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  • Official: New EPA Rule Won't Affect Power Plants

    July 4, 2014 7:04 AM

    FRANKFORT (AP) - None of Kentucky's coal-fired power plants will close because of new emission standards released last month by the Environmental Protection Agency, a state official told lawmakers Thursday. Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy John Lyons said the average carbon emissions of Kentucky's coal-fired power plants should meet the... more »
  • Ohio Coal Company Sues Over Carbon Emissions Rules

    June 19, 2014 5:50 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the nation's largest coal companies on Wednesday sued President Barack Obama's administration seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon emissions rules for power plants. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Murray Energy... more »
  • 2 Brownfield Projects Receive Grants Totaling $1M

    June 4, 2014 6:28 AM

    FRANKFORT (AP) - Two projects in Kentucky have been picked for grants totaling $1 million to help redevelop contaminated properties. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brownfield community-wide assessment grants were announced Tuesday for areas in Frankfort and northern Kentucky. The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection said Frankfort would receive $400,000,... more »
  • Coalfield Residents Worry About New Regulations

    June 3, 2014 6:00 AM

    PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) - President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to reduce the gases blamed for global warming from the nation's power plants gives many coal-dependent states more lenient restrictions and won't necessarily be the primary reason coal-fired power plants will be retired. If Kentucky, for example, meets the new limits... more »
  • States Move To Blunt Obama Carbon Reduction Plan

    June 2, 2014 6:12 AM

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers. The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan... more »
  • EPA To Test Louisville Homes For Toxic Gases

    May 30, 2014 8:12 AM

    LOUISVILLE (AP) - Environmental Protection Agency officials plan to test homes near a former Superfund site in Louisville to see if they contain any vapors from toxic chemicals. The Courier-Journal reports sampling will begin in June for about 50 homes near the long-closed hazardous waste landfill. The move comes after... more »
  • Beshear Asks EPA To Rethink Proposed Coal Regs

    June 4, 2013 6:25 AM

    FRANKFORT (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rethink proposed greenhouse gas regulations that he said would effectively ban new coal-fired power plants. Beshear made the request in a letter to the EPA last week. The Kentucky Democrat asked the EPA to drop... more »
  • EPA Administrator Jackson Announces Resignation

    December 27, 2012 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation's economy and... more »
  • EPA: Cleaner Air In Ashland Area

    December 27, 2012 6:39 AM

    ASHLAND (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the air quality has improved significantly in the area around Ashland. The federal agency this week has re-designated Boyd County and a portion of Lawrence County to "attainment" for fine particle pollution. In January, the state's Division for Air Quality submitted... more »
  • As Election Nears, New Rules Face Delays

    July 31, 2012 12:37 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - When the Obama administration agreed to set the first-ever federal limits on runoff in Florida, environmental groups were pleased. They thought the state's waters would finally get a break from a nutrient overdose that spawns algae, suffocates rivers, lakes and streams and forms byproducts in drinking water... more »
  • Federal Court Upholds EPA's Global Warming Rules

    June 26, 2012 12:53 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming. The rules, which were challenged by industry groups and various states, will reduce emissions of six heat-trapping gases from large industrial facilities such as factories and power plants,... more »
  • KSU To Sign Agreement With EPA

    June 20, 2012 6:42 AM

    FRANKFORT (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Kentucky State University to support environmental measures on the Frankfort campus and to develop an environmental science curriculum. EPA's regional administer in the Southeast, Gwen Keyes Fleming, is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning with KSU President Mary... more »
  • Honda Fit EV Gets Highest EPA Fuel Economy Rating

    June 6, 2012 8:25 AM

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - Honda says its 2013 Fit EV has received the highest fuel efficiency rating ever from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Japanese automaker says the subcompact electric car received a combined adjusted mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 mpg. The Fit consumes 29 kilowatt hours of electricity per 100... more »
  • Area Near Louisville Plant Shows Elevated Level Of Contaminants

    May 22, 2012 10:08 AM

    LOUISVILLE (AP) - Federal environmental officials say all 50 yards near an old insecticide plant in Louisville show elevated levels of contaminants. Art Smith, the on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency, told The Courier-Journal on Monday that nine homes had levels high enough to prompt a cleanup. It has... more »
  • Group Urges More Protection For Mammoth Cave

    February 22, 2012 9:08 AM

    BOWLING GREEN (AP) - The National Parks Conservation Association says a plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to exempt some older coal plants from tough air quality standards could hurt Mammoth Cave National Park. The group is urging the EPA not to allow the exemption because according to a report... more »
  • EPA: Power Plants Main Global Warming Culprits

