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 she used to be able to see Indiana from her window. Now, she just sees the mountains of coal ash.

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“That wasn’t here when we first moved here. If that was here when I first moved here, I wouldn’t have moved here,” she laughed. “There’s no way.”

Little and Walker both say the coal ash in their neighborhood has caused serious health problems. They’ve found ash on their homes, and sampling from the city and LG&E have confirmed its presence. And they’re angry. Little says she feels abandoned by federal and state regulators.

“I have nothing against coal, she said. “Don’t get me wrong—I don’t. The coal didn’t cause this situation. This private company caused this situation and Kentucky allowed them to do it. That’s who I blame.”

The women feel like there are no regulations in place. There are, but they’re not always easy to notice. [click to continue…]

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Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood—Part Two

by Erica Peterson July 21, 2011

“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 […]

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