Written by KEF Director Heather Warman as an op-editorial for the Courier-Journal. Find the original op-ed here.
In early June, the Environmental Protection Agency released new national carbon emissions standards aimed to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide pollution thirty percent by 2030. The proposed regulations are a landmark, the first ever attempt at limiting these harmful emissions. Although the new standards were designed to allow states flexibility in reaching the target levels, many Kentucky politicians were quick to brand the effort as a new phase in the mythical “War on Coal.”
Article written by Bill Estep for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Find the original story here.
The state has proposed new permitting rules for coal mines aimed at resolving the concerns of federal environmental authorities who have objected to dozens of new or expanded surface mines in Eastern Kentucky.
State officials say the new rules strengthen protection for streams in the region, but environmental groups argue the provisions still don’t go far enough.
For its part, the coal industry has concerns about some of the regulations, but supports moving forward with them as a way to potentially break the stalemate over permits between the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an adviser to the Kentucky Coal Association said.
The standards at issue, which make up what is called the general permit for coal, govern discharges of water from mines and processing facilities into streams.
Written by KEF team member Lane Boldman for the Lexington Herald Leader. Find the original op-ed here.
The Beshear administration seems bound and determined to let one of the governor's biggest political contributors ruin one of Kentucky's most beautiful and historic places — even if it puts coalfield drinking water supplies and the SOAR initiative at risk.
The state is proposing to lower a regulatory hurdle to coal mining within five miles upstream of a public water intake.
Article written by Bill Robinson for the Richmond Register. Find the original story here.
Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have agreed to spend nearly $596 million in the coming year on programs to destroy chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot and at Pueblo, Colo.
Craig Williams, co-chair of the Chemical Demilitarization Citizen’s Advisory Board, delivered that news to the panel Wednesday at its quarterly meeting. Chemical weapons at the both Kentucky and Colorado depots will be demilitarized by neutralization.
Radio piece by Dan Conti for WMKY. Listen to the original story here.
The executive director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation says implementation of the EPA’s new carbon emission standards could save Kentucky a lot of money and improve the health of its people. Heather Warman offered that analysis on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight.”
The EPA this week outlined its plans for reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and they’ve been criticized as economically damaging to the Commonwealth by politicians in both parties.
However, Warman says there’s a bigger picture to consider. She says Kentucky’s actual costs for burning coal should include health factors.
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