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Grassroots Kentuckians Hoping for Say in State's Energy Future

 

Sept. 6 is the cutoff date for states to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's deadline for having a plan in place to comply with the country's first-ever limits on pollution from coal-fired power plants. Sept. 6 is the cutoff date for states to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's deadline for having a plan in place to comply with the country's first-ever limits on pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Kentucky will seek a two-year extension for coming up with its own plan to meet the Clean Power Plan limits, beginning in 2022.

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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

 

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced a commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started.

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Oil Refining Waste Heads to Virginia, Kentucky

A petcoke ship docked on Chicago's southeast side. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Tons of oil-refining waste known as petcoke is on the move to Virginia from Indiana. The Natural Resources Defense Council worked with people who live along the Calumet River in South Chicago to keep a BP facility in Whiting, Indiana, from dumping it near their neighborhoods.

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Study Says Total Renewable Power Possible in KY by 2050

All 50 states and 139 countries can shift to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050, according to a new analysis from Stanford University.

Factoring in the health and climate-related costs of air pollution, the research showed that the transition would save money and spark more employment. When all costs are included, said Stanford engineering professor Mark Jacobson, wind now is the cheapest energy source in the United States - even without subsidies - and solar is nearly as cheap.

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Court Orders LG&E Coal Ash Dumping Case to Move Forward

Ruling rejects LG&E arguments that case must be dismissed and orders further proceedings on whether dumping of toxic coal ash violates the federal Clean Water Act

On August 21, a federal judge rejected arguments from Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) that a lawsuit challenging its dumping of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Ohio River southwest of Louisville must be dismissed.On August 31, a federal judge rejected arguments from Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) that a lawsuit challenging its dumping of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Ohio River southwest of Louisville must be dismissed.  Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, brought the legal challenge after time-lapse photography captured a year’s worth of images — along with analysis of 13 years of Google Earth images of the site ­­— which together showed that toxic coal ash wastewater from LG&E’s Mill Creek Generating Station has been pouring on an almost daily, continuous basis into the Ohio River. 

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