A rail car hauling a flammable chemical is still burning in southwest Jefferson County following Monday's derailment and Wednesday's explosion and flash fire. But water is no longer being used on the burning car because the situation is said to be stable and the fire will be allowed to burn itself out, officials said, according to WAVE-TV. A crane is expected to be put in place at the site on Friday to begin the process of moving rail cars not hauling hazardous cargo.
The National Weather Service offices in Louisville and Paducah have issued freeze warnings for tonight and early Thursday. Most of the area affected is bounded by I-65 on the east and south of the Western Kentucky and Blue Grass parkways.
The National Weather Service office in Jackson said a winter storm warning remains in effect for Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Above 2,000 feet, snowfall will continue through much of the day today and through tonight. Below 2,000 feet elevation, rain will mix with and change to wet snow this morning changing back to rain this afternoon.
Eight rail cars of a 39-car Paducah and Louisville train derailed early today in extreme southwest Jefferson County forcing the evacuation of 34 homes in the vicinity of Abbotts Beach Road and Katherine Station Road. At least one of the derailed cars resulted in a chemical leak into the air and a Level 3 Hazmat Alert has been issued. That's the highest level of hazmat alert.
The National Weather Service has downgraded the winter storm watch for southeast Kentucky to a winter weather advisory for snow - which runs from 10 p.m. today through noon Tuesday.The weather service's Jackson office said rain will mix with and change to snow tonight and then change back to rain by noon Tuesday. Snow accumulations of up to 2 inches are expected in low-lying areas and 2-4 inches in elevations above 2,000 feet.
Some 16 central Kentucky arts projects are receiving government support to further an environmental message. This year’s Eco-Art grants cover everything from performances, to photographs, to sculptures. Each has an environmental theme. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the Eco-Art program helps the city creatively connects citizens with the environment.
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. The case involves several environmental groups too, including Appalachian Voices and Waterkeeper Alliance.
Work continues on a multi-million dollar disposal facility designed to eliminate chemical munitions stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot. Under the current Army timeline, actual destruction of nerve and mustard gas agents is set to start in 2020. As technology improves, Chemical Weapons Working Group Director Craig Williams says ‘neutralization’ will remain their preferred method of disposal.
The National Weather Service office in Louisville is predicting severe thunderstorms for Central Kentucky tonight and into the overnight period. A squall line is forecast to hit the Interstate 65 corridor around midnight tonight and move into the Bluegrass region of the state around 2 a.m. EDT Saturday. The weather service says the main danger will be from damaging winds.
Remnants from Hurricane Isaac will travel from Louisiana to Arkansas, then north to Missouri by Friday. Bands of rain could hit parts of Kentucky beginning Friday but the heaviest rain in Kentucky is expected from Friday night through Sunday night, the National Weather Service office in Louisville said.
Wondering how much carbon dioxide is being emitted in your country, state, county or Congressional district? I just came across a cool database produced by CARMA (Carbon Monitoring for Action) that has all of that information.
A new tactic to reduce litter is under exploration in Lexington. Currently, people who trash city streets may face criminal charges. But, council member Peggy Henson, who serves on the ‘Keep Lexington Beautiful’ Commission, says a new state law allows the city to levy civil penalties. “What we have found through our research is that if a person is charged with littering, most of the time it is thrown out in court, not always, depending upon the amount of litter,” said Henson.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials told Jessamine County residents Tuesday that environmental and other factors are being taking into consideration in the I-75 connector project. More than 300 people turned out for the workshop held at East Jessamine Middle School. Many of those in attendance were against the connector road and offered various reasons why.
A three-judge panel has voted two to oneto 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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated another 68 Kentucky counties, including Jefferson, as drought disaster areas. With the new drought declaration, Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties are the only Kentucky counties not officially in a drought. These counties are all clustered in the southeast part of the state.
A lot more contaminants are being found in water from the Ohio River these days — and some of them might surprise you. "The last numbers I saw ... caffeine was the No. 1 thing that was showing up," Henderson Water Utility General Manager Bruce Shipley said during a public hearing Monday. "I forget what the numbers were, but it would take 10 cups of coffee to equal the amount of caffeine that you would be getting in a cup of water. That is the most prevalent, highest level of contaminant that's being seen at this point."
Two oil well operators accused of violating federal water quality laws in Hart County were arrested after a federal indictment unsealed Thursday charged them with two additional criminal counts. A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment Wednesday against Charles Stinson of Horse Cave and Ralph Dowell of Edmonton, operators of Logsdon Valley Oil Co., with two counts of violation of an underground injection control program. The indictment accuses the two men of willfully injecting fluids into a sinkhole that was not permitted.
Kentucky's Division of Water has joined neighboring Indiana and Ohio in entering a water pollution credit trading program. Basically, this program 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.