LG&E Discusses Coal Ash Sampling With Cane Run Families

by Erica Peterson on July 18, 2011

Louisville Gas and Electric gathered three southwest Louisville Monday night to discuss the results of recent studies on coal ash. The studies were commissioned to determine whether the hazardous ash was leaving LG&E’s Cane Run power plant, as the homeowners have asserted.

LG&E did two sets of sampling. The first set took results directly off houses, and showed high concentrations of fly ash. The second one used passive air sampling and had much lower concentrations.

In their presentation to the three families whose homes were tested, LG&E officials spent the most time on the results that were more favorable to the company. They dismissed the first set of samples, saying they may not be representative because the ash may have built up over time. Family members pointed out the passive samples were taken during an especially rainy month, which may have diminished the dust.

Steve Turner, the general manager at the plant, discussed the results with the families.

“And we want to be a good neighbor. We’re fully in compliance with all of our standards,” Turner said.

“I’m not so sure,” said Kathy Little.

“Well, I’m sure you are,” replied her husband, Tony. “What we’re saying is, the standards that you’re in compliance with aren’t enough. And I think LG&E could certainly take a look at going beyond the standard, looking at the health issues.”

“And we as a company, we always have,” Turner replied.

Later on, Tony Little said the meeting didn’t allay his concerns.

“I won’t call it a dog and pony show because it was a little bit more than that,” he said. “But the scientist was there to confuse us, to mitigate the fact that there’s fly ash and bottom ash on our homes, which it shouldn’t be.”

The company said more testing needs to be done, but is considering several different dust control options.

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