LG&E Updates Metro Government on Future of Coal Ash at Cane Run

by Erica Peterson on March 22, 2012

Louisville’s Metro Council Members are trying to learn more about Louisville Gas and Electric’s plan to convert the coal-fired Cane Run power plant to natural gas.

At a Sustainability Committee meeting today, LG&E Vice President John Voyles summarized the process.

The plant is in Councilwoman Attica Woodson Scott’s district. She asked Voyles about a 60-acre parcel of land where the company is seeking an additional permit to store coal ash.

“So, what is will be, if you get the permit, the permitted level for the landfill?” Scott asked.

“Well it’s got a specified level, and frankly if we only need to open up a little piece we’ll have to modify it anyway, but it depends on how much material,” Voyles said.

LG&E has said it doesn’t plan to use the landfill if the plan to build a natural gas plant is approved. The current landfill at Cane Run will be covered with dirt and grass seed.

The committee ran out of time for questions, but committee chairwoman Tina Ward-Pugh says she intends to invite LG&E to a meeting next month to further discuss the issues.

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