Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio http://weku.fm en 2012 Expected to be a Record Year for Coal Exports http://weku.fm/post/2012-expected-be-record-year-coal-exports <p><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/2012-expected-be-record-year-coal-exports">Coal exports are expected to exceed record levels this year, </a><a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=8490" target="_blank">according to the Energy Information Administration.</a><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/2012-expected-be-record-year-coal-exports"> By the end of the year, the country is expected to have exported 125-133 million tons of coal—which shatters the previous record of 113 million tons set in 1981. This is largely due to a very strong first six months of the year, and the EIA notes that since then, the global demand for American coal has been slightly waning.</a> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:59:14 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 34735 at http://weku.fm 2012 Expected to be a Record Year for Coal Exports Presidential Candidates Offer Differing Facts on Energy Production http://weku.fm/post/presidential-candidates-offer-differing-facts-energy-production <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/obama-romney-offer-differing-facts-energy-production">Much like the first presidential debate, there was no mention of climate change in the second match-up between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But there <em>was</em> more talk about energy than during the first debate. And, predictably, there was lots of work to be done by fact-checkers in the day following.</a> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:44:36 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 34519 at http://weku.fm Presidential Candidates Offer Differing Facts on Energy Production Groups Sue to Stop Eastern Kentucky Surface Mine http://weku.fm/post/groups-sue-stop-eastern-kentucky-surface-mine <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/groups-sue-stop-eastern-kentucky-surface-mine">The </a><a href="http://www.sierraclub.org" target="_blank">Sierra Club</a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/groups-sue-stop-eastern-kentucky-surface-mine"> and </a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/groups-sue-stop-eastern-kentucky-surface-mine">Kentuckians</a> for the Commonwealth<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/groups-sue-stop-eastern-kentucky-surface-mine"> </a><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/110409818" target="_blank">have filed a lawsuit</a> against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in hopes of blocking a surface mine permit in eastern Kentucky. Coal company Leeco, Inc. (a subsidiary of James River Coal) is seeking the permit for a valley fill at the Stacy Branch mine on the border of Knott and Knott counties. A valley fill is created during mountaintop removal mining--the mountain is partially removed to reach coal seams, and then the dirt and rock (or "overburden") is disposed of in valleys. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:41:44 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 34518 at http://weku.fm Groups Sue to Stop Eastern Kentucky Surface Mine Kentucky Reaches Settlement with Coal Company Over Water Violations http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-reaches-settlement-coal-company-over-water-violations <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-reaches-settlement-coal-company-over-water-violations">Kentucky has reached a settlement with a coal company accused of thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act. The Kentucky Energy Environment Cabinet, International Coal Group and environmental interveners all agreed to the settlement, which was finalized today. ICG was charged with inaccurately reporting pollution discharge data from several of its mines in eastern Kentucky. The intervening groups—which include Appalachian Voices, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Riverkeeper Alliance—found identical data in months of reports, and suggested the company had copied and pasted the numbers rather than conducted the required monitoring.</a> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 19:27:39 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 33958 at http://weku.fm Group Calls for Climate Change Summit in 2013 http://weku.fm/post/group-calls-climate-change-summit-2013 <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/group-calls-obama-romney-commit-climate-change-summit-2013">Groups in Kentucky and around the country are calling for the winner of next month’s presidential election to hold a summit on climate change during his term’s first 100 days. The </a><a href="http://www.climatesummit2013.org/home" target="_blank">National Climate Summit 2013 Coalition</a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/group-calls-obama-romney-commit-climate-change-summit-2013"> has unveiled a </a><a href="http://www.climatesummit2013.org/the-petition" target="_blank">petition </a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/group-calls-obama-romney-commit-climate-change-summit-2013">signed by more than 1,600 people calling for the summit. The coalition cites recent examples of climate fluctuations, like hotter average temperatures and heavier-than-usual rainfall, and says it’s necessary that the presidential candidates commit to finding solutions.</a></p><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 19:12:40 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 33952 at http://weku.fm Coal Production Cuts Likely http://weku.fm/post/coal-production-cuts-likely <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/more-coal-production-cuts-could-be-coming-despite-slightly-higher-gas-prices">Rising natural gas prices could mean good news for the country's coal industry...but there are still likely cuts to come in Central Appalachia. That's the gist of an </a><a href="http://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/Article.aspx?cdid=A-15904037-11828" target="_blank">article </a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/more-coal-production-cuts-could-be-coming-despite-slightly-higher-gas-prices">from SNL Finanacial. Earlier this year, gas was at less than $3 per MMBtu, which some call the "sweet spot" for coal to gas switching. Any higher than $3, and it's not as cut and dry a decision to switch to natural gas. But now, gas futures for November are trading at slightly higher than that: at $3.459 per MMBtu.