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Environment
6:18 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Lawmakers Skewer EPA, Obama Over Coal Regulations

The EPA and new Carbon Emission reduction rules were scrutinized in a meeting of the Kentucky Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment Thursday.
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A panel of Kentucky lawmakers is criticizing an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants

Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment targeted the regulations Thursday which will require a nationwide 30 percent reduction in the gas that climate scientist say contribute to climate change.

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Politics/Environment
12:29 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Kentucky Climate Policy Czar Still Going Through Over One Thousand Pages of New EPA Rules

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The man who will help lead Kentucky’s effort to meet new air pollution standards says his office will stay above the political battle surrounding the issue.

Kentucky’s assistant secretary for climate policy, John Lyons, faces the unenviable task of combing through 1,400 pages of material that spell out the new federal carbon emissions rules announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency. The regulations have been denounced this week by both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates as well as business leaders who predict doom for the state’s coal industry and overall economy.

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Environment
6:50 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Construction of Natural Gas Plant Underway at Paradise Fossil Plant

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Construction crews have cleared about 60 percent of the land needed to begin building a new natural gas plant at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The new plant is scheduled to open by Spring of 2017, and will take the place of two coal burning units currently in operation at the Tennessee Valley Authority facility. 

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Environment
6:51 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Kentucky Reacts to New EPA Rules

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The new Environmental Protection Agency rules seek to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.  State's heavily dependent on coal, like Kentucky, are expected to have some flexibility in meeting a new standard.  Still, Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett believes an already diminished eastern Kentucky mining industry would suffer more job losses and says the potential impact goes beyond the coal fields to all manufacturers.

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Environment
4:14 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Kentucky's at the Top of the List for Carbon Dioxide Pollution

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A new report on U.S. power plant emissions says Kentucky has the highest rate of carbon dioxide emissions in the nation.

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Environment
6:15 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Senate OKs Bill Allowing Coal Plants to Regulate Own Emissions

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A bill that would allow coal-fired electric power plants in Kentucky to regulate their own carbon dioxide emissions has passed out of both chamber of the state legislature. The bill has received massive bipartisan support.

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Environment
11:19 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Murray Citizens And Leaders Meet With EPA in Development Workshop

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency met with citizens, civic leaders and Murray State officials last night to discuss sustainable rural development strategies. Such strategies include how to increase green spaces, promote more biking and walking and adjust zoning for new and aging neighborhoods. EPA contractor Milton Herd said Murray is not alone in wanting to sustain its growth as well as its rural nature.

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Environment
3:06 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Kentucky Environmental Foundation To Study Health Impacts Of Shawnee Power Plant

The Kentucky Environmental Foundation will conduct a health impact assessment on the retrofitting or retirement of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah.

The Kentucky Environmental Foundation is an environmental advocacy group based in Richmond, Ky. with a history of working on chemical weapons issues surrounding the Blue Grass Army Depot. Recently it has become more involved in clean energy and chemical safety. KEF Energy and Health Coordinator Deborah Payne says the assessment comes at a time of change for the Plant and the assessment will be taking that into account.

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Environment
9:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

There’s Plenty of Landfill Space in Illinois

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An annual report on Illinois landfills shows there is enough space for the expected refuse that will accumulate over the next 23 years. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's 25th annual report on nonhazardous solid waste management indicates 45 landfills in the state had more than one billion cubic yards of space left. That's up less than one percent from the year before. Officials say it's important to remember space fluctuates from year to year as areas within landfills are filled and new ones open.

Environment
2:02 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

What Does the Recent EPA Ruling Really Mean for Kentucky Coal Mines?

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Kentucky politicians have been lining up to praise a judge’s decision earlier this week to overturn the new way the Environmental Protection Agency has been evaluating coal mining permits. The EPA was sued by the National Mining Association and several individual states, including Kentucky. But the ruling could have few practical implications for the coal industry.

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