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."