coal-fired power plants http://wkyufm.org en U.S. Supreme Court: EPA Allowed to Regulate Emissions from Coal Plants http://wkyufm.org/post/us-supreme-court-epa-allowed-regulate-emissions-coal-plants <p></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/30/us/politics/supreme-court-backs-epa-coal-pollution-rules.html?_r=0" target="_blank">is upholding the authority</a> of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate coal pollution that crosses state lines.</p><p>Tuesday’s 6-2 decision is being called a major victory for the Obama administration’s environmental agenda, and will likely have a major impact on coal-fired power plants in Kentucky and other states.</p><p>The White House has put forth a set of new Clean Air Act regulations aimed at cutting pollution coming from coal-fired power plants. Coal industry advocates and many Republican lawmakers—including Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell—have sharply criticized those regulations, describing them as government overreach and a “war on coal.”</p><p>The EPA is expected to unveil <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/epa-announces-proposed-limits-greenhouse-gas-emissions-new-coal-plants" target="_blank">new climate control regulations</a> in June to cut down on carbon pollution from coal plants. Kentucky gets an estimated 90 percent of its electricity from coal-fired plants, such as the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County.</p><p>Many power suppliers have been anticipating increased scrutiny of coal pollution, and have been implemented changes at their plants to make their coal-fired operations more environmentally-friendly.</p><p>Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Scott Brooks told WKU Public Radio that Tuesday's Supreme Court decision has "no impact" on the utility's plans for the Paradise plant. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:53:52 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 47356 at http://wkyufm.org U.S. Supreme Court: EPA Allowed to Regulate Emissions from Coal Plants Report Puts Kentucky at Top of Air Pollution List, with Indiana and Tennessee Not Far Behind http://wkyufm.org/post/report-puts-kentucky-top-air-pollution-list-indiana-and-tennessee-not-far-behind <p>A new report says Kentucky is the worst state in the nation when it comes to toxic air pollution from coal-fired power&nbsp;plants. The analysis was released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and looked at emissions from power plants in 2010, the most recent data&nbsp;available. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:55:25 +0000 Associated Press 17124 at http://wkyufm.org Report Puts Kentucky at Top of Air Pollution List, with Indiana and Tennessee Not Far Behind