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Environment
12:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Federal Judge Allows Coal Ash Lawsuit Against LG&E to Move Forward

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

A federal judge has rejected most of the complaints filed against Louisville Gas and Electric and parent company PPL over persistent air pollution and coal ash issues at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant.

But he has allowed the suit to proceed on three of the claims—and the lawyer representing residents living near the power plant says the main thrust of the case remains.

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Environment
3:58 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Environmental Groups Say Kentucky Ash Pond is Leaking Contaminants

Credit Sierra Club

Two environmental groups say an unlined coal ash pond just outside of Harrodsburg, Ky., is leaking toxic contaminants into the surrounding surface and groundwater, causing a potential threat to nearby residents.

The coal ash is produced by the the E.W. Brown power plant, owned by Louisville Gas and Electric and operated by Kentucky Utilities. The Sierra Club and EarthJustice said a previously unreleased document from the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection shows that it's discharging a “highly contaminated ‘orange-colored’ water” through a drain pipe.

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Environment
8:51 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Using Hidden Camera Evidence, Environmental Groups Plan to Sue LG&E for Discharges into Ohio River

LG&E's Mill Creek Power Station
Erica Peterson WFPL

Update 1:25 p.m.: Comments from Division of Water and Louisville Gas & Electric.

After collecting a year's worth of images of what they say are illegal discharges from one of Louisville Gas & Electric's coal ash ponds into the Ohio River, environmental groups say they plan to sue the company.

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Environment
2:19 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Cane Run Neighbors Report More Odor Issues Near Power Plant

A power plant employee measures hydrogen sulfide near Cane Run. A spokeswoman said the reading today was 0.
Louisville Gas and Electric

People living near the Cane Run Power Plant say it was a smelly weekend in their neighborhood.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Regulators Will Hold Meeting on Proposed LG&E Trimble County Coal Ash Landfill This Week

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has filed another application to construct a coal ash landfill at the company’s Trimble County power plant, and state regulators are holding a public meeting this week.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

EPA Concludes Recycling Coal Ash in Concrete, Wallboards is Safe

Coal ash stored in a landfill at LG&E's Cane Run Power Station.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency is under deadline to finalize the country’s first-ever measures regulating coal ash by next December, and it’s considering two different options: one that would regulate the material as a hazardous material, and the other as a “special waste.” But last week, the EPA released the results of a study which could preview which way the agency is leaning:

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Environment
9:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Duke Energy Reports Coal Ash Spill in North Carolina

Up to 82,000 tons of coal ash has spilled into a river in Eden, North Carolina, about 35 miles north of Greensboro. The ash was stored in a pond at a retired power plant operated by Duke Energy.

From the Charlotte Observer:

Duke said a 48-inch stormwater pipe beneath the unlined ash pond broke Sunday afternoon. Water and ash from the 27-acre pond drained into the pipe.

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Environment
2:57 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

EPA Agrees to Finalize Coal Ash Rule by December 19

The coal ash landfill at the Cane Run Power Station
Erica Peterson WFPL

After nearly 4 years of delays, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to finalize its regulations for coal ash by December.

Coal ash is a byproduct of burning coal in power plants. In Louisville, it’s stored at both the Cane Run and Mill Creek power plants. But despite promises to regulate the ash after a disastrous 2008 spill in Kingston, Tennessee, the EPA hasn’t finalized regulations.

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Environment
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Cane Run Power Plant Neighbors Sue LG&E Over Coal Ash

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Several  of the residents living near the Cane Run Power Plant in Southwest Louisville filed a lawsuit on Monday against Louisville Gas & Electric and parent company PPL over persistent coal ash issues in the neighborhood.

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Environment
10:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

LG&E Agrees to Pay $113,000 for Coal Ash, Odor Violations at Cane Run Plant

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric and the Air Pollution Control District have reached an agreement over violations at the company’s Cane Run Power Station. Under the deal, LG&E will pay $113,250 to the Air Pollution Control District, as well as continue implementing a compliance plan at Cane Run to prevent future violations.

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