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Deadly Kentucky Flooding Devastating to Schools, Children

Deadly Kentucky Flooding Devastating to Schools, Children

The flooding that killed at least 39 people in eastern Kentucky this summer also rampaged through Robinson Elementary School, collapsing the roof and destroying three decades’ worth of Robin Combs’ math curriculum materials, The New York Times reports. As they mourn the deaths in their community, including some children and staff, students and teachers from two […]

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    Coal Execs Indicted for Lying on Safety Tests

    Coal Execs Indicted for Lying on Safety Tests

    Eight former coal company officials were indicted in a Kentucky court Wednesday on charges that they lied to federal regulators about the levels of breathable dust in their mines, increasing their miners’ risk of exposure to the conditions that can cause black lung disease. The indictment includes charges that the former supervisors and safety officials […]

    Another Coal Chemical Spill Pollutes Public Waterway, This Time in Kentucky

    Another Coal Chemical Spill Pollutes Public Waterway, This Time in Kentucky

    On Friday, May 30, another coal-related chemical spill polluted a public waterway in Central Appalachia, killing hundreds of fish and alarming local residents. The chemical spill happened at a Cumberland Coal Company prep plant in Harlan County, KY. This time, the spill was not of coal slurry or a coal-washing chemical, but of a flocculant—a type of compound usually used […]

    Mitch McConnell’s Pro-Coal Response Bill to Obama’s Carbon Plan Struck Down

    Mitch McConnell’s Pro-Coal Response Bill to Obama’s Carbon Plan Struck Down

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnnell (R-KY) surprised nobody with the bill he introduced Wednesday in response to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy’s detailing of President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the country. McConnell’s measure would have blocked the regulations within Obama’s proposal. It would have also provided the Senate minority […]

    How Kentucky’s Illegal Coal-Ash Contamination Typifies an American Crisis

    How Kentucky’s Illegal Coal-Ash Contamination Typifies an American Crisis

    The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection (KDEP) had knowledge that a utility’s pond had been discharging “highly contaminated ‘orange colored’ water” through a drain pipe, but a proposal from Kentucky Utilities remains on the table. The company apparently wants to discharge even more orange water, which would be a byproduct of a proposed coal ash landfill on […]

    Kentucky’s Nuclear Future Melts Down to Lawsuits

    Kentucky’s Nuclear Future Melts Down to Lawsuits

    Neighbors for an Ohio Valley Alternative By Geoffrey Sea [Read Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV of this series] The Commonwealth of Kentucky may sue the federal government to compel cleanup of the now-closing uranium enrichment site at Paducah, according to the governor and the state attorney general. The quasi-privatized operator of […]

    Nuclear Dominoes Fall in California and Kentucky

    Nuclear Dominoes Fall in California and Kentucky

    Neighbors for an Ohio Valley Alternative By Geoffrey Sea [Read Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV of this series] Southern California Edison (SCE) has abandoned plans to restart its two nuclear reactors at San Onofre. The announcement this morning comes exactly one week after termination of operations at the Paducah, Kentucky, uranium […]