Utility to pay $300,000 penalty, signs emissions control agreement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Kentucky Utilities Co. will spend $57 million to install a sulfuric acid mist emission control system, replace a coal-fired boiler, and pay a civil penalty of $300,000 to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations (CAA) at the 2,000 MW Ghent Station facility in Ghent, Ky.

As part of the settlement, Kentucky Utilities must spend $57 million to install the pollution control system to reduce sulfuric acid mist emissions by 3.7 million pounds per year. The company also agreed to spend $500,000 for an environmental mitigation project that will include the replacement of the coal-fired boiler with a geothermal heating and cooling system at an elementary school in the service area.

The consent decree was lodged with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on December 20, 2012, and will be subject to a 30-day public comment period.

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