Environment

Erica Peterson, WFPL

Residents of Kentucky’s coal counties are holding out hope that next year will bring the passage of the RECLAIM Act — legislation meant to free a billion dollars from the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to help spur economic development in communities hurting from the downturn in the coal industry.

Erica Peterson WFPL

With no changes to greenhouse gas emissions, people living across the United States can expect a marked increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme storms. That’s the conclusion of a study released earlier this month from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has a solution for people wanting to get rid of their natural Christmas trees after the holidays.

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The Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Museum has been destroyed in a Benton County fire, but its owner is determined to rebuild.  

Owner Bob Keast says the building that housed the museum and offices burned down Tuesday night.  

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An official says storm-damaged trees at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will be cut and left on the ground.

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Twenty elk born and raised in Land Between the Lakes in western Kentucky will roam free come December 19th, on a 45,000 acre site, in southwestern West Virginia. 

Across Appalachia, coal miners are suffering from the most serious form of the deadly mining disease black lung in numbers more than 10 times what federal regulators report, an NPR investigation has found.

The government, through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, reported 99 cases of "complicated" black lung, or progressive massive fibrosis, throughout the country the last five years.

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West Virginia’s Attorney General sent a letter to Washington Wednesday outlining ways to dismantle the Obama Administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution.

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Volunteer birders converge at Land Between the Lakes Saturday to take part in an annual winter bird census.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

 

A Tennessee Valley Authority plan to change the disposal of coal ash has members of an environmental organization concerned about air and water quality surrounding the site. TVA is switching from wet coal ash storage to dry ash storage at the Cumberland Fossil Plant in Stewart County in an effort to comply with EPA regulations.

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