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State’s air quality receives mixed grades for particle and ozone pollution in 2019 ‘State of the Air’ report

The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report found the Louisville/Bardstown metro region ranked 26th as the most polluted city in the nation for ozone (smog) pollution. The region experienced more high ozone days and retained the ranking it received last year. However, the metro area ranked tied for 30th most polluted for year-round particle levels, a marked improvement...

Rural Blog: Trump, McConnell urge TVA not to close two of its oldest coal-fired plants, one in Paradise

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The town of Paradise, which no longer exists, was made famous in 1971 by John Prine’s eponymous anti-strip mining song. (Photo by Kathleen Cole) President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are trying to convince to the federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority not to close two of its...

Environmental Protection Agency admits Affordable Clean Energy Rule could be harmful to public health

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Calling the Clean Power Plan “overly prescriptive and burdensome,” the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its plan for new rules to regulate carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. However, the proposal itself notes the changes could be harmful to public health. The Affordable Clean Energy Rule sets guidelines for states to develop...

Coal-fired power plants will continue to close despite change at EPA, Brookings researchers say

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, administrator-designate of the Environmental Protection Agency, has threatened to dismantle EPA’s Clean Power Plan to end the “war on coal,” but that phrase “is a false narrative that oversimplifies what is happening in the energy economy,” write Devashree Saha and Sifan Liu of the Brookings Institution, a old-line liberal think tank. Pruitt...

Construction begins on Kentucky’s first ‘megawatt-scale’ carbon capture pilot system

The state’s first megawatt-scale carbon capture pilot unit at an operating power plant will soon be located at Kentucky Utilities Co.’s E.W. Brown Generating Station, near Harrodsburg.   The announcement was made during a news conference and ribbon cutting on the grounds of the facility this morning with Gov. Steve Beshear, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters,...