Environment
12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

LG&E Fined Again for Odor Problems at Cane Run Power Plant

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has been fined again for issues at the company's Cane Run Power Station. This time, the problem stems from complaints of rotten egg and sulfur odors emanating from the plant in February.

According to the Notice of Violation issued June 26, the Air Pollution Control District has offered to settle the case for $3,000 in fines, plus remedial action.

Courier-Journal reporter Jim Bruggers reported on the fine yesterday, and noted:

At the time, LG&E and KU Energy spokeswoman Natasha Collins said that warm weather thawed a ditch near its coal-burning waste landfill, releasing hydrogen sulfide. She said crews started applying a chemical to neutralize odors then increased the application during a weekend as neighbors complained to the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District.

This is only the latest fine in a long string stretching back to 2011, as people living near the power plant have frequently raised concerns about coal ash dust on their properties and foul odors. Here's a timeline:

Cane Run is scheduled to shut down its coal-burning units and convert to natural gas next year.