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Oil Refining Waste Heads to Virginia, Kentucky

A petcoke ship docked on Chicago's southeast side. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Tons of oil-refining waste known as petcoke is on the move to Virginia from Indiana. The Natural Resources Defense Council worked with people who live along the Calumet River in South Chicago to keep a BP facility in Whiting, Indiana, from dumping it near their neighborhoods.


Study Says Total Renewable Power Possible in KY by 2050

All 50 states and 139 countries can shift to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050, according to a new analysis from Stanford University.

Factoring in the health and climate-related costs of air pollution, the research showed that the transition would save money and spark more employment. When all costs are included, said Stanford engineering professor Mark Jacobson, wind now is the cheapest energy source in the United States - even without subsidies - and solar is nearly as cheap.


Court Orders LG&E Coal Ash Dumping Case to Move Forward

Ruling rejects LG&E arguments that case must be dismissed and orders further proceedings on whether dumping of toxic coal ash violates the federal Clean Water Act

On August 21, a federal judge rejected arguments from Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) that a lawsuit challenging its dumping of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Ohio River southwest of Louisville must be dismissed.On August 31, a federal judge rejected arguments from Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) that a lawsuit challenging its dumping of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Ohio River southwest of Louisville must be dismissed.  Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, brought the legal challenge after time-lapse photography captured a year’s worth of images — along with analysis of 13 years of Google Earth images of the site ­­— which together showed that toxic coal ash wastewater from LG&E’s Mill Creek Generating Station has been pouring on an almost daily, continuous basis into the Ohio River. 


ECOBOND® Announces Their Newest Distributor of Lead-Based Paint Treatment Solutions: Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper in Louisville, KY

Patented lead paint treatment technology ECOBOND® LBP, is the premier lead paint solution used to seal and treat lead paint in a Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® 1-step process.

ECOBOND® LBP, LLC is proud to announce their newest distributor, Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper in Louisville, KY. Whatever your project, Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper can help. They are a full-line Benjamin Moore dealer that has been serving Louisville and surrounding areas since 1976. They are well-known for being more than a paint store and are one of the largest independent paint stores in the region. They and their sister company, HPP Industrial Sales, carry a full range of superior quality paints and stains in addition to being a distributor for Rust-Oleum Industrial Brands and Zinsser Mold Remediation specialty products. Their company is privately owned, affording them great purchasing flexibility and on-site decision making. Their buying group provides them with a pricing edge that keeps them competitive with major chain stores.


Louisville To Use Technology and Innovation to Reduce Burden of Asthma

AIR Louisville program to leverage mobile sensors and data to improve asthma symptoms for its residents

The start of AIR Louisville, the first-of-its-kind data-driven collaboration among public, private and philanthropic organizations to use digital health technology have collaborated to improve asthma. Kentucky has the fourth highest adult asthma prevalence in the US and Louisville consistently ranks among the top 20 "most challenging" cities to live in with asthma. Leveraging Propeller Health's FDA-approved medication inhaler sensors, the program will track when, where and how often residents of Louisvilleexperience asthma symptoms. These data, along with Propeller Health's personalized asthma management system, will help patients to better manage their asthma symptoms, and aid city leaders in making smarter decisions about how to keep the air clean.

"The goal of the AIR Louisville program is to use data from Propeller's connected medication sensors to make smarter choices about how we improve the quality of life for our residents," said Ted Smith, Chief of Civic Innovation at Louisville Metro Government and Executive Director of the Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil. "By collecting data about where and when residents have asthma attacks, we can help inform public policy that will reduce the burden of asthma city-wide.  The program will also help physicians, patients and employers understand asthma triggers and do a better job managing this health problem in our city."

Participating in AIR Louisville are the City of Louisville and Mayor's office, Propeller Health, makers of FDA-approved digital health solutions for asthma and COPD, the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, local employer partners such as Brown-Forman, local health plans such as Passport Health Plan, and local asthma specialty clinics like Family Allergy & Asthma.

The Institute is working with Propeller Health and all the program partners to give the community better access to data about public health and the environment.

With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and with participation from local employers, health plans and clinics, AIR Louisville will provide over two thousand sensors to Jefferson County residents who will then collect data over the 2 year program. Data collected will be used to help patients self-manage their disease, to help providers manage asthma more efficiently in the community and to help the City of Louisville learn patterns of asthma burden correlated to environmental factors (such as pollution, roads, parks, etc).

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