Environment

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, energy.gov

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Citizens Advisory Board is seeking new membership from residents in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. 

USGS

  A 3.5 magnitude earthquake centered in Ballard County struck early Sunday morning. NOAA Meteorologist Kevin Smith says most quakes in this region are below a 2.5 magnitude and are hardly felt at all. Smith says the epicenter was around 8.5 miles deep, whereas most earthquakes bottom out at six.

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, via Facebook

Officials with the U.S. Green Building Council are hoping to certify several new sites in Kentucky in the coming months. But rather than bestow the organization’s well-known LEED rating system for green buildings, they’re recruiting spaces for a new, landscape-focused rating called Sustainable SITES.

Hannu Viitanen, 123rf Stock Photo

The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Department of the Navy broke ground Friday on a project in western Tennessee that will eventually be the state’s largest solar facility.

The ceremony was held in conjunction with Earth Day. Construction won't begin in earnest until sometime next year at the Shelby County site, north of Memphis,  which will cover 400 acres with 580,000 solar panels.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Tomorrow, April 22, the Tennessee Valley Authority is holding an Earth Day clean-up at the Sledd Creek Recreation Area in Marshall County. Nick Morris with the TVA speaks to Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the event.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Marathon Pipe Line says the leading edge of a diesel fuel sheen on the Ohio River has dissipated near Paducah. The company confirms one of its pipes was the source of a 48-thousand gallon diesel fuel spill on the Wabash River in southern Illinois over the weekend.

They're a month old. The time has come to give names to the two baby eagles that hatched under the watchful eyes of both their parents — and legions of webcam viewers who have been following their growth in the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

You can vote on the eaglets' names via the Facebook page for the group Friends of the National Arboretum. Voting began Tuesday and will run through next week, closing just before midnight on April 24.

Hannu Viitanen, 123rf Stock Photo

Kentucky’s largest utility company has unveiled the commonwealth’s largest solar plant.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A spill in southern Illinois involving more than 48,000 gallons of diesel fuel has spread to the Ohio River. 

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, via Facebook

The state budget adopted by the Kentucky general assembly last week maintains some funding for the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund. Land preservationists are breathing a sigh of relief. 

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