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Appeals court dismisses coal-industry challenge to rule targeting mines with repeated violations

August 20, 2014

Federal appeals judges have dismissed a coal industry complaint challenging a rule that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has used in stepped-up enforcement against coal mines accused of having poor safety records and a pattern of violations.

Moment of truth for Hal Rogers, SOAR: No ignoring health effects of strip mining

August 18, 2014

No mention of surface coal mining's effect on human health appeared in U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers' electronic update on the recent SOAR Health Impact Series even though it was one of the top two concerns voiced by participants …

Study how mining may hurt health; E. Ky. right to be worried

August 11, 2014

The statistical evidence of mining-related cancer and birth defects, along with the public concern, should serve to remind us: If Eastern Kentucky is to have a future, the places where people live, work and recreate cannot be sacrificed to an industry on its way out of the region.

Kentucky Joins Lawsuit Against EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

August 4, 2014

Kentucky is one of 12 states that have joined a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations.

EPA fracking regulations lag, including in Kentucky

July 31, 2014

A new, extensive Government Accountability Office study of the EPA’s hydraulic fracturing regulations says they need to be updated and are insufficient to ensure the safety of drinking water. To make these conclusions the GAO studied tracking practices in eight states, including Kentucky.

Beshear supporter racks up mining violations

July 31, 2014

Coal companies owned by a major political supporter of Gov. Steve Beshear are under serious scrutiny for failing to comply with basic strip-mining reclamation regulations in Kentucky and four other states.

No broad permit for Ky. coal mining; Review of individual permits adds scrutiny

July 29, 2014

Kentucky is seeking to renew its general permit for the coal industry — including mountaintop surface mines that disturb hundreds of acres, pollute streams already impaired by earlier mining and threaten aquatic life and human health.

USGS halts research on mountaintop removal’s public-health effects

July 26, 2014

Last year, the Obama administration quietly put the brakes on any new field work by the U.S. Geological Survey to gather data on the potential public-health threats posed by mountaintop removal.

Falling costs drive record solar and wind growth

July 15, 2014
The year 2013 was a landmark one for renewables. Despite fickle policymaking and weak economic growth, overall capacity additions remainedstrong, with solar deployment outpacing wind for the first time.

Eastern Ky. can't soar with ruined water

June 18, 2014

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.

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