The director of the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research says carbon capture technologies could help stabilize coal mining employment in the Commonwealth.  Center officials last week received a federal grant of nearly a million dollars.

Cheri Lawson

A Northern Kentucky woman is making it her mission to help the homeless and the environment.

The 43- year- old has a special nickname for a reason.

Record Breaking Warmth Possible This Month

Feb 19, 2018
Stu Johnson

A warm period in February could break more than one record this week in the bluegrass state.  It’s too soon to say if these unseasonable conditions will affect crop growing farmers this spring.


The toll of winter-time freezing and thawing on area roads is making itself seen and felt throughout the Commonwealth.  Potholes are popping up along interstates and secondary roads at this time of year. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Public Affairs Director Naitore Djigbenou says it’s been an active season of freezing and thawing within the pavement. “This year has definitely been a harsher winter than the previous year, so anecdotally yes we’ve seen more potholes.  We’ll be able to know that conclusively at the end of our snow and ice season,” said Djigbenou.


Beginning in March, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities customers will start to see tax savings reflected in their monthly bills.  It is a result of the recent passage of federal tax cuts.

Stu Johnson

CORRECTION: This post initially indicated the earthquake near Wilmore occurred Sunday night.  It actually took place late Saturday night. 

Citizens in central and southeast Kentucky started the week with two separate earthquakes.  One occurred near Wilmore Saturday evening and the other north of Pineville Monday morning.  Both quakes registered 2.7 on the Richter scale, but both caused little stirring above ground. 


Low level radioactive waste would remain buried in the Estill County landfill under a corrective action plan given preliminary approval by officials with the State Energy and Environment Cabinet.  The plan was submitted by the landfill operator.  


Come 2018, more than a million utility customers across Kentucky are expected to see lower rates for electricity, natural gas, and water service.  It’s a result of the just passed federal tax reform legislation.

KU, LG&E Crews Heading to Puerto Rico

Dec 27, 2017

Some 30 LG&E and Kentucky Utilities workers will leave next week for Puerto Rico to help with massive power restoration efforts.  

Nearly two dozen pieces of heavy equipment should be placed on barges by the end of this week.  Chris Whelan is a spokeswoman for the utility company. “So, we’re sending over our electric line technicians, safety personnel, and crews that actually restore the electric service,” said Whelan.  “They will be doing work in a certain region of Puerto Rico and should be there for several months.”


Ash Urns Come to Lexington Area Parks

Dec 14, 2017

New ash urns are now installed at Lexington’s Woodland, Jacobson, and Shillito parks.  It’s an expansion of a litter prevention program initiated by the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission.

Stu Johnson

The head of Lexington's water quality division says the local government is about halfway through the almost $600 million sewer system overhaul.

The total bill could come in below that original estimate.


A Lexington government official says a number of Lexington area creeks and streams do not meet State Division of Water standards for recreational use.

Members of Lexington’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee got a rundown last week on about a half dozen watershed areas within Fayette County.  


Pipeline Gets Federal OK to Carry Natural Gas Liquids

Oct 6, 2017
By Djmaschek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A 70-year-old natural gas pipeline that passes through several Kentucky counties has received federal authorization for a proposed conversion despite some concerns from opponents.


This week marks the start of Kentucky’s Forest Fire Hazard Season. 

A leading state forest fire official hopes this fall’s burnings are fewer and less severe than last year.

Judge Orders Landfill Protection in Estill County

Aug 30, 2017

A special circuit judge ruled Wednesday that three acres of an Estill County landfill will be protected from any further dumping of waste until core testing is done.  

Judge Jean Logue’s order comes in connection with efforts to address suspected low-level radioactive waste buried in the landfill.

Lisa Autry WKU Public Radio

Every first Saturday in May, Kentucky is home to the most exciting two minutes in sports.  On August 21, the state will be home to the most exciting two minutes in astronomy…two minutes and 40 seconds to be exact. 

Hopkinsville, Kentucky will be the epicenter of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the United States in 99 years.  For a town of just over 30,000 people, it’s a really big deal.   

Groups Sue Over Coal Ash Pollution In Herrington Lake

Jul 13, 2017

Pointing to years of documented pollution from a Central Kentucky coal-fired power plant, environmental groups are suing Kentucky Utilities. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Lexington.

Kentucky Waterways Alliance spokesperson Bijaya Shrestha said the possible repeal of the Clean Water Rule could make it harder to keep wells safe.

Divestment Proposal Pits Coal States Against California

Jun 28, 2017

Political leaders in West Virginia and Kentucky are joining a coalition of states threatening to sue California over a program the state is pushing that would drop investments in coal.

Rains from Cindy Coming to Kentucky

Jun 23, 2017

Heavy rains are likely to be widespread across many sections of Kentucky during the next day or so. 

Remnants of tropical storm Cindy could mean upwards of four inches of rain in the Bluegrass area. 

State Beekeeper Assesses Kentucky Pollination

Jun 23, 2017

This week is being observed as National Pollinator Week and Kentucky’s state apiarist is sounding an optimistic tone about growing the Commonwealth’s bee population over the next five years. 

Those buzzing insects will likely be needed to help meet the increasing demand for local produce. 


Participants in this weekend’s Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition event will get an update on renewable energy efforts in eastern Kentucky. 

That includes a look at solar initiatives.

Ky Coal Association Supports Paris Accord Pullout

Jun 1, 2017

Among those praising President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is the Kentucky Coal Association.

Association President Tyler White issued a statement this Thursday.

If the dam failed at the Ghent Power Station’s coal ash pond, it would only take 20 minutes for the toxic coal ash slurry to reach a residential neighborhood in Carroll County. Near the Brown Power Plant in Central Kentucky, homes on nearby Herrington Lake could get five feet of sludge.

A board that was ostensibly responsible for reviewing coal miners’ training and reviewing all proposed coal mine safety regulations will hold its last meeting next week.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A public meeting is being held Wednesday evening about the next step in repairing Rough River Lake Dam. The 132-foot-high earthen dam helps regulate the reservoir in Breckinridge, Grayson, and Hardin counties.

The dam was installed to reduce flood damage downstream, and is more than 50 years old. Workers are finishing up exploratory grouting along the dam, which confirmed that a cutoff wall needs to be constructed.


The city of Lexington is in the midst of a $600 million dollar federally mandated sanitary and storm water sewer improvement program.

EKU Events Recognize American Chestnut

Apr 20, 2017
Stu Johnson

With this month’s Arbor Day recognition fast approaching, officials at Eastern Kentucky University staged various tree related activities at the historic Elmwood estate Thursday. The emphasis was on the American Chestnut.

Kentucky Reaches Settlement in Radioactive Waste Dumping

Apr 16, 2017
Greg Kocher gkocher1@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have reached a $168,000 settlement with one of the companies accused of being involved in the dumping of radioactive waste in an Appalachian landfill.


The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services said Friday it reached the settlement with Fairmont Brine Processing, which operates a wastewater treatment facility in West Virginia.

Kentucky officials accused Fairmont Brine of arranging for the disposal of radioactive waste in an Estill County landfill.