</a> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:53:01 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 33833 at http://weku.fm Coal Production Cuts Likely NASA Scientist Discusses Climate Change http://weku.fm/post/nasa-scientist-discusses-climate-change <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/nasa-scientist-discusses-climate-change-effect-kentucky">In increasing numbers, scientists are in agreement that the earth’s climate is changing, and human carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to those changes. A NASA climate scientist was in Louisville this weekend to talk about the growing evidence.</a><a href="http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/gschmidt/" target="_blank"> Gavin Schmidt </a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/nasa-scientist-discusses-climate-change-effect-kentucky">is a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He says scientists have exhaustively studied the numerous signs of climate change—like warming oceans, melting glaciers—and then compared them to the fingerprints of different things. Like, are all these events being caused by sun brightness? Or volcanoes? He says they’ve narrowed it down, and the only culprit left is increases in carbon dioxide emissions.</a> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:38:45 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 33374 at http://weku.fm NASA Scientist Discusses Climate Change Close to Settlement on Pollution Case http://weku.fm/post/close-settlement-pollution-case <p>The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is close to settling a lawsuit with a coal company over water pollution in eastern Kentucky. The cabinet filed a status report earlier this week that proposes $575,000 in fines for International Coal Group, and expects to finalize the settlement soon.&nbsp; The case involves several environmental groups too, including Appalachian Voices and Waterkeeper Alliance. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:45:27 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 33181 at http://weku.fm Details Emerge About Possible Problems in India Coal Deal http://weku.fm/post/details-emerge-about-possible-problems-india-coal-deal <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/more-details-emerge-indian-coal-scandal-possible-problems-kentucky-deal">The Indian media has been all over the recent scandal over the country’s coal allotments—the system where the state’s resources are divvied up among companies. And the various articles are of obvious interest to Kentucky, </a><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/analyst-india-contract-big-deal-wont-save-appalachian-coal" target="_blank">where a private company recently inked a $7 billion deal</a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/more-details-emerge-indian-coal-scandal-possible-problems-kentucky-deal"> to send up to 9 million tons of Appalachian coal to India every year for the next twenty-five years.</a> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:47:26 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 33095 at http://weku.fm Details Emerge About Possible Problems in India Coal Deal Coal Ash Problems Continue at Cane Run http://weku.fm/post/coal-ash-problems-continue-cane-run <p><a href="http://www.lge-ku.com/" target="_blank">Louisville Gas and Electric</a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/coal-ash-problems-continue-cane-run"> has had another equipment malfunction at its Cane Run plant, which released clouds of coal ash yesterday evening. The sludge processing plant is the machine that takes the coal ash and mixes it with other materials to turn it into a concrete-like substance, so it can be put into the landfill. A video shot by Greg Walker, who lives across the street, shows clouds of ash rising above the plant—and over the dust screen the company installed in April.</a> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:10:40 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 32917 at http://weku.fm Coal Ash Problems Continue at Cane Run Decline in Coal Production Could Increase Employment http://weku.fm/post/decline-coal-production-could-increase-employment <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/analysis-predicts-decline-coal-production-could-actually-increase-coal-employment">An </a><a href="http://blog.wvpolicy.org/2012/09/13/coal-production-is-projected-to-fall-but-what-about-employment.aspx?ref=rss" target="_blank">analysis out</a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/analysis-predicts-decline-coal-production-could-actually-increase-coal-employment"> from the </a><a href="http://www.wvpolicy.org/">West Virginia Center and Policy</a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/analysis-predicts-decline-coal-production-could-actually-increase-coal-employment">--a nonpartisan think tank in Charleston--predicts that even while coal production in Central Appalachia declines, employment will rise. This may sound counterintuitive. But the analysis by Sean O'Leary says that could happen, due to falling productivity. In that case, it would take the same number of miners to mine less coal.