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LG&E Fined by Metro Government for Coal Ash Contamination

by Erica Peterson on August 2, 2011

A coal ash cloud forms above LG&E's Cane Run Power Station after an equipment malfunction Saturday evening. Photo by Greg Walker. Metro Government has fined Louisville Gas & Electric for letting coal ash leave the Cane Run Power Station and contaminate nearby homes.

Two weeks ago, LG&E released test results that found ash on three area homes. Now, the city has fined the company $4,000 for violating the district’s fugitive dust rule.

The Air Pollution Control District has already met with the company and will decide internally whether the fine is sufficient. APCD spokesman Matt Stull says there could be other penalties for the violation.

“There also might be steps that are taken in regard to remediating the situation and trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again in the future,” he said. “That’s a goal of the district, to try and not just punish a source but also to make sure that this kind of thing doesn’t happen in the future.”

The case is complicated by a mechanical malfunction over the weekend that sent clouds of ash into the sky. The company shut down its sludge processing plant, which is a machine that mixes coal ash with lime to create a cement-like substance called Pozotec.

LG&E Spokeswoman Chris Whelan says the machine has been shut down indefinitely, and the company has formed a task force to determine the problem.

“We regret that there’s been any incident in that area,” she said. “The neighbors, we’re mindful of their concerns there and that’s the reason that we have assigned a task force to ensure that we get this equipment fixed and that we’re being a good neighbor.”

This new incident may be included in the previous complaint, which the APCD has done in the past.

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Louisville Experiences 12th Air Quality Alert

by Chris McDaniel July 27, 2011

The Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for Wednesday and Thursday in Louisville. This is already Louisville’s 12th Air Quality Alert, compared to 19 all of last year.  There were only four the year before that. “Especially with ozone, heat and sunlight are needed to form ozone at the ground level,” […]

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LG&E Releases Contradictory Coal Ash Report

by Erica Peterson July 14, 2011

Louisville Gas & Electric has released a second study on coal ash. It follows another that showed the company is possibly in violation of pollution laws. LG&E says this second report is more accurate, but it might not matter in the long run. People who live near the Cane Run Power Station have complained that […]

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Fireworks Light Up Louisville’s Pollution Monitors

by Erica Peterson July 6, 2011

Some parts of Louisville sounded like a war zone last weekend as fireworks laws were relaxed and residents celebrated the Fourth of July holiday. But all of those fireworks contributed to some of the area’s air quality problems. There are two main kinds of air pollution: fine particle and ozone. Louisville has been having a […]

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Heat Wave Contributes to Poor Air Quality

by admin June 8, 2011

by Chris McDaniel Despite predictions that this summer would be milder than usual, Louisville has been experiencing temperatures reaching the mid 90s.  The Climate Prediction Center made the original forecast, and the center still holds that the heat will plateau as the summer goes on.  Ryan Sharp from the National Weather Service says Louisville residents […]

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New Smog Standards Pose Problem for L'ville

by kespeland January 7, 2010

While Louisville struggles to come into compliance with current Environmental Protection Agency standards for smog, the U.S. agency is proposing even stricter standards.

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Jefferson County Not Meeting Soot Standards

by kespeland December 23, 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency has declared several counties in Kentucky and Indiana to be out of compliance with federal standards for fine particle air pollution, or soot. Jefferson is one of those counties.

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