Kentucky Utilities, LG&E closing several coal ash ponds

Coal ash

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Prompted by new federal regulations, the state's two largest utility companies are closing several storage ponds that collect the coal ash burned by power plants.

Kentucky Utilities says it will spend $678 million to meet federal environmental requirements involving coal ash ponds. Louisville Gas & Electric will spend $316 million to do the same, by capping its remaining ash ponds at Mill Creek and Trimble County generating stations.

Kentucky Utility's ponds at E.W. Brown and Ghent generating stations will be capped and closed, along with ponds at the retired Green River, Pineville and Tyrone plants.

The utilities say in a joint release that the environmental improvements would continue through 2023.

The details of the plans will be submitted to the Kentucky Public Service Commission on Jan. 29.

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