

If There's a 'War on Coal,' It Started Long Before President Obama

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 12:34 pm

Why do we keep talking about a "War on Coal?" 

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Environment
1:54 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Western Kentucky Farm Uses Drone to Survey Crops

Credit sevenspringsfarms.com

Seven Springs Farms consists of numerous farms located in Trigg, Christian, Cadlwell and Lyon Counties, and may be the first farm in the region to use drones, specifically the DJI drone that you can see in operation on YouTube. Bart Peters, the Finance Manager of Seven Springs Farms speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the business decision to use drones.

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Environment
1:35 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

'Right to Farm' Narrowly Approved in Missouri; Could Kentucky Be Next?

Credit kyagr.com

Missouri voters have narrowly passed an amendment to the state’s constitution instituting a so-called "right to farm" and the chair of the Kentucky House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Small Business says a similar action could be coming in the commonwealth.

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Environment
8:29 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Paducah's Penrod Named VP of USEC's American Centrifuge Project

Assembled Centrifuge Machines
Credit www.usec.com

Steven Penrod, the manager of Paducah’s gaseous diffusion plant has been named Vice President of USEC’s American Centrifuge Project.  Penrod currently serves as USEC vice president of enrichment operations and has been responsible for USEC’s facilities in Paducah and Piketon, Ohio.

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