</a> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:47:30 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 32903 at http://weku.fm Decline in Coal Production Could Increase Employment Anti-Mountaintop Removal Rally Draws Activists http://weku.fm/post/anti-mountaintop-removal-rally-draws-activists <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/environmental-religious-groups-convene-dc">Environmental activists are gathering in Washington D.C. today for an anti-mountaintop removal rally. For the past few months, non-profit Earthjustice has been naming </a><a href="http://earthjustice.org/mountain-heroes" target="_blank">“Mountain Heroes” </a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/environmental-religious-groups-convene-dc">on its website—people who have dedicated themselves to fighting mountaintop removal and environmental destruction. Several Kentuckians are named, like Wendell Berry, Teri Blanton and Mickey McCoy and rock band My Morning Jacket. Others are from neighboring Appalachian states, like West Virginian Larry Gibson </a><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/west-virginia-environmental-activist-larry-gibson-dies" target="_blank">who died on Sunday</a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/environmental-religious-groups-convene-dc"> from a heart attack.</a> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:53:22 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 32869 at http://weku.fm Big Box Stores Lead U.S. Companies in Solar Power Usage http://weku.fm/post/big-box-stores-lead-us-companies-solar-power-usage <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/big-box-stores-lead-us-companies-solar-power-usage">According to </a><a href="http://www.seia.org/news/new-research-top-20-commercial-solar-users-us-includes-iconic-american-brands" target="_blank">a list released this morning</a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/big-box-stores-lead-us-companies-solar-power-usage">, retail giant Walmart leads U.S. companies in solar power installations. Walmart has 144 solar systems installed in seven states; as the report notes, the combined capacity of Walmart and Costco (number two on the list) is greater than all the solar capacity deployed in the state of Florida.</a> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:40:17 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 32793 at http://weku.fm Big Box Stores Lead U.S. Companies in Solar Power Usage Sierra Club to Hold Rally Against Coal at UK http://weku.fm/post/sierra-club-hold-rally-against-coal-uk <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/sierra-club-hold-rally-against-coal-uk">The Sierra Club is planning a rally at noon today at the University of Kentucky to protest the ties between the school's athletic department and the coal industry. UK and the coal industry have a fairly close relationship--the men's basketball dorm is called the Wildcat Coal Lodge, after coal industry contributions, and there have been prominent coal advertisements during some athletic events.</a> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:22:43 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 32431 at http://weku.fm Communities Mark Milestones After Deadly Tornadoes http://weku.fm/post/communities-mark-milestones-after-deadly-tornadoes <p><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/six-months-after-deadly-tornadoes-communities-mark-milestones">Today marks six months from the day </a><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/03/147856268/storm-concocts-worst-case-scenario-in-indiana" target="_blank">tornadoes tore through parts of Indiana</a><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/six-months-after-deadly-tornadoes-communities-mark-milestones"> and Kentucky, killing more than 30 and destroying buildings in their path. Churches in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio are marking the milestone. Jennifer Mills-Knutsen is the pastor at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Jeffersonville. She’s also involved with </a><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/six-months-after-deadly-tornadoes-communities-mark-milestones">March2Recovery</a><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/six-months-after-deadly-tornadoes-communities-mark-milestones">, the non-profit that was set up shortly after the storms. Mills-Knutsen says it’s clear that progress has been made in Indiana’s hardest-hit communities, like Marysville and Henryville, </a><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/05/147948004/tornado-destroys-only-school-in-henryville-ind" target="_blank">where the storm destroyed a school.</a> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 19:18:46 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 32308 at http://weku.fm Communities Mark Milestones After Deadly Tornadoes MSHA Reports Success in Protecting Whistleblowers http://weku.fm/post/msha-reports-success-protecting-whistleblowers <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/msha-reports-success-increased-efforts-protect-whistleblowers">The federal </a><a href="http://www.msha.gov/" target="_blank">Mine Safety and Health Administration</a><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/msha-reports-success-increased-efforts-protect-whistleblowers"> is reporting increases in the number of miners who have filed discrimination complaints after reporting safety violations. Federal law protects miners who report unsafe working conditions to employers, or refuse to work until the problem is fixed. But Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Main says that after the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia two years ago, it was obvious many miners were afraid to exercise their rights.</a> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:25:27 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 32244 at http://weku.fm MSHA Reports Success in Protecting Whistleblowers Federal Government Unveils New Fuel Standards http://weku.fm/post/federal-government-unveils-new-fuel-standards <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/federal-government-unveils-new-stricter-fuel-standards-cars-small-trucks">The Obama Administration has announced </a><a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/13f44fb4e2c2d39d85257a68005d0154%21OpenDocument" target="_blank">new fuel economy standards</a><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/federal-government-unveils-new-stricter-fuel-standards-cars-small-trucks"> for cars and small trucks that will go into effect in five years. Starting in 2017, cars and light trucks will have to be more fuel efficient than they are now. By 2025, the average car’s fuel economy will be 54.5 miles per gallon. