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Kentucky Awards $4.7 Million in Environmental Grants

In June, Kentucky announced about $4.7 million in grants to fund 78 recycling, composting and household hazardous waste projects.

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Bond-forfeited Virginia Blackjewel mines may finally have a buyer

Unreclaimed Aily Branch Mine

Three Virginia strip mines, neglected in the wake of the Blackjewel bankruptcy, may finally have a buyer. But it remains to be seen if the new company would be able to reclaim the land.

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A High Price for Low-Quality Water

Residents of Martin County, Ky., and many other rural communities often deal with contaminated water despite exorbitant monthly bills.

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Kentucky Agency and Conservationists Fight Proposed Gas Pipeline

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest are fighting a proposed Louisville Gas & Electric natural gas pipeline that would cut through the protected woodland.

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States Request Decision on Power Plant Bailout Plan

Kentucky and five other states sent letters to federal authorities on the Trump administration’s plans to bail out failing coal and nuclear plants. And an investigation into a similar Ohio law found possible conflicts of interest.

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Reclamation 101

What is supposed to happen after a coal company finishes mining a site?

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Kentucky Residential Solar Costs Expected to Rise

A new Kentucky law limiting the tax credit for residential solar net metering will take effect in 2020.

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States Work to Defend Appalachia from Invasive Fish

State agencies in Appalachia are experimenting with different strategies to stop the spread of the invasive Asian carp.

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Citizen scientists uncover water quality violations in Kentucky national forest

Women stand by bright yellow creek

Citizen scientists discovered that acid mine drainage is causing a creek in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest to flow a bright orange, and they spurred state regulators to issue citations to the mine operators. But mining company Revelation Energy is in bankruptcy, which leaves big questions about who will clean up the mess — and when.

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Federal Approval Rescinded for Kentucky Prison

The project would have used public money, including abandoned mine reclamation funds, to build a federal prison on a former coal mine in Letcher County, Ky.

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