Kentucky’s Public Service Commissioners are considering a proposal by Louisville Gas and Electric to convert some of the company’s coal-fired facilities into natural gas plants. The PSC held a formal hearing on the issue today. LG&E already has permission to retire three of its coal-fired power plants, including the Cane Run plant in southwest Louisville.… Continue reading PSC Hears Testimony in LG&E Natural Gas Case
One of Louisville’s two coal-fired power plants will be taken offline in the next five years. By 2016, Cane Run Power Station will be replaced by natural gas—a fuel that’s cleaner than conventional coal. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will retire the Cane Run plant in southwest Louisville, as well as two other… Continue reading LG&E, Kentucky Utilities To Replace Three Coal Plants With Natural Gas
Louisville Gas & Electric announced today that its coal-fired power plant in southwest Louisville will be taken offline by 2016. The company will build a new natural gas-fired plant on the same property. This is an option LG&E has been weighing publicly since April. In an interview earlier this summer, Vice President John Voyles said the… Continue reading LG&E to Replace Coal-Fired Cane Run Plant With Natural Gas
Kathy Little and Debbie Walker stand in Walker’s front yard, 50 feet from the ash landfill at Louisville Gas & Electric‘s Cane Run plant. They watch as heavy machinery backs up, pushing ash from one pile to another. Both women have lived in the neighborhood for decades—Little for 33 years, Walker for 23. Walker says… Continue reading Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood–Part Three
“Okay, here’s our ash pond!” Steve Turner exclaims. He’s the general manager at Louisville Gas & Electric’s Cane Run Power Station, and he is giving Kathy Little and her husband Tony a tour of the plant. “You can see bottom ash, but it’s down at the water level, so it stays wetted.” Cane Run is… Continue reading Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood—Part Two
Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light will host a panel discussion on two specific issues relating to the ash created when coal is burned. Executive director Tim Darst says first, the group will discuss a proposed LG&E coal waste dump in southwest Louisville.
A public hearing will be held Tuesday, May 25 at 7 pm on a proposed coal ash dump at LG&E’s Cane Run facility. The utility says its current disposal sites are running out of room.
In a story I reported recently about how coal ash is handled in Kentucky, I mentioned both the December 2008 coal ash spill at a Tennessee Valley Authority plant in Tennessee and LG&E’s Cane Run plant coal ash pond here in Louisville. There are some pretty important differences between the two.
Thick black sludge buried nearly 300 acres in the December 2008 coal ash spill at a Tennessee power plant. And the disaster left many asking how it could have happened. Now, as U.S. lawmakers push for answers, WFPL’s Kristin Espeland finds out who’s watching coal ash in Kentucky.