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says the program will allow consumers to pick a car that meets their needs, but also give them a choice of greater fuel efficiency. She says the program will have a huge effect on reducing greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide.</a> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:43:56 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 32049 at http://weku.fm Federal Government Unveils New Fuel Standards Database Tracks Large CO2 Emitters http://weku.fm/post/database-tracks-large-co2-emitters <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Wondering how much carbon dioxide is being emitted in your country, state, county or Congressional district? I&nbsp; just came across a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://carma.org/dig#top" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); " target="_blank">cool database</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;produced by&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.carma.org/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">CARMA&nbsp;</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">(Carbon Monitoring for Action) that has all of that information.</span></p><p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:59:31 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31971 at http://weku.fm Database Tracks Large CO2 Emitters TVA Responsible for Coal Ash Spill http://weku.fm/post/tva-responsible-coal-ash-spill <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">A federal judge has ruled that the Tennessee Valley Authority is responsible for a massive coal ash spill near Knoxville in 2008.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:00:45 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31793 at http://weku.fm TVA Responsible for Coal Ash Spill Making Sense of India Coal Deal http://weku.fm/post/making-sense-india-coal-deal <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Last week, there was huge news for the coal industry. Kentucky coal producers signed a deal to export up to nine million tons of coal a year for the next 25 years, to the reported tune of $7 billion.&nbsp;I’ve already covered why the deal is&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/analyst-india-contract-big-deal-wont-save-appalachian-coal" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); " target="_blank">good news for struggling Appalachian coal producers</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;(but not good enough news to turn the industry around), the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/lawmaker-s-potential-gain-kentucky-india-coal-deal-raises-concern" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); " target="_blank">extent of Rep. Keith Hall’s involvement</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, and what the increased coal exports&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/india-coal-deal-bad-news-climate-change" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); " target="_blank">could mean for the environment</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">. But now I’m hearing conflicting opinions about why this deal actually happened in the first place, and whether or not it makes sense.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:58:49 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31726 at http://weku.fm Making Sense of India Coal Deal Kentucky Band Campaigns Against Mountaintop Removal http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-band-campaigns-against-mountaintop-removal <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">The members of Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket</span><a href="http://earthjustice.org/mountain-heroes/my-morning-jacket" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); " target="_blank">&nbsp;appear in a new campaign&nbsp;</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">by non-profit Earthjustice that opposes mountaintop removal coal mining.&nbsp;Earthjustice's Mountain Heroes campaign includes photos and videos submitted by people who are against the controversial form of surface mining.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:10:48 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31720 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Band Campaigns Against Mountaintop Removal Court Strikes Down Rule on Cross-State Pollution http://weku.fm/post/court-strikes-down-rule-cross-state-pollution <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">A three-judge panel&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/19346B280C78405C85257A61004DC0E5/$file/11-1302-1390314.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); " target="_blank">has voted two to </a><a href="http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/19346B280C78405C85257A61004DC0E5/$file/11-1302-1390314.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); " target="_blank">one</a>to strike down a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that would require some states to reduce pollution that travels across state lines. This puts the EPA in a difficult position.</p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:22:48 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31690 at http://weku.fm Nearly All of Kentucky Now Officially in Drought http://weku.fm/post/nearly-all-kentucky-now-officially-drought <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">The U.S. Department of Agriculture&nbsp;<a href="http://migration.kentucky.gov/newsroom/governor/20120820drought.htm" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); " target="_blank">has designated another 68 Kentucky counties</a>, including Jefferson, as drought disaster areas.