    January 12, 2012 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The most detailed data yet on emissions of heat-trapping gases show that U.S. power plants are responsible for the bulk of the pollution blamed for global warming. Power plants released 72 percent of the greenhouse gases reported to the Environmental Protection Agency for 2010, according to information... more »
  • Justices Criticize EPA's Dealings With Homeowners

    January 10, 2012 12:48 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Several conservative members of the Supreme Court criticized the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners after the government told an Idaho couple they can't challenge an order declaring their future home site a "protected wetlands." Justice Antonin Scalia assailed the "high-handedness"... more »
  • Home's Age Important For Child Lead Exposure

    January 6, 2012 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - If you've been putting off repairing a peeling windowsill, or you're thinking of knocking out a wall, listen up: Check how old your house is. You may need to take steps to protect your kids from dangerous lead. The risk of lead-based paint from older homes is... more »
  • Power Plant Closures To Cost US Towns Jobs, Taxes

    December 21, 2011 1:15 PM

    (AP) - For more than 90 years, the coal-fired power plant in Glen Lyn, Va., has been churning out electricity and contributing to local prosperity. Of late, it has generated nearly a quarter of the revenue for the $1 million budget of the town. Yet when the plant ultimately shuts... more »
  • EPA Rules Threaten Older Power Plants

    December 19, 2011 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to shut down and an additional 36 might have to close because of new federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey. Together, those plants - some of the oldest and... more »
  • House Backs Bill Delaying Toxic Pollution Controls

    October 14, 2011 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House is continuing its campaign against environmental regulations, this time passing a bill to delay rules to curb toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators. The legislation passed 274-142 on Thursday. It joins a host of other measures aimed at weakening, delaying or scrapping... more »
  • Louisville Plant Hit With Record Air Quality Fine

    October 13, 2011 8:05 AM

    LOUISVILLE (AP) - Louisville environmental officials say a pigment-manufacturing plant in the city's Rubbertown district will pay a record $668,000 fine over air quality violations. The city Air Pollution Control District said Wednesday that Eckart America has agreed to pay the fine plus an unspecified amount to be determined. That... more »
  • State Submits Clean Water Rules To Feds

    August 11, 2011 9:18 AM

    FRANKFORT (AP) - Officials in Kentucky have submitted new rules to federal regulators that would protect rivers and streams. The state Energy and Environment Cabinet made its latest "anti-degradation" rules public on Wednesday and said they have sent them to the Environmental Protection Agency. The rules are an effort to... more »
  • EPA Keeps Surface Mining Water Quality Guidelines

    July 22, 2011 10:12 AM

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urged tight limits Thursday on the practice of dumping waste into Appalachian valley waterways from the surface mine blasting of mountain ridges above. The new guidelines advise the agency's officials who review water-related permits for mountaintop removal and other kinds of... more »
  • Kentucky Official Troubled By EPA's Refusal To Talk

    May 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    FRANKFORT (AP) - Kentucky Environmental Secretary Len Peters has told a congressional subcommittee he's troubled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to talk with states and listen to suggestions regarding the issuance of coal mine permits. Peters testified Thursday before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on... more »
  • Coal Industry Disputes EPA Water Quality Findings

    April 1, 2011 10:51 AM

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A national coal lobby group is renewing its call for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to change its approach to protecting streams from mining operations in mountainous Central Appalachia. The National Mining Association says its yearlong study on a dozen headwater streams in southern West Virginia's... more »
  • Agriculture Chief Aims To Ease Fear On Dust Rules

    March 17, 2011 12:39 PM

    DENVER (AP) - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that farmers shouldn't be overly concerned that new federal air regulations will hurt their livelihoods. Farms frequently produce dust clouds during harvests, and farmers are waiting nervously to hear whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to clamp down on dust... more »
  • EPA Trims Costs To Control Toxic Air Pollution

    February 24, 2011 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Faced with stiff opposition in Congress and a court-ordered deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it will make it much cheaper for companies to reduce toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators. In an overhaul of air pollution regulations, the EPA said it found... more »
  • Kentucky On List Of EPA Coal Waste Hearing Sites

    August 22, 2010 11:55 AM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Residents in Louisville will be able to weigh in on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to regulate coal waste from power plants at a public hearing next month as the federal agency adds the city to its list of locations for public hearings on the matter,... more »
  • Feds Lean On BP Over Trash Disposal

    July 1, 2010 9:41 PM

    (AP) - The Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency shored up their oversight of BP's work to clean up the oil-soaked Gulf Coast on Thursday, setting new standards for how the company and its contractors should test and track the garbage generated by the ongoing spill. BP PLC has... more »