To comply with the Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule finalized last year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) will cap and close its remaining coal ash ponds at E. W. Brown and Ghent Generating Stations, as well as ponds at the retired Green River, Pineville and Tyrone coal-fired power plants.
KU will present its $678 million compliance plan to the Kentucky Public Service Commission (KPSC) Jan. 29. The utility will seek Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity from KPSC to begin its pond closure projects.
The projects will also bring KU into compliance with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rules by introducing additional mercury control systems at KU facilities.
The projects will commence in 2016 and continue to 2023.