&nbsp;With the new drought declaration, Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties are the only Kentucky counties&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; ">not</em>&nbsp;officially in a drought. These counties are all clustered in the southeast part of the state.</p><p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:41:20 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31638 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Joins Water Pollution Trading Program http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-joins-water-pollution-trading-program <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Kentucky's Division of Water has<a href="http://my.epri.com/portal/server.pt?open=512&amp;objID=423&amp;mode=2&amp;in_hi_userid=230564&amp;cached=true" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); " target="_blank">&nbsp;joined neighboring Indiana and Ohio</a>&nbsp;in entering a water pollution credit trading program.&nbsp;Basically,&nbsp;<a href="http://kydep.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/kentucky-enters-into-multistate-nutrient-trading-agreement/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); " target="_blank">this program&nbsp;</a>would allow power plants and other industrial facilities to avoid some controls--and pollute a little more--if they pay farmers upstream to control their runoff.</p><p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:09:39 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31595 at http://weku.fm Asian Carp Invasion Could Profit Commonwealth http://weku.fm/post/asian-carp-invasion-could-profit-commonwealth <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">An Illinois-based fishery is working to open a plant in western Kentucky to process large amounts of Asian carp into fertilizer and food. Asian carp is an invasive species, and has been slowly working its way toward the Great Lakes.</p><p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:06:00 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31593 at http://weku.fm India Coal Deal Bad News for Climate Change http://weku.fm/post/india-coal-deal-bad-news-climate-change <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-sell-more-coal-india" target="_blank">A recent deal</a> to send millions of tons of Appalachian coal to India could bring billions of dollars to Kentucky coal producers over the next twenty-five years. But it’s not very good news for climate change. The deal will ship up to nine million tons of Appalachian coal to India for the next 25 years. This is a lot of coal—nine million tons is actually about equivalent to the amount of coal purchased by the state of Virginia in 2010. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:51:39 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31564 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Joins Interstate Water Pollution Trading Program http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-joins-interstate-water-pollution-trading-program <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Kentucky's Division of Water has<a href="http://my.epri.com/portal/server.pt?open=512&amp;objID=423&amp;mode=2&amp;in_hi_userid=230564&amp;cached=true" target="_blank"> joined neighboring Indiana and Ohio</a> in entering a water pollution credit trading program. Basically, <a href="http://kydep.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/kentucky-enters-into-multistate-nutrient-trading-agreement/" target="_blank">this program </a>would allow power plants and other industrial facilities to avoid some controls--and pollute a little more--if they pay farmers upstream to control their runoff. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:48:09 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31563 at http://weku.fm Lawmaker’s Links to India Coal Deal Raises Concern http://weku.fm/post/lawmaker-s-links-india-coal-deal-raises-concern <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/lawmaker-s-potential-gain-kentucky-india-coal-deal-raises-concern">The involvement of a state representative in a major coal deal in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows. Under the terms of a new $7 billion contract, Kentucky coal producers will ship nine million tons of coal a year to India for the next twenty-five years. Representative Keith Hall was instrumental in brokering the deal, and Hall represents both the people of Kentucky, and his own private coal interests.&nbsp;</a></p><p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:06:36 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31401 at http://weku.fm Analyst Says India Contract Won't Save Appalachia http://weku.fm/post/analyst-says-india-contract-wont-save-appalachia <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Nine million tons of Appalachian coal will be heading to India this year, after a new deal was announced yesterday between several Kentucky coal producers and an Indian company. This is good news for the struggling Kentucky coal industry—but it may not be enough. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:07:41 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31383 at http://weku.fm Coal vs. Girl Scouts in Owensboro http://weku.fm/post/coal-vs-girl-scouts-owensboro <p>The New York Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/us/coal-mine-plan-shakes-up-kentucky-girl-scout-camp.html" target="_blank">has a story up today</a> about a contentious mine in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Daviess County Fiscal Court voted earlier this month to allow a surface mine proposed by Western Kentucky Minerals. The mine would abut a Girl Scout camp: <a href="http://www.gskentuckiana.org/camp-properties/camp-pennyroayl.aspx" target="_blank">Camp Pennyroyal.</a> Now, the decision is being appealed. But in the meantime, it&#39;s pitting residents against each other. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:47:49 +0000 Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio 31321 at http://weku.fm