environment http://wkyufm.org en Bill Nye, The Go-To Guy On Climate Change http://wkyufm.org/post/bill-nye-go-guy-climate-change <strong>Bill Nye</strong> first learned to talk to audiences through his &#8217;90s TV show &#8220;Bill Nye the Science Guy,&#8221; where he made science topics fun and accessible to kids. But now, as CEO of The Planetary Society, he speaks to a different audience.<p>Nye has appeared on numerous news programs to talk about climate change. He&#8217;s a proponent of immediate action to reduce the damage that has been done to the atmosphere.<p>However, Nye often draws criticism from those who believe that his approach is alarmist or bullying. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:01:01 +0000 editor 51819 at http://wkyufm.org Bill Nye, The Go-To Guy On Climate Change Policy Group Asks FTC to Review 'Misleading' Green Claims About Biomass http://wkyufm.org/post/policy-group-asks-ftc-review-misleading-green-claims-about-biomass <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="A concrete slab indicates the site of the proposed ecoPower biomass plant in Hazard, Kentucky. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:30:25 +0000 Erica Peterson 51786 at http://wkyufm.org Policy Group Asks FTC to Review 'Misleading' Green Claims About Biomass New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer' http://wkyufm.org/post/new-carbon-capture-system-kentucky-plant-could-be-game-changer <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201301/Mill_Creek2.JPG" alt="" /><p>Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled today has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.<p>A bevy of scientists and elected officials are in Harrodsburg this morning to cut the ribbon on a new carbon capture pilot project. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:07:59 +0000 Erica Peterson 51378 at http://wkyufm.org New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer' Kentucky Swimming Advisories Still in Effect Due to E. Coli Bacteria http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-swimming-advisories-still-effect-due-e-coli-bacteria <p>The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.</p><p>The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste, and the problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.</p><p>Untreated sewage is released into streams and rivers from combined sewer systems—or CSOs—in cities like Louisville. It also runs off agricultural fields, leaks from aging septic tanks and is deposited directly into the river through straight pipes in some rural areas. Tim Joice of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance says data shows the number of stream miles affected by E.coli is growing, and it could take another 15 to 20 years to get the problem under control.</p><p>“We likely, especially in cities, will not see substantial improvement in CSO issues or insufficient wastewater treatment capacity issues for another number of years,” Joice said.</p><p>The state’s swimming advisories—which include the Upper Cumberland River, Kentucky River and Licking River—are in effect until further notice. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:23:48 +0000 Erica Peterson 51103 at http://wkyufm.org TVA Sued by Kentucky Coal Group, Landowners Over Plans for Natural Gas Unit at Paradise Plant http://wkyufm.org/post/tva-sued-kentucky-coal-group-landowners-over-plans-natural-gas-unit-paradise-plant <p></p><p>A lawsuit has been filed against the Tennessee Valley Authority over its plans to shut down two coal-fired units at its plant in Muhlenberg County.</p><p>The suit brought by a group of landowners and the Kentucky Coal Association argues the TVA didn’t perform a proper environmental impact statement before it decided to close the units at the Paradise Fossil Plant, and replace them with a natural gas unit scheduled to begin operations in 2017.</p><p>Meanwhile, ground continues to be cleared for the project. Speaking to reporters in June at the Paradise plant in Drakesboro, TVA transition manager Billy Sabin said the excavation stage should be completed within three months.</p><p>“That’s expected to complete sometime around the September timeframe. When that is complete, we’ll be working on getting our permits in place, and starting actual construction the end of this year to the first of next year.”</p><p>A TVA spokesman says officials are reviewing the lawsuit and will respond appropriately. The federally-owned corporation says reducing the number of coal-burning units at its Muhlenberg County plant from three to one will cut its coal reliance at the facility by half. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:37:02 +0000 WKU Public Radio News & Associated Press 50868 at http://wkyufm.org TVA Sued by Kentucky Coal Group, Landowners Over Plans for Natural Gas Unit at Paradise Plant How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia http://wkyufm.org/post/how-coal-industry-jobs-coexist-rising-sea-levels-virginia Skip Stiles stands on the edge of a small inlet known as the Hague, near downtown Norfolk, Va. The Chrysler Museum of Art is nearby, as are dozens of stately homes, all threatened by the water.<p>"We've got...[a] lot of old buildings around here: this apartment building, that church over there, been around since the turn of the last century," says Stiles, the executive director of Wetlands Watch, a Virginia-based environmental group. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49301 at http://wkyufm.org How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia Kentucky Climate Policy Czar Still Going Through Over One Thousand Pages of New EPA Rules http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-climate-policy-czar-still-going-through-over-one-thousand-pages-new-epa-rules <p>The man who will help lead Kentucky’s effort to meet new air pollution standards says his office will stay above the political battle surrounding the issue.