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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...

EPA Ethanol Report: Government acknowledges EPA fuel standards are a ‘red flag’ for the environment

Public News Service The U.S. government has acknowledged that the Renewable Fuel Standard is harming the environment. The latest Environmental Protection Agency report recognized for the first time that federal mandates for fuels based on corn and soybeans have had consequences for wildlife habitat and water resources. The standard was put in place in 2007 to reduce the nation’s dependence on...

Bill Straub: ‘Possum’ Pruitt is a money-changer in the Temple; why oh why can’t he just be tossed out?

Should those suffering from asthma find breathing more difficult because the air has turned gray, if the water we all drink assumes the characteristics of that found in Flint, MI, if the soil suddenly begins leaching toxins, please don’t blame Scott “Possum’’ Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, whose policies, one might think, are having an adverse impact on this...

Rural Blog: National, state statistics show EPA head Scott Pruitt’s claims about coal jobs are false

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent claim that coal jobs are up 20 percent this year is false, according to national and state figures. Pruitt made the claim during an interview with Louisville’s WDRB-TV last week. Scott Pruitt U.S. Department of Labor numbers show that there were around 50,000 coal mining employees in January 2017 and 51,200 employees as...

Kentucky Utilities announces plans to retire two of company’s oldest coal-fired power generators

Kentucky Utilities Company announced on Tuesday the combination of stricter environmental regulations and customers’ embracing energy-efficiency measures will enable the utilities to retire two of the company’s oldest coal-fired units. In making its decision, KU analyzed a number of alternatives for meeting the anticipated stricter Environmental Protection Agency regulations, including the Coal...

Bill Straub: Scott Pruitt and the EPA he is leading is not protecting the environment for the long term

Anyone clinging to the notion that Belle Brezing is the most notorious prostitute ever produced by Lexington isn’t paying attention to the antics of Scott Pruitt, top dog at the Environmental Protection Agency. While it can be argued that the services provided by Ms. Brezing and her employees did little real harm to the denizens of Fayette County and those visiting town for the races back in the...

Bill Straub: EPA chief Pruitt playing games with nation’s health, safety to gain energy industry favor

WASHINGTON – Scott Pruitt, the Kentuckian in charge of what little is left of the Environmental Protection Agency since the Trumpsters took a chainsaw to it, is very much like the pet shop owner in the famous Monty Python “dead parrot’’ sketch. Confronted by an irritated customer demanding a refund for a rather obviously deceased “Norwegian Blue’’ purchased a half hour earlier, the pet...

Bill Straub: Stance of Pruitt, Trump, McConnell on global warming issue does a disservice to the nation

WASHINGTON – Apparently they don’t offer course work in science or mathematics at Lafayette High School and Georgetown College, two of the educational institutions that deigned to issue a degree to Scott Pruitt, but they must offer some great classes in magic – the administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency just conjured up 50,000 new coal mining jobs out of thin air. Pruitt, yet another...

U.S. EPA awards $900,000 in brownfield cleanup grants to four Kentucky communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected four projects to receive a total of five grants in Kentucky for brownfield assessment or cleanup, the Energy and Environment Cabinet announced. Grants awarded to Kentucky communities include: • Bowling Green –– $300,000 in communitywide assessment grants The EPA has selected the city of Bowling Green for two brownfields assessment...

Bill Straub: Kentucky native Pruitt in position to carry out Trump’s environmental dirty work

WASHINGTON – Kentucky has quite admirably endeavored over the past 30 years or so to transform its once moribund system of public education into something at least reaching for excellence, an effort that has fortunately met with some success. But every once in a while the commonwealth is confronted by one of its failures, proof that it still has work to do. Sometimes that evidence is embarrassing....

EPA chief: Coal communities in danger of being left behind, with or without clean power regulations

Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy said coal-dependent communities are “at risk of being ‘left behind’ as the country moves away from coal power,” Timothy Cama reports for The Hill. McCarthy, who was participating in a discussion on Friday with science educator Bill Nye, also said that the move away from coal, which she said would happen even without President...

State environment cabinet will request extension to continue blocking federal Clean Power Plan

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) is working to request an extension to the Environmental Protection Agency related to the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. With a deadline of Sept. 6, 2016, this two-year extension will allow Kentucky to consider its options and continue its fight against this plan that will harm Kentucky’s affordable, reliable...

Energy and Environment Cabinet asks for reconsideration of EPA ruling on carbon emissions

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has filed a petition for reconsideration with the federal Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) regarding the EPAs final 111(d) rule, the reduction of carbon emissions by existing power plants. In the letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, EEC Secretary Charles G. Snavely said the final rule differed greatly from the proposed rule on which Kentucky...

Daily Yonder: New EPA rules for power plant emission reductions less painful than feared

The entrance to Kentucky’s Blue Heron mine in McCreary County (Photo by Brian Stansberry/Wikimedia)   By Jason Bailey Special to KyForward   The Environmental Protection Agency has announced its proposed new power plant rules designed to address the growing threat of climate change, and the angry rhetoric from some Kentucky political leaders has come quick and fierce. Their refrain...

Greensource: This Earth Day, consider the small things you can do to help environment

By Pattie Stivender KyForward columnist   April 22 marks the 44th annual Earth Day celebration. Earth Day events, held worldwide, demonstrate support for environmental protection. The first Earth Day saw 20 million Americans who peacefully demonstrated for environmental reform. Today it is coordinated by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated by more than 1 billion people in more than 192...