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Two environmental groups are contesting an application filed with the Public Service Commission by an eastern Kentucky power company. They say retrofitting the Big Sandy power plant to continue burning coal will be more expensive than the company reported.

In December, Kentucky Power filed an application with the Public Service Commission to spend $940 million retrofitting the Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County. The plant burns coal, and the company—which is owned by American Electric Power—is asking for PSC approval to install pollution controls and continue burning coal.

But the new filings in the case by the Sierra Club and Earthjustice argue that the company low-balled the estimated cost, and that the plant retrofit isn’t the most cost-effective option. Lauren McGrath of the Sierra Club’s Kentucky chapter says the group hired consulting firm Synapse Energy to analyze AEP’s proposal. [click to continue…]

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Local Food Conference in Louisville on Saturday

by Erica Peterson October 14, 2011

Local food supporters are gathering in Louisville tomorrow for the 12th annual Healthy Food, Local Farms Conference. The event emphasizes the connections between food and farmers, and touts the benefits of eating locally. “The average meal travels 1500 miles and we want to change that,” said Aloma Dew of the Sierra Club. “We want Kentucky […]

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West Virginia Selenium Settlement Could Have Ramifications for Kentucky

by Erica Peterson October 3, 2011

Environmental groups in West Virginia have reached a settlement with a coal company over water pollution near mine sites. The decision could affect a similar case in Kentucky. Earlier this year, local environmental groups and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against St. Louis-based Arch Coal over selenium pollution at six West Virginia mines. Selenium […]

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Poll Shows Public Opinion in Appalachia Against Mountaintop Removal

by Erica Peterson August 16, 2011

A new poll shows significant opposition to mountaintop removal coal mining in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia. Both Democratic and conservative polling firms conducted the survey, which polled about 1,300 likely voters in the four states. The results show that those polled—even Republicans and Tea Party members—support enforcing and even increasing Clean Water Act […]

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New EPA Proposal Encourages Carbon Capture and Sequestration

by Erica Peterson August 4, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency says injecting carbon dioxide underground doesn’t pose substantial environmental or health risks. The agency is proposing a rule to classify carbon dioxide as a non-hazardous waste and encourage a controversial coal technology. Carbon capture and sequestration—or CCS—is a process where carbon dioxide is removed from the emissions of coal-fired power plants […]

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Bloomberg Gives Sierra Club $50 Million for “Beyond Coal” Campaign

by Erica Peterson July 21, 2011

This morning, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $50 million grant to the Sierra Club, to be doled out over four years. The Sierra Club says they’ll use the money for their “Beyond Coal” campaign, which works to transition the nation away from coal. The Sierra Club said the gift from Bloomberg will effectively retire one-third of […]

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Rally Planned to Support Clean Water Protection Laws

by Erica Peterson June 24, 2011

Louisville residents plan to gather tomorrow in Chickasaw to raise awareness of issues facing Kentucky’s rivers. The event is planned in coordination with eight others around Kentucky. Lauren McGrath works for the Sierra Club, and she says the rally’s goal is to send a message to Governor Steve Beshear’s Administration. “Recently we’ve seen them working […]

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EPA Holds Coal Ash Hearing In Louisville

by Rick Howlett September 28, 2010

The EPA is gathering input on two regulatory proposals, the more stringent of which would classify coal ash as hazardous material.

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Proposed LG&E Coal Ash Dump Discussed

by Rick Howlett July 15, 2010

A proposal by Louisville Gas and Electric Company to build a new coal combustion waste dump at its Cane Run facility in west Louisville was the focus of a Metro Council informational hearing Thursday.

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Spurlock Coal Plant Air Permit OK'd

by kespeland October 22, 2009

A Kentucky circuit court judge has ruled in favor of the Kentucky Department of Air Quality, allowing a permit for a Mason county power plant to stand.

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