</p><p>Kentucky’s assistant secretary for climate policy, John Lyons, faces the unenviable task of combing through 1,400 pages of material that spell out the new federal carbon emissions rules announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency. The regulations have been denounced this week by both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates as well as business leaders who predict doom for the state’s coal industry and overall economy.</p><p>Lyons, whose office is part of Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, told WKU Public Radio that new federal air quality rules have been impacting the state’s energy policies for several years.</p><p>“This is the only latest in a string of environmental regulations that we have to evaluate. Of course, the politics play into that, and those things are what they are. But this Cabinet has to assess those rule-makings, and how best to adopt them—or challenge them in some cases, which is not unprecedented. We’ve challenged rules before, and likely will again at some point.”</p><p>While the new EPA standards call for a 30 percent reduction in the nation’s carbon emissions by 2030, Kentucky’s specific goal is a cut of 18.3 percent. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:35:02 +0000 Kevin Willis 49175 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Climate Policy Czar Still Going Through Over One Thousand Pages of New EPA Rules Kentucky's Democratic, GOP Legislative Leaders Unite Against New EPA Regulations http://wkyufm.org/post/kentuckys-democratic-gop-legislative-leaders-unite-against-new-epa-regulations <p></p><p>Kentucky’s two top-ranking lawmakers have &nbsp;some choice words about new coal emissions regulations announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency.</p><p>Republican Senate President Robert Stivers and Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo are slamming the proposed rules, which will cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.&nbsp; .</p><p>“You can’t formulate energy policy for a growing country like ours, if you’re not going to consider, as part of that solution, your most abundant resource," Stumbo said. "It doesn’t make any sense at all, it’s a dumbass thing to do, and you can quote me on that.”</p><p>Stumbo added that he didn’t think that the rules will affect the outcome of the November House elections, where Democrats hope to retain a narrow majority over Republicans.</p><p>The regulations are subject to public input and will be officially enacted a year from now. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:20:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador 49106 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky's Democratic, GOP Legislative Leaders Unite Against New EPA Regulations New Grimes Ad Criticizes Obama Power Plant Plan http://wkyufm.org/post/new-grimes-ad-criticizes-obama-power-plant-plan <p></p><p>Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has released a radio ad criticizing President Obama for his "pie in the sky" power plant regulations that she says will hurt Kentucky. The ad debuted Wednesday in coal regions in eastern and western Kentucky.</p><p>Grimes says in the ad that Obama's plan will lead to utility rate increases, shortages of power and the loss of more coal jobs. She says it's clear Obama has "no idea" how his plan affects the state.</p><p>The ad is a response to Obama's plan to order big cuts in pollution discharged by power plants. It represents Grimes' latest attempt to distance herself from Obama, who is unpopular in Kentucky.</p><p>She's challenging senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in the fall election. McConnell's campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore called Grimes' ad "transparently political." Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:23:38 +0000 Associated Press 49099 at http://wkyufm.org New Grimes Ad Criticizes Obama Power Plant Plan As Land is Cleared for New Gas-Burning Plant, TVA Leaders Say Paradise Will Easily Meet EPA Rules http://wkyufm.org/post/land-cleared-new-gas-burning-plant-tva-leaders-say-paradise-will-easily-meet-epa-rules <p></p><p>Construction crews have cleared about 60 percent of the land needed to begin building a new natural gas facility at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The new plant is scheduled to open by spring of 2017, and will take the place of two coal burning units currently in operation at the TVA facility.</p><p>Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the future site of the new gas-burning unit, Transition Manager Billy Sabin said this week’s announcement of new E.P.A. regulations on power plant emissions won’t impact the Paradise Fossil Plant, because the TVA had already decided to reduce carbon emissions at a much faster rate than what the federal government is now seeking.</p><p>“We will have a reduction of about 50 percent of coal. Because Unit 3 will continue to run, it’s going to burn about 2.7 to 3 million tons of coal a year,” Sabin said. “So it’ll be about a 50 percent reduction from what we do now.”</p><p>Sabin says the excavation stage of the new cleaner-burning gas plant project will be completed by early 2015, with construction of the facility following. He says the new facility, known as a combined-cycle gas plant, has several advantages over the older coal-burning model. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:50:29 +0000 Kevin Willis 49024 at http://wkyufm.org As Land is Cleared for New Gas-Burning Plant, TVA Leaders Say Paradise Will Easily Meet EPA Rules