LG&E to Meet with Cane Run Road Residents About Coal Ash Reports

by Erica Peterson on July 18, 2011

Louisville Gas and Electric will hold a meeting with several southwest Louisville homeowners tonight to discuss the results of two recent studies about coal ash and the Cane Run Road power plant.

LG&E stores coal ash in landfills and in a pond on its property in southwest Louisville. Those who live near the plant have complained that ash is leaving the facility and contaminating their homes.

LG&E received two reports last week. The first contained results from dust sampling done on three nearby homes, and showed high concentrations of fly ash. The second had the results from more passive air sampling and showed much lower quantities of coal ash.

LG&E spokeswoman Chris Whelan says the company wants to meet with the residents whose homes were sampled to share the results.

“We wanted to sit down with them face-to-face and actually discuss the results and, you know, again, give them a tour of the facility, see what their neighbor is like and listen to their concerns,” she said.

LG&E’s permit allows a set amount of ash to come out of the smokestack and a smaller amount off the landfill, but if the ash poses a nuisance to neighbors the city can make the company fix the problem.

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