KU fined millions for clean air violations

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Kentucky Utilities (KU) is in trouble with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice, and the price to right its wrongs is steep.

To resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations at KU's Ghent Station facility, a proposed consent decree and settlement agreement with EPA requires KU to install a sulfuric acid mist emission control system and replace a coal-fired boiler to the tune of $57 million. KU must also pay a civil penalty of $300,000. Further, KU will spend $500,000 for an environmental mitigation project that will include a geothermal heating and cooling system at an elementary school in its service area.

According to EPA, KU must adhere to more stringent and permanent emission limits utilizing a sulfuric acid mist pollution control system that will reduce sulfuric acid mist emissions by more than two-thirds (3.7 million lbs/year).

The consent decree filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky is available for public comment for 30 days.

For more:
- see the complaint

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