Article written by Steve Flairty for KyForward. Find the original story here.
New York native Craig Williams had an understanding with his father while he was growing up. “My dad would punish me if I did something wrong, but if I didn’t tell the truth about it, my punishment was far worse. He instilled in me the importance of always being truthful,” said the Berea resident. Williams now devotes his life to holding the American government and military to the same standard.
Though seeking, and telling, the truth has put Williams in some tough predicaments in his life, it has also resulted in safer existences for literally thousands of citizens who live near the U.S. government’s various chemical weapons sites spread across the nation.
Written by Heather Warman and Deborah Payne as an op-editorial to the Courier-Journal. Find the original op-ed here.
For the first time in public debate with Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Sen. Mitch McConnell vocalized why coal is no longer king in this country. It’s because it affects our health. Wow. Of course McConnell was actually quoting his colleague, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on why he would not move new policies to expand coal in the US: “We talk about cost competitiveness, but one thing we fail to talk about is the costs that you don’t see on the bottom line. That is: Coal makes us sick.” Yes, a few words of truth did actually roll out of Washington, D.C.
Article by the Public News Service, find the original story here.
FRANKFORT, Ky. - It's supposed to be a safe place to learn, but a new report finds that two out of every five Kentucky children attend schools inside what chemical companies call a "vulnerability zone."
Sean Moulton, director of Open Government Policy program with the Center for Effective Government, says the level of risk associated with a particular chemical facility has to do with the quantity of chemicals being handled, how dangerous they are, and the proximity of the facility to population centers.
"They estimate how far a major accident could reach outside of their facility," says Moulton. "Then, that becomes the radius of a circular zone around the facility, and everyone inside that zone is potentially at risk."
Original article by the Lane Report. Read the full article here.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2014) — The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection honored the six recipients of its 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards during an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment in Lexington.
Story written by Erica Peterson for WFPL. Find the original story here.
A new analysis from an environmental group takes a deep look at the potential health consequences of either retrofitting or retiring a Western Kentucky power plant.
The Shawnee Fossil Plant is near Paducah, on the Ohio River. It’s a coal-fired power plant operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Right now, TVA is preparing to retrofit the plant with pollution controls so it can keep burning coal and comply with federal air pollution regulations. But in a draft document that will be finalized later this year, the company said it was evaluating the future of the Shawnee plant.
And those two possible scenarios made Shawnee an attractive candidate for a Health Impact Assessment, said Deborah Payne of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation.
Article written by Allison Crawford for WKMS. Find the original story here.
The Kentucky Environmental Foundation has released its Health Impact Assessment for Paducah's Shawnee Fossil Fuel Plant. The report comes as the Commonwealth braces for new EPA regulations on coal plant emissions.
The assessment examines health as determined by environmental and social factors if the plant were to be retrofitted or retired. The study included input from a diverse group of local stakeholders to keep it community oriented. While it recognizes the plant’s financial impacts as an employer, it also takes into account how its emissions can cause and exacerbate chronic disease.
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