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The Future of Coal Energy in Lexington, Kentucky

February 1, 2010

Date: 02/01/2010 Location: Lexington, KY Description: FPC journalists tour Lexington, KY. - State Dept Image

February 1-2, 2010; Lexington, Kentucky
Contact: Andrew Lewis, Media Relations Officer, Washington Foreign Press Center
Telephone: 202-504-6321; email:

Eleven journalists from Germany, China and Japan traveled with the FPC to Kentucky’s Bluegrass region to examine the economic, environmental, and regulatory issues facing the coal industry.

In Lexington, journalists visited the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research, where reporters spoke with researchers about the environmental impact of coal mining and new technology to make burning coal cleaner. Journalists also met with attorneys active in the state legislature’s debates on mine safety and environmental issues. The tour included visits with representatives of the coal mining and energy industries, as well as with state environmental and regulatory officials in Frankfort.