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Eastern Standard - April 4, 2019

Apr 4, 2019

Energy and Environmental reporter James Bruggers on efforts to weaken anti-pollution regulations along the Ohio River ・ Gerry Roll of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and Lora Smith of the Appalachian Impact Fund on working toward economic rebirth in the aftermath of coal's decline ・ Annie Rouse on Kentucky's booming new hemp industry and how the CBD industry is moving to police itself.

Preview of April 4 Eastern Standard

Apr 1, 2019

Coming up on this week's edition of Eastern Standard: Who should regulate anti-pollution regs for the Ohio? What is a realistic path to the future for Appalachian Kentucky? What's happening in hemp as the industry revs up in the wake of deregulation?

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This all started 5 years ago - when Dayton Power and Light along with a handful of energy companies challenged the state of Ohio. They said the state permits couldn’t use a standard set by the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission, known as ORSANCO, that limits the temperature of the companies’ waste discharges into the Ohio River. That’s because the state had never officially adopted the ORSANCO standards in Ohio law. And the companies won. 

“It was a shock.” 

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President Donald Trump’s desire to help boost the Ohio Valley’s energy industry and bring back mining jobs could be stymied by the administration’s escalating trade battle with China and other trading partners across the globe.

Daviess County Emergency Management

The rising waters that have caused flooding across Daviess County roads and farmlands aren’t quite done with the region yet, the Owensboro area is doing as the Ohio River crested to near 48 feet yesterday, about 8 feet above flood stage.

“Much of Smothers Park along the riverfront in Owensboro is still under water and is expected stay that way with an inch or more of mid-week rains predicted for the region. The Ohio River is expected to recede substantially by Friday or Saturday.

A recently-formed group that aims to move the Ohio River Bridges Project forward is seeking to join, then end a lawsuit between conservation group River Fields and the Federal Highway Administration. Kentuckians for Progress filed a request to join River Fields’ suit against the government today. River Fields asserts that the federal government has not properly justified the case for a two bridge project, and the group would like to block an east end bridge from being built.

Flood waters have receded from some homes in western Kentucky’s river counties. Teams are assessing damage to determine whether some counties may be eligible for F-E-M-A individual recovery assistance. FEMA’s Nick Morici says it’s OK for people to start cleaning up before their homes have been assessed.