Environment

omu.org

A coal-fired power plant in Western Kentucky will stop burning coal entirely in the next five years. The Owensboro Municipal Utility’s board made the decision last week to retire the second unit of the Elmer Smith power plant in Owensboro, marking the end of the utility’s 116 years of burning coal in the city.

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A Christian County broiler flock of 22,000 hens has been culled after birds tested positive for avian influenza. 

Keep the TN River Beautiful, via Facebook

The Tennessee River is due for an annual spring cleaning this weekend. Keep Tennessee Rivers Beautiful is partnering with Land Between The Lakes to provide volunteers with boats and trash bags to pick up litter and debris along the banks. Coordinator Laura Howard said the project was born from TVA partnering with Keep Tennessee Beautiful after a river tour discovered an excess of trash along the shore and in the water. Howard said the clean-ups help the environment and impact tourism.

As President Trump promises major investment in infrastructure, people across the country are hoping that includes spending on water pipes for drinking.

Flint, Mich., was a high-profile example of the many communities — like one in Eastern Kentucky — where people just can't trust their water.

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  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month.

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

A widespread freeze is expected over the weekend, following last night's severe storms. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning from 10 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday. 

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The Senate Natural Resources Committee voted Wednesday to give the State Division of Mine Safety flexibility in carrying out their evaluations of Kentucky mines.

Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource

Retired coal miners face a one-two punch to their health benefits that could leave many of them in the lurch. A repeal of Obamacare and the expiration of miner’s health protections could make it hard for any coal retiree to get health care.

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A committee with National Academy of Sciences has started work on a study of the health effects of surface mining in central Appalachia.  

According to two new World Health Organization reports, about 1.7 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of environmental hazards. It's the first such estimate of the child death toll from environmental causes.

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